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banner Monday, 19 June, 2000, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
The 1969 series
Gary Sobers and Ray Illingworth
Sobers and Illingworth: The rival captains
The West Indies arrived in April for a three-Test series,with New Zealand providing England's opposition in the second half of the summer.

The first match at Old Trafford saw them toil in the field for 197 overs with Geoff Boycott's 128 helping England reach a total of 413, despite five for 104 from all-rounder John Shepherd.

John Snow and David Brown took four wickets each as the tourists were dismissed for just 147 and they could only muster 275 in their second innings after being asked to follow on, with a top score of 64 by opener Roy Fredericks.

England were left with just 10 runs for victory and Boycott and John Edrich saw them past their target in 4.5 overs.

An excellent batting wicket saw the Lord's Test end in a draw with Yorkshire's John Hampshire making 107 in his first Test for England.

West Indies batted first and a patient innings of 103 by Charlie Davis enabled them to total 380 and the home side struggled to 61 for five in reply.

Rescue

But Hampshire and skipper Ray Illingworth (113) rescued the situation as England reached 344.

Clive Lloyd top scored with 70 as West Indies made 295 for nine declared in their second innings but Boycott's 106 gave England a solid foundation as they chased 332 for victory, only to run out of time with their score on 295 for seven.

The teams headed north to Headingley where Vanburn Holder's four for 48 was chiefly responsible for England being dismissed for 223. West Indies failed to capitalise, however, and Barry Knight picked up four wickets as they were all out for 161 in reply.

England lost Boycott to Gary Sobers without a run on the board in their second innings and the West Indies skipper went on to take five for 42.

But England batted solidly right down the order to reach 240 and the tourists found the task of scoring 303 beyond them, despite 91 from Butcher. Derek Underwood snapping up four for 55 as the home side won by 30 runs to take the series 2-0.

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