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banner Monday, 19 June, 2000, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
The 1973 series
Gary Sobers
Sobers - A hundred at Lord's was a fitting finale
Gary Sobers and Rohan Kanhai made their final Test appearances in England for West Indies on a tour which also saw the two sides meet in one-day internationals.

Ron Headley was summoned from the county circuit to join the West Indies team at The Oval, but it was the batting of Clive Lloyd and the hostile bowling of Keith Boyce which saw them win the first Test by an innings and 158 runs.

Lloyd's 132 led the tourists to 415 all out and Boyce then took five wickets as England were dismissed for 257, despite 97 from Geoff Boycott.


Frank Hayes
Frank Hayes - The pride of Lancashire
West Indies made 255 in their second innings and although Frank Hayes marked his Test debut with an unbeaten 106, Boyce raced through the England tail for match figures of 11 for 147 as they were all out for the same total.

An even contest at Edgbaston ended in a draw after Roy Fredericks had opened with 150 for the tourists.

They reached 327 but a century opening stand between Boycott and Dennis Amiss enabled England to get within 22 of the tourists' total.

Lloyd continued his excellent form with 94 and Sobers proved he was not a spent force by scoring 74 as West Indies made 302 in their second innings, leaving England 325 for victory.

Amiss batted well for 86 not out but there was not enough time for a serious run-chase and the match came to an end with the home side 182 for two.

Sobers and Kanhai shared the spotlight for the final time in England as West Indies won the series decider by an emphatic innings and 226 runs after magnificent batting by both helped them reach 652 for eight declared.

Kanhai produced a sparkling array of shots to reach 157 before becoming one of four victims for Bob Willis, but England could not find a way to penetrate Sobers' defence and he contributed an unbeaten 150.


Keith Boyce
Keith Boyce - More successful with the ball
Bernard Julien became the third centurion of the innings with 121 and Vanburn Holder and Keith Boyce then picked up four wickets each as England were dismissed for 233.

Sobers held onto four catches and added two more in England's second innings 193, which saw Keith Fletcher (86 not out) become the only man to pass 20.

The first one-day game at Leeds proved an exciting affair with skipper Mike Denness making 66 for England, who scraped home by one wicket after bowling West Indies out for 181.

The tourists gained their revenge at The Oval where England were dismissed for 189 despite 63 from Fletcher, and West Indies reached their target with 12.4 overs to spare as Fredericks raced to 105 in an eight-wicket triumph.

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