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banner Monday, 19 June, 2000, 14:06 GMT 15:06 UK
The 1980 series
England v West Indies, 1980
Desmond Haynes hooks Ian Botham for four
The series hinged on the opening match at Trent Bridge with the weather played a part in four of the five Tests.

Coming into the game after comprehensive victories over county opposition, the West Indies held the upper hand after the first day with England 243 for seven.

Captain Ian Botham (57) and Bob Woolmer (46) offered some resistance, but Andy Roberts claimed five for 72 to dismiss England for 263. Wicket-keeper Deryck Murray and Viv Richards both scored 64 and Gordon Greenidge 53 as the West Indies amassed a lead of 45.

Geoff Boycott led the way in England's second innings with a patient 75 but fell to the pace of Roberts as the paceman recorded match figures of eight for 129. He was ably supported by Joel Garner who claimed four wickets as England lost their last eight wickets for 78 to be all out for 252.

Bob Willis claimed five for 65 as the West Indies slumped to 180 for seven but Roberts was the hero with the bat as his unbeaten 22 saw the West Indies home with two wickets to spare.

Graham Gooch
Gooch hits out at Lord's
Graham Gooch starred with 123 in the second Test at Lord's as he and Chris Tavare, playing in his second Test, put on 145 for the second wicket before Michael Holding and Garner ripped through the batting to dismiss England for 269.

Desmond Haynes (184) and Richards (145) both racked up big hundreds as the West Indies rattled up 518 in reply with Willis and Botham taking three scalps each.

Rain then thwarted the West Indies' attempts to ram home their advantage, allowing only a handful of overs on the fourth day and also restricting play on the final day with England 133 for two as the match petered out to a draw.

The pace trio of Roberts, Garner and Malcolm Marshall claimed three wickets apiece in the third Test at Old Trafford with only Brian Rose (70) offering any resistance as England were skittled for 150.

Rain interrupted proceedings on the second day with the West Indies 219 for seven in reply and the third day also succumbed to the elements, but not until Clive Lloyd's 101 and Richard's 65 had put West Indies in control.

Clive Lloyd batting in 1980
Clive Lloyd: A century at Old Trafford
They were all out on day four for 260 with Graham Dilley, Botham and John Emburey each claiming three wickets snd the match meandered to a draw, but not before Boycott (86), Peter Willey (62) and Gatting (56) had guided England to 391 for seven.

England, who batted first in every Test, scored their highest first innings total in the fourth Test at The Oval. Graham Gooch led the way with 83 and Boycott and Rose chipped in with fifties as they made 370.

The West Indies lost two early wickets, but any chance of England pressing for a win was denied with play ruled out on the third day. Dilley grabbed four wickets as the West Indies collapsed to be 197 for seven. But rearguard action by Marshall (45) and Garner (46) hauled them through to 265 without the benefit of Lloyd who was absent hurt.

Michael Holding and Colin Croft grabbed two wickets each to reduce England to 18 for four before Willey scored an unbeaten 100, adding 117 for the final wicket with Willis as England declared at 209 for nine. With no chance for a result West Indies did not bat.

Rain prevented any play until day two of the final Test at Headingley and Garner and Croft then shared six wickets as England fell for 143.

Dilley claimed four victims in the West Indies' 245 all out, but after rain ruined day four it was left to England to bat out the Test with Gooch making 55 and Marshall claiming three wickets as the home side reached 227 for six before the match was abandoned.

England's sole victory had come in the one-day arena in a two-game prelude to the Test series.

The West Indies successfully defended 198 in the first encounter at Headingley with Greenidge scoring 78. Debutant Chris Tavare revived England's innings after a three wicket burst by Marshall, but they fell 24 runs short despite his unbeaten 82.

Chasing 236 to win the second match at Lord's, Boycott led the way with 70, assisted by 56 from Willey before Botham weighed in with a rapid 42 to take England to a three-wicket win with just three balls remaining.

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