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banner Monday, 19 June, 2000, 14:33 GMT 15:33 UK
The 1995 series
Dominic Cork
Cork: Seven wickets in his first Test - then a hat-trick
England and West Indies met in a six-Test series for the first time and the home side did well to achieve a 2-2 draw as four West Indies bowlers - Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Ian Bishop and Kenny Benjamin each took over 20 wickets.

The summer began with the one-day international curtain-raiser and England again came out on top despite losing the opening game by five wickets after managing only 199 for nine in their 55 overs, despite an innings of 74 by Alec Stewart.

Captain Mike Atherton's 92 and half centuries by Graeme Hick and Neil Fairbrother saw England pile up 306 for five at The Oval and four wickets by Lancashire's Peter Martin helped secure a 25-run win.


Graham Thorpe
Graham Thorpe: A painful blow in the throat
The decider at Lord's was more clear-cut with England scoring 276 for seven, thanks to Atherton's superb 127 from 160 balls, and then bowling out the tourists for 203 to win by 73 runs.

The Test series began at Headingley and England were indebted to Atherton, whose 81 was the top score in a disappointing total of 199. Bishop claimed five for 32 and his team then built a useful first innings lead by totalling 282.

Walsh (four for 60) helped dismiss England for 208 in their second innings and Carl Hooper then helped himself to an unbeaten 73 as West Indies made 129 for one in just 19 overs to win by 9 wickets.

Dominic Cork made an astonishing entry into Test cricket by bowling England to victory by 72 runs at Lord's after they had been dismissed for 283 runs in their first innings, with the tourists scoring 324 in reply.

Robin Smith scored 90 and Graeme Hick finally came to grips with the West Indies pace attack to make 67 as England battled their way to 336 all out to leave the tourists needing to score 296 to win.


Devon Malcolm
Devon Malcolm: Few pretensions with the bat
Sherwin Campbell gave them an excellent start but Cork ended his innings seven short of a century and cut through the tail for figures of seven for 43 as they were bowled out for 223.

The West Indies hit back with a vengeance at Edgbaston where they dismissed the home side for 147 in just 44.2 overs. Cork took another four wickets, but Campbell's 79 helped them to a total of 300.

Any thoughts of an England fightback quickly disappeared as they were reduced to 26 for three by Bishop and Walsh.

Stewart was unable to bat and Robin Smith (41) was the only batsman to pass 20 as they were skittled for 89 with Walsh taking five for 45 and Bishop four for 29.

Fortune swung back in England's favour in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, where Cork again made the headlines by following his first half century for the national team with a hat-trick in West Indies second innings.

Richie Richardson dragged a ball onto his stumps and Cork then trapped Junior Murray and Carl Hooper lbw for the first hat-trick by an England bowler since 1957.

Cork and Angus Fraser had picked up four wickets apiece to dismiss the tourists for 216 in their first innings and England batted solidly for 437 in reply, with Graham Thorpe scoring 94 before being caught behind off Bishop and Cork making an unbeaten 56.


Brian Lara
Brian Lara: In full cry
Brian Lara took the attack to England in a brilliant innings of 145 but Cork's treble turned the match decisively in the home side's favour as they were all out for 314.

England struggled to 48 for four before wicket-keeper Jack Russell hit a determined 31 not out to see thempast their target of 94 for a six-wicket win.

Batsmen on both sides found the wicket to their liking at Trent Bridge, where Atherton defied a back injury to make 113 before being run out by Rajendra Dhanraj's throw from mid-on.

England did not squander their good start, however, as Hick compiled a five-hour century with excellent support from the tail and he was unbeaten on 118 when they were finally all out for 440.

Stuart Williams launched the West Indies reply with a flurry of shots and his 62 prepared the way for Lara to play another majestic innings, this time making 152 before edging Cork to Russell.

They were eventually dismissed for 417 and England then made 269 for nine declared in their second innings.

Thorpe scored 76 and Lancashire's Mike Watkinson helped himself to 82 not out before Atherton called a halt and West Indies were 42 for two when the match came to an end.

Alan Wells won his first Test cap for England in the deciding Test at The Oval, but it did not prove a happy experience as he was dismissed for a duck, one of five first innings victims for Ambrose.


Alan Wells
Alan Wells: Disappointment on debut
The home side scored 454, however, thanks to 96 from Hick, 91 by Russell and 74 by Thorpe, but there was a moment to remember for Walsh, who reached 300 wickets in Tests when he had Watkinson caught behind by Courtney Browne.

There was nothing for the home bowlers to smile about, however, as West Indies scored 692 for right declared in reply, their highest-ever Test score against England.

Lara peppered the boundary boards for 179, his third hundred of the series, and Carl Hooper lost nothing by comparison in his 127.

Three other batsmen passed 80 as the England attack suffered on a flat pitch with Devon Malcolm returning figures of three for 160, Cork three for 145, Angus Fraser one for 155 and Watkinson nought for 113.

There was to be no decisive result as England batted through the final day with Atherton reaching 95 before becoming Bishop's 27th wicket of the series and they finished on 223 for four with the match drawn.

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