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Monday, 3 April, 2000, 08:01 GMT 09:01 UK
Windies flourish as Hinds hits out
Wavell Hinds narrowly avoids a run-out
West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs.

Left-hander Wavell Hinds hit an unbeaten 116, his maiden international century, to lead the West Indies to victory at Sabina Park in the second match of their triangular one-day series.

Hinds inspired the home side to a formidable 280-3 - the West Indies' highest total in eight matches against the tourists.

Half-centuries from Stuart Carlisle and captain Andy Flower helped Zimbabwe make a contest of it, but the West Indies bowlers did their homework and restricted their opponents to 239 for eight off 50 overs.

Hinds sent another capacity crowd of over 15,000 into a frenzy, lashing 12 fours and a six off his 125 balls.

He shared enterprising partnerships with fellow left-handed Jamaicans Chris Gayle and captain Jimmy Adams after the West Indies had lost both openers for just 60 runs.
Chris Gayle (left) and Wavell Hinds celebrate their success at the crease
Adams chipped in with 41 off 54 balls in a stand of 95 for the third wicket. The 32-year-old hit three fours in another crucial innings, following his 60 on Saturday.

The powerful Gayle helped Hinds press home the West Indies' advantage, the pair adding an unbroken 125 for the fourth wicket off just 90 balls in just over an hour.

Gayle contributed a career-best 58 not out. His first half century for the West Indies took him just 40 deliveries and included four fours and a six. He added one more boundary in the frantic last few overs.

Hinds escaped a number of near-chances. He was dropped on 82 by Grant Flower and almost perished on 96, but his airy pull fell just in front of the diving Gary Brent at deep square leg.

Brent, who removed both Sherwin Campbell and Philo Wallace, was the only successful Zimbabwe bowler.

He took two for 34 off eight overs. Brent's medium pace colleague, Mluleki Nkala, was the only other bowler to escape punishment, conceding just 38 runs from his 10 overs.

Zimbabwe openers Grant Flower and Craig Wishart were dismissed cheaply to leave them struggling on 25 for two in the 12th over.

But a stand of 47 between Carlisle, whose 57 off 70 balls was the top score, and Murray Goodwin gave some credibility to the reply.

After Goodwin dragged a short ball from Rose onto his stumps, Carlisle and Flower, who scored 52 off 54 balls, shared 69 for the fourth wicket.

But two wickets in the space of five balls knocked the wind out of Zimbabwe's sails.

Carlisle, caught at mid-off in the 35th over off King, and, four balls later, Dirk Viljoen edged low to slip off the same bowler to give King the last of his

three wickets for 27 runs from eight overs. Zimbabwe were 146 for five in the 35th over and, though Flower and Guy Whittall added 43 off 42 balls for the sixth wicket, it was always going to be difficult for the tourists to get to their target.


West Indies innings
P Wallace b Brent 18
S Campbell b Brent 21
W Hinds not out 116
J Adams run out (Carlisle) 41
C Gayle not out 58
Extras (byes 4, leg-byes 7, wides 10, no-balls 5) 26
Total (for three wickets, 50 overs) 280

Wickets fell at: 53, 60, 155.
Did not bat: R Powell, R Jacobs, C Ambrose, F Rose, M Dillon, R King.

Bowling: H Streak 8-0-51-0 (nb2, w6), H Olonga 7-0-40-0 (w3), M Nkala 10-1-38-0 (nb1), G Brent 8-0-34-2 (w1), G Whittall 6-0-53-0 (nb2), D Viljoen 5-1-31-0, G Flower 6-0-22-0.

Zimbabwe innings:
G Flower b Ambrose 15
C Wishart c Jacobs b King 7
S Carlisle c Hinds b King 57
M Goodwin b Rose 20
A Flower c Ambrose b Adams 52
D Viljoen c Powell b King 4
G Whittall not out 29
H Streak run out (Powell) 7
M Nkala st Jacobs b Powell 17
G Brent not out 3
Extras (b4, lb6, w9, nb9) 28
Total (for eight wickets, 50 overs) 239

Did not bat: H Olonga

Fall of wickets: 1-23, 2-25, 3-72, 4-141, 5-146, 6-189, 7-208, 8-231.

Bowling: Ambrose 10-1-19-1 (w2); King 8-3-27-3 (nb1, w2); Dillon 10-0-58-0 (nb4, w1); Rose 9-0-52-1 (nb4, w1); Powell 7-0-42-1 (w2); Campbell 1-0-7-0; Adams 5-0-24-1 (w1).

Umpires: S. Bucknor, B. Morgan.

Man-of-the-Match: Wavel Hinds (WIs)

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