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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 July, 2004, 19:00 GMT 20:00 UK
England break duck
NatWest Series, Headingley:
West Indies 159 all out lost to England 160-3 by seven wickets

Marcus Trescothick
England forced their way back into the NatWest Series picture with a resounding seven-wicket win over West Indies at Headingley.

The hosts set up victory with an excellent bowling display to dismiss the Windies for 159 in the 41st over after winning the toss.

James Anderson and Steve Harmison starred with three wickets each.

Marcus Trescothick led the way with a brutal 48-ball 55 as England coasted home with 28 overs to spare.

Trescothick put on 56 quickfire runs with Andrew Strauss, who struck an unbeaten 44 off 37 balls.

The triumph arrested England's atrocious start to the triangular tournament and put them level on points with the Windies, who have a game in hand.

New Zealand are top of the table, three points ahead of their rivals.

Although England bolstered their batting with the inclusion of Andrew Flintoff, who did not bowl, and Rob Key, they inserted the Windies after winning the toss.

Michael Vaughan and Steve Harmison
Harmison (left) answered his captain's call with a fine spell

It seemed a reasonable tactic, given their dismal recent record batting first, and skipper Michael Vaughan did not wait long for vindication.

Harmison (3-31) and keeper Geraint Jones, who eventually claimed four catches, combined to remove Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Smith for single-figure scores.

Smith's dismissal was followed one ball later by the run-out of Chris Gayle, who fell victim to Ramnaresh Sarwan's impetuosity to get off the mark.

Gayle had looked in ominous touch, moving to 23 with five boundaries, but his dismissal left the Windies deflated on 29-3.

Sarwan and Brian Lara meandered along for 44 deliveries, sharing 11 runs before the Windies skipper played on to Anderson.

It heralded the start of an excellent period for the Lancashire paceman, who revealed glimpses of his attacking best to reduce the visitors to 72-6 with the dismissals of Dwayne Bravo and Ridley Jacobs.

A rout became a distinct possibility, but England's shallow bowling reserves allowed Sarwan and Ricard Powell to add 63 for the seventh wicket.

Anthony McGrath improved throughout his spell without looking threatening.

But, ironically it was Trescothick who broke through to remove Sarwan via a sharp one-handed catch by Paul Collingwood at backward point.

The return of Harmison marked the end of Powell, who played on for 36, before McGrath (1-36) and Darren Gough deservedly struck to finish the innings in the 41st over.

Although Bravo removed Vaughan (caught) and Key (bowled) cheaply, Trescothick was in no mood to dally with Jermaine Lawson (0-50) taking the brunt of his force.

He was almost solely responsible for taking the score to 64 by the fall of the second wicket, and it took a run-out backing up at the non-striker's end to remove him.

Flintoff, the player so badly missed, did not have a big part to play but reminded everybody of his importance with an 18-ball 21 as he and Strauss sealed victory.

England: MP Vaughan (capt), ME Trescothick, RWT Key, AJ Strauss, A Flintoff, PD Collingwood, GO Jones, A McGrath, D Gough, SJ Harmison, JM Anderson.

West Indies: CH Gayle, S Chanderpaul, DR Smith, RR Sarwan, BC Lara (capt), RL Powell, DJJ Bravo, RD Jacobs, IDR Bradshaw, R Rampaul, JJC Lawson.

Umpires: DJ Harper, MR Benson.

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