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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 August, 2004, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
England claim clean sweep
Fourth Test, The Oval, day three: England 470 & 4-0 beat the West Indies 152 & 318 by 10 wickets

James Anderson
Anderson recorded 4-52 on Saturday

England clinched a series whitewash against the West Indies and recorded their seventh Test win on the trot by winning by 10 wickets at The Oval.

West Indies put up a brave fight in their second innings, with Chris Gayle hitting the 10th fastest Test ton in history before they were all out for 318.

But patient and tactical bowling by England proved too much for the West Indies and although they avoided the ignominy of losing by an innings, England needed just one run to clinch a comprehensive victory.

And it was Marcus Trescothick who hit Fidel Edwards' third delivery for four to seal the win.

It was the first time for 75 years England had won seven consecutive Test matches and only the third time they had achieved the feat.

And young swing bowler James Anderson, suffering for poor form this summer, came good when it mattered, dismissing Brian Lara and Gayle in his 4-52.

Steve Harmison claimed match figures of 9-121, taking his total for the series to 17 wickets.

West Indies captain Brian Lara was the first to go when he edged an Anderson delivery to slip for 15 and it was brilliantly caught by Trescothick.

Steve Harmison
Harmison ended the series with 17 wickets, including nine at The Oval
It was not an easy chance for Trescothick because wicket-keeper Geraint Jones looked as if he was going for the ball before taking his glove away at the last moment .

Lara, who has not scored a century all series, left the field to a standing ovation and raised his bat, possibly signalling his last Test appearance in England.

Gayle played with nonchalant style hitting an 80-ball ton which included 17 fours and a six.

After almost being run out by Michael Vaughan on 92, Gayle celebrated wildly when he smacked two successive fours off Andrew Flintoff to signal his century.

But he departed soon after on 105 when Flintoff held a low catch.

England chopped and changed their bowlers looking to finish the West Indies off but the tourists dug in with a 82-run fifth wicket partnership between Dwayne Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Bravo recorded the second fifty of his Test career before he was judged lbw by umpire Darrell Hair after offering no shot on 54.

Chanderpaul was unlucky to be given out, caught behind for 32, when replays showed the ball brushed his pad and not the bat.

But there was no mistake when Dwayne Smith, who had earlier launched Ashley Giles for six, was caught just after tea for 28 by Anderson at backward point off Andrew Flintoff's bowling.

Anderson almost claimed a second amazing catch but he could not hold a Corey Collymore effort.

It was not an expensive error, though, as the Lancashire bowler had him caught behind for seven just a few overs later.

Steve Harmison then dismissed Carlton Baugh for 34 and it was left to Anderson to bowl Edwards out to set England up for a famous win.

And Trescothick smacked the winning runs, hitting Edwards to the boundary.


England: MP Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt), ME Trescothick (Somerset), AJ Strauss (Middlesex), RWT Key (Kent), IR Bell (Warwickshire), A Flintoff (Lancashire), GO Jones (Kent, wkt), AF Giles (Warwickshire), MJ Hoggard (Yorkshire), SJ Harmison (Durham), JM Anderson (Lancashire).

West Indies: BC Lara (capt), CH Gayle, SC Joseph, RR Sarwan, S Chanderpaul, DR Smith, DJ Bravo, CS Baugh (wkt), FH Edwards, CD Collymore, JEC Lawson.


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