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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 May, 2004, 21:32 GMT 22:32 UK
England square series
One-day international, Barbados:
West Indies 261-6 lost to England 264-5 by five wickets

Seven-match series tied 2-2
Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick struck a brutal 82 as England levelled the one-day series 2-2 with a five-wicket win in the final match against West Indies in Barbados.

Trescothick hit 12 fours in his 57-ball knock, overshadowing Ramnaresh Sarwan's unbeaten 104 in the hosts' 261-6.

England won with 16 balls to spare with Andy Strauss (66) and Paul Collingwood (46 not out) also starring.

It is the first time England have held the Windies to a draw in a limited-overs series in the Caribbean.

And it provided a fitting end to their tour after they had become the first England side to win a Test series there for 36 years.

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, skipper Michael Vaughan chose to field first after England failed to defend decent totals in St Lucia at the weekend.

Steve Harmison's early removal of Shivnarine Chanderpaul heralded a period of consolidation with the Windies struggling to score at four-per-over inside the first 15.

It was no fault of Chris Gayle, who raced past 40 at almost a run-a-ball before Ricardo Powell fell for nine to a tracer-bullet direct hit from Andrew Flintoff.

We've played a hard-fought series and I'm delighted to have come back after a tough weekend in St Lucia
England captain Michael Vaughan

Gayle followed 10 balls later for 41 when yorked by James Anderson, reducing the Windies from the relative safety of 57-1 to the peril of 57-3.

Things got worse for the hosts, who fell to 90-4 in the 23rd over when Rikki Clarke and Chris Read combined to send Brian Lara packing for eight.

Sarwan and Dwayne Smith then added 69 in a vital fifth-wicket stand.

Smith's knock of 39 came to an end when he was lbw to Gough, but Sarwan found another willing partner in Ridley Jacobs in the thrash to the death.

The pair put on 68 in the final 10 overs, with the Windies keeper contributing an unbeaten 32 off 28 balls and Sarwan striking 13 fours in his 105-ball knock.

Trescothick ignited the reply from the outset, England racing to 36 in the sixth over before Vaughan perished to the faintest of inside edges that even the bowler Ravi Rampaul failed to spot.

The dismissal did nothing to quell his opening partner, Trescothick treating the seaming ball with horrific disdain.

Ramnaresh Sarwan
Sarwan battled hard with a wonderful unbeaten century

Merv Dillon went for 67 runs in nine overs and Rampaul 32 in four as the riotous left-hander sped England to 66-1 after 10 overs and 111-1 after 15.

The Somerset man was unafraid to advance the pacemen, cutting and driving at will - and it was only when Lara opted for slow bowling from both ends that things changed.

Trescothick eventually fell to a soft dismissal, stumped down the leg-side in canny all-rounder Gayle's first over.

An eighth one-day century would have been a nice way for Trescothick to end his up-and-down tour, but in leaving England on 123-2 in the 18th over his job was done.

England wobbled with his dismissal, losing Rikki Clarke to Ian Bradshaw and Andrew Flintoff to Sarwan in the space of 25 runs.

But from 169-4 Strauss redressed the balance, gradually opening up en route to his second one-day fifty.

He pulled Bradshaw over mid-wicket for one of four boundaries but perished in the same over when playing on one run short of his personal best.

The strike gave West Indies some hope, but Paul Collingwood and Read (23 not out) held their nerve to end England's tour on a winning note.

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

England: ME Trescothick, MP Vaughan (capt), AJ Strauss, A Flintoff, PD Collingwood, R Clarke, CMW Read, D Gough, SJ Harmison, JM Anderson, GJ Batty.

BBC Five Live's Simon Mann
"Trescothick's innings was the basis for England's win"

England's Marcus Trescothick
"It was a great wicket"


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