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England in WI 1998: Honours even in Trinidad
Carl Hooper and David Williams embrace after winning the second Test; Mark Butcher is congratulated by two England fans (top right) and his team-mates in the swimming pool (bottom right) after helping England win the third Test

The abandoned game in Jamaica meant that the sides played back-to-back Tests at the same venue - the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.

Both games were low-scoring - and although England seamer Angus Fraser continued his good form in the Caribbean by collecting 8-53 in the first innings of the second Test, Carl Hooper hit 94 not out on the final morning as the West Indies successfully chased 282 to win.

A century stand between Hooper and diminuitive wicketkeeper David Williams saw the home side triumph by seven wickets.

Four days later, England won the toss and elected to field first in the third Test - and Fraser and Andy Caddick took five wickets apiece as the Windies were skittled for 159.

However, Curtly Ambrose (5-25) ran through England for 144, but when the home side batted again it was Fraser and Dean Headley who did the damage. By the close of day three, England were 52-0 chasing 225 to win.

Atherton (49) and Alec Stewart (83) were coasting when they put on 129 for the first wicket, but a batting collapse saw Mark Butcher squeeze England home by three wickets after compiling a painstaking 24 not out from 103 balls.

The series was tied at 1-1 with three Tests remaining.



see also
England in West Indies 2009
29 Dec 08 |  England

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