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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 21:38 GMT 22:38 UK
England seal historic win
Third Test, Barbados, day three:
West Indies 224 & 94 lost to England 226 & 93-2 by eight wickets

England lead 4-Test series 3-0

England rejoice in Barbados
It hasn't sunk in. It means so much
England captain Michael Vaughan

England secured a first series win in the Caribbean since 1968 after Matthew Hoggard's hat-trick set up an eight-wicket victory in the third Test.

Marcus Trescothick scored 42 and skipper Michael Vaughan 32 as the visitors chased down a victory target of 93 to win inside three days.

England earlier bowled the Windies out for just 94, their lowest ever score in 42 Tests in Barbados.

Hoggard, who took 4-35, snared the 33rd hat-trick in Test cricket history.

The visitors, who hold an unassailable 3-0 series lead, sealed a third Test victory for the first time in 74 years of competition between the two teams in the West Indies.

Prior to this tour, England had won just four out of 31 Tests in the Caribbean since 1968.

But an unprecedented whitewash is now on the agenda for Vaughan's troops, with the fourth Test in Antigua remaining.

If Graham Thorpe batted England into a winning position with a century on day two, then Hoggard delivered the hammer blow with his hat-trick.

Matthew Hoggard
Hoggard became the 10th England bowler to claim a Test hat-trick

Hoggard embraced his team-mates in jubilation after ousting Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ryan Hinds in successive balls before lunch.

It was the 10th England hat-trick, and the most recent for the country since Darren Gough dismissed Australia's Ian Healy, Colin Miller and Stuart MacGill at Sydney in 1999.

The Yorkshire paceman's triple strike - which reduced the hosts to 45-5 - heralded the start of an all-too-familiar collapse for the Windies.

They were bowled out for 47 in Jamaica in the first Test of this series, just two months after the one-day side made 54 in South Africa.

Hoggard, swinging the ball markedly, got the ball rolling on the third morning with the wicket of opener Daren Ganga, caught by Thorpe for 11, after the hosts had resumed play on 21-1.

Brain Lara
Lara battled manfully but his West Indies side wilted to England

The scoring soon dried up with skipper Brian Lara wearing a painful knock on the elbow - the first of several blows to the body - but there was no sign of the events to follow.

Sarwan, who could add just five to his first-innings 63, drove Hoggard softly to Ashley Giles in gully.

Chanderpaul then followed after misreading the line and falling lbw, and Hinds dallied outside his off-stump with Andrew Flintoff doing the rest in the slips to cap the highlight of Hoggard's 25-Test career.

It got better for England, with Flintoff then picking up the wicket of Ridley Jacobs, caught by Mark Butcher, for one just before lunch.

But for a dogged 32-run resistance between Lara and Tino Best, the Windies tail failed to show any of the fight which characterised England's effort on day two.

Best and Pedro Collins departed either side of an hour-long rain delay, precipitating Lara's demise - caught off Steve Harmison for 33 trying to score quick runs - and the falling of Fidel Edwards to end the innings.

The stage was set, amid gathering dark clouds, for Trescothick to break the shackles of his torrid run of form and put England on the path to victory.

The left-hander did not disappoint, adopting his usual hyperactive approach to batting to snuff out any hopes the Windies had of an unlikely comeback.

Vaughan did his part - hitting five boundaries and a six - before edging Collymore behind.

But Trescothick carried on, blazing six boundaries and a six before falling the same way as Vaughan with just two more runs needed to win.

It was left to Butcher to take England over the line after 20 overs and send the multitude of England fans at Kensington Oval into rapturous celebration.

West Indies: C H Gayle, D Ganga, R R Sarwan, B C Lara (Capt) S Chanderpaul, R O Hinds, R D Jacobs (Wkt), T L Best, P T Collins C D Collymore, F H Edwards.

England: M E Trescothick, M P Vaughan (Capt), M A Butcher N Hussain, G P Thorpe, A Flintoff, C M W Read (Wkt), A F Giles M J Hoggard, S P Jones, S J Harmison.

Umpires: D B Hair, R E Koertzen.

BBC Sport's Jonathan Agnew
"The force has been with England throughout this series"

England captain Michael Vaughan
"It's taken a hell of a lot of hard work to get to 3-0 up in the series"

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