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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 April, 2004, 21:58 GMT 22:58 UK
Lara stuns England
Fourth Test, Antigua (day two, stumps): West Indies 595-5 v England

BC Lara
Hopefully I can eclipse the record

West Indies captain Brian Lara hit 313 not out against England in a thoroughly majestic innings in Antigua.

He is the first man since Sir Don Bradman to get two scores of at least 300 in Tests - and is now pressing for an even bigger score.

Lara, who hit 375 in 1994 on this ground against England, can target the world record of 380 on Monday.

West Indies ended day two of the final Test on an awesome 595-5, and England's dream of a 4-0 whitewash is over.

In October 2003, Matthew Hayden overtook Lara's 375 by hitting 380 against Zimbabwe in Perth.

Now Lara stands just 68 runs away from reclaiming the mark, and a first ever 400 in Tests is very much on the cards.

The Trinidadian superstar profited handsomely from substantial partnerships with Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ridley Jacobs on Sunday.

Given the placid nature of the pitch, it was a gilt-edged opportunity for him to reclaim some lost pride at the end of a series which England have dominated - a chance he was in no mood to spurn.

Sarwan added 232 with his captain in a scintillating partnership for the third wicket before departing for 90.

Ricardo Powell (23) and Ryan Hinds (36) helped Lara move his score along, while Jacobs contributed an unbeaten 47 in a crucial partnership of 126 at the end of the day.

BC Lara
Lara was a delight to watch

Lara concentrated superbly throughout and was able to mix shots of sheer power with the deftest late cuts and sweeps.

He hit the first ball of the second day for four, and did the same with the first ball after lunch.

He hit three boundaries in one Andrew Flintoff over and smacked three sixes off spinners Gareth Batty and Michael Vaughan.

In truth, there was nothing Lara could not do in an epic Easter Sunday display.

The only nervy moment for him in his innings came before he had reached his first century when Matthew Hoggard hit the stumps with a direct hit from fine leg, but the skipper was back in his crease, albeit by inches.

Soon afterwards, Hoggard left the field due to sickness, meaning Marcus Trescothick was forced to bowl 15 overs.

England did at least gain three wickets during the day.

Sarwan was left flat-footed by a fast Harmison delivery that clipped the outside edge of his bat before nestling safely in the midriff of Trescothick at first slip.

Powell played a ludicrous slash at Simon Jones and was caught at third man, while Hinds gave Batty a catch off his own bowling.

But it was scant reward for an England side who had had everything in the series their own way until this match.

West Indies: B Lara (capt), C Gayle, D Ganga, R Sarwan, D Smith, R Hinds, R Powell, R Jacobs (wkt), T Best, P Collins, F Edwards, C Collymore.

England: M E Trescothick, M P Vaughan (capt), M A Butcher, N Hussain, G P Thorpe, A Flintoff, G Jones (wkt), G Batty, M J Hoggard, S P Jones, S J Harmison,

BBC Five Live's Jonathan Agnew reports
"The Caribbean expects something special from Lara in the morning"

West Indies captain Brian Lara
"We want in excess of 700"


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