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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 April, 2004, 21:04 GMT 22:04 UK
England eke out draw
Fourth Test, Antigua (day five, stumps)
West Indies 751-5 dec. drew with England 285 & 422-5

Michael Vaughan
We always felt like we had 12 on the field because of our support out here

England suffered some middle-order jitters but did enough to draw the final Test in Antigua, largely through the batting of Michael Vaughan.

Windies spinners Ryan Hinds and Ramnaresh Sarwan each claimed two wickets but Vaughan hit 140.

That, together with fifties from Marcus Trescothick, Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain took England to 422-5, at which point Brian Lara offered a draw.

The series ends 3-0 to England and the two teams now contest a one-day series.

The final day was all about England, who started it on 145-0 after following on, knowing that they needed to see out 90 overs to deny West Indies a consolation victory in the final match.

Vaughan reached lunch on 119, having added 182 for the first wicket with Trescothick and having already settled into another weighty partnership with Mark Butcher.

He was generally untroubled through the first hour and a half of play but had one or two tricky moments against Barbadian seamers Pedro Collins and Tino Best just before reaching three figures.

The shot with which he went to his century, only his second as England captain, was probably his best of the whole series.

On 99, he leant into a off-drive off Collins which bisected the in-field and rattled to the boundary boards.

Trescothick had begun moving his feet to play some decent drives on the off-side before Fidel Edwards confused him with a full-length slower ball which he could only hit aerially to cover.

Between lunch and tea, Vaughan settled into a partnership with Butcher that used up a further 31 overs in all.

It was a surprise when that came to an end - the under-rated leg-spin of Sarwan catching the edge of the England captain's bat with a ball that turned.

Butcher and Hussain were together for nearly two hours from that point. Hussain scored his runs more quickly but it was Butcher who looked more assured.

Both men fell after tea - Butcher, on 61, edging a slog-sweep off Ryan Hinds to first slip and Hussain getting bowled behind his legs for 56 playing the same shot.

Graham Thorpe then held up one end and was joined by Andrew Flintoff, who swatted a full toss to midwicket at the start of the final hour to set up a tense conclusion.

But Geraint Jones valiantly saw out a couple of overs peppered with inswinging yorkers from Edwards, and Lara, somewhat surprisingly, offered him and Thorpe a draw with half an hour remaining on the clock.


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,


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BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew
"In the end England were not hard-pressed to save the match"


England skipper Michael Vaughan
"It's a fantastic achievement by all who contributed"



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