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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 April, 2004, 22:26 GMT 23:26 UK
England win Guyana thriller
One-day international, Georgetown:
England 157-8 (29.3 overs) beat West Indies 156-5 (30 overs) by two wickets

Chris Read
Read's big hitting stunned the Guyanese crowd
Chris Read provided the perfect answer to being dropped from England's Test side as they snatched a thrilling win over West Indies in Guyana.

Read's 27 off 15 balls paved the way for a two-wicket triumph in the first one-day international.

In a game reduced to 30 overs a side, West Indies made 156-5 as Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit 84 of 96 balls.

England slumped to 131-7 but Read hit three sixes and Darren Gough saw them home with three balls to spare.

Skipper Michael Vaughan chose to put West Indies in after winning the toss as England went into the game in buoyant mood after their 3-0 Test series win.

Gough, Andrew Strauss, Ian Blackwell and James Kirtley were all playing their first game of the tour after Friday's warm-up was washed out but none showed any sign of rustiness.

Chanderpaul was given an ovation by the crowd as he walked to the middle to begin the match and he appeared dazed by the reception as he poked and prodded uncertainly at the start of his innings.

We got home in the end - but we should have done it in a better manner
Michael Vaughan

It took him 52 deliveries to reach double figures by which time he had already lost three partners with Chris Gayle bowled through the gate by Gough for two.

Andrew Flintoff accounted for Ricardo Powell and two balls later won an lbw decision against Sarwan, who could count himself unlucky as the ball struck his pad via the inside edge.

Chanderpaul's tempo remained unchanged until the 17th over when, as if startled into life with a cattle prod, he hit paceman Steve Harmison for a four and a six in the same over.

His curate's egg of an innings continued with successive fours off Rikki Clarke, and he then took 17 off Paul Collingwood's only over of the innings.

Chanderpaul added 87 in 11 overs with Sylvester Joseph before hitting a full toss from Gough to mid-off in the penultimate over.

Vaughan's decision to open backfired as England began their reply as he was caught behind off Merv Dillon for a duck.

Sarwan dropped a difficult diving chance at mid-off when Marcus Trescothick was on 10 and things appeared to be back on an even keel as England advanced to 60-1.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Chanderpaul's curious innings was not enough for West Indies

A drinks break halted their momentum as three wickets went down in the space of five overs following the resumption with the impressive Bravo bowling Andrew Strauss for 29 and Trescothick for 26.

Ravi Rampaul despatched Ian Blackwell (27) in similar fashion and when Clarke was run out by a distance after a mix-up with Read, West Indies were clear favourites.

But Read had other ideas and the task of scoring 35 off four overs came down to three off the last as he proved a point to the tour selectors.

He was bowled by Gayle at the start of the final over, but had done enough to win the Man of the Match award, and Gough completed the formalities to finish nine not out.

West Indies: Ramnaresh Sarwan (captain), Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith, Ricardo Powell, Sylvester Joseph, Dwayne Bravo, Ridley Jacobs, Ravi Rampaul, Merv Dillon, Corey Collymore.

England: Michael Vaughan (captain), Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ian Blackwell, Rikki Clarke, Chris Read, Darren Gough, Steve Harmison, James Kirtley.

BBC Sport's Peter Baxter
"The target had seemed straight forward"

England skipper Michael Vaughan
"We're not too happy with the way we chased down those runs"

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