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Last Updated: Sunday, 27 June, 2004, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
West Indies crush England
NatWest Series, Trent Bridge:
West Indies 148-3 beat England 147 by seven wickets

G Jones
Jones was one of only two England batsmen who performed

England crashed to a seven-wicket defeat at Trent Bridge after an inexperienced West Indies seam attack had bowled out the hosts for just 147.

Dwayne Bravo claimed his best haul in one-day internationals of 3-26 before Chris Gayle led his side to victory with an unbeaten 60.

England pair Andrew Strauss and Geraint Jones batted brightly but the rest of the team's batting was dire.

West Indies took a bonus point to move to the top of the NatWest table.

Their captain Brian Lara won the toss and elected to insert England, who have a dismal record batting first in one-day cricket in recent times.

And they got off to the worst possible start as Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan played loose shots off the bowling of medium pacer Ian Bradshaw in the opening overs to slump to 2-2.

A partnership of 82 in excellent time between Geraint Jones and Andrew Strauss put England back in charge, but the wicket of Jones, bowled through the gate by Ravi Rampaul, precipitated a desperate collapse.

We need to bottle what we achieved today and improve on it

England's lower middle order looked likely to be exposed prior to the match and so it proved.

Paul Collingwood edged Rampaul behind, Strauss gave Jacobs his second catch - this time off Bravo - and Ian Blackwell and Anthony McGrath both fell cheaply as Bravo struck three times in consecutive overs.

That left England 118-7 and though Darren Gough and Rikki Clarke batted together for more than 10 overs their timing was all awry and just 21 runs were scored.

Paceman Jermaine Lawson returned to take two more wickets and the innings was wrapped up when Clarke stepped across his stumps to fall lbw to Dwayne Smith.

Needing less than three runs an over to win, West Indies knew they only had to bat out time to win.

But England made their life even easier by dropping Shivnarine Chanderpaul, on four, and Gayle, when 10. Both men were missed in the slips with Gough the bowler to suffer.

By the time the first wicket fell, the score was already 62, and when James Anderson grabbed a couple more it was a case of too little too late.

Lara and Gayle raced to their target with a total of 19 overs left unused.


England: M Vaughan (capt), M Trescothick, G Jones (wkt), A Strauss, I Blackwell, P Collingwood, A McGrath, R Clarke, D Gough, S Harmison, J Anderson.

West Indies: B Lara (capt), C Gayle, S Chanderpaul, R Sarwan, Dwayne Smith, R Powell, D Bravo, R Jacobs (wkt), I Bradshaw, R Rampaul, J Lawson.


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