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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 September, 2004, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
West Indies lift home spirits
Bradshaw and Browne were the West Indies' match-winners
Courtney Browne dedicated the Champions Trophy to the Caribbean people after West Indies beat England by two wickets in the final at The Oval.

Browne shared in a match-winning stand of 71 with Ian Bradshaw and afterwards turned his thoughts to those affected by Hurricane Ivan.

"We've been through some really bad times over the last few weeks.

"We really wanted to do something for the people of the Caribbean, who have been sending us faxes," said Browne.

West Indies looked a beaten side when Shivnarine Chanderpaul was dismissed, leaving them on 147-8.

"When I came in to bat, I remember Shiv saying to me 'Just bat to the end. We're going to win the game'.

"I've known Ian for most of my life playing cricket and I knew he would stay [with me]. He's a big game man.

Browne justified his recall with a nerveless performance

"When I was losing it, he was there for me and when he was losing it, I was there for him," added Browne, who was recalled to the squad for the Champions Trophy following a three-year absence.

Captain Brian Lara said the manner of his team's win had revived memories of a famous World Cup semi-final against Pakistan in 1975 when two tail-enders won the game for West Indies with a 64-run partnership.

"I was only six years old when Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts won that semi-final. It must have been a similar atmosphere.

"Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw did it at the end. But it was a great team effort throughout the tournament," said Lara.

"We never gave up. We believed something was going to happen for us this summer. This is really special - it's about time.

"I think this could be the impetus we need to move forward. I hope the guys realise this and we're going to work really hard from now on."

I always thought we would win from the moment I walked out there
Ian Bradshaw

Lara also turned his thoughts to the Caribbean, saying: "It's great for West Indian cricket. It's also great for places like Grenada, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Haiti - these people are so distressed and I think this is going to be a great day for them."

Ramnaresh Sarwan managed only five in the final, but he was named Man of the Tournament.

"I just hope we can continue this sort of form.

"Although we were in a difficult position, I've never seen us gel so much as a team and gel for each other.

"We were a bit silent for a while [in the dressing room], especially when Brian got out. But when we got within striking distance we started to make a lot of noise and we were confident when we saw we only needed 30 more."




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