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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 07:02 GMT 08:02 UK
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The West Indies were given a noisy welcome when they arrived in Barbados following their victory over England in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

Caribbean cricket legend Sir Garfield Sobers was among the dignitaries present to congratulate captain Brian Lara and his team.

The result could secure Lara's position as skipper, which had been in doubt.

"I want to leave a legacy. I want to leave a team that's going to take us where we belong," he said.

The Champions Trophy win was the team's first major one-day success since the 1979 World Cup.

And hundreds of people were at the Grantley Adams International Airport to try and catch a glimpse of the team.

Lara and team manager Tony Howard again dedicated the victory of those affected by Hurricane Ivan.

"We all lay in our beds very comfortably while our people in the Caribbean were fighting for their lives.

"It was the catalyst for this very young team, for what they achieved in England over the past three weeks," said Lara.

Howard revealed how a woman from Grenada, where 37 people died as Ivan tore across the island, had telephoned him on the eve of the final.

"She said 'my house has been blown down but if you guys win for me tomorrow, it really doesn't matter. I'd be the happiest woman in the world'.

"I expressed that to the team and with one voice they indicated it would not be a problem," said Howard.

West Indies beat England by two wickets at The Oval, successfully chasing a target of 218 as Barbadians Ian Bradshaw and Courtney Browne shared an unbroken ninth-wicket partnership of 71.




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