July 1, 2000

WI shot out for 54 at Lord's

London-The West Indies were routed yesterday for their third lowest score on the second day of the second cricket Test at Lord's Cricket Ground by a fired-up England team. Led by a brilliant spell of seam and swing bowling by Andrew Caddick, the Windies made just 54 in 26.4 overs, after gaining a first innings lead of 134 only two hours earlier.

The amazing collapse before a full house for the 100th Test at the historic venue turned the match on its head, to give England a victory target of 188, a chance of victory and squaring the series.

The total was the lowest for West Indies against England in 123 Tests, eclipsing the previous lowest of 86 at The Oval in London during the 1957 series.

Their lowest total ever was 51 against Australia at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in March last year, and they were bundled out for 53 by Pakistan in Faisalabad in October 1986.

The West Indies faced the embarrassment of being bowled out for under 50 for the first time when they were reduced to 41 for nine.

But the last-wicket pair of Reon King and Courtney Walsh saved face by adding 13 runs. Wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs was the only batsmen in double-figures with 12.

England showed amazing aggression, with the menacing Caddick grabbing five for 16 off 13 overs. He was assisted by the recalled Dominic Cork with three for 13 and a bustling Darren Gough with two for 17.

'I didn't bowl well in the first innings at all, so I was determined to do well in the second innings,' Caddick said. It was his fourth five-wicket haul in an innings against the West Indies in 11 Tests.