August 3, 2000

Rain spoils excellent start by England

Cornhill Insurance

Old Trafford, teatime: West Indies 27 for two (18 overs) (Hinds 15, Lara 5)

England enjoyed an excellent, if abbreviated, morning as they removed the West Indian openers for two runs apiece and had them struggling at 21 for two at the lunch interval, after 55 minutes' play. Gough and Caddick produced another superb exhibition of positive seam bowling to trouble all the batsmen and give their team the early advantage in this vital match.

England struck in Gough's second over as Campbell failed to keep down an edge and was very well caught at third slip by Thorpe; West Indies 3 for one. Then, with the total on 12, Caddick got a ball to straighten on Griffith and trapped him lbw.

Lara, almost trapped lbw first ball, struggled to get off the mark, but finally produced a couple of good strokes before a flurry of rain drove the players in to lunch five minutes early.

Only 20 minutes' cricket was possible during the afternoon session, which was destroyed by several showers, some heavy. Mopping-up operations took some time and it was eventually announced that the umpires would conduct an inspection at 4.30.