August 17, 2000

West Indies bowled out for 172

Cornhill Insurance

A rampant England team shattered the West Indian batting in a superb performance in the field on the first day of the crucial Fourth Test at Headingley. The top five in the list, Brian Lara and all, were bundled back to the pavilion with only 60 runs on the board, and despite a fighting fifty by Sarwan the team was dismissed for 172 at tea.

Campbell began positively but had only 8 runs to his credit when he was first to go, driving overenthusiastically at a swinging ball from Gough and slicing a neck-high catch straight to Trescothick in the gully. Caddick beat the bat frequently, but perhaps pitched a little too short to take wickets; Gough was more expensive but more dangerous, although he did not break through again. Hinds had made 16 when he drove at a ball from White that moved in, found the gate and apparently the inside edge, and was caught by wicketkeeper Stewart, the latter's 150th Test catch behind the stumps.

Lara's first ball was short and he whipped it easily to the midwicket boundary. It was to be his only scoring stroke, though, as he padded up to a ball from White that moved back and hit him at the top of the knee roll, to be given out lbw. Griffith (22) was next to go, slashing recklessly at a ball from Gough well outside off stump and, to his obvious fury, edging another catch to Stewart. Adams, so often the one to hold the innings together, failed this time, having only two runs to his credit when he drove at White outside the off stump and played the ball on to his stumps off the inside edge. West Indies were reeling at 60 for five, and White had taken three wickets in 17 balls.

Sarwan and Jacobs both had an early scare, but were still there at lunch when the score was 83 for five. Afterwards they grew in confidence and passed 100 without further mishap. Caddick bowled a poor spell and was punished by Jacobs, and it seemed England had lost their edge. But Jacobs gave it away at 35 with a poor shot, driving at Cork to sky an easy catch to Caddick at mid-off; West Indies 128 for six. White struck again when he had McLean (7) out to another catch at the wicket, while Ambrose (1) stretched for a wide ball from Cork and somehow managed to redirect it on to his stumps.

With King as his partner, Sarwan reached a well-deserved fifty, and celebrated by hitting White for two fours in an over before King (6) was leg-before playing down the wrong line to Gough, and Walsh scored only a single before driving a catch straight to mid-on. West Indies were dismissed for 172, with Sarwan 59 not out, and White had taken five wickets for 57. Tea was now taken.