July 15, 2000

England outplay West Indies in masterful display of batting, bowling and catching

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Marcus Trescothick
Trescothick - find of the competition
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England outclassed West Indies on a day in which they may have discovered the first-wicket partnership which they have been seeking for some time and re-discovered a competent bowling attack.

NatWest Series

The West Indies, quite simply, were not in the contest as England hammered them by 10 wickets in their NatWest Series match at Chester-le-Street. It is barely a month since these same opponents lowered England's in three days in the Test Match at Birmingham.

Marcus Trescothick has been the find of this competition and as he (87 n.o.) and Alec Stewart (74 n.o.) hit 171 without loss against bowling which without Walsh and Ambrose looked to be inadequate it is difficult not to believe that they shall be opening the innings again when the Test Match series re-commences.

Alec Stewart
Stewart - the first wicket partnership England have been seeking
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Yet the victory has been set up by an excellent all-round bowling performance which penned down West Indies and then picked them off in their frustration. Even a Lara fifty could not stem the tide in which Alan Mullally (3-27) was prominent. The middle-order batsmen who threatened to stay at the crease were prevented from doing so by some excellent catching. West Indies stuttered to 169-8 in 50 overs and then came Trescothick and Stewart to slam 171-0 in 35.2 overs at a rate of 4.84 p.o.