July 20, 2000

England pleased with progress

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Mark Ealham
Mark Ealham - two early wickets
Photo © John Dawson

Accurate bowling - fine fielding

Trent Bridge, 30 overs: West Indies 101 for three (Adams 13, Sarwan 20)

After 30 overs of the West Indian innings at Trent Bridge in the last of the group matches in the NatWest Series, England could be well pleased with their progress. They restricted the tourists, who were without Brian Lara, to 101 for three wickets, thanks to persistently accurate bowling backed by some fine fielding. Two of the wickets fell in quick succession to the steady medium-pacer Mark Ealham.

NatWest Series

Franks took the opening over, putting most of the deliveries outside off stump. Gough beat Gayle twice, but the left-hander responded with a four through the covers. Most of the early runs from both batsmen did in fact come from off-side drives as the English bowlers kept the ball well up to the bat to maximise swing. Gayle escaped a leading edge off Franks that landed in the middle of three converging fielders, but Campbell (12) was first to go with the score on 34, most unluckily playing the ball on to his stumps off his body.

Wickets go down

Hinds, after taking an unusually long time to get off the mark, then rattled up 10 quickly before slashing Ealham straight to Hussain at backward point; West Indies 63 for two. Gayle (37) was next to go, driving Ealham uppishly straight to White at short extra cover; 70 for three in the 20th over, and no Lara.

Adams as usual set himself to play the sheet-anchor role while Sarwan played himself in carefully and then began to unveil his strokes. This was rarely easy as the England bowlers maintained the pressure with accurate bowling and tight fielding, giving nothing away. Hick, brought on for the 30th over, proved less accurate, though, and the West Indies brought up the hundred.