July 20, 2000

West Indies go out with honour, Stewart stranded

Alec Stewart
Alec Stewart stranded on second century as West Indies win
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Trent Bridge, close of play: West Indies 195 for nine; England 192 all out

West Indies, eliminated from the final, nevertheless finished with honour by recording a thrilling three-run victory over England at Trent Bridge.

After fine English bowling and fielding had reduced the tourists to 195 for nine in their allotted 50 overs, England enjoyed a confident opening partnership of 46. Then three quick wickets to Reon King, helped by a fine run-out, brought about a collapse. However Stewart, with useful contributions from the all-rounders, kept England in the hunt until the end.

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But a flurry of nerves and wickets saw the last three wickets fall in the final over, bowled by Chris Gayle, for just one run, with Stewart stranded at the bowler's end on exactly 100 not out.

Balance swings towards England, or does it?

As Stewart and White batted with increasing confidence, the balance of the match began to swing towards England again. Then came another superb run-out, a fine throw by Powell from the covers catching White (19) just short of the crease, and England were 138 for six.

Ealham proved a good man for the situation, and he and Stewart ran well between the wickets. But Ealham (16) was out at 170, unnecessarily trying to force Rose and hitting a catch straight to Gayle at midwicket. The last three wickets needed to score 26, but Stewart was still there on 87. Franks received enthusiastic applause from his home crowd for every run he scored, and they managed to keep the run rate required down below five an over.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle - decisive final over
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Stewart reached his second successive one-day century in the 49th over, taking the score to 190. But, with only one more run scored, Stewart called the unsuspecting Franks for a leg-bye off the latter's pads, and a direct hit by Nagamootoo sent him back to the pavilion for 4.

Gayle cuts away lower-order

Gough, trying to finish the match with one blow, swung at his first ball, a low full toss from Gayle, and was bowled, leaving 4 runs needed off the last three balls and Mullally facing. Stewart, still on 100, was stranded at the bowler's end and had no chance to face the bowling as Mullally, swinging across the line, was adjudged lbw and the match was over.

For Stewart there was not even the compensation of being adjudged Man of the Match - instead, it went to Chris Gayle with 37 and a crucial last over.