June 29, 2000

Campbell and Hinds boost West Indies total

Sherwin Campbell and Wavell Hinds staged their own carnival of cricket at Lord's this afternoon to set West Indies up for a big first innings total in the second Cornhill Test match against England.

The pair came together in the first over after lunch when opener Adrian Griffith was finally run out for 27 to give England their first breakthrough of the day.

It was a breakthrough that England badly needed after being forced to wait a lengthy 31 overs. This was despite winning the toss and putting West Indies into bat, a decision taken after seeing overcast skies and conditions that promised significant help for the swing bowlers..

But there was little help from either the conditions or the pitch and the bowler's struggle to put pressure on the batsmen, combined with a show of complacency in the field allowed the West Indian openers to bat through to lunch without loss.

Fielding skills sharpened up markedly after lunch and a throw from Andrew Caddick at long leg into wicketkeeper Alec Stewart proved accurate and quick enough to find Griffith a yard out his crease to give England their first wicket with the score on 80.

The departure of Griffith signalled the arrival of Wavell Hinds, an aggressive left-hander who quickly found his rhythm and played some beautifully timed cover drives to confirm the fact that this was a man in form.

Campbell also started firing and the 50 partnership came up in 104 balls. A packed Lord's crowd had been entertained with a concert by Jools Holland and reggae band Third World during the lunch interval but with their powerful strokeplay, Campbell and Hinds proved equally compelling.

Hinds reached his 50 with two consecutive boundaries - the first hit over the top the next through mid on. The runs came off Michael Vaughan who was called on by his skipper to vary a bowling line-up that with five seamers and no Robert Croft, was beginning to look limited.

The confidence among the West Indies batsmen was increasing with every delivery but Campbell, who by this time had made 82, hooked Dominic Cork and the ball skied to Test debutante Matthew Hoggard who took a brilliant diving catch running in from the long leg boundary.

Brian Lara joined Hinds with the score 162 for two and the pair took West Indies safely through to tea adding four runs, with Hinds still unbeaten on 55.