Prudential Trophy (Second Match)

ENGLAND v. WEST INDIES

At The Oval, September 7. West Indies won by eight wickets. West Indies not only gained quick revenge for their narrow defeat at Leeds, but also won the trophy by virtue of their faster scoring rate over the two games.

Under conditions ideal for quick scoring, England's total of 189 was completely inadequate and their bowlers were harshly treated by Fredericks. In an inspired display he hit one 6 and ten 4's and with Kallicharran added 143 for the second wicket in 30 overs. Long before Fredericks had competed his century off 111 balls, England's fate was sealed.

That England got as many runs as they did was due to Fletcher, who picked up a faltering innings so effectively that 109 runs were made off the last 20 overs. He improvised some remarkable strokes but was unable to repair all the damage done earlier.

England, who brought in Jameson, David Lloyd and Arnold for Boycott (unfit), Hayes and Hendrick, began well enough with a partnership of 38 in 12 overs by Jameson and Smith. Then Clive Lloyd, who bowled because Sobers was not playing, dismissed Smith with his first ball and had Denness lbw with his fourth. Jameson and David Lloyd, both on trial for winter tour places, then struggled through 15 overs while 20 runs were scored. No attempt was made to attack Gibbs who conceded only 12 runs in his 11 overs while removing Jameson. Greig, Old and Arnold helped Fletcher in fruitful partnerships despite brilliant ground fielding.

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