First One-day International


At Arnos Vale, St Vincent, February 4. West Indies won by 2 runs. On a rough pitch West Indies, without Richards, struggled against tidy England bowling, only Haynes, with some brilliant strokes in his 34 (eight 4s) and Mattis, a tall 23-year-old Jamaican making his début for West Indies, reaching double figures. Mattis was last out, having made more than the other ten batsmen put together. England found the going no easier, losing four wickets for 1 run in fifteen balls, three of them to Croft. A partnership of 65 in 26 overs between Botham and Gower revived their hopes, and when Botham was eighth out at 114, they needed only 14 in more than five overs. Singles and 2s came from Emburey and Stevenson, but Emburey was out at 123 and, amid a fever of excitement among the crowd of 11,000 which packed the small seaside ground, Old was bowled by Holding. Croft"s figures, six for 15, were the more remarkable as 10 of the runs were scored by Botham and Bairstow off one over.

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