Texaco Trophy, third match


At Lord's, May 27. England won by seven wickets. Toss: England. A third-wicket stand of 213 in 31 overs between Fairbrother and Hick, a record for any wicket in one-day internationals in England, made light of a substantial target and gave the home side a clean sweep in the three-match series. England brought in Lawrence--their only player in the tournament without a first-class hundred--and newcomer Reeve for Lamb, who had bruised his instep at Manchester; for West Indies, Lara replaced Greenidge.

The tourists recovered well from the early loss of both openers, Simmons to a fine catch off the inside edge by Russell, but only Logie reached 50. They looked to be 15 to 20 runs short of a winning total, until Gooch was brilliantly run out by Hooper from backward point and Atherton also departed by the fifteenth over. Hick and Fairbrother might have gone, too, before they settled, but the one went on to his first fifty and the other to his maiden hundred for England. They also won the hearts of a full house, including the Compton and Edrich stands, officially opened by D. C. S. Compton during lunch, by refusing an offer of bad light. After Fairbrother was dismissed, having struck two sixes, a five and ten fours in 109 balls, Hick hit his eighth four to achieve a comfortable victory.

Man of the Match: N. H. Fairbrother. Attendance: 24,871; receipts £595,426.

Men of the Series: England-- M. A. Atherton; West Indies-- I. V. A. Richards.

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