Second Texaco Trophy Match

England v West Indies 1988

At Leeds, May 21. England won by 47 runs to win the Texaco Trophy and also their first one-day series against West Indies in England. Toss: West Indies. A pitch providing uneven bounce and, in generally sunny conditions, encouraging movement was not ideal for a limited-overs match. Against tighter fast bowling than at Edgbaston, England's batsmen found runs hard to come by, although Gooch (95 balls) played with sure judgement. When Richards unaccountably gave Simmons and himself seventeen overs, Pringle (55 balls) and Downton (47 balls) took advantage of the respite, adding 66 in thirteen overs. Having Gooch caught at deepish gully with the first ball after lunch had given Simmons, at a whippy medium pace, figures of 4-2-3-2; but it made no sense for Marshall and Ambrose to have six overs unbowled at the end. Bishop, taking two for 9 in hislast five overs, impressed. Less impressive was an over-rate of more than four minutes. England's opening attack was fast and hostile, and in support Small and Pringle exploited the conditions with accurate bowling. Richards looked as if he was intent on a match-winning innings until Gatting, recallin Edgbaston, brought back Dilley in the hope of tempting him. Richards hit the first three balls for four, then was dropped by Broad at mid-off. Several overs later, his concentration broken, he dragged a ball from Small onto his stumps. When Logie was caught at mid-wicket in the next over from a ball that "stopped", West Indies were 67 for five in the nineteenth. After 30 overs they were 105 for eight, but Ambrose and Walsh stayed for fourteen overs to prolong the match. When Greenidge moved from 11 to 15, he became the fifth batsman to score 4,000 runs in one-day internationals.

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