Fourth Test

West Indies v England 1929-30

Toss: England. Test debuts: West Indies - I.Barrow, O.C.Da Costa, G.Gladstone, C.C.Passailaigue,

Each side having won once and one game having been drawn, it was decided to play to a finish the fourth representative match, but rain prevented cricket on the eighth and ninth days. By that time the M.C.C. team were due to return home so no result could be reached. Had M.C.C., after gaining a first innings lead of 563, enforced the follow on, they might have won, but Calthorpe decided to bat again and the weather destroyed the possibility of victory. M.C.C. placed themselves in a practically impregnable position during the first three days when they put together the tremendous total of 849. While the run-getting was very consistent and Ames registered a capital hundred, Sandham carried off the honours with an innings of 325 which, occupying ten hours, included a 7, a 5 and twenty-seven 4's. Nunes gave the West Indies a fair start but nobody stayed long afterwards. Although when batting again M.C.C. failed to repeat their huge success of the first innings, they set their opponents the appalling task of getting 836 runs. Headley made a great effort for his side, staying six hours and a half and hitting twenty-eight fours. He and Nunes put on 228, the West Indies at the end being 427 behind with half their wickets in hand.

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