5th ODI, Gros Islet, Apr 3 2009, England tour of West Indies
(28/29 ov, target 173)146
England won by 26 runs
player of the match
• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Flintoff hat-trick seals the series

Andrew Flintoff returned the stunning figures of 5 for 19 in five overs, and capped his efforts with the first hat-trick of his international career, as England ended a dismal winter on an improbable high with their first-ever ODI series win in the Caribb

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Scorecard summary
England172/5(29 overs)
West Indies146/10(28 overs)
end of over 286 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 146/10CRR: 5.21 • RRR: 27.00 • Need 27 from 6b
Fidel Edwards2 (3)
James Anderson6-0-34-2
Andrew Flintoff5-0-19-5

England have staged an excellent comeback after being 1-2 down in the series. Strauss led them by example in Barbados and Flintoff, with his first five-for, took them to their first ODI series win in the Caribbean.

It did seem as though England were short by around 20 runs, especially given the stand between Bopara and Pietersen, but Collingwood and Prior dealt some crucial blows towards the end of their innings to take them to a competitive score.

Their bowlers made up for any slip-ups in the batting by dismissing the West Indian big three - Gayle, Sarwan, and Chanderpaul - cheaply to shut the hosts out of the match. Though Bravo and Pollard did resist, their team was always behind the eight-ball after losing those early wickets and their run-rate having crept up to close to ten-an-over.

Flintoff rounded off things superbly with a hat-trick - the cherry on what was in the end, a fairly convincing win. Do stay tuned, we'll get you the presentation details shortly.

Chris Gayle: "We are disappointed. It is unfortunate to have lost this game but we must give England credit for the way they played. It was a good wicket to bat on, but England bowled well. We have to work as a unit, but I'd like to thank people for their support throughout the series. The Test series win was important, and we got better as we played. We did turn a corner as a team but there is still a long way to go."

Andrew Strauss: "It's been a long hard tour, and to come out as winners is a special feeling. Freddie's had a tough tour and he showed his quality today. That's why he is the best bowler in the world because he can do it well under pressure. We would have liked to have won the Test series, but to get this one-day series helps us gain the momentum. The guys have worked hard and when you do that it feels great to get the desired result."

Andrew Flintoff is the Man of the Match - "Nice way to finish te tour and nice to finish on a high personally. I'm working on the batting, and hopefully there's s good score round the corner. It's been a tough trip, so it was very important to finish on a high. So to get to winning ways with an intensive summer coming up is very important."

Andrew Strauss has been named the Man of the Series for his impressive run of performances in the ODIs. "The fact that I did well in the Tests helped, and I was seeing the ball much better. I hadn't played one-dayers for about a couple of years but it was good to lead by example here."

Well that's all we have from here folks. It's been a pleasure bringing you this entire tour, and we hope you've enjoyed our coverage. From the entire Cricinfo staff in England as well in India, it's goodbye and goodnight. Adios!

Anderson to Sammy, 1 run, OUT

run out, drilled down the ground towards long-off, calls for the second even though there isn't one, Pietersen rockets in an accurate throw at the striker's end, Prior takes off the bails to find Sammy well short

Daren Sammy run out (Pietersen/†Prior) 7 (19m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 87.5
Anderson to Edwards, 1 run

short of a length on middle, swatted back past Anderson for a run

Anderson to Sammy, 1 run

full on the off stump, a low full toss, driven to long-off

A surge of people leaving the ground now. None of them are Englishmen

Anderson to Sammy, 1 wide

takes the bottom edge on the way to the keeper and the umpire calls it a wide

Anderson to Edwards, 1 run

full toss outside off, slashes hard, gets the outside edge towards third man

Anderson to Sammy, 1 run

length ball on the off stump, chipped towards long-off

Anderson to Sammy, no run

in the block hole but dug out well by Sammy, falls over as he dabs it into the off side

end of over 275 runs • 3 wickets
WI: 140/9CRR: 5.18 • RRR: 16.50 • Need 33 from 12b
Fidel Edwards0 (1)
Daren Sammy4 (4)
Andrew Flintoff5-0-19-5
Stuart Broad6-0-32-1
Flintoff to Edwards, no run

Nope, an inswinging yorker, but dealt with well, pushed into the off side wide of cover

Can he make it four in a row?

These are also his career-best figures - 5 for 19

Flintoff to Benn, OUT

timber! He's taken three in a row and what's more it's a five-for! Yorker on middle, Benn makes room but it's too quick and he fails to get his bat down in time, the stumps take a beating and Flintoff is mobbed

Sulieman Benn b Flintoff 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Benn in the hot seat!

Flintoff to Rampaul, OUT

Flintoff on a hat-trick! Full on middle and leg, tries to whip it off his pads, misses and is struck on the pads in line with the stumps, Flintoff was late to appeal but Prior was convinced, and so was the umpire

Ravi Rampaul lbw b Flintoff 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Ravi Rampaul, the new batsman

Flintoff to Ramdin, OUT

bowled'im! Full and straight on the off stump, swinging in, Ramdin shuffles to tickle that fine, he's moved across a little too much and ends up playing the ball onto the stumps, Flintoff's taken three and England are inching towards a series win

Denesh Ramdin b Flintoff 12 (7m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 120
Flintoff to Ramdin, FOUR runs

edged and four, tried to cut that over point but he'll take it,, flew off the outside edge and third man had no chance

Flintoff to Sammy, 1 run

yorker, excellent stuff, on middle stump, Sammy somehow manages to make contact as he tries to heave it over midwicket, his the bottom of the bat and rolls wide of cover

38 needed off 18. Flintoff comes on now

end of over 268 runs
WI: 135/6CRR: 5.19 • RRR: 12.67 • Need 38 from 18b
Denesh Ramdin8 (8)
Daren Sammy3 (3)
Stuart Broad6-0-32-1
James Anderson5-0-28-2
Broad to Ramdin, FOUR runs

long hop on middle, Ramdin gets back and pulls it away between deep midwicket and deep square leg for a boundary, but has it come too late?

Broad to Sammy, 1 run

the short-arm pull again, struck back past Ramdin for a single

Broad to Ramdin, 1 run

short and wide, makes room and cuts that uppishly towards deep cover

Broad to Sammy, 1 run

short on leg stump, plays a short-arm pull down the ground to long-on

Broad to Ramdin, 1 run

slower ball bowled short on middle, slapped back past the bowler towards long-on

Broad to Ramdin, no run

short again, bowled at 84.1 mph, beats Ramdin as he tries to play the cut

Broad to bowl

end of over 253 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 127/6CRR: 5.08 • RRR: 11.50 • Need 46 from 24b
Denesh Ramdin2 (4)
Daren Sammy1 (1)
James Anderson5-0-28-2
Stuart Broad5-0-24-1
Anderson to Ramdin, 1 run

on middle and leg, turned away to fine leg for a single

Best performances - batsmen
Kevin Pietersen portrait
KP Pietersen
48 runs (48)
4 fours
1 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
13 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Ravi Bopara portrait
RS Bopara
44 runs (49)
3 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
16 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Andrew Flintoff portrait
A Flintoff
Sulieman Benn, player portrait
SJ Benn
Match details
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of West Indies
Player Of The Match
Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff
Player Of The Series
Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss
Series resultEngland won the 5-match series 3-2
Match numberODI No. 2833
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-15.40 Interval 15.40-15.50, Second Session 15.50-18.10
Match days3 April 2009 - day match (50-over match)
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Norman Malcolm
Australia Image
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
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Goaland Greaves
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Clancy Mack
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath