48th Match, Super Eights, Bridgetown, Apr 21 2007, ICC World Cup
(49.5/50 ov)301/9
England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
player of the match
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Lara treated to epic farewell match

A full house at the Kensington Oval turned up for Brian Lara's farewell to international cricket and were treated to one of the best matches of the World Cup as England completed a thrilling one-wicket win with one ball to spare

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Scorecard summary
West Indies300/10(49.5 overs)
England301/9(49.5 overs)

And as Brian Lara walks round the boundary on a one-man lap of honour - he's vaulted the hoardings and is touching hands with as many people as he can - we sign off for the night. A great match to end the Super Eights - and at times this stage seemed as infinite as outer space - and now it's the semi-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Join us then. From me, Martin Williamson, and Will Luke, good night.

Presentations Michael Atherton is the MC and Wes Hall is with him. Vaughan - "A great game, nice to get a victory and nice to have a fantastic crowd in ... but we have to be realistic and say we haven't played well throughout the tournament."

Kevin Pietersen is named Man of the Match for his ton. "I'm just pleased for Fletch and Dean Conway we got them a victory. It's been emotional and yet fantastic for everyone." And praise for Paul Nixon as well for his part in the whole winter.

And finally Brian Lara steps up to loud applause. "Things didn't work out as planned but it was a very good cricket game. I thought it was a good effort by all 22 players. I've had a tremendous time playing for West Indies ... my dream was to see West Indies cricket stay on top and not doing that has been the most disappointing thing.

"Did I entertain?" Lara asks the crowd, and the cheers answer that ... and for the final time, Lara steps down from the podium.

England win by one wicket Well, West Indies might not have given Lara the send-off he wanted, but what a game to bow out on, and at least Duncan Fletcher will be a happy man tonight. Amazing and at long last we have had a real and rare humdinger ...

Bravo to Broad, 2 runs

Broad leans back and hits that high over the covers ... there's nobody back and that's the winning runs. Broad grins and embraces Anderson as the crowd erupts. A grim-looking Lara shakes hands with friends and foes and has a long handshake and exchange with Koertzen. The crowd stand as he heads off ahead of all the other players. He wipes a tear from his eye and shakes hands with the England side who have lined up on the boundary edge ... and then he disappears into the pavilion.

A long chat between the batsmen. They finish and then, and only then, Lara changes his field.

Bravo to Broad, no run

slower ball, pushed into the off side and Gayle in lithely to field

Three balls, two runs. One to tie.

Bravo to Anderson, 1 leg bye

fired in at Anderson's legs, it hits him on the pads and as Bravo screams his appeal the batsmen run a leg-bye. That was several inches outside leg

No pressure on Jimmy Anderson then!

Nixon has been magnificent. On a day of farewells, perhaps that's the old boy's last hurrah in international cricket. But what a glorious one for someone who wasn't everyone's first choice to tour this winter.

Bravo to Nixon, OUT

anyone with a weak heart, turn off now. Slower ball fools Nixon who was on the walk as Bravo let go, he misses and it clips the top of his off stump

Paul Nixon b Bravo 38 (83m 39b 4x4 0x6) SR: 97.43
Bravo to Broad, 1 run

full, dug out by Broad and punched to long-off. No thoughts of a second at this stage, especially as it puts Nixon on strike

Four runs needed and six balls to get them. Lara, in possibly his final act as captain, summons Bravo, who has done so much to keep West Indies in this match. The England dressing-room are out of nails to bite.

end of over 498 runs
ENG: 297/8CRR: 6.06 RRR: 4.00 • Need 4 from 6b
Paul Nixon38 (38)
Stuart Broad2 (2)
Jerome Taylor10-1-65-2
Corey Collymore10-0-61-1
Taylor to Nixon, no run

down the leg side, a distinct noise and Ramdin and Taylor let rip with a beseeching appeal but Rudi Koertzen shakes his head. Thigh pad?

Every run greeted like a goal at a cup final.

Taylor to Broad, 1 run

full toss, Broad calmly punches it down the ground to long-on

Broad just has to keep his end up in the gathering gloom.

Taylor to Nixon, 1 run

Nixon drives to long-on

Taylor looks on in disbelief. Had he missed it was out. As it is, it's six from nine balls.

Taylor to Nixon, FOUR runs

on leg stump, almost a yorker, Nixon flicks it off his feet and the ball shoots past the man behind square on the leg

Taylor to Broad, 1 run

short, Broad swats it over midwicket and, to loud cheers, runs the single

Nixon gives Broad, almost half his age and twice his height, a pep talk.

Taylor to Nixon, 1 run

squeezed down to third man, the man in the deep races in to prevent a second

Malcolm Speed is grinning like Wallace (or is it Grommit?). Jerome Taylor looks far more serious.

end of over 4817 runs
ENG: 289/8CRR: 6.02 RRR: 6.00 • Need 12 from 12b
Paul Nixon32 (34)
Stuart Broad0 (0)
Corey Collymore10-0-61-1
Jerome Taylor9-1-57-2

Nixon keeps the strike and it's a simple equation that even Will Luke can work out. A run a ball.

Collymore to Nixon, 1 run

pulled to deep square leg

Collymore to Nixon, 4 byes

short, Nixon swished and missed, Ramdin leapt but could only get his fingertips to it

Collymore to Nixon, FOUR runs

a great shot, he came down the pitch and hit that, with mainly bottom hand, into the same area as the previous two fours but that was really clobbered and it sailed first bounce over the rope

Lara spending an age resetting his field. Boos from the crowd as they reckon he is wasting time. Quite probably he is.

The old man is battling ... 21 runs off 15 balls.

Collymore to Nixon, FOUR runs

Nixon again heaves that over midwicket - he did well to fetch that from off stump - and Bravo cannot get round in time from long-on

Collymore to Nixon, no run

Nixon swings, misses, and the ball shaves the off stump

Collymore to Nixon, FOUR runs

slower ball ... but a full toss ... Nixon on it quickly and he cracks that over midwicket and there's a big gap out there

end of over 479 runs • 2 wickets
ENG: 272/8CRR: 5.78 RRR: 9.67 • Need 29 from 18b
Paul Nixon19 (28)
Stuart Broad0 (0)
Jerome Taylor9-1-57-2
Corey Collymore9-0-48-1

Three overs and 29 runs needed.

Taylor to Nixon, 1 run

Nixon waits and steers the ball to third man to keep the strike

Stuart Broad ...six matches, nine runs ...

The crowd go wild, including the sizable England contingent ...

Taylor to Plunkett, OUT

slower ball - 71mph - Plunkett underclubs and Bravo, five yards in from the long-on boundary, waits and takes a good catch above his head

Liam Plunkett c Bravo b Taylor 2 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Taylor to Plunkett, 2 runs

crashed through extra cover, deep cover has a lot of ground to make up and the batsmen come back for an easy second

Best performances - batters
Kevin Pietersen portrait
KP Pietersen ENG
100 runs (91)
10 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
35 runs
3 fours
1 six
Chris Gayle portrait
CH Gayle WI
79 runs (58)
10 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
18 runs
3 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Michael Vaughan portrait
MP Vaughan ENG
Dwayne Bravo portrait
DJ Bravo WI
Match details
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesICC World Cup
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen
Match numberODI no. 2578
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00. Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days21 April 2007 - day(50-over match)
South Africa Image
Rudi Koertzen
Australia Image
Simon Taufel
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Steve Bucknor
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle
PointsEngland 2, West Indies 0