Second One-Day International


At Kingston, February 26. West Indies won by three wickets, their target having been revised to 238 from 47 overs. Toss: West Indies.

Played throughout amid a near-deafening din from a capacity crowd, this was a competitive game in which the weather may have been decisive. A shower, when England were marginally on top, reduced West Indies' target from 96 in 14 overs to 80 in 11. Marshalled by local hero Adams, West Indies won with seven balls in hand, having taken 16 from the 43rd over, bowled by Igglesden, whose previous six overs cost only 13.

England's top-order batsmen had done their work well, following up another century opening stand with substantial innings from Smith and Hick. They did not make the most of the last overs, however, and, though Walsh sprained his ankle, West Indies could even get through 11 overs from Simmons and Arthurton without undue punishment. Haynes, back near to his best, set up the run-chase and England's bowling again looked uninspired under pressure.

Man of the Match: J. C. Adams.

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