England vs West Indies 11th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of England vs West Indies 11th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 11th ODI match played between West Indies and England at Devonport, Tasmania in 03rd February 1987.

Opener Chris Broad's brilliant 76 before Bowlers attack and Three-wicket hauls from John Emburey and Ian Botham helped to England remarkable 29-run victory over West Indies and keep alive their best-of-three finals hopes in a low-scoring game of the 11th match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

England scored 177-9 in 50 overs with top scorer by Chris Broad struck 76 off 143-balls including 7-fours.

Allan Lamb cracked a 36 off 71-balls including 4-fours & a six and Phil DeFreitas 15 not out.

West Indies best bowler by Malcolm Marshall picked up 3-wickets for 31-runs in 10-overs, Tony Gray, Courtney Walsh both took 2-wickets and one for Roger Harper.

West Indies scored 148 for all-out in 48 overs with top scorer by Jeff Dujon struck 34 off 57-balls including 3-fours.

Gus Logie hit 31 off 65-balls including 3-fours, Malcolm Marshall scored 27 off 26-balls included 2-fours, Larry Gomes 19 and Thelston Payne 18.

England best bowler by John Emburey picked up 3-wickets for 26-runs in 9-overs with economy rate of 2.88, Ian Botham captured 3 for 33-runs in 10-overs, Phil DeFreitas took 2-wickets and one for Neil Foster - Gladstone Small.

This match reported by Peter West (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

AFTER losing their three previous matches England came back from the brink today with a remarkable win over West Indies by 29 runs.

It is an uplifting, timely result which assures them of a place against Australia in the best-of-three games final of the Benson and Hedges World series Cup. Even if West Indies were to defeat Australia in the last preliminary game, in Sydney on Friday, they would need to score a bizarre 370 off 50 overs.

"I am a man of much faith and determination," Viv Richards said last evening, "but 370 is beyond us. We haven't played well and don't deserve to be in the final."

Lively pitch

He put England in to bat and, thanks almost entirely to Broad (76) and Lamb (36), they made 177 for nine wickets on a pitch of lively bounce and some occasional movement sideways.
"I thought 200 would be a good score," Mike Gatting said. But for Chris Broad, we wouldn't have made half as many."

England's total hardly seemed enough, even though Haynes as well as Greenidge was missing from the West Indian batting. And Dilley, yet again, was nursing an injured shoulder.

All such craven thoughts were banished by the performance of England's bowlers, who on five occasions made their captain's changes look inspired by coming up with an early wicket. Some fine catches were taken also.

French claimed two of these to dispose of the stop-gap openers, Richardson and Payne, the second of them off the first ball sent down by Botham-a wideish, short one which the left hander chased.

But Gomes and Logie, carrying the score to 71 in the 27th over, had England waiting for the crucial breakthrough. Botham began it by having Gomes well taken by Emburey at slip, and then inserted the knife by persuading Richards to play on when framing a cut.

"We got the early wickets," Gatting reflected, "and Viv's was a very big bonus." In seven tournament games Botham had taken only one wicket. Now he had three for 33, those runs including three hooked fours by Dujon in his last two overs.

When Foster took over from him, he obliged his captain by bowling Logie with the first ball of his second spell. Small followed suit by having Harper caught behind. That made it 95 for six in the 36th, and England were now on top-so it seemed.

Logie and the even more dangerous Marshall, flat-batting Small for four, then put on 37 from the next seven overs. Suddenly it was a different game- West Indies 132 for six with seven overs remaining.

DeFreitas turned the key once more by having Marshall caught by Athey on the leg side in the first over of another excellent spell.

England had the whip hand again, West Indies fell further and further behind the clock and, with 31 required off the last three overs, Embury returned with a veritable coup de main.

The first ball of his ninth over was a full toss which Dujon deposited in Gatting's ample lap at square leg. The next one was another full toss off which a grateful bowler took a one-handed catch froin Gray. The sixth ball was too good for Garner, and England had two overs left spare.

Broad, who won his third Man of the Match award, battled with much skill and determination for more than three hours, to bring his aggregate in eight tournament innings to 321.

Add to these the 173 he made in the Perth Challenge (twice making 0 there), and the 487 he scored in the Test series, and his international total on this tour is 981.

The experiment of persisting with Botham as an opening batsman, more debatable against West Indies, was unsuccessful through no fault of his own. He was caught in the gulley off a nasty lifter.

Gower's early departure to a casual leg side shot was a familiar case of deja vu. Gatting soon helped a short ball from Gray straight down the throat of deep fine leg.

Lamb was due for some luck after being run out in his last three innings, but needed none. His stand of 74 with Broad supplied the backbone. The last seven England wickets went down for 75, DeFreitas contributing a handy 15 not out in the closing stages.

Before the Cup series began, England in 22 one-day internationals agaisnt West Indies had won only five of them. Now, in Australia this year, they have won four out of five.

Contingency plans for England to fly to Sydney today and for most of the players to leave for home on Saturday, have been quietly shelved for the best of reasons.

"we've got our big chance now," the captain said. "We've not played well agaisnt Australia in this tournament, but I hope we can give everyone at home something to get excited about."

Emburey, Gower, Lamb, Botham and Small will be staying on for a while in any case. The first four will not be available for a limited overs tournament in Sharjah in early April, involving England, Australia, India and Pakistan.

Nor will Athey, who is due to have a shoulder operation as soon as he arrives home.
Wilf Slack, who collapsed during net practice on Monday, has remained in hospital for a second night but only in order that further precautionary tests may be conducted. He is expected to rejoin the party again today.



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