England vs West Indies 5th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 Highlights

Watch the highlights of England vs West Indies 5th Match Benson & Hedges World Series Cup 1987 - Benson & Hedges World Series Cup one-day international tournament of the 5th ODI match played between West Indies and England at Adelaide Oval in 24th January 1987.

Half-centuries from Openers Chris Broad and Bill Athey before John Emburey's four-wickets and Phil DeFreitas' combined 5-wickets helped to England comfortable 89-run victory over West Indies in the fifth match of a Benson and Hedges World Series Cup.

England scored 252-6 in 50 overs with top scorer by Bill Athey scored 64 off 110-balls including two boundaries.

Chris Broad scored 55 off 96-balls, Allan Lamb cracked a unbeaten 33 off 37-balls included 3-fours, David Gower hit 29 off 30-balls with 2-fours, Jack Richards 18 and John Emburey 16 not out.

West Indies best bowler by Courtney Walsh strikes two wickets, Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall, Tony Gray and Roger Harper.

West Indies scored 163 for all-out in 45.5 overs with top scorer by Viv Richards hit 43 off 64-balls including 3-fours.

Gus Logie scored 43 off 56-balls including two boundaries, Jeff Dujon hit 25 off 31-balls included 2-fours and Desmond Haynes 22.

England best bowler by John Emburey claimed a 4-wickets for 37-runs in 10-overs, Phil DeFreitas picked up 3-wickets for 15-runs in 7.5-overs, Graham Dilley, Ian Botham and Gladstone Small each took one-wickets.

Chris Broad named Player of the match for his brilliant batting performance to scored 55 off 96-balls including a boundary.

This match reported by Robert James (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

ENGLAND eased to their third successive one-day victory over the West Indies in Adelaide, once again exposing the brittleness of the batting since Viv Richards took over the captaincy.

The 89-run winning margin was, perhaps, a little flattering after England had been held to 252-6 on one of the best pitches in the world.

Richards kept his players locked in the dressing room for an hour-and-a-half afterwards before emerging to say: "It was not a post mortem-just a little chit-chat. We had a good free-for-all discussion."

The victory has put England one win away from next month's finals. After four games England's scoring rate is 4-62, followed, after three, by Australia 4-50 and West Indies 3-36. The scoring rate would decide the tie-breaker in the unlikely event of all three teams winning four times.

West Indies were already lagging steadily behind the asking rate when Broad, who had scored 55 in opening stand of 121 with Bill Athey, made all but certain of the Player of the Match award with a fine running catch to dismiss Viv Richards.

As early as the 27th over, only just after mid-point in their innings, it looked as though only Richards could turn it for West Indies: he was in one of those brooding moods opponents fear, quietly absorbing balls that did not take his fancy while missing no chances to push the score along.

Botham had three times felt his weight of stroke, Richards despatching two long hops to square leg and lifting a half-volley for six over the covers. But at 92-3 he attacked his erstwhile county teammate once too often and in the wrong sector of the ground. It takes a mighty blow to clear the straight or straightish boundaries at Adelaide
which measure 210 yards between sight-screens, and Richards, swinging Botham off his legs, was backing himself to carry 90 yards. He struck it in the middle, but Broad was within range in 13 running paces and pulled it down right-handed at full tilt.

Logie and Dujon added 44, but when in the 36th over Dujon attempted a similar stroke off Emburey, dropping it down Dilley's throat, the innings fell to bits. The same combination accounted for Harper off a mis-hit, and when Marshall chipped to wide mid-on and Garner- 
dumbfounded to be greeted by a bouncer-mis-hooked it to square leg, Emburey had 4-6 in 13 balls. Emburey's dry explanation of taking such a liberty was that having left Somerset, Garner would have no chance to return it. He obviously over-looked the possibility of the two coming face to face in the remaining matches.

He bowled it off his normal run, but dug it in short and fast enough to have hit Garner in the chest. Four overs and one ball remained when Walsh's bottom edge off De Freitas crashed against the stumps.

England should have scored another 20 runs at least after Broad and Athey had given them a platform. Though the weather was sultry and West Indies chose to field, there was little obvious movement for the ball either through the air or off the pitch. Athey, mis-timing a leg-glance, should have been caught by Dujon in Marshall's third over; but apart from a slow passage against Walsh and Garner, they built steadily, passing 50 in the 15th and 100 in the 27th.

Richards, bowling three overs from the 30th to give himself options at the end, was credited. with Broad's wicket when technically his dismissal should have been entered as a run out.
In the belief that an off-side tickle had beaten Dujon, Broad started for a single, only for the keeper to retrieve it and break the stumps.

When Athey after 110 balls correctly sacrificed, driving Harper to long-off, the scene was set for Botham to vindicate his promotion above Lamb to No 4. With 15 overs left he had ample time to have a look: but after being missed by Greenidge on the square leg boundary-only 60 yds away on this elongated ground-he skied Walsh to extra cover attempting a stroke more in keeping with the final overs.

When Gower was caught at deep square-leg and Gatting at the wicket and Jack Richards bowled off an inside edge by Marshall it was left to Lamb and Emburey, by adding 32 in four, to lift England to a total which, until Greenidge and Richardson fell cheaply, they seemed to have only a fair chance of successfully defending.

England are now four points clear at the top of the table, having won three of their four matches to date.



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