England grabbed themselves a lifeline in their final ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match with the West Indies when they picked up late wickets to record a victory, when defeat would have assured their exit from the tournament.
After posting a moderate looking 243 All Out from 48.4 overs on a reasonable wicket at Chennai, England saw the West Indies race away to 58 runs without loss, before Treadwell took a flurry of wickets to put them back in contention.
West Indies again looked to be heading for the finish line, with plenty of time in hand to surpass England’s total before Bopara, Treadwell and Swann each took an important wicket, before Benn was last man out going for a run that was not there.
High drama had preceded this, however, when Jonathan Trott took a good catch in the deep, only to fall backwards and – literally – brush the boundary. The third umpire took an age before the signal for six runs went up, in favour of Russell (49) who top scored from number eight in an almost match-winning performance, which saw some powerful hitting from a player who had already excelled with the ball in hand.
Treadwell got Russell LBW a couple of overs later, meaning that Trott’s misfortune did not prove to be as crucial as it had looked. The West Indies were eventually all out for 225, 18 runs short of England’s total, after 44.4 overs.
England are now third in Group B, having played all of their matches, a point ahead of West Indies and Bangladesh who are level on 6 points.
The West Indies have to face India, while Bangladesh play South Africa, with both sides knowing that a win in that last match would put them through. If both Bangladesh and West Indies win their final matches, England will still miss out on a Quarter Final position, so there will be some nervous eyes looking towards Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, on Saturday, when Bangladesh play South Africa – if the Proteas win, England will be assured of at least 3rd or 4th position.
One side story which came from today’s match between England and the West Indies, however, was a particularly unsporting delivery that the otherwise impressive Andre Russell produced on a couple of occasions: while running up, the player made a feint as if he was pulling up, then bowled a normal delivery – his captain and coach would do well to explain that such feats of gamesmanship are unacceptable in any code of cricket. Luckily, for the spirit of this otherwise enjoyable match, the deliveries did not prove crucial, and Russell made excellent figures of 4 for 49 from his 8 overs in a more traditional way – by bowling out three English batsmen with fierce deliveries.
England v West Indies – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Match Scorecard
|England 1st Innings||Runs||Balls||4s||6s|
|Strauss||c Gayle||b Russell||31||39||3||1|
|Trott||c Gayle||b Bishoo||47||38||7||0|
|Morgan||c Thomas||b Bishoo||7||13||0||0|
|Wright||c Russell||b Bishoo||44||57||5||0|
|Tredwell||run out (Pollard)||9||20||0||0|
|Tremlett||c Thomas||b Roach||3||7||0||0|
|Extras||2nb 15w 1b 4lb||22|
|Total||all out||243||(48.4 ovs)|
|West Indies Bowlers||O||M||R||W|
|West Indies 1st Innings||Runs||Balls||4s||6s|
|Smith||st Prior||b Tredwell||10||27||0||0|
|DM Bravo||c Strauss||b Tredwell||5||15||1||0|
|Sarwan||c Bell||b Swann||31||68||3||0|
|Benn||run out (Trott)||2||12||0||0|
|Roach||c Tremlett||b Swann||0||2||0||0|
|Total||all out||225||(44.4 ovs)|
England win by 18 runs.