Trescothick century guides England home, heavy rain halts play in St. Lucia

LONDON: Marcus Trescothick scored an unbeaten 108 and hit a six to win the match as England scraped home against Pakistan on Sunday after an absorbing battle at Lord’s, stealing the one-day series 2-1. 

Trescothick, who also engineered England’s triumph in the second match at The Oval with a spectacular 55-ball 86, this time clung on before cautiously shepherding his team mates to a four-wicket victory after a torrid opening followed by a middle-order collapse. 

The inexperienced home team rode their luck – and they had plenty of it – to win with nine balls remaining, Trescothick putting on a run-a-ball unbeaten stand of 77 with wicketkeeper Chris Read (25 not out). 

England, having put Pakistan in and restricted them to 229 for seven despite an explosive display of late hitting by Abdul Razzaq, looked well placed after surviving an opening barrage of extreme pace from Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami. 

But having reached 89 for one, they then caved in to the off spin of Mohammad Hafeez, who took three for three in 17 balls. 

England, at one stage on 154 for six, needed 62 from the last 10 overs with little batting to come. 

But Trescothick, facing rapidly deteriorating light and having kept his nerve after being almost run out on two occasions and dropped off a simple chance on 35 and then again on 93, received staunch support from Read.  

n GROS ISLET (St Lucia): Heavy rain halted play on the third day of the first test between West Indies and Sri Lanka on Sunday with the home side on 272 for four in reply to the tourists’ first innings of 354. 

Brian Lara was not out 93 when play was stopped eight overs after the lunch break, with Marlon Samuels on five. 

Off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan claimed a single wicket for Sri Lanka early in the afternoon session before the rain intervened. 

Ramnaresh Sarwan (7) tried a pull shot, but the ball ballooned off the boot of short fine leg Kumar Sangakkara and Marvan Atapattu took the catch. 

However video replays suggested the ball had hit the ground before making contact with Sangakkara’s foot. 

Wavell Hinds struck a solid 113 in the morning session before being the victim of a mix-up with Lara that gave Atapattu an easy runout opportunity for Sri Lanka. 

The third-wicket stand of 174 between Hinds and Lara had put West Indies on top after the home side began the day on 161 for two. 

“It was a nice feeling to score a century again for the West Indies,” said Hinds, who had been out of favour with the selectors but was recalled for the Sri Lanka series when Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled out with a broken finger. – Reuters 

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