Friday, 3 April 2009

Windies v England

OK, caught up with yesterday's post - time for today's. As I mentioned I went to two Windies v England ODIs while I was in Barbados both of which were played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.


The first match was delayed by about an hour due to rain. When it did finally get under way England were batting - but not for long. They quickly deteriorated to 68-8 and looked on course to beat their lowest ever score against the Windies of 114. Only a late rally by a couple of tailenders stopped this as they were bowled out for 117 (apparently the 15th lowest ODI score ever by England).

The Windies would have had to do something really awful to lose this game and after Chris Gayle hit 80 from just 42 balls (including 8 sixes and 5 fours) that was never going to happen. When Gayle was finally bowled the score was 98-1 (his batting partner having scored only 8 - for those of you who think I have my maths wrong there were 10 extras).

The Windies wrapped this game up by 4pm and finished on 117-2 after only 15 overs.


Even though watching England get thrashed was obviously hilarious I was rather hoping that the second game would be a bit more exciting. The Windies batted first in this game and Chris Gayle started where he left off from hitting 46 from 39 balls (including 5 sixes). Unfortunately for the Windies they lost their way a bit then and were quickly reduced to 83-3. They kept losing wickets fairly regularly without scoring too quickly before Dwayne Bravo launched a late assault and scored 69 from 72 balls. In the end the Windies finished with 239-9.

The opinion of the crowd seemed to be that this may be enough as England had been so poor. However, we'll never know as the rain crashed down over lunch and the England innings was delayed for so long that their target was reduced to 135 from 20 overs to win the match.

England never really looked in danger of not making this total scoring well in the powerplay overs of the game to reach 136-1 with 9 balls to spare.


Nick said...

Oh Mama, can this really be the end?

I know that your life in London is incredibly tedious, but surely you can find something to write about.

Jim said...

Agree with Nick. Surely there is a following out there that just thinks London is part of your never ending world tour. Keep it going for their sakes.