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Classic Encounters: West Indies 1991

— 7 July 2020

Game: England v West Indies, Test Match

Date: June 6-10, 1991

Venue: Emerald Headingley

Stage of the series: First of a five-match series

Teams:

England: GA Gooch c, MA Atherton, GA Hick, AJ Lamb, MR Ramprakash, RA Smith, RC Russell w, DR Pringle, PAJ DeFreitas, SL Watkin, DE Malcolm

West Indies: PV Simmons, DL Haynes, RB Richardson, CL Hooper, IVA Richards c, AL Logie, PJL Dujon w, MD Marshall, CEL Ambrose, CA Walsh, BP Patterson

Scorecard

Toss: West Indies, who elected to field first

Summary:

England secured their first home Test victory over the West Indies since the summer of 1969, also at Headingley, and they did it in convincing fashion. A low-scoring contest with no Yorkshire representation was swung England’s way by a second-innings century by captain Graham Gooch, while the hosts’ fielding was superb. Although the series finished drawn 2-2, a period of Calypso dominance on English soil was halted, starting with this win in overcast and chilly Leeds. Both sides failed to reach 200 in their first innings – England 198 and the West Indies 173. Then it was Gooch who gave England the upper hand, carrying his bat for a fabulous unbeaten 154. Strong square on both sides of the wicket, he underpinned a score of 252, including 6-52 for Curtly Ambrose. The visitors, including Yorkshire overseas player to be Richie Richardson, made a solid start to their pursuit of 278, reaching 61-1, but debutant seamer Steve Watkin (3-38) and four wickets for Phil DeFreitas turned the tide England’s way, eventually by 115 runs.

  • Stand-out performance:

    A match suiting the bowlers – overcast and cold conditions – saw England’s new ball seamer Phil DeFreitas impress with four wickets in each innings and match figures of 8-93 and Curtly Ambrose claim a second-innings six-for. So for England skipper Graham Gooch to hit 154 not out, which was the only score above 73 in the match, it was no surprise that he should claim the man-of-the-match award. England handed debuts to Graeme Hick, Mark Ramprakash and Steve Watkin, and Ramprakash in particular inspired a superb fielding display with a run out and a diving catch in the covers in the first innings. This contest has recently been shown in an hour-long highlights show on BBC, and it is available until mid-July on their catch-up services such as IPlayer.

    Result: England won by 115 runs

    Best Snap

  • Taken from the fifth Test, Ian Botham attempts to avoid a Curtly Ambrose bouncer

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