West Indies defeat England

September 26, 2011

by Paddy Briggs

West Indies beat England at The Oval last night to level the two match Twenty20 series one a piece.

Chasing just 114 for victory, England slumped to their lowest ever Twenty20 score as they were all out for just 88, falling 26 runs short.

England won the toss and yet again asked the visitors to bat. On a wicket that was offering a large amount of spin England selected three spinners in Swann, Patel, and Borthwick. West Indies stuttered along as they found it difficult to rotate the bowling.

Marlon Samuels top scored for the tourists with a runs a ball 35. Scott Borthwick impresses on debut with 1-15 bowling a full length. Ravi Bopara was the only England bowler that was expensive as he leaked 36 runs from his 4 overs.

England would have expected to knock this total off with ease but ran into a determined West Indies outfit smarting from their defeat on Friday night.

The star of the show for the West Indies was Garey Mathurin, who in an exceptional spell of bowling claimed 3 English wickets at the cost of just 9 runs on debut. In the field the West Indies managed to run four English players out which may have proved the difference between the two sides.

Only Ben Stokes gave the big Oval crowd something to cheer as he hit 31 before being trapped lbw by Bishoo.

England would have wanted to finish their outstanding summer on a high but credit must go to the West Indies for their improbable victory.

Chris Murtagh 26/09/2011

Add a Comment