Match: 15-17 June 2000 (1st Test)
Toss: West Indies won the toss and elected to field
Result: West Indies won by an innings and 93 runs
Highlights: CA Walsh, 5-36. Walsh picked up his 450th test wicket when he got Ramprakash, JC Adams 98 and S Chanderpaul 73.
England came into this Test series full of hope, many had the hosts as the hot favourites predicting an England win against the West Indies for the first time in almost 30 years.
The West Indies won the toss and elected to field. The attack was led by Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, who were simply a formidable pair. The England openers hung around at the crease for a while, but pressure from the Windies attack continued to build and ultimately forced the wicket of Ramprakash, which went on to set the stage for a mini-collapse. England found themselves 5-82 with Courtney Walsh the main antagonist of the hosts misery. The tail end of the batting order performed well and saw the hosts post an under-par total of 179, a result which could have been far worse.
In the field England made an early breakthrough and had the West Indies looking very uncomfortable at 2-24. After some excellent bowling from Darren Gough and Andrew Caddick.
Where England faulted the West Indies excelled, the tourists middle order of Lara, Chanderpaul and captain Jimmy Adams were destructive. By the time Chanderpaul was back in the pavilion the tourists were 5-230 and dominating the match. The Windies were finally all bowled out for 379 and England were left with a mountain to climb if they were to salvage a draw.
England needed to bat with conviction and resolution if they were to hang on in the fixture, but once again the devastating West Indies attack outclassed the England top-order. Courtney Walsh went on to take 8 wickets in the match and forced the first first-class pair for Graeme Hick. England were bowled out for just 125 runs in their second innings and suffered an innings and 93-run defeat.
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