Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

England suffered a primary one-day worldwide sequence defeat to West Indies in 16 years as Romario Shepherd powered the hosts to a four-wicket victory on DLS in a gripping, rain-affected Barbados decider.

England had appeared favourites when West Indies slumped from 78-1 to 135-6 in a revised chase of 188 from 34 overs as off-spinner Will Jacks (3-22) shredded the house aspect’s center order, together with Keacy Carty (50), throughout a wobble of 5-57.

Nonetheless, with 33 runs required from 24 balls, Shepherd (41no off 28) and debutant Matthew Forde (13no) took Gus Atkinson’s thirty first over for a whopping 24 as Shepherd pounded two full tosses for six and every batter slammed a 4 apiece off the England fast.

Rating abstract

England 206-9 from 40 overs: Ben Duckett (71), Liam Livingstone (45); Matthew Forde (3-29), Alzarri Joseph (3-61), Romario Shepherd (2-50)

West Indies 191-6 in 31.4 overs: Keacy Carter (50), Alick Athanaze (45), Romario Shepherd (41no off 28); Will Jacks (3-22), Gus Atkinson (2-58)

Victory was accomplished within the following over as West Indies triumphed with 14 balls to spare, securing a primary ODI sequence success over England since 2007 and first at house since a 4-1 win in 1998.

England had earlier plummeted to 49-5 inside 10 overs of the weather-shortened affair as 21-year-old quick bowler Forde (3-29) razed their high three and skipper Jos Buttler fell for a golden duck.

Ben Duckett (71) and Liam Livingstone (45) shared a stand of 88 from that time as England posted 206-9 from 40 overs, with an unbroken Tenth-wicket partnership of 35 between Atkinson (20no) and Matthew Potts (15no) additionally key, however their efforts got here in useless.

England’s Will Jacks took three wickets in a shedding trigger

The edges will now meet in a five-match T20 worldwide sequence, beginning in Barbados on Tuesday (10pm UK), with England not enjoying one other ODI till they face Australia in September 2024.

A five-Check sequence in opposition to India takes place throughout January, February and March earlier than consideration turns to the T20 World Cup in West Indies and the USA in June, a match at which England can be defending champions having gained the earlier model in 2022.

England had been additionally defending champions for the lately concluded ODI World Cup in India however noticed their hopes of back-to-back titles within the 50-over format finish with a limp group-stage exit.

Batting collapses had been a staple as they misplaced six of their first seven matches within the subcontinent and so they suffered one other in Bridgetown on Saturday due to Forde and Alzarri Joseph (3-61) as soon as play began two hours late following drizzle.

Harry Brook was run out for one as England slumped to 49-5 in Bridgetown

Buttler out first ball earlier than Duckett, Livingstone arrest collapse

Buttler was fifth to fall, top-edging a Joseph bouncer to nice leg, with the captain unable to construct on his unbeaten 58 in England’s six-wicket win within the second ODI on Wednesday and now having handed fifty simply as soon as in his final 15 ODI knocks.

Harry Brook (1) had been run out two balls earlier after making an attempt a brisk single, Joseph swooping off his personal bowling to shoot down the non-striker’s stumps as soon as Brook clipped leg-side and set off.

The preliminary harm, although, had been finished by Forde, who clinched a triple strike inside his first 5 overs by accounting for Phil Salt (4), Zak Crawley (0) and Jacks (17).

West Indies’ Matthew Forde dismissed England’s high three of Phil Salt, Will Jacks and Zak Crawley in Barbados

Salt, who had thumped the second ball of the sport for 4 over level, chipped to mid-off on the finish of the primary over, the place Joseph took a wonderful low catch lunging ahead.

Crawley fell in Forde’s second over, ballooning a supply that nipped in and reared up at him to slide as he tried to depart, whereas Jacks snicked the identical bowler behind at the beginning of the ninth over as his 37-run stand with Duckett for England’s third wicket got here to an finish.

Brook and Buttler’s dismissals left England in disarray earlier than Duckett and Livingstone rallied – Duckett notching his third ODI fifty from 56 balls and hanging three fours in a single Shepherd over.

Ben Duckett top-scored for England with 71 at Kensington Oval

Each batters had been then responsible of sentimental dismissals in fast succession – Duckett spooning to midwicket, Livingstone clothes to mid-on – and after extra rain got here and went and trimmed the match from 43 overs a aspect to 40, England sunk to 171-9 as Joseph bounced out Rehan Ahmed (15) and eliminated Sam Curran (12) with a slower ball.

Atkinson and Potts fired late on – Atkinson smoking Joseph for six over backward sq. – as they took England previous 200, with Forde denied a four-for when Carty dropped Potts within the covers.

After additional rain arrived throughout the interval and led to extra overs being misplaced, Atkinson (2-58) gave England an early raise with the ball as Brandon King (1) sliced his first supply to cowl, just for Alick Athanaze (45) and Carty so as to add 76 from 2-1.

England rejoice Rehan Ahmed’s wicket of West Indies captain Shai Hope

A giant wobble adopted as soon as Atkinson trapped Athanaze leg earlier than, with Shai Hope (15) clipping a Rehan googly to midwicket one ball after slamming him for six and Jacks catching Carty off his personal bowling one supply after the right-hander clinched fifty.

As batters got here and went and the required fee crept up England’s perception rose however Atkinson’s over was then pummelled to swing the sport again West Indies’ manner.

What’s subsequent?

The five-match T20 worldwide sequence begins in Barbados on Tuesday (10pm UK) earlier than the perimeters then head to Grenada for video games two and three (Thursday and Saturday, each at 5.30pm).

They then transfer to Trinidad and Tobago for the ultimate two fixtures (Tuesday December 19 and Thursday December 21, each at 10pm).

England’s Adil Rashid will return for the T20I sequence

England welcome again senior gamers Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes after they had been omitted from the ODI sequence, whereas West Indies have picked Andre Russell with the swashbuckling all-rounder now in line for his first worldwide look because the 2021 T20 World Cup within the United Arab Emirates.

England squad for T20I sequence: Jos Buttler (captain), Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, John Turner, Chris Woakes

West Indies squad for T20I sequence: Rovman Powell (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Roston Chase, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd

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