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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Cricket: Bradshaw & Browne help West Indies win the ICC Champions Trophy 2004.

Category: Misc. Cricket.

ICC Champions Trophy Final. 25th of September 2004. The Oval, London.

England 217 all out. West Indies 147 for 8. Who would win? England, wrong!

Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw staged a remarkable fightback, a seventy-one runs record unbeaten ninth wicket partnership to snatch victory from defeat in the ICC Champions trophy final played at The Oval in London.

England were all out for 217 runs. Marcus Trescothick scored a hundred and four runs and Ashley Giles gave him good support scoring thirty-one.

The West Indies lost wickets at regular intervals and were seven down for a hundred and forty seven runs, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul making forty-seven runs. Brian Lara was caught behind for fourteen, Ramnaresh Sarwan was caught in the slips and with Ricardo Powell too out cheaply, the West Indies were staring at defeat.

Ian Bradshaw, who had earlier taken two wickets, joined Barbados team-mate Courtney Browne and the two played sensible cricket. With the score on 183 for 8, the light was offered to the players, however, they took a bold decision to continue playing. The lights in the pavilion and the street-lights were on at that time. It was around 6:15 in the evening.

In the next over, the first ball bowled by Paul Collingwood was brilliantly cover-driven by the left-handed Ian Bradshaw. The third ball was sent to the square-leg boundary and there was a game on.

The West Indies needed twenty-seven more runs to win with six overs remaining. Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw went past the two hundred run mark and from there it was taking a run a ball to win the match. Five runs came of Darren Gough's last over. Now, 12 runs were required of 12 balls. Courtney Brown hit an Alex Wharf no-ball over point for four and the target was five to win of nine balls, then a single brought Ian Bradshaw to the crease with four to win of eight balls, and he finished the match by stylishly square-driving the second-last ball of the penultimate over to the point boundary.

The West Indies had won the match by two wickets with seven balls to spare.

A remarkable comeback from 147 for 8 to go past England's 217.
A record unbeaten ninth wicket partnership between Ian Bradshaw, who scored 34 runs of 51 balls, and Courtney Browne, who scored 35 runs of 55 balls; helped the West Indies win.

Ian Bradshaw was named the man-of-the-match. He took two wickets when England batted and then played a match-winning unbeaten knock of 31 runs.

Ramnaresh Sarwan was named the man-of-the-series.

The West Indies captain, Brian Lara took the ICC Champions Trophy.

A fantastic comeback win for the West Indies.

Well done and Congratulations. The West Indies have won a major cricket tournament after a long time.

A match to remember. The match wasn't exciting with the dull, gray, overcast, windy, and rainy conditions. However, the fightback by the West Indies made the match worth watching in the end. It was a good end to the second most important cricket tournament, after the World Cup.

ICC Champions Trophy 2004 played in England.
Semi-finalists: Pakistan and Australia.
Runners up: England.
Winners: West Indies.