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England go down fighting to West Indies

cricket Updated: Mar 11, 2009 10:32 IST
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England failed in their bid for a series-levelling victory, when West Indies held on stoutly for a hard-fought draw in the fifth and final Test in Port of Spain.

England's bowlers put in a big effort, after the visitors set West Indies 240 for victory from a minimum of 66 overs, but the home team resisted strongly to finish on 114 for eight when time ran out on Tuesday.

Graeme Swann was the pick of the England bowlers with three wickets for 13 runs from 21 overs, Jimmy Anderson snared three for 24 from 16 overs, and Monty Panesar bagged two for 34 from 19.5 overs.

The result meant England lost the five-Test series 0-1, following an innings and 23-run defeat in the opening Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica, where they bowled England out for their third-lowest total in Tests of 51.

This was followed by the aborted second Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, and drawn Tests at the Antigua Recreation Ground and Kensington Oval.

The result also means that the visitors surrender the Wisden Trophy, symbol of Test supremacy between the two sides.

England made breakthroughs at regular intervals throughout the evening period to get a strong sniff of win, but the West Indies ninth wicket pair of Denesh Ramdin and Fidel Edwards survived 19 balls to deny them.

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