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New Zealand vs West Indies
Neale Emslie

New Zealand gave themselves a World Cup lifeline with a gritty display as they defeated the West Indies by 20 runs in the pool B cricket match at St George's Park on Thursday, February 13, 2003.

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(Right)FAMILY SUPPORT ... Mervin Dillon's family (from left) wife Sophia, mother-in-law Carol Simpson, daughter Destiny, 3, father-in-law Bob Simpson and Tico Ali were in the stands to cheer him on against the New Zealanders.

Sent in to bat after West Indies captain Carl Hooper won the toss, the New Zealanders totaled 241 for seven in their 50 overs and then dismissed the Windies for 221 with two balls remaining.

While it was a superb team effort by the Black Caps, allrounder Andre Adams took the main accolades with a forceful and decisive 35 not out off 24 balls followed by bowling figures of four for 44. Unsurprisingly he was named man of the match.

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(Right) ALL FOR CRICKET ... These cricket lovers just loved the festive atmosphere at St George's park.

After losing their opening game against Sri Lanka on Monday, the New Zealanders drew level with South Africa and the Windies in their group, although there's still is certainty over their match with Kenya in Nairobi, scheduled for February 21.

The Kiwis are reluctant to play in Kenya because of security concerns and CWC executive director Ali Bacher said yesterday they expected to make a final decision on Sunday night.

Meanwhile New Zealand had alt their attention focused on the crucial encounter with the West Indies, the conquerors of South Africa in the tournament's opening match.

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(Right) DISAPPOINTING ... Star West Indies batsman Brian Lara sprints desperately back to the crease in a futile attempt to reach safety during the ICC World Cup match against New Zealand at St George's Park. Unfortunately for him he was run out for just two runs.

It was a hard earned triumph because the New Zealanders had to overcome a patchy batting effort, rescued only by the lower-order trio of Chris Harris, Brendon McCullum and Adams, who gave their bowlers something decent to defend by adding 98 runs off the final 18 overs-Part-time medium-pacer Wavell Hind's proved a revelation for me Windies as they again struggled to plug the weaknesses in their bowling.

He'd bowled only 114 overs in 65 one-day games, but yesterday the opening batsman took three for 35 to put his team in the driving seat. Their vulnerable resources, however, were again exposed towards the end of the innings, with Adams and McCullum adding an unbroken 53 for the eighth wicket in seven overs.

It made their final total of 24l for seven a lot more respectable and then the Black Caps got off to the perfect start as they ripped through the top-order, reducing their opponents to 46 for five with all the big guns back in the hut, including Brian Lara who was run out for two.

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(Right) NEW ZEALAND FANS ... Kingswood College, Grahamstown, pupils (from left) James Miller, Mark Turner and Hugh Savage, all 12, came to Port Elizabeth to cheer for the Kiwis.

The champion left-hander was the victim of a superb piece of fielding by Lou Vincent and Chris Cairns. Vincent chased a chip through mid-wicket all the way to the boundary and relayed the ball to Cairns, who scored with a direct hit to catch Lara short as he scampered desperately through for a third run.

That was followed by skipper Hooper hooking a short one from Adams down Shane Bond's throat at fine leg and when Shivnarine Chanderpaul was trapped in front by Jacob Oram, the Windies had dug themselves into a deep hole, losing five wickets for 12 runs in four overs.

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(Right) KIWI SUPPORTERS ... These two flags-carrying New Zealanders, Sean Botherway (left) from Hamilton, and Hamish Blundell, from Wellington,were at St George's Park to cheer their team on to victory.

Ramnaresh Sarwan and Ricardo Powell sparked a recovery with a stand of 34, and Sarwan and Ridley Jacobs then really made the New Zealanders sweat with a stand of 98 in 23 overs to give their side an outside chance of making it two wins in a row.

But the pressure was always mounting and it translated into fatal risks for the Windies batsmen as they tried to force the pace.

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(Right) Brian Lara hangs his head in despair during the West Indies / New Zealand match.

Sarwan was bowled by spinner Daniel Vettori for 75 off 99 bails and New Zealand gave another example of how they capitalised on their chances when Oram look a superb catch at third man to get rid of the last dangerman, Ridley Jacobs, for 50 off 73 balls (one six, three fours).

Eastern Province Herald
February 14, 2003.

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