Cricket: 80 Minutes that shook England

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The Independent Online
For three and a half days, England outplayed the West Indies and fought their way back into a series many had thought was irretrievably lost. The tour, it seemed, was back on the right track. Then in 80 astonishing minutes, it all went horribly wrong. . .

4.04 pm: Mike Atherton pinned in front of stumps by Ambrose first ball of innings. Score: 0-1

4.09 pm: Four balls later, Mark Ramprakash turns quickly for second run, hesitates and is run out by a clear 10 yards. 1-2

4.17 pm: Robin Smith's stumps shattered as he misses with forward defensive prod against Ambrose. 5-3

4.36 pm: Graeme Hick, after 13 nervous balls, waves his bat outside off stump at Ambrose and is caught behind. 21-4

4.48 pm: Alec Stewart, moving neither forwards nor back, is spectacularly bowled by Ambrose. 26-5

4.56 pm: Ian Salisbury, the night- watchman, fends off Walsh to Lara at first slip. 27-6

5.13 pm: Jack Russell, having been hit by a short Ambrose delivery, backs away from the next and edges it to Simmons at slip. 37-7

5.23 pm: Graham Thorpe loses his off stump to Ambrose. 40-8

80 minutes. 89 balls.

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