Cricket: Adams and Campbell combine to overhaul Australia

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A CENTURY partnership between Sherwin Campbell and Jimmy Adams set up West Indies for a five-wicket victory over Australia in Port of Spain on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead in the seven-match limited-overs series.

The visitors, who won the toss, scoring 242 for 7, suffered a blow when they lost their main strike bowler, Glenn McGrath, to injury. They were always struggling to restrict West Indies from the time McGrath limped from the field after one over, having turned his left ankle when he slipped while fielding. West Indies reached 244 for 5 with six balls to spare.

Adams (82 from 102 balls) and the opener Campbell (64 from 83 balls) set West Indies on a winning path with a 109-run partnership. All-rounder Carl Hooper then scored a crucial 56 from just 61 balls to take West Indies to within sight of a victory which was secured when captain Brian Lara, batting down at No 5, lashed Tom Moody to the boundary.

The off-spinner Nehemiah Perry was the most impressive of West Indies bowlers, finishing with 3 for 45, as well as being involved in both his side's run-outs. Australia struggled with their run rate despite a bright 29 from 38 deliveries by Damien Martyn, 40 from 48 by Lehmann and an unbeaten 29 from 22 by Michael Bevan.

But Martyn, Lehmann, Tom Moody (2) and Steve Waugh (2), who recorded his third failure in as many games, were dismissed in the space of four overs and the Australian total never looked quite enough.