TWO PITCH invasions by thousands of spectators plunged the fifth one-day international between West Indies and Australia into farce and confusion here yesterday.
West Indies edged home by one run after Australia's captain, Steve Waugh, who had steered his team into a winning position with an unbeaten half- century in the chase for 174, failed to hit the four runs needed off Keith Arthurton's final ball of the rain-shortened match.
But no sooner had he lofted the ball to deep mid-wicket than the Bourda ground was flooded by fans. Waugh and his eighth-wicket partner, Shane Warne, completed two runs before Arthurton removed the bails amid the chaos. As Arthurton returned the ball to the umpires, the batsmen attempted a third which was not allowed. Players from both sides were bumped and jostled as they tried to flee the pitch.
Before the start of the final over - Australia had needed six runs for victory - excited fans had poured from the overcrowded stands on to the pitch. They ran off with the stumps but police managed to push them all back beyond the boundary ropes so that the last vital over could take place.
The narrow victory put West Indies 3-2 ahead in the seven-match series, which concludes in Barbados this weekend.
Bold strokeplay by the openers, Sherwin Campbell and Ridley Jacobs, was rewarded with 83 for the first wicket of a match reduced from 50 to 30 overs after three and a half hours was lost to rain. Both fell to Shane Lee in the 15th over, Campbell scoring 41 to Jacobs' 33.
West Indies were in danger of squandering their early advantage when Jimmy Adams, captain in place of the injured Brian Lara, and Carl Hooper were deceived and dismissed by leg breaks from Shane Warne, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Stuart Williams mixed some powerful hitting with watchful defence during their 42-run stand. The innings finished in a flurry when the all-rounder Phil Simmons belted two sixes in four balls off Lee and lifted the West Indies to 173 for 5.
Australia's chase suffered a double blow early on when Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting were removed in consecutive balls by the paceman Mervyn Dillon, and every time Australia looked set to mount a challenge to the five-an-over total, West Indies took a wicket.
Australia won toss
R D Jacobs c S Waugh b Lee 33
S L Campbell c and b Lee 41
*J C Adams b Warne 7
C L Hooper st Gilchrist b Warne 8
S Chanderpaul c Moody b Lee 27
S C Williams not out 30
P V Simmons not out 15
Extras (1b, 4lb, 4w, 3nb) 12
Total (for 5, 30 overs) 173
Fall: 1-83, 2-84, 3-100, 4-101, 5-153.
Did not bat: K L T Arthurton, H Bryan, M Dillon, C A Walsh.
Bowling: Fleming 6-0-30-0; Reiffel 2-0-14-0; Moody 5-0-27-0; Lee 6-0- 39-3; Warne 6-0-35-2; Waugh 5-0-23-0.
ME Waugh c Adams b Dillon 5
AC Gilchrist run out (Bryan) 44
RT Ponting b Dillon 0
DS Lehmann b Hooper 13
*SR Waugh not out 71
MG Bevan b Simmons 10
S Lee b Simmons 0
TM Moody c Bryan b Dillon 2
SK Warne not out 19
Extras (lb 3, w 2, nb 3) 8
Total (for 7, 30 overs) 172
Fall: 1-26, 2-26, 3-50, 4-70, 5-116, 6-116, 7-119.
To Bat: P R Reiffel, D W Fleming.
Bowling: Walsh 6-0-32-0; Dillon 6-1-25-3; Bryan 6-0-27-0; Hooper 6-0- 48-1; Simmons 4-0-25-2; Arthurton 2-0-12-0.
Umpires: W Doctrove and E A Nicholls.
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