Cricket...and Australia had much the better of play, both on the fourth and fifth days?
Cricket...and Australia had much the better of play, both on the fourth and fifth days of the fifth, and final, Test match against West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. On the fourth day, the afternoon belonged to Australian batsmen Graeme Wood and Peter Toohey as they compiled their second wicket partnership of 180, which enabled Australia to declare their second innings at 305 for three. This set West Indies 369 to win. On the fifth day, West Indies lost several early wickets and a winning score did not appear within their grasp.
SYNOPSIS: The afternoon of the fourth day, Toohey puts this full-toss from Foster away to the boundary, and raises his 50. He'd made a century in the first innings.
Holders was among the steadiest West Indian bowlers, but Wood had no trouble off-driving him for four here.
Holder once more...Wood cuts. It's another boundary and Wood's 50 to compensate for a first-innings failure.
By now, it was obvious that the match was sliding away from the West Indies. They'd already won the series 3-1, but a win in the last Test would salve the wounds and build the confidence of the young Australian team.
By now, Wood was well set and relishing Foster's bowling.
Ralph Jumadeen finally broke the partnership at 245, when Bacchus took a fine tumbling catch at cover. Wood had made ninety. One run later, Toohey went just three runs short of his second century of the match. Jumadeen the bowler and Murray the stumper.
Yallop took some revenge for his fallen comrades, with a clean and straight hit for six.
Then Serjeant, who had had a mixed tour, improved his averages, a four off Parry in his thirty-two not out. Australia declared at three hundred and five for three, but the crowd was unhappy when the umpires ruled the light too poor for the West Indies innings to begin.
This was to have been the fifth, and final day, but turned out not to be the last. Thomson, however, made the end sudden for Bacchus, out at twenty-one with a slip catch to Simpson.
Yardley to the other opener, Basil Williams, and Wood swoops from short leg to take a fine catch from bat and pad. Forty-three for two, and a bad start. Then Gomes cuts a ball from Higgs into Rixon's gloves and three and down for forty-three. It's been a small collapse.
Soon afterwards, another wicket goes down. Maurice Foster plays goes down. Maurice Foster plays to third ma and Yardley gives chase. Foster fancies a second run, but a brilliant throw runs him out...and Yardley's team-mates are ecstatic. At fifty-nine for four, the West Indies innings had become something of a mess, and defeat began to loom very large.