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    Cricket...and police fire over the heads of rioting spectators who invaded the pitch and stopped?

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    Cricket...and police fire over the heads of rioting spectators who invaded the pitch and stopped play in the closing stages of the final cricket test between West Indies and Australia,at Kingston Jamaica. When angry crowds swarmed on the pitch on Wednesday (3 May) amid a barrage of bottles, Australia needed only one wicket to win and West Indies had to survive just 38 more balls to force a draw. However the umpire's later abandoned the match as a draw after one of them refused to agree to an extension of play into a sixth day. Australia had already established a 3-1 lead in the series.

    SYNOPSIS: Laughlin bowls to Phillip who takes advantage of the shorter delivery and promptly despatches it to the boundary for four runs.

    Jeff Thomson, the Australian fast bowler, to Alvin Kallicharan, the West Indies captain, and mainstay of their second innings. A full toss pushed through mid-off for two runs.

    Thomson got harsh treatment from the West Indies bowlers and on this occasion Phillip goes on to the back foot and drives him past Darling in the covers for four runs.

    The following ball from Thomson gets Phillip coming forward to pull the ball down to deep square leg and the opportunity for two runs.

    Kallicharan meanwhile soldiered on ...surviving this appeal for L.B.W. from Higgs.

    Yardley to Phillip who guides it away to Toohey and gains another two runs his personal tally at the same time.

    Kallicharan was playing a typical captain's innings and took full advantage of the slow bowling of Higgs to take two fours in succession.

    But the West Indian captain had to go. Opening up his shoulder's to Higgs he misjudge the delivery and is given out L.B.W. for 126.

    Meanwhile at the other end Phillip, who played a patient innings, and this time a further two runs by guiding the ball past the slips.

    Yardley to Vanburn Holder, who's caught behind by Rixon in a controversial decision for just six runs. He was the ninth West Indian wicket to fall and it was at this stage that crowd trouble began. The match became evenly poised with Australia needing just one wicket and the West Indies having to face 38 balls to force a draw, Riot police with revolvers took over the pitch and several shots had to be fired in the air to get the crowd from the field.

    Umpire Malcolm was unhappy with situation and after a final inspection of the wicket was escorted to safety by police.

    Meanwhile away from the crowd the Australian captain, Bobby Thomson tried to keep his team's mind on the job. However the riots were to spell the end of the match and of the series.

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