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    Cricket....and Australia beat the West Indies by two wickets off the final ball of their?

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    Cricket....and Australia beat the West Indies by two wickets off the final ball of their 35-over one-day international in St Lucia on Wednesday (12 April). Australia finished at the close of play at 140 for eight wickets, following a West Indies total of 139 all-out.

    SYNOPSIS: Alvin Kallicharran opened the West Indies innings for only the second time in his career. Following the loss of Greenidge he was joined at the crease by Larry Gomes -- also unaccustomed to high order batting. Gomes showed his improvement as he hit Wayne Clarke for four runs. At the other end Kallicharran gave Bob Simpson's bowling some rough treatment.... he hit him for six runs.

    Gomes did not last long however, going for the big-hit, he was caught at mid-wicket by Darling off Bob Simpson. He had scored seven runs and the West Indies were 69 for two.

    Kallicharran was the next to go without the total moving on. Caught behind in the slips for 34 runs by Bob Simpson off Yardley's bowling.

    The West Indies were still on 69 when the next wicket fell. And Simpson had a hand in it again as he caught and bowled Bacchus. Shillingford was the next to go....caught by Wood off Callen's bowling.

    Callen soon struck again.... This time it was Phillip who got an edge and was caught by wicket-keeper Rixon for a duck.

    It was Holder who stopped the slide. Coming in at number ten he attacked the Australian bowlers with some lively strokes.....Wayne Clarke coming into bowl....and that's six more for Holder.

    But next ball Holder paid the price for his big-hitting... Clean bowled by Wayne Clarke for 30 runs.

    Tail-ender Sylvester Clarke went the same way....clean bowled by his name-sake for a duck. And the West Indies were all out for 139.

    The Australian openers made a good start. Wood took a quick single....almost too quick for his partner Darling, who was nearly run out.

    Phillip to Darling.....it was short.....and was hooked away for four runs.

    The Australians continued to push up the total as the overs -- reduced from 40 to 35 due to overnight rain -- were played out. Their tight bowling had kept the West Indies run-rate down. And despite equally tight bowling by the West Indies pacemen, which forced Yallop to sport some unconventional head-wear, they won the match by one run.

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