18 Mar 2011

England still alive at World Cup

5:53 am on 18 March 2011

The England cricketers have staved off elimination from the World Cup after a thrilling 18-run victory over the West Indies in their group B match in Chennai.

Defending a 243-run total on a wicket that offered plenty of runs, spinner James Tredwell took 4 wickets to wreck the West Indies top order while Ravi Bopara claimed two vital wickets to bowl out the Caribbean side for 225 in 44.4 overs.

Earlier, the English top order was guilty of squandering promising starts and not a single batsman could score a half-century against a West Indies attack, spearheaded by pace bowler Andre Russell who took 4 wickets and debutant leg-spinner Devendra Bishop who took 3.

The Windies looked set for the win needing just 23 runs with 4 wickets and plenty of overs remaining, but lost wickets.

England's quarter-final prospects now depend on the outcome of the other Group B matches.

England are third in group B with 7 points, while they can be overtaken by the West Indies who next play India and Bangladesh who next play South Africa.