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Bushrangers thump rusty West Indies

By John Salvado 05/01/2005 10:10:17 PM Comments (0)

Looking every inch like a team playing its first match in 102 days, the West Indies were thumped by seven wickets by Victoria in the limited-overs cricket match at the MCG.

It was a far cry from the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval on September 25 when they scored a shock two-wicket win over England to prompt talk of an overdue Caribbean renaissance.

Nine members of that team played but the rust from the long layoff was evident throughout.

Matthew Elliott (87) and David Hussey (83 not out) put on 129 minutes in 112 balls for the third wicket as the Bushrangers raced to 3-205 and victory with 18 overs to spare.

After taking 10 deliveries to get off the mark, Hussey's extraordinary knock came from just 62 balls and included five sixes.

Elliott was no less impressive before being caught on the long off boundary by substitute fielder Xavier Marshall when the result was beyond doubt.

Chris Gayle top-scored for the Windies with 33, yet he was back in the pavilion before the end of the fifth over after a 23-ball cameo that included 18 runs from paceman Michael Lewis's second over.

Six other batsmen - including skipper Brian Lara - reached double figures but none was able to press on to a sizeable score in the disappointing total of 201.

The Windies lost 6-63 in mid-innings and it was left to wicketkeeper Courtney Browne (18 not out) and Ian Bradshaw (28), with a ninth-wicket stand of 48, to ensure that the bowlers were at least given something to defend.

Earlier the Bushrangers shared the bowling honours with Lewis, Cameron White and occasional offspinner Brad Hodge claiming two wickets apiece.

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