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Lara lifts West Indies to victory

By John Salvado 08/01/2005 08:36:21 PM Comments (0)

The name on the back of the jumper read Collins but the batting was unmistakably Brian Lara.

The West Indies skipper made an extraordinary unbeaten 116 from just 86 balls to inspire the tourists to a four-wicket victory over Australia A in the one-day cricket match in Hobart on Saturday.

Lara's kit bag went missing en route to Australia, forcing him to play in gear borrowed from 12th man Pedro Collins.

Not that it was much of a setback.

His knock was highlighted by one stunning six off speedster Brett Lee which sailed high over the wide mid-on fence, through a tree and onto the road alongside Bellerive Oval.

The West Indies also got good performances with the bat from freewheeling opener Chris Gayle (40 from 32 balls) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (42) in a match they desperately needed to win after being thumped by Victoria last Wednesday.

"Against Victoria everyone got into the 20s and nobody carried on," said Lara after his side reached the target of 6-266 with eight balls to spare.

"It's very important to understand that if you get a start, if you get into the groove, you've got to try as much as possible to do the job yourself.

"It's nice to do it in the second match, to get a hundred and show the guys what is necessary for us to win."

The victory will lift spirits with the VB Series opener against Australia only six days away.

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