A.F. Giles


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Ashley Giles took nine wickets in the match, earned the Man of the Match award and a place on the Lord’s Honours Board, as England defeated the West Indies by 210 runs in 2004.

He also claimed his 100th Test victim, that of Brian Lara, who he dismissed in both innings of the match.

England were indebted to three centurions, Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan and a double-hundred from Rob Key in their first innings as they racked up 568 all out. Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s unbeaten 128 kept the Windies in touch though, as they were bowled out for 416 with Giles taking 4 for 129.

Vaughan made it two hundreds in the match as England declared on 325 for 5, setting the Windies an improbable 478 in around 130 overs. England were well placed at the close on day four, with their opponents 114 for 3, but victory wasn’t assured until the final morning when Giles snared Lara with, what Wisden described, as a ‘killer ball through the gate’.

Giles ended the innings with figures of 5 for 81, and match figures of 9 for 210 as England went 1-0 up in the four-match series.