Allan Lamb secured his third entry on the Lord’s Honours Board in 1988 with 113 against the West Indies, who defeated England in the second Test of the five-match series on their way to a 4-0 victory.
The Windies were bowled out for 209 in their first innings as Graham Dilley starred for the hosts, claiming figures of 5 for 55. However, a West Indian attack consisting of Malcolm Marshall, Patrick Patterson, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh bowled England out for 165, securing what would be a vital lead of 44 runs.
Gordon Greenidge’s century helped the Windies improve on their first innings showing with a total of 397 all out, setting England a near-impossible 442 to win.
A world record fourth innings chase never looked likely but Lamb, who dug in for nearly six hours to score 113 from 212 balls, added to his reputation for being comfortable against the best fast bowling in the world, despite England losing by 134 runs. On his 34th birthday, he notched his first Test century for four years but had a nervous wait overnight on 99, and took 25 minutes to reach the milestone.