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Honours Board Legend: Caddick Published: 24 May 2013

Honours Board Legend: Caddick

In 2000, Andy Caddick produced one of the finest spells of bowling at Lord's to help skittle the West Indies out for 54 in their second innings and set up a famous England Test victory at the Home of Cricket.

The tall Somerset bowler, coming in from the Nursery End, finished with figures of 5/16 from just 13 overs. The first of two times he was placed on the Lord's Honours Board.

"That's probably the pinnacle," he told Lord's TV when recalling his spell.

Everything just clicked



"That was a strange Test series.

"We'd lost the first Test [at Edgbaston] and we had to get back into the Test series and here we weren't doing too well, we were behind the eight-ball.

"It was just one of those mornings, you wake up, you come out and everything just sort of clicked."

Coming into the Test England were rocked by the loss of their captain Nasser Hussain who was ruled out with a cracked thumb, leading the way for Alec Stewart - who had been sacked as captain a year before - to take the responsibility.

The game's momentum swung between the two sides so often that Wisden recalled "it changed hands quicker than a spare ticket among the touts."

When England had been bowled out for 134 in their first innings and trailed the tourists by 133 runs following West Indies' first innings of 267,  Stewart may well have been rueing his decision to insert the tourists, despite the overcast conditions.

But Caddick's spell in the West Indies' second innings, which Stewart said was the best he ever kept wicket to, changed the game as Stewart's opposite number Jimmy Adams saw his men bowled out for just 54, with only Ridley Jacobs making double figures.

It was the West Indies' third lowest total ever and their lowest against England.

Set 188 to win, England made the Lord's crowd go through every emotion as Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose made work tricky on a bouncing and seaming pitch.

Michael Atherton and Michael Vaughan both made forties before Walsh got the better of them, leading to a mini collapse before Dominic Cork saw England home just after 7pm, with a gutsy 33 not out, as England wrapped up victory by two wickets inside three days to level the series.


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