England vs West Indies: West Indies’ opening batsman Evin Lewis registered his name in the history books on Wednesday by breaking the oldest ever cricket record. The southpaw set a record for highest score by a batsman before getting retired hurt. Lewis had smashed his way to 176 for West Indies in the fourth ODI against England at The Oval. With a double century on cards, the Trinidadian smashed a Jake Ball full delivery against his ankle off an inside edge in the 46th over and dropped to the ground twisting in agony.
He then had to be taken off on a stretcher amid a standing ovation. His career-best score came from 130 balls and included seven sixes. During this knock, he went past the previous international record for a retired hurt of 165 set by Australian Charles Bannerman against England in 1877. Lewis’ knock helped West Indies to a strong total of 356 for 5 in 50 overs.
Despite the absence of their star all-rounder Ben Stokes, England won the rain-shortened fourth one-day international to clinch the series. Jason Roy got England off to a flying start before Moeen Ali hit 48 from 25 balls to give the finishing touches. He along with Jos Buttler put together a perfectly-timed and unbroken partnership of 77 from 48 balls to lift England from well behind the required run rate to just ahead when rain fell at the Oval and ended play.
England finished on 258-5 in 35.1 overs thanks to the late impetus provided by Ali and Buttler. That was good enough to win by six runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method after West Indies had posted 356-5 from 50 overs. Buttler was 43 not out from 35 balls alongside Ali, and their match-winning stand put England 3-0 up with one game to play in the series.
With this victory, England completed a successful summer of cricket at during which it won Test and one-day series against both South Africa and West Indies, and a Twenty20 series over the South Africans.