Tredwell stars as England record superb World Cup success

Friday 18th March 2011

Men’s First Team

Kent off-spinner James Tredwell turned in a superb man-of-the-match on his World Cup debut as England kept their tournament dreams alive, in dramatic fashion, with an 18 run win over the West Indies in Chennai.

In a must win game, the national selectors turned to Tredwell on a turning wicket and the Kent man didn't disappoint – claiming match-winning figures of 4-48. England must now rely on final match defeats for Bangladesh and the West Indies to guarantee their passage through to the quarter-finals.

England batted first and, despite starts for Jonathan Trott (47), skipper Andrews Strauss (31) and Ian Bell (27), slumped to 151 for six when Tredwell strode to the crease. His composed innings of nine halted England's capitulation and he added 41 for the seventh wicket with Luke Wright (44) before a mix up led to the left-hander being run-out. England, in the end, scrambled to 243 – a competitive but modest total. Andre Russell claimed 4-49 for the West Indies.

In typical fashion opener Chris Gayle got the chase off to a brutal start as he raced to 43, in no time, and Darren Sammy's side looked to cruising until the introduction of Tredwell. Firstly he took out Gayle leg before, and then had Devon Smith stumped by Matt Prior for ten. The Kent spinner then completed a trio in his first-spell when Darren Bravo edged to Strauss at slip on five. Wickets continued to tumble despite Sammy's belligerent 41 and when dangerman Kieron Pollard fell to Graeme Swann the West Indies were struggling on 150 for six. However, Russell continued his fine game smashing a quick fire 49 before Tredwell returned to snaffle him LBW. By now the islanders only required another 22 runs to send England home.

In the very next over Swann swung the game in England's favour as he dismissed Ramnaresh Sarwan and Kemar Roach inside three balls to leave Strauss's men on the brink of a remarkable win. They didn't have to wait long to seal the win either as Sulieman Benn attempted a kamikaze second run but was well short of his ground as England claimed the crucial win to stay in World Cup contention.