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West indies square one-day series

Windies square one-day series with five-wicket win over Australia

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23:45 GMT, 18 March 2012

Kieron Pollard's unbeaten 47 anchored
the West Indies to a five-wicket victory over Australia in Sunday's
second one-day international in Kingstown, St Vincent.

Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis-revised
victory target of 158 after rain reduced the match to 40 overs a side,
the hosts rattled off the required runs with 10 balls to spare.

All smiles: Dwayne Bravo (left) and Kieron Pollard celebrate victory

All smiles: Dwayne Bravo (left) and Kieron Pollard celebrate victory

Pollard's 61-ball stint was highlighted by four sixes, but it was a maximum by Carlton Baugh (18 not out) that got the West Indies over the line for a victory that levels the five-match series at 1-1.

The West Indies' first ODI victory over Australia in more than five years looked a long way from being realised early in their reply when Kieran Powell was removed for no score, trapped lbw to Brett Lee's first ball of the innings.

Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels settled any early nerves as they took the hosts' score out to beyond 40 before the latter was bowled between bat and pad by Australia skipper Shane Watson on 20, while Charles followed a short time later, run out on 26 while attempting a second run.

Unbeaten: Kieron Pollard was a thorn in Australia's side

Unbeaten: Kieron Pollard was a thorn in Australia's side

Darren Bravo added 16 runs before he was removed by Xavier Doherty, leaving Dwayne Bravo (30) and Pollard to take the score beyond 100 and bring victory into the Windies' sights.

Dwayne Bravo fell to a run out in the 34th over as he attempted a single, yet with his demise came the arrival of Baugh, who combined with the assured Pollard to comfortably ease the hosts to victory.

Earlier, Sunil Narine claimed four wickets in a man-of-the-match performance as the West Indies restricted the tourists to 154 for nine before that figure was revised up on the Duckworth-Lewis.

Narine stole the show with four for 27 while Kemar Roach added two for 23.

David Hussey's 37 was the best Australia's batsmen had to offer.

The hosts made an early breakthrough with Roach bowling opener David Warner for just 13.

Roach struck again four balls later to end Peter Forrest's stay without adding to the score, the 26-year-old edging to Windies captain Darren Sammy at second slip.

Watson was on 25 when he fell to a Sammy delivery, leaving Australia struggling on 46 for three.

Take that: Australia's opener David Warner drives as wicket keeper Carlton Baugh looks on

Take that: Australia's opener David Warner drives as wicket keeper Carlton Baugh looks on

Mike Hussey tried to get the tourists' innings going but was deceived by a quick ball from Narine on 24 which he flicked behind to wicket-keeper Baugh.

Dwayne Bravo got in on the wickets, removing George Bailey on 21, before Daniel Christian was run out for six following a mix-up with David Hussey. Matthew Wade (three) then came unstuck at the hands of Narine, before the off-spinner ended David Hussey's resistance and dismissed Clint McKay for six.

Birmingham 0 Hull 0: Defences rule at St Andrew"s in dull stalemate

Birmingham 0 Hull 0: Defences rule at St Andrew's in dull stalemate

Promotion rivals Birmingham and Hull shared the spoils in a tight npower Championship stalemate at St Andrew's.

The writing was on the wall ahead of a clash between the second tier's two meanest defences, with Hull not having conceded in their previous four league matches while Blues had shipped just one goal in their last seven in all competitions.

And clear-cut chances were at a premium in an encounter in which defences were on top, with a point apiece suitable reward.

Scrappy: Birmingham's Marlon King gets to grips with Hull's Andy Dawson

Scrappy: Birmingham's Marlon King gets to grips with Hull's Andy Dawson

The point extends Birmingham's unbeaten run to 13 matches and maintains their undefeated league run on home soil, albeit dropping from third to fifth.

Hull, now five Championship games without defeat, also drop one place to seventh amid a competitive promotion picture, with both sides boasting a game in hand on their rivals.

Blues skipper Stephen Carr returned after injury to make his first appearance since mid-December – the club's last defeat of any kind, one of two changes with Wade Elliott also coming in.

Tigers manager Nick Barmby made one switch, Aaron Mclean replacing Cameron Stewart from the XI who started Saturday's 3-0 triumph over Bristol City, which was watched by Blues boss Chris Hughton with his side's clash at Barnsley falling foul of the weather.

MATCH FACTS

Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Burke, Fahey, Spector, Mutch, Elliott (Redmond 78), King.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Gomis, Rooney.

Booked: Caldwell.

Hull: Mannone, Rosenior, Chester, Hobbs, Dawson, McKenna, Evans,
Mclean, Brady (Stewart 63), Koren, Fryatt.

Subs Not Used: Carson, Dudgeon, King, Olofinjana.

Att: 18,900

Ref: Fred Graham (Essex).

Hull started firmly in the ascendancy albeit without really causing any concern to Blues' backline, with the hosts sloppy in possession and struggling to get to grips with the game.

The first real opening came after 19 minutes and Birmingham were thankful to midfielder Jordon Mutch, who cleared Jack Hobbs' header off the line following a recycled corner.

Keith Fahey's shot was easily saved by Vito Mannone at the other end as Blues threatened for the first time.

The home side became more competitive as the first half wore on and grew into proceedings. But openings were even more scarce over the second part of the first period as the half-time whistle brought a close to the finely-balanced proceedings.

Hughton sparked life into his side at the break as they started the second period full of urgency, adding much-needed pace to the encounter which was missing in the first half.

Curtis Davies twice headed over the crossbar amid a sequence of three quickfire corners. Elliott narrowly failed to connect with Carr's teasing cross shortly after the hour mark as Blues further threatened an opener.

Mclean proved his threat for Hull, who reminded Birmingham of their threat as the clash entered the closing stages.

The hosts went into the final 10 minutes knowing well over a third of their 47 league goals this term had come in the final 10 minutes.

And Davies came close to teeing up King for a late winner but it was not to be as Hull took a deserved point back to Humberside.

Millwall 0 Birmingham 6: Marlon King scores a brace against nine-man Lions

Millwall 0 Birmingham 6: King at the double as nine-man Lions are hit for six

At the double: King netted a brace in the win over Millwall

At the double: King netted a brace in the win over Millwall

Marlon King bagged a brace as Birmingham outlined their promotion credentials by hammering nine-man Millwall.

Blues were on the back foot for the majority of the first half but they took their chance after the sorry hosts completely lost their discipline.

Curtis Davies gave Chris Hughton's side an 18th-minute lead against the run of play before the Lions' chances were hampered when Shane Lowry was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Nikola Zigic.

Zigic was at the centre of the action
again as he was felled by Alan Dunne's tackle from behind, with the
defender also given a straight red card.

MATCH FACTS

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Lowry, Smith, Feeney (Henry 85), Trotter, Abdou, Bouazza, N'Guessan (McQuoid 71),Kane (Marquis 85).
Subs Not Used: Mildenhall, Craig.
Sent Off: Lowry (22), Dunne (57).
Booked: Trotter, N'Guessan.

Birmingham: Myhill, Ridgewell, Caldwell, Davies, Spector, Fahey, Mutch (Gomis 46), Beausejour, Burke (Redmond 81), King, Zigic (Rooney 61).
Subs Not Used: Doyle, Murphy.
Booked: Mutch, Zigic, Rooney.
Goals: Davies 18, King 59, Burke 74, Rooney 81, King 83, Redmond 90.

Att: 10,539

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

From there on, Birmingham ran riot
as strikes from King and then Chris Burke ensured the points would go to
the midlands outfit.

Further efforts from Adam Rooney,
another from King and Nathan Redmond ensured Birmingham extended their
unbeaten run to six matches in some style.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett made
five changes to the side that drew at Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA
Cup and it was one of those replacements who nearly put the hosts in
front.

Hamer Bouazza picked out Dany N'Guessan at the near post but the striker could only head wide.

On-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane
then had his effort from Bouazza's corner cleared off the line by a
perfectly positioned Jean Beausejour as the Lions continued to belie
their lowly league position.

Despite being on the back foot for much of the early stages, Davies gave Blues an 18th-minute lead against the run of play.

The former Aston Villa defender burst in unmarked at the back post to head home Jordon Mutch's free-kick.

Millwall's defence had failed to pick up Davies' run but things went from bad to worse four minutes later as Lowry received a straight red card for an off-the-ball incident with Zigic.

Referee Jon Moss initially missed the incident but after consulting with his linesman, gave defender Lowry his marching orders.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, Millwall continued to dominate the contest until the interval and only a spectacular save from Blues goalkeeper Boaz Myhill denied Kane from finding the top corner with a 25-yard strike.

The visitors started to gain the upper hand after the interval and their chances of coming away with all three points were enhanced even further when Millwall were reduced to nine men in the 57th minute when Dunne saw red after a tackle on Zigic from behind.

And King took full advantage to double Birmingham's advantage two minutes later.

The striker collected the ball from Keith Fahey before turning and shooting past Millwall's David Forde.

Unsurprisingly, Birmingham controlled the tempo of the clash thereafter and a one-two between Burke and King ended with the former cutting into the box and firing into the top corner.

Substitute Rooney made it four with a thumping effort from the edge of the area after being teed up by Burke in the 81st minute.

The goalscorer then turned provider as his clever ball found King, who then rounded Forde before finishing for his second of the afternoon two minutes later, while Redmond hammered home a sixth from 12 yards in stoppage time.

Virender Sehwag smashes his way to one-day world record with stunning 219

Sehwag smashes his way to one-day world record with stunning 219

Virender Sehwag hit a record-breaking 219 to make the highest individual score in one-day internationals in India”s match against West Indies in Indore.

The opener passed team-mate Sachin Tendulkar”s 200 not out against South Africa in February last year as he put the Windies bowling to the sword.

Balls eye: India

Balls eye: India”s captain Virender Sehwag smashed his way to a world record 219

TOP TEN ONE-DAY INNINGS

V Sehwag 219 India v West Indies December 8, 2011
SR Tendulkar 200* India v South Africa (Gwalior) February 24, 2010
CK Coventry 194* Zimbabwe v Bangladesh August 16, 2009
Saeed Anwar 194 Pakistan v India May 21,1997
VA Richards 189* West Indies v England May 31,1984
ST Jayasuriya 189 Sri Lanka v India October 29, 2000
G Kirsten 188* South Africa v UAE February 16, 1996
SR Tendulkar 186* India v New Zealand November 8, 1999
SR Watson 185* Australia v Bangladesh April 11, 2011
MS Dhoni 183* India v Sri Lanka Oct 31, 2005

The 33-year-old, who was dropped on 170, hammered seven sixes and 25 boundaries in his magnificent 148-ball knock as India posted 418 for five in the fourth ODI.

Sehwag, whose previous ODI best was 175 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in February, brought up the record in style with his 23rd four of the match.

He was finally dismissed in the 47th over off the bowling of Kieron Pollard.

The double century also took him past the 8,000-run mark in ODIs.

The Windies used seven bowlers in a bid to find a way to stop the Sehwagonslaught, but none will be keen to remember their figures.

Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on 176 for the first wicket before the latter was run out by Marlon Samuels for 67.

Salute: Sehwag also passed the 8,000-run mark during his special innings

Salute: Sehwag also passed the 8,000-run mark during his special innings

Suresh Raina was run out by Andre Russell for 55 to leave India 316 for two in the 41st over, while Sehwaggot a reprieve on 170 when he was dropped by Darren Sammy off Ravi Rampaul.

Russel removed Ravindra Jadeja for 10 before Sehwag surpassed Tendulkar”s record to move on to 201.

He added 18 more runs before his glorious innings came to an end, Pollard finally getting some joy for the beleaguered Windies attack.

Dismantled: The India captain took the West Indies bowling attack apart

Dismantled: The India captain took the West Indies bowling attack apart

Afterwards Sehwag admitted he never expected to break the record.

Sehwag said: “I never dreamt of it. I told Gauti (Gautam Gambhir) if we showed a little patience we could get a big one. But I was never expecting a double century. When I decided I wanted to hit a six, I went and did it with a straight bat.

“I know people expected me to score a double-century, so thanks to them. And thanks to my family. I had said earlier that the top order was not contributing, and it was my job. When (Darren) Sammy dropped my chance, I knew God was with me.”

Pure delight: Sehwag 219 beat compatriot Sachin Tendulkar

Pure delight: Sehwag 219 beat compatriot Sachin Tendulkar”s previous best of 200

But Rohit Sharma hit 27 off 16 and Virat Kohli an unbeaten 23 off 11 as India continued to pile on the runs. India lead the five-match series 2-1.

Virender Sehwag breaks one-day world record

Sehwag smashes his way to one-day world record with stunning 219 against Windies

Virender Sehwag hit a record-breaking 219 to make the highest individual score in one-day internationals in India”s match against West Indies in Indore.

The opener passed team-mate Sachin Tendulkar”s 200 not out against South Africa in February last year as he put the Windies bowling to the sword.

Balls eye: India

Balls eye: India”s captain Virender Sehwag smashed his way to a world record 219

TOP TEN ONE-DAY INNINGS

V Sehwag 219 India v West Indies December 8, 2011
SR Tendulkar 200* India v South Africa (Gwalior) February 24, 2010
CK Coventry 194* Zimbabwe v Bangladesh August 16, 2009
Saeed Anwar 194 Pakistan v India May 21,1997
VA Richards 189* West Indies v England May 31,1984
ST Jayasuriya 189 Sri Lanka v India October 29, 2000
G Kirsten 188* South Africa v UAE February 16, 1996
SR Tendulkar 186* India v New Zealand November 8, 1999
SR Watson 185* Australia v Bangladesh April 11, 2011
MS Dhoni 183* India v Sri Lanka Oct 31, 2005

The 33-year-old, who was dropped on 170, hammered seven sixes and 25 boundaries in his magnificent 148-ball knock as India posted 418 for five in the fourth ODI.

Sehwag, whose previous ODI best was 175 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in February, brought up the record in style with his 23rd four of the match.

He was finally dismissed in the 47th over off the bowling of Kieron Pollard.

The double century also took him past the 8,000-run mark in ODIs.

The Windies used seven bowlers in a bid to find a way to stop the Sehwagonslaught, but none will be keen to remember their figures.

Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on 176 for the first wicket before the latter was run out by Marlon Samuels for 67.

Salute: Sehwag also passed the 8,000-run mark during his special innings

Salute: Sehwag also passed the 8,000-run mark during his special innings

Dismantled: The India captain took the West Indies bowling attack apart

Dismantled: The India captain took the West Indies bowling attack apart

Suresh Raina was run out by Andre Russell for 55 to leave India 316 for two in the 41st over, while Sehwaggot a reprieve on 170 when he was dropped by Darren Sammy off Ravi Rampaul.

Russel removed Ravindra Jadeja for 10 before Sehwag surpassed Tendulkar”s record to move on to 201.

Pure delight: Sehwag 219 beat compatriot Sachin Tendulkar

Pure delight: Sehwag 219 beat compatriot Sachin Tendulkar”s previous best of 200

He added 18 more runs before his glorious innings came to an end, Pollard finally getting some joy for the beleaguered Windies attack.

But Rohit Sharma hit 27 off 16 and Virat Kohli an unbeaten 23 off 11 as India continued to pile on the runs. India lead the five-match series 2-1.

LONDON 2012: Paralympian Jonnie Peacock is Great Britain"s answer to Oscar Pistorius

He had his leg amputated at five, but now Britain”s answer to Oscar Pistorius is… Taking it in his stride

Jonnie Peacock, Britain’s own Blade Runner, has already shaken Oscar Pistorius’s cage. It was on a mountainside near Christchurch, New Zealand, during the Paralympic World Championships there in January.

‘Oscar saw the rust around the cable car and he didn’t really like being on it,’ says Peacock. ‘I was shaking the car. He wanted me to stop. He said, “If you think I’m a good runner, you should see what a good boxer I am”.’

The two men are likely to meet in the 100metres (T44) at the Paralympics in London. The arithmetic says that Pistorius will be out of reach: his world record (shared with America’s Marlon Shirley) of 10.91sec contrasts with Peacock’s best of 11.47.

Get set: Peacock is ready for the 100m at the Paralympics

Get set: Peacock is ready for the 100m at the Paralympics

It is Pistorius, the South African phenomenon, who features on British billboards. He who hopes to make history by running against able-bodied athletes at next summer’s Olympics.

And he who will write a column for Sportsmail.

So Peacock might as well forget challenging at the front That depends. At 18, he is seven years younger than Pistorius and has scope to improve dramatically after recently moving from his hometown of Cambridge to train full time in London under UK Athletics’ respected coach Dan Pfaff.

Whatever 2012 brings, Peacock’s story is an inspiring one. He had his right leg amputated below the knee when he contracted meningitis at the age of five. ‘I don’t remember anything about the period except my mum driving me to the hospital,’ he says.

Poster boy: South African phenomenon Oscar Pistorius is one of the faces of the London 2012 Paralympics

Poster boy: South African phenomenon Oscar Pistorius is one of the faces of the London 2012 Paralympics

‘I was in my Power Rangers duvet and she was speeding through a few red lights to get me there. They say people can block out bad episodes they don’t want to remember, or perhaps I was just too young to remember it all.’

Some scars from the blood poison that ate away at his skin remain, mostly on his lower body.

‘What I do remember is going to school afterwards in a wheelchair,’ he says.

‘I didn’t play outside with the other kids. I picked girls to stay in with me at lunchtimes. It is also when I got to know Martin, who is still my best friend. Perhaps he didn’t have any friends at the time and thought he’d befriend the disabled kid.’

He smiles, meeting his misfortune with equilibrium. He also recalls a hopping race his mother, Linda, asked the school to stage on sports day. Young Peacock pulled off his prosthetic leg and bounced to victory by 20 metres. Parents and teachers were moved to tears.

Ready for action: Peacock trains at Pickets lock track in Enfield and is building towards next year

Ready for action: Peacock trains at Pickets lock track in Enfield and is building towards next year”s games

During those early years, he played football and rugby, stuck-in-the-mud and kiss-chase without a problem. ‘But then the mental side of it hit me when I was 13,’ he says. ‘I walked home and it should have taken 20-30 minutes. I was in pain and it could take me two or three hours. I would get very worked up.

‘I thought, “Why me” a lot. “Girls won’t find me attractive”. It was a dark period for some months. I wondered what it would be like to have two legs. But when I was 14-15 I started going out with a girl called Deenie and that helped me so much.

‘There was some bullying until I got older. They had names for me like Peg Leg and Long John Silver, but only about three or four names — those guys weren’t the cleverest.’

Peacock’s route into athletics opened up when he attended a talent identification day at Mile End, east London, at the end of 2008. He did the 60m sprint, pistol shooting and wheelchair tennis, using his ordinary prosthetic leg rather than the blade in which he now competes.

His performance as a runner led to him being set up by the British Paralympic Association and UK Athletics with coaching at Cambridge University’s athletics track. His times tumbled.

The time is now: Peacock is looking forward to taking on Pistorius in London

The time is now: Peacock is looking forward to taking on Pistorius in London

Ready for action: Peacock would love to have the same status as Pistorius

Ready for action: Peacock would love to have the same status as Pistorius

At Christchurch, when he wasn’t winding up Pistorius, he finished fifth in 11.63, a fine result in his first major competition. Despite injury, he improved through last year, raising hopes that he could win a medal at the London Paralympics, not just in Rio four years later.

Now living in Southgate, a 50-minute journey to UK Athletics’ base in Lee Valley, he trains and recovers more professionally. His weights sessions are now six times a week rather than once or twice.

Only last week a scan, organised at the click of a finger, immediately indicated he should rest his knee whereas before he would have ploughed on through the pain unsure of what exactly was wrong.

Can he emulate Pistorius by competing in the Olympics, say in Rio ‘A bit far-fetched,’ says Peacock, a BT Ambassador, pointing out that he is unlikely to be able to match the explosive power of the fastest men in the world over 100m and that he, unlike Pistorius, is not equipped for 400m.

‘Oscar is such a brilliant guy and is running such great times,’ adds Peacock. ‘He can run the best times he’s ever run next year. I hope so because he has brought so much to Paralympic sport. Even people who do not know much about the Paralympics know him.

‘Everything he does is a plus for us. I’d love to have his status in the world. It takes a lot of work.’

Jonnie Peacock is a BT ambassador. BT is the official communications services partner for the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. Visit www.bt.com/london2012

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