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West Indies error hands England victory in ODI

ENGLAND claimed its first international win since August in farcical circumstances when West Indies miscalculated the Duckworth-Lewis target at the end of the opening one-dayer at Georgetown, Guyana, on Friday.

West Indies, chasing England's 50-over total of 270 for seven, were offered the chance to go off due to rain and bad light and their Australian coach John Dyson beckoned the batsmen off the field.

However, the hosts were one run short of the Duckworth-Lewis target, the method used to calculate results when the full overs are unused, and with no opportunity to return to the field England was declared the winner with West Indies on 244 for seven from 46.2 overs.

Dyson left his seat in the pavilion to consult match referee Javagal Srinath and England was soon celebrating its first win since a one-day victory over South Africa at Lord's.

"I was on the wrong column (on the sheet) ... I thought we were ahead of Duckworth-Lewis but in fact we were behind by one run," Dyson told Sky Sports television. "There was a lot of noise going on and it was my responsibility so that was it."

Earlier, England posted a challenging total thanks to a smart 43 off 62 balls from opener Ravi Bopara and good work in the middle-order from Paul Collingwood (69) and Owais Shah (62).

West Indies, in reply, lost skipper Chris Gayle for two before Lendl Simmons (62) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (57) put on 125 for the second wicket at a steady pace.

The game appeared to turn in the home team's favor when Shivnarine Chanderpaul cracked paceman Steve Harmison for 26 (five fours and a six) in one over. It was back in the balance though after Chanderpaul was dismissed for 46 and hard-hitting Kieron Pollard fell for 42.


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