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Cricket: England hold on for dramatic victory.

Byline: BY RICHARD GIBSON in Antigua

ENGLAND shrugged off the effects of a bug sweeping through their camp to win a nerve jangler against Trinidad & Tobago by one run in the Stanford Super Series.

Requiring three off the final delivery of the match, Ravi Rampaul sliced to third man and was run out coming back for a second, which would have sealed a tie and sent the contest into a oneover play-off.

Tension mounted when, with eight runs required from three deliveries, Samuel Badree walked across his stumps and flicked Steve Harmison for four.

But a single from the penultimate delivery left Badree's ninth-wicket partner Rampaul on strike, and Owais Shah hurled the ball to wicketkeeper Matt Prior to seal the narrowest of victories.

England would have contemplated a wider margin of success than one run when Trinidad, Champions Cup winners 24 hours earlier, were 63 for four at the halfway stage.

England's plans beforehand were hit by a stomach bug that sidelined Stuart Broad, Luke Wright, Ryan Sidebottom and James Anderson, leaving just 11 fit players. But Ian Bell made 37 and skipper Kevin Pietersen hit three sixes in an assured 44 from 30 balls in a total of 141-6.

England go into the EUR20m crunch contest against the Stanford Superstars with two wins, but will hope to have more than 11 to choose from.

TODAY: (04.00 unless stated) Third Test Match (day 1 of 5) (S): Delhi: India v Australia Second Test Match (day 5 of 5) Mirpur: Bangladesh v New Zealand (04.30) (S) indicates Sunday play

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 29, 2008
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