It was a royal day at the 2nd Test match at Lords (London) today (Monday), not only because Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were there to meet the players, but because of the regal innings of the West Indies' captain Sobers whose performance today will go down in cricketing history.
MLV Queen introduced to Sobers who presents the West Indies team
CU Queen meeting West Indies team
MV Two members of English team look
MV Queen talking to Sobers
MV Queen meets Cowdrey MCC team
MV Duke talking to English players
MV Queen talking to d'Oliveira
LV Play in progress Nurse out caught Parks
LV Kanchai caught Parks
MV Sobers betting (9 shots)
MV Sobers acknowledges crowd (on scoring century)
LV West Indians runs across pitch
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Background: It was a royal day at the 2nd Test match at Lords (London) today (Monday), not only because Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were there to meet the players, but because of the regal innings of the West Indies' captain Sobers whose performance today will go down in cricketing history.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met the players out on the pitch after a brief break because of bad light during which tea was taken early. The royal couple were not only able to meet the teams, but to see the finest cricketer in the world playing one of the greatest innings of his life.
The morning started disastrously for the West Indies. They had lost Carew overnight and Hunte and Butcher quickly fell - Hunt caught by Milburn off Knight and Butcher 11 bw to Higgs.
At 25 for three Nurse began to hit out but d'Oliveira had him caught behind by Parks when he was on 35. West Indies: 91 for four. Nurse's partner Kanhai batted well until at 40 a ball from Knight found the edge and Parks had his hundredth wicket behind the stumps. The West Indies were then 95 for five. In effect 9- for five because they were only nine runs ahead of the English lead.
But then in came Sobers to punish the bowling and pull his team out of dire trouble with strokes all round the wicket. He and his partner David Holford put on nearly 200 runs in a great unbeaten stand for the sixth wicket.
Sobers finished the day with I2I not out and a new chapter to his name in cricketing history.