Last ball boundary

 

MICHAEL BEVAN struck a last ball boundary to condemn West Indies to a dramatic one wicket defeat in yesterday's World Series Cup match against Australia in Sydney.

The Australian all-rounder hammered spinner Roger Harper for four off the final ball of the match reduced to 43 overs because of rain.

He remained unbeaten on 78 - his highest limited overs international score - as Australia reached 173 for nine in replay to the West Indies 172 for nine.

Bevan, who has yet to be dismissed in four World Series innings, struck six boundaries in his 89-ball innings and shared in a vital eighth-wicket partnership of 83 with paceman Paul Reiffel to lead Australia out of trouble and within sight of victory.

South African fast bowler Fanie de Villiers said yesterday he was fit and ready to play not just in the World Cup but also in the one-day international series against England which starts in Cape Town next week.