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Statistical Highlights 17th match: West Indies v New Zealand at Southampton, 24-5-1999

Mohandas Menon

This match was the 1459th in Limited over international (LOI) history.

This match was the 175th in World Cup history.

This match was West Indies' 370th and New Zealand's 326th in LOIs.

This match was West Indies' 40th and New Zealand's 38th in the WC.

This match was the 25th meeting between the two sides and their fourth in the WC.

The County Cricket Ground, Northlands, at Southampton (Hampshire) was hosting its only second LOI and WC match. It had hosted the Australia-Zimbabwe encounter in the 1983 WC.

The 50 run partnership between Adam Parore and Chris Harris was New Zealand's best against West Indies for the seventh wicket in the WC. The previous best was just 17 between Mark Burgess and Richard Hadlee at Nottingham in the 1979 WC.

The 25 run partnership between Chris Harris and Gavin Larsen was New Zealand's best against West Indies for the ninth wicket in the WC. The previous best was a paltry 3 runs between Lance Cairns and Brian McKechnie at Nottingham in the 1979 WC.

For the first time in the history of the WC all ten batsmen (from New Zealand) were dismissed "caught".

Ridley Jacobs equals the LOI record for the maximum dismissals by a keeper in a match, when he claimed five catches. Jacob infact shares this record with 15 other keepers in LOIs while he provided the 21st instance of keepers taking five dismissals in a LOI match. Jacobs now joins two other keepers to achieve this feat on two seperate occasions. They are South African Dave Richardson and Zimbabwean Andy Flower. India's Nayan Mongia remains the only keeper to achieve this on three occasions.

Incidentally Jacobs had five dismissals (4ct+1st) against England at Kingstown on 5-4-1998. Courtney Browne (v Sri Lanka at Brisbane on 5-1-1996), Jimmy Adams (v Kenya at Pune on 29-2-1996) are the only other keepers to do so for the West Indies.

Jacobs also becomes the only fifth wicket-keeper and the second West Indian to take five dismissals in a WC match. The others being: India's Syed Kirmani against Zimbabwe at Leicester in 1983; West Indian Jimmy Adams against Kenya at Pune in 1996, Pakistani Rashid Latif against New Zealand at Lahore also in 1996 and India's Nayan Mongia against Zimbabwe at Leicester during the current WC.

Ridley Jacobs five catches in the match also equals the best by a West Indies' keeper against New Zealand. The others are: David Williams and Jimmy Adams with four dismissals each. Just for the record, India's Kiran More and Nayan Mongia and Pakistan's Rashid Latif were the only other keepers to take five dismissals against New Zealand in LOIs. Latif being the only other keeper to do so in a WC match against New Zealand.

Merv Dillon (4-46) became the second West Indian to take four wickets against New Zealand in a WC match. The best figures however remains with Bernard Julien who captured four wickets for 27 runs at The Oval in the 1975 WC. Dillon's figures are however the best at this venue. It betters the 3-40 by Australian Rodney Hogg against Zimbabwe in the 1983 WC.

New Zealand's total of 156 was its lowest in any WC match. The previous lowest was the 158 which was also against the West Indies at the Oval in the 1975 WC. Incidentally, it was also the lowest LOI score at this venue.

The third wicket partnership of 72 runs between Jacobs and Brian Lara was West Indies' best against New Zealand in the WC. The previous best was 56 runs between Gordon Greenidge and Alvin Kallicharran at Nottingham in the 1979 WC.

Jacobs became the first wicket-keeper in LOI history to perform an unique all-round feat when he claimed five catches and went on to score a fifty-plus in the same match. Zimbabwean Andy Flower came closest in achieving such as feat when he scored 35 runs and held five catches against England at Harare on 3-1-1997.

Jacobs' unbeaten 80 was the highest by a West Indian keeper in the WC. The previous best being the unbeaten 61 by Deryck Murray against Pakistan at Birmingham in the 1975 WC.

It was Jacobs' first Man of the match award of his career. He was playing in his 26th match.

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