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In June 1950, two years after the arrival of the Windrush, the West Indies beat England at Lord’s. It was the first West Indian victory in England in a test match. The bowling of Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine captured eighteen wickets at Lord’s and reflected a symbol of Indo-Caribbean and Afro-Caribbean collective endeavour. The victory at the headquarters of world cricket provided Caribbean migrants in Britain, including the small group of West Indians at Lord’s, with a sense of confidence and arrival. At the end of the match, Lord Beginner, the Trinidadian calypsonian, led some West Indian spectators around the ground and through Central London on a victory parade. This was a public expression of Caribbean collectiveness that had rarely been seen in Britain. Beginner also celebrated the event by composing the Victory Test Match calypso song, which began with the memorable first line, Cricket Lovely Cricket.

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