MANCHESTER            -        Half-centuries from Kraigg Brathwaite (75), Shamarh Brooks (68) and Roston Chase (51) helped West Indies avoid the follow on, which left England racing against time to push for a victory in the second Test against West Indies in Manchester.

At stumps, England were 37 for 2, leading by 219 with Ben Stokes and Joe Root in the middle. The entire third day’s play was washed out by rain, and England will be looking to add quick runs on the fifth day before declaring as they had lost the first game of the three-match series in Southampton. England needed quick runs to push for victory and opened with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. However, Buttler was bowled by Kemar Roach for 0 in the first over. Roach got Zak Crawley too, before Stokes and Root saw through the day.

West Indies resumed the day 32 for 1 and should have lost nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph early but the edge off Chris Woakes was put down in the slip cordon.  Joseph went on to make a crucial 32 off 52 balls, adding 54 for the second wicket with Brathwaite before falling to off-spinner Dom Bess. Shai Hope, whose lone two Test hundreds came at Headingley in 2017, helped Brathwaite add 53 before, on 25, he was caught behind jabbing at a Curran cutter.

West Indies’ 123-3 might have become 123-4 but Brathwaite, on 46, was spared by umpire’s call when England reviewed a Stuart Broad lbw appeal. Brathwaite then completed a 121-ball fifty when he drove Broad down the ground for four. Brooks elegantly eased Broad off his pads and drove Bess for two of nine boundaries in a fifty that came from just 96 balls.

Root set increasingly funky fields for Stokes and the paceman’s perseverance was rewarded when his 10th successive over of pounding the ball in short saw him dismiss Brathwaite. Brooks and Brathwaite had added 76 for the fourth wicket before the latter was caught and bowled by the England all-rounder. West Indies went to tea at 227/4 and needd 43 runs more to save the follow-on. It seemed like a mere formality but the second new ball turned things around drastically.

Stuart Broad, who was dropped from the side for the Southampton Test, ran riot and triggered a collapse dismissing Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood and Shane Dowrich in two overs. All three fell to in-nippers, with the last two faling for ducks. Chase stood strong at one end to ensure West Indies avoided the follow on. Chris Woakes then removed the tail to bring the England batsmen out. Both Woakes and Broad ended with three wickets each.

 

Scorecard

ENGLAND 1ST INNINGS: 469/9d

WEST INDIES 1ST INNINGS:

KC Brathwaite c & b Stokes 75

JD Campbell lbw b Curran 12

AS Joseph c Pope b Bess 32

SD Hope c Buttler b Curran 25

SSJ Brooks lbw b Broad 68

RL Chase lbw b Woakes 51

J Blackwood b Broad 0

SO Dowrich lbw b Broad 0

JO Holder c Root b Woakes 2

KAJ Roach not out 5

ST Gabriel b Woakes 0

EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 12, nb 2, w2) 17

TOTAL: (all out, 99 overs) 287

FOW: 1-16, 2-70, 3-123, 4-199, 5-242, 6-248, 7-252, 8-260, 9-287, 10-287.

BOWLING: SCJ Broad 23-7-66-3, CR Woakes 21-10-42-3, SM Curran 20-4-70-2, DM Bess 21-3-67-1, JE Root 1-1-0-0, BA Stokes 13-3-29-1.

ENGLAND 2ND INNINGS:

BA Stokes not out 16

JC Buttler b Roach 0

Z Crawley b Roach 10

JE Root not out 8

EXTRAS: (lb 2, nb 1) 3

TOTAL: (2 wkts, 8 overs) 37

FOW: 1-1, 2-17

BOWLING: KAJ Roach 4-0-14-2, ST Gabriel 4-0-21-0.

TOSS: West Indies

UMPIRES: M Gough, R Illingworth

TV UMPIRE: R Kettleborough

MATCH REFEREE: Chris Broad