West Indies vs England: West Indies Defy England In First Test Stalemate

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West Indies survived a collapse either side of the tea interval to play out a draw on the final day of the first Test against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Saturday. Set an unlikely victory target of 286, and having lost four wickets for nine runs to be stumbling at 67 for four at the start of the last session, first innings century-maker Nkrumah Bonner and former captain Jason Holder defied the visitors for more than two hours in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 80 off 35 overs to see the home side to safety at 147 for four.

Bonner’s unbeaten 38, following on from his nine-hour-plus 123 in the first innings, earned him the man of the match award.

Holder finished on 37 not out in another important contribution from the all-rounder against the English.

“Obviously we wanted to win but we’re happy to come away with the draw,” said Bonner.

“I always wanted to play Test cricket and over the years I set out to bat long. I’m versatile. I adapt to the situation.”

Following Joe Root’s second innings declaration at 349 for six in the morning session, left-arm spinner Jack Leach claimed three wickets in quick succession after Ben Stokes made the breakthrough by removing West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite.

Without the services of their fastest bowler, Mark Wood, due to an elbow injury, the tourists were further frustrated for 25 overs by Brathwaite and John Campbell, who put on 59.

However, Stokes was brought into the attack as the fifth bowler and responded by trapping Brathwaite leg-before for 33.

Leach, who shared the new ball with Chris Woakes, then drew Campbell into another false shot and Craig Overton took the catch over his head at mid-on for the left-hander to depart on 22.

On the stroke of tea, Leach struck again as Shamarh Brooks once more failed to impress with Zak Crawley taking the catch low at slip and when Jermaine Blackwood played a poor shot to be plumb lbw to the specialist spinner shortly after the resumption, England sensed victory was within their reach.

‘Proud’ Root

“I’m really proud of the team today. Throughout the game we got better and better,” was Root’s assessment.

“We have to assess Mark (Wood) and see if he’s up for the next Test in Barbados. It’s not his fault. You can’t help getting injuries.”

Having ushered Crawley to his second Test century late on a rain-shortened fourth day, Root duly completed his 24th hundred in Tests at the start of Saturday, but not before he lost Crawley for 121, a well-targeted yorker from Holder separating the pair after a 201-run second-wicket partnership.

Crawley’s innings of over five hours occupied 216 deliveries in which he struck 16 fours.

In contrast, Root’s composed effort, which ended when he was bowled by Alzarri Joseph for 109, featured only six boundaries as the skipper faced 204 balls in spending just over five-and-a-half hours in the middle.

With an extra half-hour at the start of the day due to the frequent stoppages for rain on day four, England made clear their intention to declare with a limited-over style attitude which resulted in 132 runs being added for the loss of five wickets at the rate of a run-a-ball.

Dan Lawrence, who came in at the early fall of Crawley, belted 37 off 36 balls with four fours and the lone six of the innings, dominating a 70-run third-wicket stand with his captain before he became the first of three wickets in quick succession for Joseph, who also accounted for wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes.

Kemar Roach, the lone West Indies wicket-taker the previous day when England reached 217 for one, added to his tally when he dismissed Stokes as the rush for runs continued.

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“It was hard-fought all five days and I am happy that we had some fight right to the end,” said a relieved Brathwaite.

“In the middle (of our batting) though we need to find ways to be tighter. The pitch was good for batting but it might be a bit different in Barbados.”

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 4: Live Cricket Score, Live Updates

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WI vs ENG, 1st Test Live: England face West Indies in the ongoing Test match.© AFP

In response to West Indies’ first innings score of 375, England will be aiming to reduce the deficit on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, on Friday. The Windies were bowled out for 375 runs, taking a lead of 64 runs, after England’s first innings total of 311. Nkrumah Bonner top-scored for the hosts with a knock of 123 runs off 355 balls. He also smashed 12 fours and a maximum. Craig Overton, Jack Leach and Ben Stokes were in decent form for England’s bowling department, taking two wickets. Meanwhile, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Dan Lawrence bagged a dismissal each. (LIVE SCORECARD)

West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 4, Live Cricket Score And Live Updates, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 3 Report: Marathon Man Nkrumah Bonner Gives West Indies Edge Over Weary England

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Nkrumah Bonner’s considerable reserves of patience and determination paid off with an invaluable second Test century as the West Indies closed the third day of the first Test against England at 373 for nine at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Thursday. Bonner’s innings of 123 spanned more than nine hours and while it will hardly ever be remembered for any attacking style or quality of strokeplay, his effort earned the home side a first innings lead of 62 runs with one wicket in hand going into day four.

More than the basic numbers of the match situation though, it could prove to be an important psychological edge, especially as England would have hardly expected to be toiling through an entire day’s play after they separated the overnight pair of Bonner and Jason Holder within a few minutes of the start.

But Holder’s dismissal to Ben Stokes in making the score 206 for five was only a prelude to continued resistance from the West Indies lower order.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua da Silva (32), senior fast bowler Kemar Roach (15) and specialist spinner Veerasammy Permaul (26 not out) all played important supporting roles to Bonner.

On the same ground that saw his maiden Test hundred almost exactly a year earlier ensure a draw against Sri Lanka, Bonner’s effort was typically workmanlike.

He faced 355 deliveries, the vast majority of them in complete control, yet still required moments of good fortune to advance his team’s cause almost to the end of the day when a faint leg-side touch to a delivery from part-time leg-spinner Dan Lawrence gave wicketkeeper Ben Foakes another opportunity to show his competence behind the stumps.

‘Good position’

“We are in a good position now but I would really like for us to bat for another hour tomorrow and take the lead to over a hundred,” said Bonner.

“We worked really hard on our batting during the camp ahead of this series so I wasn’t surprised to see the resistance from the lower-order batters, which was very important in putting us in the position we are in.”

With England taking the second new ball as soon as it became due half-hour into the day’s play, the 33-year-old Jamaican right-hander escaped when a miscued pull fell just short of midwicket and then on 73, Zak Crawley could not hold on to a sharp chance at slip off spinner Jack Leach.

Mindful of the discomfort he caused when West Indies slipped from 83 without loss to 127 for four on the second day, visiting captain Joe Root was looking to his fastest bowler, Mark Wood, to do considerable damage to the rest of the West Indies innings.

However he only bowled one over with the second new ball and left the field with the information subsequently passed on from the England camp that the recurrence of an elbow injury meant that he would play no further part on the field for the rest of the innings.

It proved a significant setback and as much as the other bowlers toiled in batsman-friendly conditions, the visitors lacked the genuine firepower to unsettle their opponents.

Stokes and fellow seamer Craig Overton took two wickets each while Leach delivered 43 overs in conceding 79 runs for the wicket of da Silva.

It was hardly a day of electrifying cricket with only 171 runs accumulated in 90 overs.

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In the context of the match though it suggests that England’s suspect top-order batting will face another searching examination early on the fourth day.

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West Indies vs England, 1st Test, Day 3: Live Cricket Score And Live Updates

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WI vs ENG, 1st Test Live Score, Updates: West Indies will be aiming to reduce the deficit.© AFP

West Indies are currently leading against England on Day 3 of the ongoing first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, on Thursday. In response to England’s first innings total of 311, Kraigg Brathwaite registered a half-century. Meanwhile, Jason Holder also smashed 45 runs off 119 balls. For England’s bowling department, Craig Overton and Ben Stokes have taken two wickets each. Meanwhile, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Jack Leach have taken a dismissal each. (LIVE SCORECARD)

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