Sun. Apr 21st, 2019

England in West Indies: Tourists claim consolation 232-run victory as hosts win series 2-1

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Moeen Ali took a superb catch at gully to dismiss John Campbell for a duck
Third Test, Daren Sammy Stadium, St Lucia (day four of five)
England 277 (Stokes 79, Roach 4-48) & 361-5 dec (Root 122, Denly 69)
West Indies 154 (Wood 5-41, Moeen 4-36) & 252 (Chase 102*, Anderson 3-27)
England won by 232 runs
Scorecard

England claimed a consolation 232-run victory over West Indies despite Roston Chase’s unbeaten 102 on the fourth day of the final Test in St Lucia.

West Indies, set 485 for victory, were dismissed for 252, with James Anderson taking 3-27 and Moeen Ali 3-99.

The hosts were reduced to 10-3 and 110-6 but Chase batted for more than four hours to steady the innings, before last man Keemo Paul was dismissed.

Earlier, England declared on 361-5 after Joe Root was out for 122.

It was a disappointing end to the series for West Indies, who had an unassailable 2-0 lead going into the match and had dominated England’s batsmen.

Chase was the only batsman who withstood England’s pressure, scoring his century from 191 balls with 12 fours and one six.

There were positives for England – off-spinner Moeen bowled tidily and captain Root found form with the bat – but ultimately, it came too late for the series.

Their fielding was disappointing on the fourth day, with two catches dropped, and the questions over their batting line-up remain.

Windies falter in final Test

After spending almost three days in the field, and with two days remaining in the game, West Indies needed a strong start.

Instead, they were 10-3 after seven overs, with all three of the side’s senior batsmen playing loose drives to be caught behind the wicket off Anderson.

Anderson has been given a heavy workload in the Caribbean and has struggled since taking 5-46 the first Test, but he spent time on Monday working with bowling coach Chris Silverwood to tighten up his action.

He bowled accurately, with John Campbell caught brilliantly in the gully by a leaping Moeen Ali off the third ball of the innings, before Kraigg Brathwaite edged to second slip.

England could have made further inroads had Jos Buttler not dropped Shai Hope at third slip, but Root at second was able to cling on when Anderson found the edge of Darren Bravo’s bat.

Chase was the mainstay of the innings but he was unable to form partnerships – Shimron Hetmyer was run out going for a third run that was never possible, and Shane Dowrich was caught at slip off a drifting Moeen delivery.

The tail hit out as Chase continued to accumulate, with Alzarri Joseph twice slogging Moeen for six, and it looked as though the all-rounder would miss out on three figures when Joseph was caught at mid-on.

However, he cut Joe Denly’s leg-spin to the boundary for his fifth Test century, before Paul’s entertaining six-ball cameo came to an end as he was caught and bowled by Ben Stokes.

It was a tame end to a competitive series from West Indies, but their performances in the first two Tests were enough to ensure the series win.

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England in West Indies: Tourists claim consolation 232-run victory as hosts win series 2-1

England claimed a consolation 232-run victory over West Indies despite Roston Chase’s unbeaten 102 on the fourth day of the final Test in St Lucia. West Indies, set 485 for victory, were dismissed for 252, with James Anderson taking 3-27 and Moeen Ali 3-99.

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