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  • Williams eyeing success against dangerous Irish

    BELFAST, Ireland, CMC – Seamer Kesrick Williams is looking forward to building on a solid start to his one-day career when West Indies take on Ireland in a one-off One-Day International here Wednesday.

    The 27-year-old, who made his ODI debut in June in the five-match series against India in the Caribbean, believes he can also make his mark against the Irish and stressed he would not be taking them lightly.

    “I don’t look at any team as being a lower class team. Cricket is cricket at the end of the day,” the Vincentian said.

    “I played against India and I had a good start to my ODI career. I didn’t get as many wickets as I intended but it was a good start to my ODI career and it’s just for me to continue.”

    Williams made his name in the shortest format after making his debut against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, before making his way into the ODI squad.

    He has become known for his armoury of variations – slower balls and subtle changes in pace – and has managed to find success especially in the T20 format.

    Having previously enjoyed a stint of professional cricket in England, Williams said he was aware of what was required to be successful in the conditions.

    “I’ve played league cricket here before and I know what happens [with the ball] when you play in England so it’s just for us to put the ball in the right areas,” he noted.

    “I’ve been watching the Test matches and I have seen what can happen when you bowl in good areas on these wickets.”

    Williams was one of the leading bowlers in the just concluded Caribbean Premier League where he grabbed a franchise-high 15 wickets for dethroned champions Jamaica Tallawahs.

    But the Vincentian said it was important despite his recent success, that he now focussed on doing well for the Windies.

    “Cricket is cricket at the end of the day. I’m coming off a good CPL. I got the third most wickets or yet another year [and was] in the CPL [All-Star] XI yet another year. [It] is a great feeling,” he said.

    “My performances are up there and I’m doing well but that’s the past and that’s already gone. It’s just for me to look forward and look ahead and look to perform [again].”

    The Windies take on the dangerous Irish who stunned them at the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand, when they chased down 305 in Nelson.

    And with temperatures plummeting to 10 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the Caribbean side were struggling to stay warm but Williams said there was a great spirit in the camp.

    “Against Ireland, it’s just for us to go out there and play as a group,” he stressed.

    “It’s good to see that the guys are pumped and ready to go – everybody’s in a good mood. It’s a little bit cold but it’s cricket and you have to be able to adjust to playing in any conditions.”

  • Windies bringing A-game against Irish, warns Estwick

    BELFAST, Ireland, CMC – Bowling coach Roddy Estwick has warned Ireland that West Indies will be playing at full throttle, when the two teams meet in the one-off One-Day International here Wednesday.

    The Caribbean side boast a side which includes the likes of superstar Chris Gayle and stroke-maker Marlon Samuels, and will face and Irish side with much to prove after recently attaining Test status.

    And even though West Indies will be more focussed on the five-match series against England starting in a week’s time, Estwick said the Ireland contest was of no lesser importance.

    “They (Irish) will see attacking cricket. We’re here to make a statement,” Estwick said.

    “We’re on a mission, we’re here to get enough points in this ODI and the five against England to help us qualify automatically for the World Cup so we’ve got to take this game very, very seriously.”

    He added: “We need points to move us forward in the 50-overs rankings … and all the boys are here so we’re looking forward to putting on a good show tomorrow.”

    West Indies are already in danger of failing to qualify automatically for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. They are currently ninth in the ODI rankings, with hosts England along with the remaining top seven teams, gaining automatic qualification.

    With eighth placed Sri Lanka swept 5-0 by India recently, West Indies now need to beat Ireland and then also trounce England 4-1 or better, in order to assume eighth spot in the rankings.

    West Indies will remember the humbling experience at the ICC World Cup two years ago when the Irish chased down 305 to comfortably win by four wickets, and Estwick said he expected a similarly tough encounter.

    “Obviously they are very competitive. They have been competitive for a number of years,” Eswick pointed out.

    “They’ve had good scalps against a lot of the Test-playing countries. They are a Test-playing country in their own right so we expect a competitive game. They will field well, they will be very, very disciplined and they will work hard.”

    The only survivors from that defeat to Ireland are Gayle, Samuels, captain Jason Holder and Jerome Taylor, with selectors since opting for youth in order to rebuild the unit.

    And with the likes of emerging Test star Shai Hope, Evin Lewis and Jason Mohammed set to feature, Estwick said the experience would further enhance the development.

    “[It will] help our young players to get an opportunity to play in these conditions. A lot of them haven’t played in conditions like this and I think as an international cricketer you’ve got to learn to play in all the various conditions. This would be another step in their development as well.”

    West Indies were presented with challenging weather on Tuesday as temperatures dipped to 10 degrees Celsius, accompanied by steady rain.

  • Ballance backs Windies opener Brathwaite to fire

    LONDON, CMC – Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance expects West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite to excel during his brief stint with the club in the English County Championship.

    The out-of-favour England batsman witnessed Brathwaite’s ability close up two years ago when the Barbadian right-hander carved out a century in the second Test of England’s tour of the Caribbean.

    And after the 24-year-old’s heroics at Headingley two weeks ago when he struck 134 and 95 as West Indies stunned England by five wickets on the final day of the second Test of the just concluded three-match tour, Ballance was left even more upbeat.

    “Kraigg’s a good player, a gutsy player. I think that will be good for us, especially in conditions here. He will put a massive price on his wicket. The bowler will have to get him out,” Ballance said.

    “It’s just been one of those years for us where a few lads have been out of form. We haven’t quite gelled, but we showed what we can do against Middlesex.

    “When we bat well as a unit, we can put scores on the board. Hopefully that will give us confidence for the rest of the season.”

    He added: “I played against him (Brathwaite) in the West Indies and he got runs there as well as a few at Headingley the other week. He’s an international player who has done very well at Test match level.”

    Brathwaite has emerged as one of the Windies leading batsmen in recent years, scoring six hundreds and averaging 36 in the opening slot.

    He also put his quality last year in the United Arab Emirates when he fashioned a brilliant unbeaten 142 and 60 not out, to propel West Indies by five wickets in the the third and final Test at Sharjah.

    Brathwaite will play the final two matches of the season, replacing Australian Shaun Marsh, and Ballance backed the player to make the most of the experience.

    “It’s so hard to get that calibre of player for a long period of time these days, so it would be nice to have someone like him around for longer,” said Ballance.

    “Hopefully he will go well like our other overseas players have. We’ve had some good experienced players, which has been helpful. It will be massive for him coming back to Headingley knowing he’s scored runs before. That always helps.

    “From watching him bat and playing against him, I know he’s a quality player. I’m sure he will do a good job for us.”

    Brathwaite’s first match will be against Warwickshire – Yorkshire’s final home fixture – which bowls off September 19.

  • Windies Women’s training squad announced

    ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies has announced an 18-member Windies Women’s squad for a training camp to be staged from September 25 to October 4 in Trinidad.

    All of the players that were chosen for the recent ICC Women’s World Cup in England, along with batsman Britney Cooper have been invited to the training camp which will be conducted under the direction of interim head coach Hendy Springer and interim assistant coach Gus Logie. 

    SQUAD

    Merissa Aguilleira

    Reniece Boyce

    Shamilia Connell

    Britney Cooper

    Shanel Daley

    Deandra Dottin

    Afy Fletcher

    Qiana Joseph

    Kycia Knight

    Kyshona Knight

    Hayley Matthews

    Anisa Mohammed

    Subrina Munroe

    Chedean Nation

    Akeira Peters

    Shakera Selman

    Stafanie Taylor

    Felicia Walters

    Commenting on the squad, Chairman of the CWI Selection Panel Courtney Browne said: “Our women’s player pool in the Caribbean is quite small compared to other countries, and our regional tournaments do not always produce the kind of consistent batting and bowling aggregates and averages we would relish. Hence, we rely on using strategic camps like this to give our high performance coaches time to help the players with their development.

    “Coming out of the camp, the Selection Panel expects keen competition for final selection, and will focus attention on players with a healthy attitude and willingness to work hard, improve fitness and team work, as we seek to restore confidence in our side following the disappointing results at the Women’s World Cup.”

    Browne also noted that the availability of Selman and Connell are subject to clearance from the CWI Medical Panel. The two Windies Women’s fast bowlers suffered tournament-ending injuries during the WWC.

    Selman was sidelined following a blow to the head while fielding against Australia Women at Taunton, where Connell also suffered a hip injury against India Women a few days later.

    The squad is preparing for an upcoming home series against Sri Lanka Women for which full details will be unveiled at a later date.

  • Windies Women get ready for camp

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – As Windies Women look to defend their World Twenty20 title in the region next year (November 2 – 25), Cricket West Indies will be setting up a new management support structure for the Team. This will be in place before Sri Lanka comes to the region on Thursday, October 5.

    The process will start with the search for a new head coach and an interim management team will be in place for the short term. The interim team will consist of Henderson Springer (head coach); Gus Logie (assistant coach); Ariane Mangar (Physiotherapist), Shayne Cooper (Sport and Conditioning Trainer) and Gary Belle (Analyst).

    An 18-member squad will gather for a camp from September 25 to October 4 from which the final 13 will be selected for the three ODIs, three T20 series, scheduled for Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua.

    CWI wishes to thank the previous management team for their time and contribution.

  • Lord’s five-wicket haul delights resurgent Roach

    LONDON, CMC – A year ago, seamer Kemar Roach was having serious doubts he would ever return to international cricket.

    The talented right-armer was still struggling to recover from a shoulder injury which had resulted in surgery, and subsequently also led to a loss of form.

    Recently recalled for the three-Test tour of England after 18 months out of West Indies colours, the 29-year-old rebounded in style when he snatched a five-wicket haul at historic Lord’s on the second day of the decisive Test on Friday.

    “I had doubts [about my return]. It was a pretty tough time,” the Barbadian told reporters.

    “Breaking your shoulder is never easy but lots of hard rehab and a lot of hours of training got me back here and I’m proud of myself to be able to come back and still perform for the West Indies.”

    Roach bowled superbly to finish with five for 72 as England were dismissed for 194 in their first innings, in reply to the Caribbean side’s 123.

    With the performance, he became the ninth West Indies bowler to make the honours board at the home of cricket, joining the likes of legends Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall and Andy Roberts.

    “It means a lot. A lot of players did it before me – Courtney Walsh, Malcolm Marshall – and to be a part of that [list] is an amazing feeling,” he explained.

    “A lot of players have come here and never got it done so to be a part of that board is history. For me, it’s just about continuing to improve as a cricketer and doing it again if I come back here.”

    Roach burst onto the scene in 2009 against Bangladesh in the Caribbean, bowling with express speed and quickly cementing himself in the side.

    But with injuries taking their toll, Roach has cut down on pace but has become more clever with the ball – an asset he said had served him well in the current England series.

    He also said advice from former West Indies bowlers on how to use the English conditions had been a boost.

    “I’ve learnt my art a little bit more. I’m more experienced,” he pointed out.

    “Obviously I’ve been talking to past players [like] Corey Collymore, guys that played in England for a couple of years so coming here I was prepared, so obviously I knew how to bowl on certain pitches – the length and stuff that was going to be crucial.

    “Kudos to those guys for helping me out so it’s all about me going out there and exhibiting what I’ve learnt.”

    Roach finished the series with 11 wickets at 29 runs apiece as West Indies surrendered by nine wickets on Saturday’s third day, to also lose the series 2-1.

  • Holder defends batting unit, says Windies have improved

    LONDON, CMC – Captain Jason Holder has leapt to the defence of his batting unit, after West Indies slumped to a nine-wicket defeat at Lord’s to concede the three-Test series, 2-1, here Saturday.

    Resuming the third day on 93 for three, the Windies were dismissed for 177, with only the in-form Shai Hope getting among the runs with 62.

    At Headingley when West Indies stunned England in the second Test by five wickets, Hope was again the main run-scorer with 147 and 118 not out, while opener Kraigg Brathwaite got 134 and 95.

    Jermaine Blackwood was the only other Windies batsman in the series to score a half-century but Holder said the batting element of the side continued to be a work in progress.

    “I think a lot of your batsmen shaped up pretty well but didn’t carry on. We got drawn in, trapped on the crease a lot of times and taken across to off stump and [got out] nicked behind,” the all-rounder explained.

    “It’s something that happens to lots of people when they come here playing in England and as a first tour for many of us, I think think it is a hell of an achievement and a hell of a fight which we put up.

    “Hopefully we can learn from this. We have New Zealand at the end of the year which will probably be similar conditions and similar type of bowlers too so it should be a good chance to take what we have learnt here and take into that series.”

    In the day/night first Test at Edgbaston, West Indies’ batsmen struggled badly, mustering totals of 168 and 137, to lose by an innings and 209 runs inside three days.

    Headingley proved the high point of the series for the Windies as they tallied 427 and 322 for five but they perished for 123 in the first innings at Lord’s, in a disappointing showing.

    Holder said despite the ups and downs of the series, the young side had shown definite improvement all-round and would use the experience to further develop.

    “I think we’ve shown improvement. When we sit down and critique each series we try to look for improvement and we’ve definitely shown improvement especially in our bowling,” he contended.

    “We’re improving in our consistency there. Our batters are still finding their way, still relatively inexperienced but Shai really showed what he can do. He obviously struggled early on in his Test career and to have a series like he’s had now is remarkable.

    “Kraigg has really led our batting now for the last couple years and to see guys like Roston Chase in the last series and now Shai in this series putting up their hands [has been great]. It’s just us coming together a little bit more and having a more collective effort when we step out with the bat.”

    He continued: “We’ve seen a guy like Kieran Powell shape up really well but not carrying on and that’s hampered us a lot. There’s still a lot of room for improvement but hopefully the guys can gain a lot of confidence from this series against a world class side, a top class bowling unit. To be able to achieve something in this series speaks a lot.”

    Holder also pushed back on suggestions he had made the wrong decision to bat first on Thursday’s opening day at Lord’s.

    “[There are] no regrets about batting first. We obviously didn’t bat well enough on a day with some quality bowling but at the end of the day’s play it justified what the conditions were like,” he said in reference to the murky conditions that emerged half-hour into the day’s play.

    “When we flipped the toss outside was pretty sunny and the overhead conditions changed drastically. There are no regrets, that’s just how the game goes sometimes. Hopefully we can learn from it and move on.”

  • Lord’s defeat keeps Windies without elusive series win

    LONDON, CMC – West Indies’ dream of ending their near three-decade drought without a series win in England ended here Saturday, when they collapsed to a nine-wicket defeat in the decisive third Test at Lord’s.

    Starting the third day in need of another special effort to stay alive in the series, the Caribbean failed to repeat their heroics from Headingley and were dismissed for an  inadequate 171 in their second innings.

    Set a mere 107 for victory, England cruised to their target to complete a 2-1 series win, following their innings and 209-run victory in the day/night first Test at Edgbaston.

    The result sent West Indies to their 16th defeat in their last 21 Tests in England and extended their dismal record of not having won a series here since 1988.

    Resuming on 93 for three – a mere 22 runs lead – West Indies’ fight was carried by the superb Shai Hope who top-scored with 62.

    Captain Jason Holder made 23 but the remainder of the batting surrendered without a fight as the tourists lost their last seven wickets for 78 runs.

    At the heart of the demolition was seamer Jimmy Anderson who claimed seven for 42 while new-ball partner Stuart Broad ended with two for 35.

    Hope, voted the Windies Man-of-the-Series for his 375 runs at an average of 75, resumed the day on 35 and all told, faced 144 deliveries in just under four hours at the crease and counted nine boundaries.

    He lost partner Roston Chase before the right-hander had added to his overnight three, caught at the wicket off the fourth ball of the morning, fishing at one outside off.

    Jermaine Blackwood followed in similar fashion after spending just over half-hour over five, wafting at a wide one from Anderson to be also caught behind.

    And Shane Dowrich’s miserable series ended when he tried to pull seamer Toby Roland-Jones and skied a catch to Broad at mid-on to perish for 14, leaving West Indies on 123 for six.

    Hope and Holder then came together to post 32 for the seventh wicket, taking the Windies to lunch without further loss on 153 for six.

    Unbeaten on 60 at the interval, Hope added just two before finally perishing in the third over following the resumption, nicking a defensive prod at one from Anderson which seamed way, leaving wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow to complete a regulation catch to his right.

    Hope’s departure marked the beginning of the end for the Windies as the last four wickets tumbled for 22 runs.

    Anderson bowled Devendra Bishoo without scoring two balls later in the same over and Holder struck four boundaries in a 54-ball knock before mis-timing a pull at Broad to give Anderson a comfortable catch at mid-wicket.

    Fittingly, Anderson went past Kemar Roach’s defensive stroke in the next over, to bowl the tail-ender for three and end the innings.

    With a small target to overhaul, England lost Alastair Cook for 17, missing a straight one from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and falling lbw at 35 for one.

    However, Tom Westley stroked 44 not out off 72 deliveries with seven fours while opener Mark Stoneman struck an unbeaten 40 off 74 balls with five boundaries, to take England to victory in a 72-run, second wicket stand.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 123

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 194

    WEST INDIES 2nd innings

    (overnight 93 for three)

    K Brathwaite b Anderson 4

    K Powell b Anderson 45

    K Hope lbw b Broad 1

    S Hope c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 62

    R Chase c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 3

    J Blackwood c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 5

    +S Dowrich c Broad b Roland-Jones 14

    *J Holder c Anderson b Broad 23

    D Bishoo b Anderson 0

    K Roach b Anderson 3

    S Gabriel not out 0

    Extras (lb17) 17

    TOTAL (all out, 65.1 overs) 177

    Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-21, 3-69, 4-94, 5-100, 6-123 , 7-155, 8-155, 9-177, 10-177.

    Bowling: Anderson 20.1-5-42-7, Broad 19-9-35-2, Roland-Jones 11-4-31-1, Stokes 12-3-41-0, Ali 2-0-6-0, Root 1-0-5-0.

    ENGLAND 2nd Innings

    A Cook lbw b Bishoo 17

    M Stoneman not out 40

    T Westley not out 44

    Extras (b4, lb1, w1) 6

    TOTAL (1 wkt, 28 overs) 107

    Fall of wickets: 1-35.

    Bowling: Gabriel 5-0-22-0, Roach 1-0-4-0, Holder 6-1-16-0, Bishoo 11-2-35-1, Chase 5-1-25-0.

    Result: England won by nine wickets.

    Series: England won three-Test series 2-1.

    Man-of-the-Match: Ben Stokes.

    Man-of-the-Series (West Indies): Shai Hope.

    Man-of-the-Series (England): James Anderson.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – S Ravi.

  • Roach enters Lord’s history but Windies face battle

    LONDON, CMC – Fast bowler Kemar Roach joined a distinguished list of those with five-wicket hauls at historic Lord’s but West Indies were facing the huge task of staying alive in the decisive third Test, after England emerged with the better of the exchanges on an absorbing second day here Friday.

    Right-armer Roach, in his first Test series in 18 months, claimed five for 72 while captain and seamer Jason Holder picked up four for 54 as England were dismissed for 194 in reply to the Caribbean side’s 123 on Thursday’s first day.

    Armed with a crucial lead of 71 runs, England then made key strikes to leave the Windies tentatively placed on 93 for three at the close – a mere 22 runs in front heading into Saturday’s third day.

    Once again, much of the Windies’ hopes will rest on the gifted but inexperienced shoulders of Shai Hope who was unbeaten on 35 at the close.

    Opener Kieran Powell, meanwhile, got yet another start but failed to convert, dismissed for 45, about half-hour before the close.

    Seamer Jimmy Anderson, who picked up two for 17, also carved out his slice of history by becoming only the third fast bowler and sixth overall to take 500 Test wickets.

    The landmark arrived in the third over of the Windies innings when he breached the defence of Kraigg Brathwaite (4) to rock the right-hander’s middle stump, with the score on six for one.

    West Indies were in further trouble when Kyle Hope was trapped lbw by seamer Stuart Broad for one at 21 for two, completing a miserable series for the Barbadian that yielded a paltry 41 runs from six innings.

    But with a partnership needed, his younger brother Shai, along with Powell, combined in a 48-run third wicket stand which halted the rot.

    The left-handed Powell, dropped on two by Ben Stokes at fourth slip off Broad, was composed, facing 73 deliveries and counting eight fours while Shai has so far consumed 71 balls and stroked six boundaries.

    Powell appeared set to take West Indies to the close when he was bowled by a ripper from Anderson which angled in, left the batsman and clipped off-stump.

    Roach had earlier bowled superbly to help limit England even though the Windies lacked the killer punch in getting rid of the tail.

    Stokes top-scored with a breezy 60 while Broad provided a late flourish with 38 batting at number 10. Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow chipped in with 21 and Dawid Malan, 20.

    Only 26 balls were possible in the morning session as rain sent players from the field with England on 64 for five, forcing an early lunch interval.

    Resuming the day on 46 for four, England lost Malan in the fourth over of the morning when the left-hander nicked one from Roach to give wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich his third catch of the innings.

    He added seven to his overnight 13, striking three fours and lasting 31 deliveries.

    Stokes, unbeaten on 24 at the break, put on 56 for the sixth wicket with Bairstow following the resumption, a partnership which took England to within sight of the lead.

    The left-handed Stokes was robust in his approach, striking 10 fours off 74 deliveries while Bairstow, never completely at ease against Roach, spent just over an hour at the crease and hit three boundaries.

    Nearing the hour mark after lunch, Bairstow was trapped lbw by Roach and Stokes followed three overs later bowled by speedster Shannon Gabriel – two deliveries after he had his stumps rattled off a no-ball by the same bowler.

    Roach then became the ninth West Indies bowler to take five wickets at Lord’s when he got Moeen Ali to slice a drive to Kyle Hope at point for three.

    Ali’s dismisal left England on 134 for eight but Broad then struck some lusty blows in two handy partnerships to frustrate the Windies.

    The left-hander faced 45 balls, slamming four fours and two sixes while adding 29 for the ninth with Toby Roland-Jones (13) who survived a straightforward chance to Dowrich off Roach on 11.

    Broad put on a further 31 for the last wicket with Anderson (8 not out), before perishing on the stroke of tea in an extended session, caught at the wicket off Holder.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 123

    ENGLAND 1st Innings

    (overnight 46 for four)

    A Cook c wkp Dowrich b Roach 10

    M Stoneman c wkp Dowrich b Roach 1

    T Westley lbw b Holder 8

    *J Root c Powell b Holder 1

    D Malan c wkp Dowrich b Roach 20

    B Stokes b Gabriel 60

    +J Bairstow lbw b Roach 21

    M Ali c K Hope b Roach 3

    T Roland-Jones c S Hope b Holder 13

    S Broad c wkp Dowrich b Holder 38

    J Anderson not out 8

    Extras (lb4, nb7) 11

    TOTAL (all out, 52.5 overs) 194

    Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-15, 3-19, 4-24, 5-63, 6-119, 7-128, 8-134, 9-163, 10-194.

    Bowling: Roach 24-8-72-5, Gabriel 15-1-64-1, Holder 13.5-1-54-4.

    WEST INDIES 2nd innings

    K Brathwaite b Anderson 4

    K Powell b Anderson 45

    K Hope lbw b Broad 1

    S Hope not out 35

    R Chase not out 3

    Extras (lb5) 5

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 31 overs) 93

    Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-21, 3-69.

    Bowling: Anderson 9-2-17-2, Broad 8-2-25-1, Roland-Jones 6-2-17-0, Stokes 8-2-29-0.

    Position: West Indies lead by 22 runs with seven second innings in tact.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – S Ravi.

     

  • Wickets tumble as Windies share honours

    LONDON, CMC – Seamer Ben Stokes exploited ideal swing conditions to rout West Indies with a six-wicket haul but the Caribbean side hit back to rock England, as 14 wickets fell on the opening day of the decisive Lord’s Test here Thursday.

    Choosing to bat first, the Windies were bundled out for 123 in their first innings, with left-handed opener Kieran Powell top-scoring with 39 and second Test hero Shai Hope getting 29.

    However, they were the only two to pass 20 as West Indies collapsed from a promising position of 78 for two after lunch, losing their last eight wickets for 45 runs.

    Stokes finished with career-best figures of six for 22 while fellow seamers Jimmy Anderson (2-31) and Toby Roland-Jones (2-32) claimed two wickets apiece in support.

    England’s hopes of establishing a foothold in the game were then dashed as pacers Jason Holder (2-18) and Kemar Roach (2-21) produced key strikes to leave the hosts reeling at 46 for four – 77 runs behind on first innings.

    Stokes and Dawid Malan, both unbeaten on 13, were propping up the innings in a fledgling 22-run fifth wicket stand when bad light ended play prematurely.

    Entering the contest on the back of their stunning Headingley triumph, West Indies were left to rue their decision to bat once the murky weather rolled in to replace the sunshine, leaving their batsmen at the mercy of the England seamers in familiar conditions.

    Rain intervened after nearly an hour to rob the session of almost 40 minutes, with the Windies losing a wicket on either side of the break courtesy of Anderson on both occasions.

    Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, dropped on three at first slip by Alastair Cook off Anderson in the day’s third over, added just seven before nicking a catch to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow with the score on 18.

    And Kyle Hope’s difficult series continued when he perished without scoring in the third over following the rain break, trying to leave alone a wide one but edging a catch behind at 22 for two.

    Powell and Shai Hope then combined in a solid 56-run, third wicket stand which carried the Windies to lunch on 35 for two and kept them afloat for an hour afterwards.

    Powell faced 98 balls in a shade under 2-1/2 hours at the crease and struck six fours while the right-handed Hope lasted 79 minutes and faced 57 deliveries. He struck seven fours – mostly sweetly timed off-side drives.

    Hope was looking increasingly dangerous when he got one from Roland-Jones that bounced, and stabbed a catch to Cook at first slip nearing the hour mark.

    His dismissal triggered the slide and in the next over, Powell followed, driving a return catch to Stokes in the next over without a run added at 78 for four.

    Sixteen balls later, Jermaine Blackwood missed a wild swing at Roland-Jones and was bowled for one and Roston Chase spent 36 balls over 18 and struck four fours before he was turned inside out by a Stokes leg-cutter and bowled off-stump.

    When wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich nicked a push at Stokes and was taken at first slip by Cook for one, the Windies were hanging by a thread at 101 for seven, and they managed to limp to tea with no further loss at 119.

    After the resumption, the last three wickets crashed for just four runs in the space of 21 deliveries as captain Jason Holder (9) failed to add Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel both perished without scoring.

    West Indies also made the most of the dreary conditions and made early inroads into the England innings.

    Roach claimed Mark Stoneman to a catch at the wicket for one with as many on the board in the third over and returned later in the same spell to find Cook’s edge for 10, as wicketkeeper Dowrich completed his second catch.

    Holder then turned the game on its head when he knocked over Tom Westley for eight and captain Joe Root for one in successive overs.

    The right armer squared up Westley and trapped him lbw and then claimed Root to a catch at first slip by Kieran Powell, as the in-form batsman attempted a forcing backfoot drive off a rising delivery from back of a length.

    In disarray at 24 for four, England were given respite by Stokes and Malan who both played positively in the gloom, under the floodlights.

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    K Brathwaite c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 10

    K Powell c & b Stokes 39

    K Hope c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 0

    S Hope c Cook b Roland-Jones 29

    R Chase b Stokes 18

    J Blackwood b Roland-Jones 1

    +S Dowrich c Cook b Stokes 1

    *J Holder b Stokes 9

    D Bishoo not out 13

    K Roach c Anderson b Stokes 0

    S Gabriel b Stokes 0

    Extras (lb1, nb2) 3

    TOTAL (all out, 57.3 overs) 123

    Fall of wickets: 1-18, 2-22, 3-78 , 4-78, 5-87, 6-100, 7-101, 8-119, 9-123, 10-123.

    Bowling: Anderson 16-7-31-2, Broad 12-5-24-0, Roland-Jones 11-4-32-2, Stokes 14.3-6-22-6, Moeen Ali 4-0-13-0.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings

    A Cook c wkp Dowrich b Roach 10

    M Stoneman c Dowrich b Roach 1

    T Westley lbw b Holder 8

    *J Root c Powell b Holder 1

    D Malan not out 13

    B Stokes not out 13

    TOTAL (4 wkts, 19 overs) 46

    To bat: +J Bairstow, M Ali, T Roland-Jones, S Broad, J Anderson.

    Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-15, 3-19, 4-24.

    Bowling: Roach 8-3-21-2, Gabriel 5-1-7-0, Holder 6-1-18-2.

    Position: England trail by 77 runs with six first innings wickets intact.

    Toss: West Indies.

    Umpires: M Erasmus, C Gaffaney; TV – Sundaram Ravi.