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  • Windies’ squad for one T20I in England

    ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The Selection Panel of Cricket West Indies today named a 13-member Windies squad for the NatWest International T20 scheduled for Saturday, September 16 at the Emirates Riverside, Durham.

    The squad reads:

    Carlos Brathwaite (Captain)
    Ronsford Beaton
    Chris Gayle
    Evin Lewis
    Jason Mohammed
    Sunil Narine
    Ashley Nurse
    Kieron Pollard
    Rovman Powell
    Marlon Samuels
    Jerome Taylor
    Chadwick Walton
    Kesrick Williams

    Samuel Badree is unavailable due to a prior commitment.

    Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne says, “we have a good mix of experience and youth that should adapt to English conditions quickly. Coming off the series win against India in the Caribbean in July our expectations is to see the team play a highly competitive game and bring that T20 Caribbean atmosphere to England.

  • Magnificent Hope spurs Windies to historic win

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Shai Hope became the first player in 127 years of first class cricket at Headingley to score a century in both innings as West Indies stunned England by five wickets in the second Test, to register their first Test victory in England in 17 years here Tuesday.

    Coming on the backs of a humiliating innings defeat inside three days last week at Edgbaston, West Indies tore up the form books as they chased down 322 on the final day, to deny England their second straight win and tie the three-Test series at 1-1, ahead of the final match at Lord’s starting September 7.

    Hope fashioned a superb unbeaten 118 to spearhead the run chase while opener Kraigg Brathwaite struck an excellent 95.

    The pair put on 144 for the third wicket, a stand that pulled West Indies around from danger at 53 for two in the morning session and laid the foundation for the successful run chase.

    The stylish hope faced 211 deliveries and counted 14 boundaries while Brathwaite struck 12 fours off 180 balls.

    Jermaine Blackwood chipped in with a typical attacking 41 off 45 balls which further embellished the innings while Roston Chase carved out 30 to also lend support.

    England found their much-vaunted seam attack blunted and right-arm spinner Moeen Ali was the best bowler with two for 76.

    Resuming the day on five without loss, West Indies showed determination from the outset as Brathwaite and Kieran Powell (23) put on 46 for the first wicket.

    The left-handed Powell had stroked five fours in a 50-ball knock when he edged a defensive prod at seamer Stuart Broad and was caught at fourth slip by Ben Stokes, on the stroke of the hour.

    West Indies then suffered another setback in the third over after drinks when Kyle Hope was unluckily run out without scoring. A firm drive by Brathwaite ricocheted off the bowler Broad and onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end, finding the batsman short of his ground.

    There was no implosion, however, as Brathwaite and Shai Hope – for the second time in the game – set about repairing the innings, steering the tourists to 86 without further loss at lunch.

    Brathwaite, dropped on four by Alastair Cook at slip off seamer Stuart Broad in the fourth over of the morning, played positively to be unbeaten on 49 at the first interval and raised his half-century in the third over following the resumption with three to mid-wicket off pacer Chris Woakes.

    Shai Hope, unbeaten on 11 at lunch, played delightfully on resumption, combining a series of beautiful off-side drives and wristy leg-side strokes, as he marched to his half-century inside the first hour.

    With his second century of the game in sight, Brathwaite perished in the penultimate over before tea, caught at slip driving lazily at Ali to raise England’s hopes of a late comeback.

    However, Hope remained resolute, anchoring two successive critical stands in the final session that assured Windies of victory.

    First, he put on 49 for the fourth wicket with Chase who faced 58 balls and struck three fours before falling to a brilliant catch at mid-on by substitute Mason Crane off Woakes.

    However, it was the arrival of Blackwood that hastened the scoring and rammed home the Windies advantage. The attacking right-hander stroked three fours and two sixes, adding 74 for the fifth wicket with Hope, to put the Windies within touching distance of victory.

    In the interim, Hope had reason for personal celebration when he raised three figures in the first over after the final drinks break with a single to cover, to mark his second Test hundred.

    Blackwood, meanwhile, was bouncing along merrily when he missed a charge at Ali and was stumped with two required for the win but Hope sparked team celebrations late in the day under the glare of floodlights when he clipped Woakes square for a couple to take the Windies over the line.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 258

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 427

    ENGLAND 2nd Innings 490-8 decl.

    WEST INDIES 2nd innings

    (overnight five without loss)

    K Brathwaite c Stokes b Ali 95

    K Powell c Stokes b Broad 23

    K Hope run out 0

    S Hope not out 118

    R Chase c sub (M Crane) b Woakes 30

    J Blackwood st Bairstow b Ali 41

    +S Dowrich not out 0

    Extras (b4, lb9, w1, nb1) 15

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 91.2 overs) 322

    Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-53, 3-197, 4-246, 5-320.

    Bowling: Anderson 24-6-73-0, Broad 25-4-91-1, Ali 25-3-76-2, Woakes 12.2-2-44-1, Stokes 5-0-25-0.

    Result: West Indies won by five wickets.

    Series: Three-match series tied 1-1.

    Man-of-the-Match: Shai Hope.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV – Marais Erasmus.

  • Leading Windies to victory was my duty, says hero Hope

    LEEDS, England, CMC – West Indies batting hero Shai Hope said Tuesday he saw it as his duty to see the team to victory on the epic fifth and final day of the second Test against England at Headingley.

    Windies started the day on five without loss chasing 322 for victory and Hope made a superb 118 not out as the visitors won under lights after another enthralling day’s play.

    The win boosted the Windies hopes of redemption especially following their innings defeat inside three days in the Edgbaston first Test, and now gives them a real sniff at a series win with one match left at Lord’s.

    “Someone had to do it and that someone was me. Today was my day and I felt I had to dig deep and take us home. This was a five-day battle and we gave it all we had. It was a remarkable Test match,” the 23-year-old said.

    “I feel elated. We’ve worked hard as a team and we’re pleased to get over the line. I am a professional cricketer for a reason so I always believe in myself. We fought hard throughout the game, so we needed to do well with the bat.”

    Hope added: “I’m just pleased to get the win. We needed this win. We fell way short in the first match so we sat down, looked at ourselves and came up with a plan on how to fight back, not just for ourselves as a team, but for the people who support us.

    “We know that we came here to play and that we have the fight, the belief and the players to do it, so we just needed to go out there and execute. I was just pleased to get the win, that was the main thing, just to get us back in the series.”

    It was Windies’ first Test win in England for 17 years and the highest run chase in England since Gordon Greenidge’s double century to lead the great West Indies side to victory at Lords in 1984.

    Hope’s unbeaten 118 – with 14 boundaries off 211 balls – guided the Windies to an emphatic victory after they resumed the day on five without loss. This followed his first innings 147 – making him the first batsman to score two centuries in a first-class match at Headingley.

    The Test was the 534th first-class match at the venue and 76th Test match.

    He also became the third West Indian to achieve the feat of twin tons in a Test in England – the others coming via the legendary George Headley at Lord’s in 1939, and Gordon Greenidge at Old Trafford in 1976.

    Hope shared a match-winning stand of 144 with Kraigg Brathwaite, who made 95 off 180 balls with 12 fours, to follow up his 134 in the first innings. Overall he batted for 10 hours in the match.

    “Kraigg was brilliant throughout the match, he really set it up for us. In the first innings he made 134 and came back in the second innings to play another amazing knock, full credit to him,” Hope said.

    “He has done it a lot for us and he’s become the rock of our batting. We played well in this match and we want to carry that momentum with us to Lord’s where we believe we can win the series.”

  • Guyana takes Regional Under-19 One Day title

    The attached are the scorecards for Round 7 (Final Round) of the CWI Regional Under 19 which ended in St Kitts.

    Full report to follow…

    Summary

    • Guyana defeated Windward Islands by 6 runs
    • Trinidad & Tobago defeated Jamaica by 6 wickets
    • Barbados defeated Leeward Islands by 5 wickets
  • Windies squandered big moments, says Estwick

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Bowling coach, Roddy Estwick, conceded Monday that West Indies had failed to properly negotiate the big moments on the penultimate day of the second Test but warned pundits not to write off the Caribbean side ahead of a tense final day on Tuesday.

    West Indies entered the day in a strong position with England on 171 for three – only two runs ahead – but let the advantage slip, allowing the hosts to pile up 490 for eight declared in their second innings at Headingley.

    Set a challenging 322 for victory, the Windies finished the day on five without loss.

    “We didn’t play the big moments well at all today. When the captain Joe Root got out they were 40-odd for four [overall] and we then dropped a catch soon after so the big moments we didn’t play well at all,” Estwick told reporters.

    “But it’s a very young team [and] we’re still learning. They’ve got to learn that when you have the initiative and the momentum you’ve got to run with it for as long as possible.”

    West Indies were hurt by half-centuries from Moeen (84), Root (72), Chris Woakes (61 not out), Dawid Malan (61) and Ben Stokes (58), all of whom cashed in on a tame Windies attack in good batting conditions.

    West Indies seemed to be pulling things back when they grabbed three wickets for just 27 runs in the second session to reduce England to 357 for seven at tea – a lead of 188 runs – but Ali and Woakes then posted 117 for the eighth wicket to keep their side on top in the final session.

    Estwick said by then, the workload had begun to take its toll especially on the Windies seamers and there was little to give as they searched for the important breakthrough.

    “When you go in with three seamers it is always very difficult and on a very good pitch … it’s been a good pitch all the way through and it was difficult after tea,” Estwick lamented.

    “You could see the boys really wanted to put in a big effort but they didn’t have a lot of energy left.”

    West Indies have not won a Test in England in 17 years and following their humbling innings defeat inside three days at Edgbaston last weekend, the odds are already on another defeat on Tuesday.

    But Estwick remained positive, stressing there was still fight left in the Windies despite the disappointing day.

    “The match is far from over. For us, we have 317 runs to make tomorrow and we’ve still got to believe that we can win the game,” he contended.

    “I can go back as far as 1984 when [England] declared and gave us 300-odd to win and we got it with two wickets down so don’t write us off yet, we’re not out of it yet. We’ll be back and we’ll be fighting and we’ll regroup tonight.

    “We’ll have our discussions and we’ll come back fighting.”

  • Windies victory hopes take a beating as England rebound

    LEEDS, England, CMC – A day which began with an abundance of hope for West Indies ended in frustration as the tourists were left facing a massive task to win the second Test after England put themselves in the ascendancy with a dominant batting display at Headingley here Monday.

    At the close of the penultimate day of the contest, West Indies were five without loss in their second innings, still requiring a further 317 runs on Tuesday’s last day to win a Test in England for the first time in 17 years.

    England had earlier flaunted their muscle to convert their overnight 171 for three into 490 for eight declared in their second innings, in the process turning the game on its head and putting the Caribbean side under pressure for the first time in the match.

    Moeen Ali top-scored with 84, leading five players with half-centuries as captain Joe Root (72), Chris Woakes (61 not out), Dawid Malan (61) and Ben Stokes (58) all got stuck into the Windies attack in conditions that offered little to the bowlers.

    Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase grabbed three wickets in the second session to be the best bowler with three for 86 while seamers Jason Holder (2-95) and Shannon Gabriel (2-125) toiled with little success.

    The Windies’ frustration began in the morning session when they managed to get only one wicket – that of Root’s – as England marched to 251 for four at lunch.

    Resuming on 45, Root completed his second half-century of the match in the first over of the day with a streaky boundary through the cordon off seamer Kemar Roach.

    He extended his fourth wicket stand with Malan to 118 before steering a short ball from Gabriel to Shai Hope at gully, nearly an hour into the day’s play, after facing 111 balls and stroking 15 fours.

    Malan, dropped on 32 on the stroke of drinks after wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and Kieran Powell at first slip made a hash of an opportunity off Holder, then combined in a 91-run stand with Stokes which broke West Indies’ resistance.

    The left-handed Malan faced 186 balls and counted seven fours while Stokes, also a left-hander, struck 11 fours in a 108-ball knock.

    They had put England in control an hour after tea when Chase finally got the breakthrough in the first over following the drinks break, having Stokes holing out on the ropes at wide long-off to Kraigg Brathwaite.

    West Indies then enjoyed their best period of the day as they claimed three wickets for 24 runs to pull back England’s momentum.

    Malan was bowled by Chase as he pushed down the wrong line and four overs later, Jonny Bairstow bungled a reverse sweep and dragged on to Chase for 18.

    The clatter of wickets left England on 357 for seven at tea – a lead of 188 runs – but West Indies’ hopes of limiting the hosts’  advantage were blown when Ali and Woakes put on 117 for the eighth wicket to control the final session.

    The left-handed Ali played freely to gather 11 boundaries off a mere 93 deliveries while Woakes hit seven fours in a knock lasting 104 balls.

    West Indies were virtually out of ideas when Ali gifted his wicket by holing out in the deep off leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo. Even then there was no reprieve, however, as Woakes added a further 46 in an unbroken ninth wicket partnership with Stuart Broad (14 not out), to further damage the Windies hopes.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 258

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings 427

    ENGLAND 2nd Innings

    (overnight 171 for three)

    A Cook c wkp Dowrich b Holder 23

    M Stoneman b Gabriel 52

    T Westley c wkp Dowrich b Holder 8

    *J Root c S Hope b Gabriel 72

    D Malan b Chase 61

    B Stokes c Brathwaite b Chase 58

    +J Bairstow b Chase 18

    M Ali c Brathwaite b Bishoo 84

    C Woakes not out 61

    S Broad not out 14

    Extras (b13, lb5, w9, nb12) 39

    TOTAL (8 decl., 141 overs) 490

    Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-81, 3-94, 4-212, 5-303, 6-312, 7-327, 8-444.

    Bowling: Gabriel 26-3-125-2, Roach 24-8-95-0, Holder 33-10-95-2, Chase 32-5-86-3, Bishoo 25-1-67-1, Brathwaite 1-0-4-0.

    WEST INDIES 2nd innings

    K Brathwaite not out 4

    K Powell not out 1

    TOTAL (without loss, 6 overs) 5

    Bowling: Anderson 3-2-3-0, Broad 2-1-1-0, Moeen Ali 1-0-1-0.

    Position: West Indies require a further 317 runs for victory with all 10 second innings wickets intact.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV – Marais Erasmus.

  • Holder keeps Windies on top but England rally

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Captain Jason Holder’s telling all-round contribution kept West Indies with their noses in front but opposite number Joe Root was leading an England fightback, as the second Test at Headingley remained fascinatingly poised ahead of Monday’s penultimate day.

    At the end of a absorbing third day here Sunday, England were 171 for three in their second innings – a lead of two runs after conceding a first innings deficit of 169.

    Root was unbeaten on 45 and partnered by Dawid Malan on 21, while opener Mark Stoneman struck 54 to gather his first Test half-century in his second match at his level.

    Seamer Holder proved the Windies talisman, grabbing the key wickets of veteran opener Alastair Cook (23) and Tom Westley (8) to end with two for 44.

    The 25-year-old Holder had earlier helped lead a Windies rally as the Caribbean side were dismissed for 427 in their first innings after resuming the day 329 for five.

    He produced a cameo 43 off 54 deliveries while Jermaine Blackwood crunched a typically aggressive 49, in a 75-run, eighth wicket partnership which proved invaluable after West Indies lost wickets off the first two balls of the day.

    Shai Hope, unbeaten on 147 overnight, failed to add when he nicked seamer Jimmy Anderson behind and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich followed without scoring to a catch at second slip by Root off the next ball.

    However, Blackwood and Holder took the attack to England in an enterprising stand that took the total past 400.

    Blackwood, dropped at mid-on by Moeen Ali off seamer Stuart Broad in the day’s second over before he had added to his overnight 21, stroked seven fours in a breezy 63-ball knock while Holder also counted seven boundaries.

    Holder matched his partner for audacity, taking three consecutive boundaries from a Broad over. The first was a pull to backward square and the last two, exquisite off-side drives.

    With the score ticking over, Holder holed out down the ground off seamer Chris Woakes in the fourth over following the first drinks break and in the next over, Blackwood misjudged a second run and was run out at the striker’s end.

    Last men Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach further frustrated the English in a 23-run partnership before being separated, six minutes into an extended morning session.

    Anderson finished with five for 76 while Stokes picked up two for 63.

    England were then given a solid start in their second innings by Cook and Stoneman who put on an important 58 for the first wicket.

    The left-handed Cook played cautiously in a 63-ball knock that included two fours while Stoneman struck seven fours in a 124-ball knock.

    Holder, whose nine overs on the trot before tea cost just 10 runs, got the breakthrough about 20 minutes before the interval when he beat Cook on a couple of occasions before finding the edge through to wicketkeeper Dowrich.

    Unbeaten on 35 at tea with England on 68 for one, Stoneman reached his half-century about half-hour after tea with a boundary to fine leg off Holder.

    Westley, on four at tea, escaped being run out when West Indies bungled an ideal chance with the right-hander stranded mid-pitch but he perished in the next over, nicking a drive at Holder to Dowrich at 81 for two.

    Fast bowler Gabriel then returned to remove Stoneman with a superb delivery that angled in, straightened and rocked off-stump as the left-hander defended, leaving England stumbling at 94 for three.

    Windies had their tails up at this stage but Root, dropped on 10 by Kyle Hope at gully off pacer Kemar Roach, anchored an unbroken 77-run, fourth wicket partnership with Malan, to steer England safely to the close.

    The right-handed Root has so far faced 82 deliveries and counted nine fours.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 258

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    (overnight 329 for five)

    K Brathwaite b Broad 134

    K Powell c Cook b Anderson 5

    D Bishoo c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 1

    K Hope c Root b Anderson 3

    S Hope c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 147

    R Chase c Cook b Stokes 5

    J Blackwood run out 49

    +S Dowrich c Root b Anderson 0

    *J Holder c Ali b Woakes 43

    K Roach not out

    S Gabriel lbw b Stokes 10

    Extras (b8, lb11, w5) 24

    TOTAL (all out, 127 Overs) 427

    Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-31, 3-35, 4-281, 5-296, 6-329, 7-329, 8-404, 9-406, 10-427.

    Bowling: Anderson 29-7-76-5, Broad 24-2-95-1, Woakes 21-4-78-1, Stokes 25-9-63-2, Ali 24-4-84-0, Westley 4-0-12-0.

    ENGLAND 2nd Innings

    A Cook c wkp Dowrich b Holder 23

    M Stoneman b Gabriel 52

    T Westley c wkp Dowrich b Holder 8

    *J Root not out 45

    D Malan not out 21

    Extras (b8, lb2, w7, nb5) 22

    TOTAL (3 wkts, 59 overs) 171

    Fall of wickets: 1-58, 2-81, 3-94.

    Bowling: Gabriel 14-3-41-1, Roach 11-5-34-0, Holder 17-4-44-2, Chase 15-3-31-0, Bishoo 2-0-11-0.

    Position: England lead by two runs with seven second innings wickets intact.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV – Marais Erasmus.

  • Unbeaten Guyana eyeing one-day title

    BASSETERRE, St Kitts, CMC – Guyana enter Monday’s final round of the Regional Under-19 One-Day Championship in pole position to take the title, after trouncing the previously unbeaten Trinidad and Tobago by eight wickets on Saturday.

    Playing in the sixth round contest at Conaree, Guyana easily chased down the 111 set for victory to win their fifth game and remain unbeaten in the competition.

    On Monday, the Guyanese take on Windward Islands.

    Opting to bowl first, they bundled out T&T for a paltry 110 off 35.4 overs, with West Indies Under-19 star Kirstan Kallicharan top-scoring with 48 off 64 balls, with six fours and two sixes.

    Young Windies off-spinner all-rounder, Bhaskar Yadram, claimed three for 19 while left-arm spinner Keshram Seyhodan (2-4) led three bowlers – Ashmead Nedd (2-24) and Richie Looknauth (2-27) – with two wickets each.

    In reply, Raymond Perez slammed 47 not out and Joshua Persaud, 44, in an up tempo 78-run stand for the first wicket.

    Perez faced 69 balls and counted five fours and one six while Persaud belted five fours and two sixes in a 45-ball cameo.

    At Conaree: Guyana won by eight wickets.

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 110 off 35.4 overs (Kirstan Kallicharan 48, Cephas Cooper 23; Bhaskar Yadram 3-19, Keshram Seyhodan 2-4)

    GUYANA 111 for two off 21.5 overs (Raymond Perez 47 not out, Joshua Persaud 44; Te-Shawn Alleyne 2-18)


    At Warner Park, Barbados scraped their first win of the tournament when they easily got past Jamaica by eight wickets.

    Set 146 for victory, Barbados were guided home by Kadeem Alleyne who stoked an unbeaten 61 off 58 balls with three fours and two sixes.

    He put on 73 in an unbroken third wicket stand wit Marc Cyrus who made 27 not out.

    Opting to bat first earlier, Jamaica were carried by opener Shavar Christie whose 71 included six fours and a six and lasted 132 deliveries.

    At Warner Park: Barbados won by eight wickets.

    JAMAICA 145 off 47.4 overs (Shavar Christie 71; Raneil Smith 3-16)

    BARBADOS 149 for two off 31.4 overs (Kadeem Alleyne 61 not out)


    In the other game at Molyneaux, Windward Islands beat ICC Americas by 50 runs.

    At Molineaux: Windward Islands won by 50 runs.

    WINDWARDS 210 for nine off 50 overs (Alick Athanaze 52, Kimani Melius 42; Adhihetty Bhavindu 3-43)

    ICC AMERICAS 160 off 41.2 overs (Naress Kavian 52; Dillon Douglas 3-26)

  • Relieved Hope happy to help Windies dominate

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Shai Hope said his maiden Test hundred on Saturday against England had come with a sense of relief, following below-par performances in his previous 11 Tests.

    The stylish right-hander’s previous best in 21 innings was 90 against Pakistan in Bridgetown four months ago but he fashioned an excellent, unbeaten 147 at Headingley to finally crack triple figures.

    “It was a big relief. I know within myself that I should be performing much better than I am so I was just pleased to get over the line. Thanks to Kraigg (Brathwaite) again for the support in the middle, he made my job a little bit easier,” said the 23-year-old.

    “Honestly, [I was thinking] of staying out there as long as possible for the team. It was about trying to get as many runs on the board as possible so I’m actually pleased I got through the 90s a bit faster.

    “It was moreso the [total] and the time at the wicket that I was more concerned about than the 90s.”

    Hope was joined by opener and vice-captain Brathwaite who struck 134 – his sixth Test hundred – as West Indies flourished on day two of the encounter to reach 329 for five in their first innings.

    The pair added 246 for the fourth wicket to pull West Indies around from danger, after they slumped to 35 for three early in the morning session.

    Brathwaite said the focus of the partnership was determination and placing a high value on their wickets.

    “We communicated well. We knew there were some tough periods we had to fight through and I think we did that well,” he explained.

    “We knew the plan, we knew our plan and we just worked with it. We kept encouraging each other and the key word was ‘fight’.

    “I wasn’t worried [in the morning session]. I believe in the team and we showed it. The key for us was fight and that’s what we went out there and did.”

    Hope added: “It’s Test cricket, you have to dig in. England have some quality bowlers on their team so you had to make sure you stayed there as long as possible and not leave it for the other guys inside to do the job.”

    The performance was a far cry from the debacle of last weekend when the Windies lost 19 wickets on the third day to collapse to an innings defeat in the opening Test at Edgbaston.

    But Brathwaite said the Caribbean side had been eager to turn the page on that outing and build on Friday’s solid outing with the ball.

    “As a team I thought we had the belief – we weren’t going to give up. That was the mindset. We bowled them out for 258 and decided we would go out there and work hard, believe in ourselves and that’s what we did,” he noted.

    “We will play it as it goes. The key tomorrow for us is to build on the lead and we’ll take it from there as a a team.”

  • Brathwaite, Hope punish England as Windies flourish

    LEEDS, England, CMC – Opener Kraigg Brathwaite carved out his sixth Test hundred while immensely talented stroke-maker Shai Hope gathered his first, as West Indies dominated England to take a surprise advantage on the second day of the second Test at Headingley here Saturday.

    Under heavy criticism following a heavy innings defeat inside three days last weekend, the Caribbean side responded strongly by piling up 329 for five in their first innings at the close – a lead of 71 heading into Sunday’s third day.

    At the heart of the Windies enterprise were Brathwaite and Hope who combined prudence and aggression to subdue England’s much-vaunted seam attack.

    Hope was unbeaten on 147 at the close, an innings that has so far consumed six hours flat and lasted 252 balls, with 23 boundaries. The knock was also the highest individual score by a West Indies batsman in a Test in England in 22 years.

    He was partnered by Jermaine Blackwood who has already stroked four boundaries in a 23-ball 21.

    Brathwaite, meanwhile, gathered 134 – a knock that included 17 fours and two sixes, and came from 249 deliveries in six hours and 20 minutes at the crease.

    Together, he and Hope put on a superb 246 for the fourth wicket – the highest stand by the Windies in England in just over three decades – which pulled West Indies around from danger at 35 for three and saw them dominate the second session without losing a wicket.

    Resuming the day on 19 for one, England threatened a repeat of the opening Test at Edgbaston when seamer Jimmy Anderson removed nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo in the fifth over of the day for one and then followed up by knocking over new batsman Kyle Hope for three.

    Bishoo failed to add to his overnight score, wafting at a wide one and nicking a catch behind while Kyle Hope was well caught by captain Joe Root diving low to his left at second slip.

    However, any hopes England had of another collapse were soon dashed as Brathwaite and Hope played positively to take the Caribbean side to lunch on 109 for three.

    Brathwaite, on 13 at the start, survived his share of anxious moments. On 35, he was given out LBW to seamer Stuart Broad only to be reprieved on review because of an inside edge.

    And on 46, he was again adjudged lbw only for reviews to show the impact outside the line.

    Brathwaite then released the tension by clearing the leg-side ropes off the very next delivery to raise his half-century, to be unbeaten on 63 at lunch with Shai Hope on 33

    West Indies added a further 97 runs in the next session, with Brathwaite cruising to triple figures in style. He moved into the 90s with back-to-back off-side boundaries off seamer Ben Stokes before lifting part-time off-spinner Tom Westley for a straight six off the penultimate delivery before tea, to reach his landmark.

    Shai Hope, meanwhile, looked in fine touch, moving into the 40s with a couple of boundaries off Anderson in the second over after lunch before reaching his half-century in the next over with a straight-driven four off seamer Chris Woakes.

    On 85 at tea with the Windies on 206, Shai eased into the 90s with a delight cover drive for four off off-spinner Moeen Ali before stylishly pulling Stokes to the square boundary in the next over to move to 99.

    A single to long leg off the next delivery brought him his maiden hundred in his 12 Test.

    The pair frustrated England for the next hour before Brathwaite finally perished in the third over following the drinks break, bowled by Broad as he prodded forward.

    There was no joy for new batsman Roston Chase as he lasted 20 balls in scoring five before fending one from Stokes that bounced, to Alastair Cook at first slip.

    ENGLAND 1st Innings 258

    WEST INDIES 1st Innings

    (overnight 19 for one)

    K Brathwaite b Broad 134

    K Powell c Cook b Anderson 5

    D Bishoo c wkp Bairstow b Anderson 1

    K Hope c Root b Anderson 3

    S Hope not out 147

    R Chase c Cook b Stokes 5

    J Blackwood not out 21

    Extras (b4, lb7, w2) 13

    TOTAL (5 wkts, 102 overs) 329

    To bat: +S Dowrich, *J Holder, K Roach, S Gabriel.

    Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-31, 3-35, 4-281, 5-296.

    Bowling: Anderson 23-7-46-3, Broad 20-2-73-1, Woakes 13-2-58-0, Stokes 22-8-60-1, Moeen Ali 20-3-69-0, Westley 4-0-12-0.

    Position: West Indies tlead by 71 runs.

    Toss: England.

    Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, S Ravi; TV – Marais Erasmus.