Tourists take charge after Windies collapse
West Indies lost four wickets in the last 38 minutes of the opening day to squander precious momentum and gift England the early advantage in the first Wisden Trophy Test here yesterday.
Half-centuries from Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, and Roston Chase had propelled the hosts to 240 for four inside the final hour, but four wickets tumbled for 24 runs to leave them tottering on 264 for eight at the close at Kensington Oval.
Marquee seamer James Anderson triggered the late collapse, taking three of the wickets to fall with the second new ball, as England clawed their way back into the contest after finding life difficult early on.
The slide started when Chase, after facing 118 balls in 145 minutes and striking five fours and a six, edged one from Anderson that left him and was caught at first slip by Joe Root – one of three catches on the day for the England skipper.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich perished in Anderson’s next over without scoring, top-edging a gentle catch to Jos Buttler at second slip after finding himself in a tangle after attempting to bail out of a pull at a shortish delivery.
Captain Jason Holder (5) spent eight balls at the crease before tamely tapping a return catch back to Anderson and seamer Ben Stokes claimed the day’s final wicket to signal the close, when he got Kemar Roach to glove a lifter to Root at first slip without scoring.Anderson finished with four for 33 while Stokes ended with three for 47.
Hetmyer, who played with his typical flair and assurance to end unbeaten on 56, will carry West Indies’ hopes into the second day of the contest.
The Windies had earlier made a strong start to the affair after winning the toss and batting as debutant Jamaican John Campbell, with 44, and Kraigg Brathwaite, 40, put on 53 for the first wicket.
Showing few signs of nerves, the 25-year-old Campbell counted eight fours off 53 deliveries in 74 minutes at the crease.
He got off the mark with a boundary when he steered left-arm seamer Sam Curran through gully and then steadily grew in confidence.
He looked set for a fifty when he missed a sweep at off-spinner Moeen Ali and was leg before wicket, 40 minutes before lunch.
Brathwaite and Hope, who fashioned a classy top score of 57, then took West Indies to lunch on 89 for one before afterwards extending their second wicket stand to 73.
The right-handed Brathwaite, searching for form after lean recent tours of India and Bangladesh, emerged from a sluggish start to up the tempo in the second hour, stroking Moeen to the cover boundary before clearing the long-on boundary a few balls later in the same over.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K. Brathwaite c Root b Stokes 40
J. Campbell lbw b Moeen Ali 44
S. Hope c wkp Foakes b Anderson 57
D. Bravo lbw b Stokes 2
R. Chase c Root b Anderson 54
S. Hetmyer not out 56
+S. Dowrich c Buttler b Anderson 0
*J. Holder c & b Anderson 5
K. Roach c Root b Stokes 0
Extras (lb5, nb1) 6
Total (8 wkts, 89.2 overs) 264
To bat: A Joseph, S Gabriel.
Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-126, 3-128, 4-174, 5-240, 6-250, 7-261, 8-264.
Bowling: Anderson 24-12-33-4, Curran 12-3-54-0, Stokes 19.2-2-47-3
Moeen Ali 12-1-59-1, Rashid 17-1-56-0, Root 5-0-10-0.
Toss: West Indies.
UMPIRES: Rod Tucker, Chris Gaffaney; TV – Kumar Dharmasena.