West Indies still have Hope as Anderson strikes again | Sunday Observer

West Indies still have Hope as Anderson strikes again

England’s James Anderson (2R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of West Indies’ Shai Hope during the third day of the third international Test match between England and West Indies at Lord’s cricket ground in London. - AFP
England’s James Anderson (2R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of West Indies’ Shai Hope during the third day of the third international Test match between England and West Indies at Lord’s cricket ground in London. - AFP

Shai Hope continued to defy England as West Indies wickets tumbled around him in the third and deciding Test at Lord’s on Saturday.

West Indies were 153 for six at lunch on Saturday’s third day, a lead of just 82 runs in a series all square at 1-1.

Hope was 60 not out, his latest impressive innings this series, with West Indies captain Jason Holder -- dropped off the last ball before lunch -- eight not out.

James Anderson, fresh from taking his 500th Test wicket on Friday, had lunch figures of four for 29 in 16 overs.

West Indies resumed on 93 for three after Anderson had become the first Englishman and only the sixth Test bowler in history to reach the 500-wicket milestone.

Play started in bright sunshine, a marked contrast to the grey skies that had encircled Lord’s during the first two days.

But despite the improved batting conditions, it only needed four balls on Saturday for Anderson to take another wicket.

Bowling from the Nursery End, where the eight-foot slope across the ground naturally takes the ball away from a right-handed batsman’s off stump, Anderson found Roston Chase’s edge and wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow held a simple catch.

Chase was out for his overnight three and West Indies were 94 for four.

- Reprieve came to nothing -

Anderson should have had another wicket when Jermaine Blackwood, on two, mistimed a drive only for Stuart Broad to drop the catch at mid-off.

Broad then had Blackwood given out lbw by but the batsman successfully reviewed after replays confirmed an inside edge.

It all made little difference when Blackwood was dismissed for five, caught behind off Anderson after pushing well away from his body.

Anderson, bowling from the Nursery End after being warned for running on the pitch at the Pavilion End by umpire Marais Erasmus on Friday, had taken two wickets for four runs in 23 balls and West Indies were 100 for five.

Shane Dowrich was then given a reprieve on nought when Broad, in a series littered with dropped catches, failed to hold a diving caught and bowled chance.

But Dowrich fell for 14 -- his first double-figure score this series -- when trying to pull a Toby Roland-Jones ball that climbed off a length, he succeeded only in splicing an easy catch to Broad at mid-on.

The rather more patient Hope, 35 not out overnight, took 54 balls to score his first boundary on Saturday but a resounding cover-drive off Ben Stokes was worth the wait.

A four off his legs against Roland-Jones then saw Hope to a 127-ball fifty including eight boundaries.

It was yet another significant contribution from the 23-year-old Barbados batsman, whose twin hundreds -- including a maiden Test century -- had provided the backbone of West Indies’ series-levelling victory at Headingley.

Hope, who also made a stylish 39 in difficult conditions in the first innings at Lord’s, then drove Roland-Jones past backward point for a third four in five balls.

England captain Joe Root brought himself on for the final over before lunch and the occasional off-spinner’s move nearly worked when the final ball of the session saw Holder slice a drive.

But Alastair Cook at gully was unable to react in time to hold what would have been a spectacular catch. AFP


England beat Windies by 9 wickets

England beat West Indies by nine wickets to win the third Test at Lord’s on Saturday.

Victory saw England take the three-match series 2-1.

England, set just 107 for victory, finished on 107 for one as they won with more than two days to spare.

Mark Stoneman was 40 not out and Tom Westley 44 not out.

Earlier, James Anderson took his Test-best innings figures of seven for 42, a haul that included his 500th Test wicket, as West Indies were dismissed for 177 in their second innings.

This was the second time this series that a match had ended inside three days after England won the first Test -- the inaugural day/night Test in Britain -- by an innings and 209 runs at Edgbaston last month.

West Indies, however, then recorded a shock five-wicket win in the second Test at Headingley.

Brief scores

West Indies 1st Inns: 123 (B Stokes 6-22)

England 1st Inns: 194 (B Stokes 60; K Roach 5-72, J Holder 4-54)

West Indies 2nd Inns: 177 (S Hope 62; J Anderson 7-42)

England 2nd Inns: 107-1 

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