Windies blown away by England pacemen
England’s seamers decimated West Indies’ batting to give the hosts a stranglehold on the second Investec Test at Trent Bridge.
Three wickets for Tim Bresnan, two for James Anderson and Stuart Broad’s crucial removal of Shivnarine Chanderpaul left the tourists 61 for six at stumps, a mere three runs ahead.
Darren Sammy’s side had fought back bravely today, reducing their opponents from 259 for two overnight to 428 all out, of which Andrew Strauss contributed 141.
However, the Windies’ hopes of keeping the series alive in Nottingham were hanging by a thread with the hosts firm favourites to double their lead in the three-game rubber.
James Anderson removed the opening batsmen, bowling Kieran Powell via a thick inside-edge and trapping Adrian Barath in front.
With Kirk Edwards absent due to flu, Chanderpaul came in at four and top-edged a hook to fine-leg. Darren Bravo was then lbw to Bresnan for 22.
Late in the day Bresnan trapped Denesh Ramdin and Edwards, who had come to the ground, lbw in the space of three balls to leave the result a near certainty.
Strauss and Kevin Pietersen resumed this morning on 102 and 72 respectively in a total of 259 for two, 111 behind.
Pietersen was trapped in front for 80 by Ravi Rampaul, ending a stand worth 144, despite a review. Ian Bell briefly prospered but fell for 22 to Kemar Roach’s successful lbw review.
Strauss moved along steadily, his runs square of the wicket often limited by a sweeper, but lost Jonny Bairstow to a leading edge off Roach and Matt Prior - bowled by Sammy - before lunch.
Once Strauss was caught behind off Sammy, Bresnan and Broad shared a half-century alliance until the latter top-edged a sweep off Shane Shillingford.
Graeme Swann and Anderson fell to part-time spinner Marlon Samuels to end the innings with Bresnan unbeaten on 39.
Live Text Commentary
6:30pm - STUMPS - WI 61/6; Samuels 13, Sammy 0 - West Indies close only three runs in front, leaving an England series win tomorrow almost a certainty.
6:24pm - WICKET! - Edwards lbw Bresnan 0; WI 61/6 - The ill specialist batsman goes second ball. Again, the tourists opt not to review.
6:21pm - WICKET! - Ramdin lbw Bresnan 6; WI 61/5 - The wicketkeeper is trapped plumb in front and the Windies do not bother to review. Kirk Edwards takes his place in the middle and immediately survives a leg before appeal that is not reviewed.
6:12pm - Samuels clips Bresnan to leg for four to put the Windies in front, meaning England will have to bat again.
6:10pm - Kirk Edwards, who is ill, has travelled to the ground and will bat if required, although not necessarily next.
6:05pm - Samuels elegantly cover-drives Bresnan for his first four. Play is set to continue until 6:30pm, the cut-off if the day’s allocation of overs has not been bowled.
5:55pm - Broad has an lbw appeal against Marlon Samuels turned down and England decide not to review. Denesh Ramdin drives Broad for four to take his side to 50. There is then a delay while the run-up from the Pavilion End is repaired.
5:40pm - WICKET! - Bravo lbw Bresnan 22; WI 45/4 - Bresnan comes round the wicket to the left-hander and strikes him on the front pad. Bravo reviews, but replays show the ball was heading for middle stump. West Indies are still 15 behind.
5:31pm - Following a drinks break, Tim Bresnan takes over from Anderson.
5:24pm - Graeme Swann replaces Broad from the Pavilion End.
5:16pm - Anderson and Broad are cranking up the pressure, which Bravo partially relieves by guiding the latter for four behind square on the off side and playing a full ball down the ground for another boundary.
5:05pm - WICKET! - Chanderpaul c Trott b Broad 11; WI 31/3 - The left-hander uncharacteristically hooks a bouncer and succeeds only in getting a top edge to fine-leg, resulting in great cheers from the crowd. Broad completes a wicket-maiden to Marlon Samuels.
5:04pm - Anderson is testing Darren Bravo outside the left-hander’s off stump and builds pressure with a maiden.
4:53pm - Broad has not quite hit his straps yet this evening and Chanderpaul eases the seamer, who is operating from around the wicket, through mid-on for four. He gets a streaky four off Anderson, deflecting a ball he attempted to leave past Tim Bresnan at third slip.
4:48pm - If England can get Chanderpaul early here, they will definitely fancy their chances. The Windies are still 43 runs in arrears on 15 for two and Anderson is once again leading the attack superbly at a venue where he has enjoyed considerable success in the past.
4:42pm - WICKET! Barath lbw Anderson 7; WI 14/2 - Anderson strikes again, trapping Barath plumb in front with one that seamed in and beat the opener for pace as he played back. Here comes Shivnarine Chanderpaul...
4:40pm - Bravo picks the gap behind point to collect his first four off Broad in stylish fashion. The left-hander is well beaten by the next delivery, however.
4:31pm - WICKET! Powell b Anderson 1; WI 5/1 - An early breakthrough is just what England would have wanted and now they have one! Powell aims a flat-footed drive at Anderson and succeeds only in playing on. Darren Bravo comes out at number three.
4:30pm - James Anderson begins with a maiden, before Powell gets the tourists up and running in their second innings with a clip into the leg side off Stuart Broad, who is then punched to the cover-point boundary by Barath.
4:21pm - England take the field for the evening session, followed by Windies openers Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell. Kirk Edwards will be unable to bat at number three after spending time off the field due to illness today.
4:01pm - WICKET AND TEA! - Anderson lbw Samuels 0; Eng 428 all out - The part-time off-spinner strikes again, leaving Bresnan stranded on 39. England lead by 58 on first innings.
3:50pm - There is a delay while the ground staff repair the run-up just before the bowler’s take-off at the Radcliffe Road End.
3:45pm - REVIEW! - Sammy checks an lbw appeal after James Anderson fails to hit his first ball with a sweep. Replays show the ball pitching fractionally outside the left-hander’s leg stump.
3:40pm - WICKET! - Swann c Sammy b Samuels 1; Eng 426/9 - West Indies review and replays show Swann has got a faint inside edge on to pad. That was going to be the last over before tea but, because England are nine wickets down, there will be another half hour of play unless a wicket falls.
3:35pm - Runs come quickly for Bresnan and Swann as England’s lead passes 50.
3:29pm - WICKET! - Broad c Sammy b Shillingford 25; Eng 416/8 - The left-hander paddle-sweeps the spinner but gets a top edge as his alliance with Bresnan yields 53. Graeme Swann gets off the mark first ball with a quick single.
3:25pm - Bresnan pulls Sammy for one to herald a fifty partnership with Broad from 85 balls.
3:10pm - Sammy loses control and sends a beamer over Broad and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin for five no-balls. A single then takes the hosts to 400. Shane Shillingford replaces Roach from the Pavilion End.
3:07pm - Roach hobbles off the field after an over.
3pm - Sammy is trying to tempt Broad outside off stump, but the left-hander leaves every ball in a maiden.
2:51pm - Broad rides his luck, edging Sammy over gulley for four to move into double figures. Bresnan then twice slices Roach low through the same area to the rope.
2:39pm - Sammy bowls a second straight maiden before Roach replaces Rampaul. Broad immediately punches down the ground for four off the back foot. A single then takes England into the lead.
2:34pm - Following a Sammy maiden, Stuart Broad opens his account by flicking Rampaul to fine-leg for one.
2:20pm - WICKET! - Strauss c Ramdin b Sammy 141; Eng 363/7 - The left-hander is not so lucky this time, nicking behind as West Indies continue to limit England who are seven in arrears.
2:18pm - Strauss gets a fortuitous four when he drives aerially away from his body off Sammy, evading two gully fielders.
2:10pm - Still Rampaul and Sammy in tandem. They are stemming the flow of runs but not threatening as perhaps Kemar Roach might.
1:58pm - Strauss elegantly cover-drives Rampaul to the rope, heralding the hosts’ 350 and taking them within 20 of their opponents’ first-innings total.
1:54pm - REVIEW! - Sammy strikes Bresnan, who is on five, on the front pad and the Windies review, but replays show the ball hitting the right-hander outside off stump while he is playing a shot. Bresnan then angles Sammy to the third-man boundary for four.
1:52pm - Rampaul sends down a maiden from round the wicket to Strauss, continuing a sedate passage of play since lunch.
1:40pm - Ravi Rampaul begins the day’s second session bowling to Andrew Strauss from the Radcliffe Road End. Darren Sammy takes the next over from the Pavilion End.
1pm - LUNCH - Eng 340/6; Strauss 125, Bresnan 4 - Strauss and Tim Bresnan consolidate to reach the interval with England 30 behind the hosts’ first-innings effort.
12:47pm - WICKET! - Prior b Sammy 16; Eng 336/6 - The right-hander loses his middle stump, making this emphatically West Indies’ morning.
12:38pm - Sammy takes over from Rampaul at the Pavilion End and is beautifully cover-driven for four by Strauss, who moves to 123.
12:29pm - Prior pulls Rampaul for the wicketkeeper-batsman’s first four of the innings. He soon punches Roach to the mid-on rope.
12:20pm - WICKET! - Bairstow c Chanderpaul b Rampaul 4; Eng 308/5 - The right-hander gets a leading edge on a short ball and loops a simple catch to mid-on. England have some work to draw level with West Indies’ 370.
12:16pm - Bairstow is looking more assured, like Strauss. However, West Indies have dried up the runs.
12:05pm - Following drinks, Bairstow steals a single off Roach to get off the mark. Strauss does well to call him through and get a nervous-looking Bairstow off strike.
11:51am - WICKET! - Bell lbw Roach 22; Eng 300/4 - Aleem Dar turns down the bowler’s appeal but West Indies successfully review. In perfect batting conditions the tourists are doing well today. Roach discomforts Jonny Bairstow with a bouncer.
11:49am - Kemar Roach replaces Sammy as the new ball is taken straight away. Strauss takes a single to leg to bring up England’s 300.
11:45am - Sammy bowls his first maiden of the innings. There is one more over, bowled by Shillingford, before the new ball is available.
11:38am - Bell paddle-sweeps Shillingford and Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s misfiled at fine-leg gifts him four. Bell repeats the shot and Chanderpaul fields cleanly to ironic cheers.
11:34am - Bell, on 15, gets a faint edge off Shillingford but Denesh Ramdin cannot hold on. Strauss gets the monkey off his back by picking up his seventh run of the day, off Sammy, to a flurry of applause from the crowd (see below).
11:24am - Bell elegantly flicks Shillingford for four over mid-on. The spinner may be pleased he does not have to bowl at Pietersen again in this innings but Strauss and Bell will still test him. Darren Sammy replaces Rampaul at the Radcliffe Road End.
11:14am - Strauss faces his first ball of the day, from off-spinner Shillingford. The left-hander flicks the third delivery of the over to square-leg for four. Bell gets off the mark by cutting Rampaul to the boundary.
11:09am - WICKET! - Pietersen lbw Rampaul 80; Eng 267/3 - Rampaul strikes Pietersen on the front pad and successfully appeals for lbw. The batsman reviews but replays show the ball hitting leg stump. The bowler completes a wicket maiden to Ian Bell.
11am - Pietersen is on strike for the first over of the day to be bowled by Ravi Rampaul. Pietersen takes a single to remain on strike against Shane Shillingford, whom he paddles for four.
10:40am - Strauss has a statistical anomaly to overcome this morning. Among his 21 Test centuries, whenever he has been unbeaten overnight he has never made more than six runs when his innings has resumed. He explained he is determined to kick on today.
10:30am - Good morning from possibly the hottest morning at Trent Bridge so far in the second Investec Test. England could not ask for better conditions to continue their first innings, which stands at 259 for two in reply to West Indies’ 370 all out. Andrew Strauss will resume on 102 and Kevin Pietersen on 72.