Tuesday 4 August, 2020

West Indies take 31-run lead over England in first test

West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite, left, hits a boundary during the third day of the first cricket Test match against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, July 10, 2020. (Mike Hewitt/Pool via AP) (Mike Hewitt/Pool via AP).

West Indies' Kraigg Brathwaite, left, hits a boundary during the third day of the first cricket Test match against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England, Friday, July 10, 2020. (Mike Hewitt/Pool via AP) (Mike Hewitt/Pool via AP).

Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich shared an unbeaten 49-run partnership to get the West Indies out of some bother and into a first-innings lead of 31 over England at tea on day three of the first test at Southampton on Friday.

The tourists lost Shamarh Brooks (39) and Jermaine Blackwood (12) soon after lunch to slip to 186-5 in reply to England's 204 all out but recovered through Chase (27 not out) and Dowrich (30 not out) to be in a strong position to build a healthy lead at an empty Ageas Bowl.

Captain Jason Holder is among the five wickets in hand as England prepare to take the new ball, with there two quickest bowlers — Jofra Archer and Mark Wood — awaiting their first wickets.

James Anderson was involved in both of the wickets in the second session, firstly finding Brooks' edge for a caught behind. Brooks decided to review but UltraEdge showed a clear nick.

Five overs later, Anderson took a simple catch at mid-on to remove Blackwood, who tried to launch spinner Dom Bess into the deep.

Anderson and Bess both had two wickets in the innings.

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