Anderson gives England a chance

Published: Saturday 25th April 2015 by The News Editor

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James Anderson removed West Indies centurion Kraigg Brathwaite with the new ball to raise England’s hopes of a last day victory in the second Test.

Anderson’s first delivery with the fresh Dukes ball was a short one rearing towards the opener’s throat and Brathwaite could only fend it off the shoulder of the bat to Joe Root at gully.

That left the hosts 224 for three, 59 ahead as they looked to occupy enough time to force a second successive draw.

As expected the last five overs with the old ball produced nothing of note for the bowlers, with 17 runs added to the total with minimal fuss.

Stuart Broad took the first over after the switch and immediately had Brathwaite in trouble, starting his spell with an lbw appeal that was sliding down leg and a streaky edge over gully.

Brathwaite’s 116 occupied 225 deliveries setting an example for Marlon Samuels (29no) and new man Shivnarine Chanderpaul to follow.

England, and Anderson, grabbed a second wicket of the morning when Chanderpaul edged to slip, but it needed a moment of brilliance from Alastair Cook to seal the deal.

It looked a straightforward dismissal when the 40-year-old pushed forward and nicked to Ian Bell at second slip, but he spilt the chance at waist height.

Captain Cook reacted instantly, though, tumbling to his right and thrusting out a hand.

The ball did not settle first time but he snatched it off the ground at the second attempt leaving the score at 73 in front with six wickets left.

Anderson had the bit between his teeth now and made it three wickets for one with the new ball when he caught Samuels in two minds.

He might have left the ball on length but instead hesitated and squirted a simple catch to Jos Buttler as he attempted to withdraw the bat.

Ben Stokes, who was cheekily saluted by Samuels when dismissed on day three, offered a chuckle and a round of applause in his rival’s direction and with the hosts 239 for five, England were swarming.

Published: Saturday 25th April 2015 by The News Editor

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