Ballance and Root build lead

Published: Thursday 16th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Gary Ballance and Joe Root both brought up half-centuries as England looked to build a match-winning lead on day four of the first Test against the West Indies.

With England resuming 220 ahead on 116 for three, the hosts needed quick wickets to change the complexion of the game but neither Jerome Taylor nor Kemar Roach could lay a glove on the Yorkshire pair in the opening exchanges.

Ballance, cashing in on the hard work he put in against the new ball on the third evening, watched his first five deliveries of the day pass his bat before chopping the sixth for four behind square.

That took him to 48 and he brought his 50 up with an even better stroke, pumping Roach through the covers when he went full to the stumps.

Root, starting on 32 overnight, drove crisply to take a couple of boundaries off Taylor, who was lacking the menace he showed at the start of the innings.

Root’s second half-century of the match came off just 68 balls, Ballance having taken 125.

At the end of the 49th over the pair had eased the score to 154 for three, a handsome lead of 258.

The pair added another 22 runs, taking their partnership to 114 and the lead to 270, before Root was dismissed by Jason Holder.

Just as he had in the first innings, Root dragged on having offered angled bat well outside off stump.

Ballance, meanwhile, was 67 not out having slog-swept Sulieman Benn into the party stand for just his third six in Test cricket.

Published: Thursday 16th April 2015 by The News Editor

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