Ballance blow for England

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by The News Editor

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England batsman Gary Ballance fell in the seventh over of the third morning as West Indies grabbed a sixth second innings wicket in Barbados.

Day two saw 18 wickets tumble, a record at the Kensington Oval, as the tourists stuttered to 39 for five in the evening session.

That left England with a lead of 107, a tally they improved by 23 before Ballance nicked Veerasammy Permaul to slip.

The number three batsman had looked well set, playing with soft hands and leaving well, but was undone by the introduction of Permaul’s left-arm spin.

He needed just two deliveries to snare Ballance for 23, floating it up to off stump and taking the outside edge.

England’s other overnight batsman, Ben Stokes, had a mixed start to the day.

He could easily have gone for nought in the first over when he inside edged Jerome Taylor past the stumps, a trick he later repeated with similar good fortune.

But he also showed the aggression that could help England build a tough target on a tricky pitch, clipping Taylor for four off his pads then punching him back down the ground for four more.

West Indies thought they had added the scalp of Jos Buttler in the following over, when Denesh Ramdin went up for caught behind as Taylor probed the channel outside off.

Buttler was well beaten but replays showed the ball passing his bat and clipping his back pad on the way through.

Buttler responded to his DRS reprieve by getting off the mark in style, taking a step down the wicket to Permaul and lofting him straight down the ground for six.

The spinner’s next over cost 10, Stokes reverse sweeping for four and Buttler taking the England lead beyond 150 with a dashed three into the onside.

After 33 overs, the score had moved to 84 for six.

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by The News Editor

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