Sunday 17 May 2009 

West Indies Follow On After Being Bowled Out For 310

West Indies Follow On After Being Bowled Out For 310
Ramdin Pushes West Indies Towards Safety
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England 569-6 dec. (Cook 160, Bopara 108, Prior 63, Collingwood 60no) v
West Indies 310 (Sarwan 100, Ramdin 55, Anderson 5-87)

Second Test, Riverside, day four: final session

Ramnaresh Sarwan scored a superb century and Denesh Ramdin a stroke-filled half-century but were undone by James Anderson and Stuart Broad as England enforced the follow-on on day four of the second and final Test against England at The Riverside.

Replying to England's 569 for six declared, Sarwan was dismissed for 100 and Ramdin made 55 as the tourists were bowled out for 310, Anderson picking up five for 87 and Broad three for 62.

After resuming on 94 for three, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23) was the first man to fall when he felt for a ball outside off stump, edging a Broad offcutter into the hands of wicket-keeper Matthew Prior. It was a deserved wicket for Broad, who built up the pressure on both Sarwan and Chanderpaul before getting his breakthroughs.

Sarwan survived a nasty blow to the nether regions from a James Anderson delivery that beat him for pace but otherwise looked nothing short of assured at the crease, driving with authority and picking off anything straight.

Sarwan pulled Broad imperiously for four to reach his 15th Test century, and fourth this year, his second half-century coming in just 53 balls.

Broad was then rewarded for an excellent series of short balls when Sarwan, who up until then had been riding the bounce well, got one that he couldn't deal with, edging it to the slip cordon where Bresnan made no mistake.

Brendan Nash's uncomfortable stay at the crease was ended when he toe-ended an Anderson delivery into the ground, looknig back in horror as the ball bounced up and hit the stumps. He had made ten, the same score that Jerome Taylor managed before playing all round a straight one from Graham Onions to be trapped in front.

England were then stalled, having to put thoughts of the follow-on to the back of their mind as Ramdin and Sulieman Benn (35) compiled a half-century stand for the eighth wicket. Ramdin was severe on Graeme Swann, favouring the midwicket region, over which he hit a six and then two fours to reach his half-century.

Benn also managed a maximum, hooking Tim Bresnan over backward square, also hitting six fours before he was run out by a direct hit from Kevin Pietersen at mid-on.

That brought Fidel Edwards (11) to the crease and the ongoing battle between him and Anderson resurfaced with the roles reversed after Edwards piled into Anderson with bouncers in England's innings. However, it was Broad who gave him most to worry about, clattering the last ball of the afternoon session into his grille.

He added just three runs after tea before a wild swing at Broad saw an edge fly to Andrew Strauss at first slip before Ramdin pushed at Anderson, edging to Graeme Swann at second slip to end the innings. Swann was at second slip because Prior was forced to hand the gloves to Paul Collingwood after he suffered a finger injury.

Four men passed 50 for England as they racked up a ground-record first-class score in their first innings.

© Cricket World 2009

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