England 569-6 dec. (Cook 160, Bopara 108, Prior 63, Collingwood 60no) v
West Indies 310 (Sarwan 100, Anderson 5-87) & 115-3 (Gayle 54)
Second Test, Riverside, day four: stumps
The West Indies closed day four of the second and final Test against England at The Riverside on 115 for three in their second innings, 144 in arrears after they were asked to follow on.
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 kept the pressure on the tourists and three wickets before bad light ended play early maintained their control of the game.
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 in their first innings, Anderson picking up five for 87 and Broad three for 62.
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. An x-ray showed no break and he should resume tomorrow.
Strauss had no hesitation in asking the West Indies to bat again and Chris Gayle had no hesitation in getting after the England bowlers, belting his second ball over Anderson's head for six. The Jamaican was in savage form, also putting Onions into the stands as he dominated a 53-run opening stand with Devon Smith.
Smith's dismissal was as predictable as the eventual premature ending to the day due to bad light when he was trapped in front by Graeme Swann. Playing back to a ball he could have come forward to, he was pinned right in front, leaving the umpire no option but to send him on his way for 11.
Gayle then brought up his half-century in 39 balls with another four off Onions but the Durham man, playing in front of his home crowd, struck with two wickets in three balls to bring the West Indies right back down to earth.
First he had Sarwan, who just as he had earlier in the day, was driving beautifully, trapped in front for 22, then had Gayle caught by Strauss at slip for 54. Sarwan appeared to be expecting the short ball and was surprised by one that was pitched up while Gayle's was a tame end to an explosive knock.
It left Lendl Simmons and Chanderpaul to play out the remaining overs, and despite some fine bowling from Onions and Tim Bresnan, they made it, Simmons on three and Chanderpaul on 18 when the umpires offered them the light.
Four men passed 50 for England as they racked up a ground-record first-class score in their first innings.
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