October 30, 2020

Blackwood shines as West Indies beat England four wickets to go 1-Zero up – cricket



West Indies beat England by 4 wickets on the ultimate day of the primary worldwide take a look at for the reason that coronavirus break on Sunday, taking a 1-Zero lead on the Ageas Bowl in a three-test sequence because of a 95-run knock by Jermaine Blackwood.

England made early inroads into the West Indies batting lineup on day 5 because the guests focused 200 to win, decreasing them to 27-Three earlier than Blackwood started to set the foundations for a giant win for the Caribbean facet, albeit behind closed doorways.

When opener John Campbell retired damage following a toe-crushing yorker from Jofra Archer, Blackwood got here in earlier than lunch and started to anchor the innings, sharing a 73-run stand with Roston Chase (37).

“It was a nerve-wracking begin after shedding fast three wickets and Campbell to harm,” Windies captain Jason Holder advised BBC. “However Roston and Jermaine placed on an excellent partnership and settled the nerves. From there we might construct on.

“I missed the Barmy Military however it was a degree enjoying discipline with out the crowds. It’s been an excellent begin again to worldwide cricket, it units the sequence up fairly properly.”

The Barbados-born Archer, who completed with 3-45, troubled the batsmen all through together with his tempo and bounce however England had been unable to dismiss the hazard man Blackwood.

In the long run the 28-year-old Jamaican narrowly missed out on his second take a look at century when he tried to elevate a Ben Stokes supply over the infield, solely to present James Anderson a catch.

Campbell then returned to the crease with West Indies six wickets down to affix Holder, who performed a affected person knock of 14 off 36 balls, to information the West Indies house within the closing session.

Earlier, England had been bowled out for 313 of their second innings after resuming on 284-8, with the in a single day pair of Archer and Mark Wooden failing to supply a lot resistance.

Shannon Gabriel completed with figures of 5-75 – his sixth five-wicket haul in exams – whereas Chase and Alzarri Joseph picked up two wickets apiece.

“Ideally we might have preferred to have gotten extra runs within the first innings,” England captain Stokes mentioned, including that he stood by his determination to bat first.

“We received ourselves into nice positions at instances with the bat to kick on and get 350 or 400, and we weren’t ruthless sufficient. We didn’t handle to understand the sport as we might have preferred.”

The second and third exams might be held in Manchester, additionally with out followers in attendance.