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Cricket news - Holder, Roach propel Windies to series triumph
Windies followed up their determined batting effort with an equally disciplined bowling show to wrap up the Antigua Test and, with that, the series inside three days on Saturday. Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph ran through the English top-order while Kemar Roach rattled the lower to bowl out England for a paltry 132 in their second innings. Windies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell took just 13 balls to polish off the meagre 14-run target to inflict a massive 10-wicket loss on England and pick up their first Test series win against a top-eight ranked side (barring Bangladesh) since 2012.
Stuart Board's plea for a batting hero, at the end of Day 2, fell on deaf ears as England slipped from 49 for 1 to 132 all out in another dramatic collapse - Windies pace trio allowing for no fightbacks or counter-attacks. Albeit inexpensive, Shannon Gabriel was the only Windies bowler deployed in the day to not pick up a wicket in England's second innings.
That Jos Buttler was the top scorer with 24 runs against his name in England's second innings tells the tale. Six others managed to get into double-digits but none, including Buttler, could make a contribution enough to avoid the embarrassment of yet another one-sided contest. Holder and Alzarri caused the early damage, picking up two apiece to reduce England to 59 for 4 shortly before Tea. And England slipped quite rapidly after the session break, losing four to Man of the Man Roach and two more to Holder.
After the openers played out tricky phases with the new ball on either side of Lunch, the hosts found success when their skipper struck off his first ball of the day when Rory Burns, after all the hard work, cut straight to John Campbell at second slip. As was the case in England's first innings, Jonny Bairstow brought some urgency in their scoring. He played just one false short during his brief stay in the middle and hit Holder for two boundaries in the space of three deliveries. However, the Windies skipper packed him up cheaply too, knocking back the off-stump as the English 'keeper went for an expansive drive with little feet movement.
England had barely recovered when Joseph - having lost his mother before the start of play - struck in his successive overs to add to their woes. Holder went for a review almost instantly after Joe Root was adjudged not out for a caught behind appeal. The replays, however, confirmed Root had got his glove and the English skipper was on his way back, shaking his head in disbelief. Barely 11 balls later, Denly, after having weathered the early storm, got out shouldering arms to a delivery that seamed back in and hit the top of off.
With England four down for just 59 runs, Ben Stokes had an intimidating welcome to the crease. He ducked under the short ball served right up by Joseph, was rapped on the back leg off the second while Windies momentarily considered a review and was then dropped in the slip cordon when the pacer finally managed to induce an edge.
Having Buttler and Stokes in the middle and their deficit reduced to 44, England still clinged on to hope at Tea, all for it to go pear-shaped soon after. Roach dismissed three key men - Stokes, Moeen Ali and an injured but battling Ben Foakes - in the space of his next four overs to leave England in doldrums.
Stokes went for an expansive drive, lured by a full and outside off delivery, only to drag an inside edge onto his stumps. Moeen, in the following over of Roach's, was castled, beaten by sheer pace. Foakes came out with a heavily strapped injured right arm and did collect a few boundaries but the short-lived fightback ended with an inswinger that snuck through the gap between bat and pad and hit him just below the knee-roll - Holder, again, making good use of DRS review to get the on-field call overturned.
Buttler consumed a review on his way back with Holder trapping him LBW for his third scalp in the day to realistically end England's all hopes. England, at the time, were still one run away from drawing level with Windies. Sam Curran, in the company of Broad and James Anderson, did just about enough to avoid an innings beating. Roach and Holder wrapped up the formalities and went to complete their four-fers with the wickets of the two senior English pacers, keeping them to 132 in their second essay.
Earlier in the day, England picked up the four remaining Windies wickets for just 34 runs but Darren Bravo's gritty half-century gave Windies a sufficiently strong lead of 119. With a FSL in place, Broad sent down a barrage of short balls at Bravo, who continued with the same dogged determination that he put on display late on Day 2. But it was James Anderson who got England the early breakthrough after all the toil the previous day. Fresh off a double-ton, the world's leading all-rounder Holder nicked a delivery shaping away just a bit, after contributing 22 to the team's total.
Once Holder fell, the Windies tail offered little resistance. An excellent catch well above his eye-line by Stokes sent Roach on his way, having chipped in six runs to his team's lead. Stokes then struck with his first ball of the day to dismiss Joseph, who edged one low to Burns at third slip.
Bravo slammed Moeen straight into the stands at the long off region to move to 49, after having faced over 200 deliveries in his gallant knock, but the bowler ultimately had the last laugh. Unlike his three previous teammates though, Bravo managed to register his fifty in Moeen's following over but lost his wicket a ball later, dancing down the track to take on the off-spinner while Bairstow whipped off the bails to wrap up Windies for 306.
Brief scores: England 187 (Moeen Ali 60, Jonny Bairstow 52; Kemar Roach 4-30, Shannon Gabriel 3-45) and 132 (Jos Buttler 24; Jason Holder 4-43, Kemar Roach 4-52) lost to Windies 306 (Darren Bravo 50, Kraigg Brathwaite 49, John Campbell 47, Shai Hope 44; Stuart Broad 3-53, Moeen Ali 3-62) and 17/0 (John Campbell 11*, Kraigg Brathwaite 5*) by 10 wickets.
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