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Cricket news - Roach stars as England collapse for 277

Kemar Roach finished with figures of 4 for 48

All the good work done by Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes late on the opening day was wasted by England's lower middle-order as the visitors were shot out for just 277 on the second morning. England suffered a collapse that looked all too familiar as the Windies seamers, led by Kemar Roach ran riot. Windies' openers then batted out a tricky ten-minute period before the break but with the pitch offering plenty of assistance, a real challenge awaits them in the second session.

It took the home side just two overs to make the first breakthrough on the day. With Buttler and Stokes putting on more than 100, Windies knew they had to break the stand early in the day in order to get on top of the opposition. Shannon Gabriel responded in style by bowling one full that kept going in with the angle to miss Buttler's bat and eventually shatter the stumps as the batsman's lack of foot movement proved to be costly.

Both Roach and Gabriel continued to probe as Stokes and Jonny Bairstow found the going tough getting beaten on more than one occasion. In this period, Bairstow also had a reprieve when Gabriel failed to hold onto a catch when the batsman hit one straight back at him off his own bowling.

A short ball from Keemo Paul was dispatched for a boundary by Stokes but in the very next over, another bouncer resulted in his downfall. Roach pitched one short and with the ball slightly moving away after pitching, Stokes was caught offguard and managed only a top edge which was pouched in excellent fashion by a diving Shane Dowrich.

Losing both the set batsmen early in the day was always going to cause problems for a side that has already been struggling with the bat in the series. Bairstow and Moeen Ali, the last recognised batting pair, didn't last long with both departing in the space of five balls.

Roach first bowled a peach of an inswinger to knock Bairstow's stumps and Alzarri Joseph then followed it up with a delivery that pitched on a good length to take Moeen's outside edge to first slip. Roach then didn't take long to clean up the tail with both Mark Wood and James Anderson getting dismissed in the space of three deliveries.

Brief scores: Windies 2/0 trail England 277 (Ben Stokes 79, Jos Buttler 67; Kemar Roach 4-48) by 275 runs

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