Former England captain Nasser Hussain is clean bowled by West Indies fast bowler Tino Best for 58 on day three of the second Cable and Wireless Test yesterday at Queens Park Oval in Port-of-Spain. Hussains gritty innings enabled his team to establish a lead of 92 runs. England closed at 300 for six in reply to West Indies 208.
Photo: DAVID WEARS
BY NAZ YACOOB
England, led by half-centuries from three of their most experienced batsmen, held the advantage against the West Indies in the Second Test of the four-match Cable and Wireless series at Queens Park Oval in Port-of-Spain at the end of the third days play yesterday.
The England cricketers were 300 for the loss of six wickets a lead of 92 runs with four wickets intact. This was in response to West Indies modest first innings total of 208.
Left-handed Graham Thorpe is 81 not out and slow left-arm spinner Ashley Giles unbeaten with 28. They have so far featured in an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 70 runs in 120 minutes.
Barbadian pacers Tino Best (three for 60) and Pedro Collins (two for 66) were the leading bowlers for the home team.
The 34-year-old Thorpe, a veteran of 85 Tests, struck eight fours and a six in 268 minutes from 196 balls and also shared in a useful fourth-wicket stand of 58 with former England skipper Nasser Hussain, who hit a hard-fought 58 in 353 minutes and 223 balls, including six fours.
Giles 28 has been compiled off 84 balls and contains one boundary.
The visitors resumed the innings from an overnight score of 54 for two, with Mark Butcher on 25 and Hussain 20.
Those two batsmen, with sensible and disciplined application, went to lunch at 123 for two. On the resumption they carried the total to 128 before Butcher fell at his lunchtime score of 61.
The aggressive Best made the breakthrough when he had the 31-year-old Surrey left-hander caught by wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs.
It was the second century partnership in the series by the two batsmen.
Butcher batted for 274 minutes and 190 balls and struck seven fours.
Thorpe joined Hussain and they pushed the score to 186 before Best struck again, this time knocking apart the stumps of Hussain.
At tea, England, who lead 1-0 in the series, stood at 197 for four, with Thorpe on 34 and right-handed Andrew Flintoff 10.
The home team had two quick dismissals after the break. Part-time medium pacer Dwayne Smith held a return catch off Flintoff, who scored 23 , and the hard-lucky Collins had wicketkeeper Chris Read trapped in front for three.
At that stage, West Indies had clawed back into contention as the touring teams total stood at 230 for six.
But Thorpe and Giles had other ideas, batting with grit and determination to thwart the efforts of the seven-pronged bowling attack employed by skipper Brian Lara.
The West Indies bowlers must remove the remaining England batsmen early this morning to keep the teams chances alive in the match, which has been plagued by inclement weather.
Play on the fourth day today will start again at 9.35 am, to make up for time lost.
Day one Scoreboard
West Indies vs England
1st Inns 208
England 1st Inns (o/n 54-2)
M. Trescothick c Sanford b Best 1
M. Vaughan lbw Collins 0
M. Butcher c Jacobs b Best 61
N. Hussain b Best 58
G. Thorpe not out 81
A. Flintoff c and b Dwayne Smith 23
C. Read lbw Collins 3
A. Giles not out 28
Extras: (5b, 20lb, 3w, 17nb) 45
TOTAL: (for six wickets) 300
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8, 3-128, 4-186, 5-218, 6-230.
Bowling: Collins 23-5-66-2 (6nb), Best 25-5-60-3 (2nb, 2w), Sanford 26-6-60-1 (2nb, 1w), Collymore 24-7-39-0 (4nb), Smith 9-0-30-1 (3nb), Gayle 13-5-17-0, Sarwan 1-0-3-0.