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Report on West Indies v England, Test 2 Final Day

CricInfo Staff and Agencies

West Indies win by 3 wickets The West Indies have won the 2nd Test of the series at Port of Spain after they managed to score the further 101 runs required losing just only 2 of their 5 remaining wickets. Carl Hooper stayed at the crease for the whole day and finished 94 not out (from 201 balls with 10 fours).

Before lunch England did manage to make breakthroughs, with Dean Headley of Kent dismissing Williams for 65 and then Curtly Ambrose for 1 in the following over. At that point, they needed to score another 23 runs to win - a task they managed in under six overs.

The Third Test begins at the Queen's Park Oval on Friday at 10.05am local time.

Day 4 Report:

England began the day with a lead of 242. However in just over 10 minutes the wickets started to tumble, Hollioake the first to go, caught at slip by Lara for 12 off Ambrose. Russell fell next, lbw to Ambrose in the seventh over of the morning. The wickets of Thorpe, Caddick, Headley and Tufnell followed quickly, England closing on 258 all out.

Six overs of the West Indies innings were possible before lunch, during which Dean Headley made an early breakthrough when Campbell was caught behind by Alec Stewart for 10 in the third over. The West Indies went into the interval 29 for 1, needing a further 253 for victory.

The last session was occasionally somewhat tedious and very uunproductive for England - countless balls were padded away by the batsmen as Mike Atherton rotated through his four bowlers His final attempt to achieve a breakthrough was to bring Adam Hollioake into the attack.

This dull session meant the main talking points were a car-crash outside the ground plus ever decreasing light levels and slowing over rates which led to a drinks break ten minutes after the scheduled close of play.

However Hooper and Williams remained together despite numerous lbw appeals; the pair have now put on 57 for the sixth wicket over 24 overs. The match is still in the balance but if West Indies can avoid the sudden collapse that England experienced earlier today then they look favourites to win this Test match.

Day 3 Report:
England took the three remaining wickets in half an hour on the third morning to dismiss West Indies for 191 and gain a first innings lead of 23.

Angus Fraser finished with figures of 8 for 53 from 16.1 overs after taking all three of these wickets. These are the best figures by an Englishman against the West Indies. Benjamin was the first to go; bowled by Fraser for a duck. The right arm fast medium bowler then proceeded to dismiss McLean for 2 (caught by Caddick). Finally, Curtly Ambrose was caught and bowled by Fraser off a slow full-toss for 31. Only five West Indian batsmen got into double figures.

Atherton and Stewart got England off to a perfect start with a 91 run 1st wicket partnership. Stewart, who stayed at the crease until the 55th over, was caught by Carl Hooper off McLean. His 73 runs included 7 fours.

Hussain and Thorpe took further control with a 54 run 4th wicket partnership that lasted 17 overs, and in a match that has gone either way England put themselves back in control of the match.

The West Indies took the initiative at the end, albeit in bizarre circumstances. In rapidly decreasing light (which has curtailed play on each day so far), Nassar Hussain chipped the ball back to Walsh and was caught and bowled for 23. A vital breakthrough for the home side, but one which came off the seventh ball of the over. The Laws of Cricket state that any such miscalculation by an umpire will stand, however it further added to the controversy surrounding this match.

Of the West Indian bowlers, McLean and Walsh took the wickets, with 2 for 46 and 2 for 44 respectively. Meanwhile Graham Thorpe reached his 3,000th Test run - tomorrow he will resume on 32 and along with Adam Hollioake (9 not out at the close) will be hoping to further strengthen England's position in the game. The match is now in their control with a 242 run lead and 6 wickets remaining.

Date-stamped : 09 Feb1998 - 20:14