England ekes out lead of 170 over Windies after 4th day

Southampton, July 11

England eked out a lead of 170 runs heading into the ultimate day of the primary check towards the West Indies, with all outcomes nonetheless attainable within the first match because the resumption of worldwide cricket.

The West Indies’ tempo assault took 5 wickets within the remaining session of day 4 to cut back England to 284-Eight at stumps at an empty Rose Bowl on Saturday, making the vacationers marginal favorites with the pitch gradual however but to misbehave.

Zak Crawley (76) and Dom Sibley (50) have been the 2 batsmen to get half-centuries, whereas stand-in England captain Ben Stokes chipped in with 46 earlier than the late Windies fightback.

“It should be tight if we bowl well tomorrow,” Crawley said, “especially if we get a lead of 200.” That will likely be on the shoulders of unbeaten batsmen Jofra Archer (5) and Mark Wood (1), with James Anderson to come back in at No. 11.

Shannon Gabriel bowled Ollie Pope and Dom Bess within the final hour to complete with figures of 3-62 off his 18 overs.

Joseph was additionally spectacular, taking 2-40 off 16 overs. – AP

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