Another laid back yet productive session at the slow Southampton pitch saw England take a 51-runs lead over West Indies at Tea on Day 4 of England vs West Indies first Test. Dominic Sibley (50) and Joe Denly (29) put on 41 runs for the second wicket but both faced some harmless deliveries in the session, whilst they mentioned how difficult it has become to purchase wickets on this pitch now.
Over all, 89 runs were scored for the loss of two wickets in the session.
On Day three of England vs West Indies, the Windies were in lead by 98 runs, as Brathwaite and Dowrich score their first half-centuries of the series.
Sibley who was excellent with quick singles, got his second ever fifty-plus score but gave away his wicket o the very next ball. Luckily, Shannon Gabriel covered up for him. Denly, in contrast, had a much less assured stay at the crease and his place among the Englishmen is now increasingly under threat. Chase got his wicket as the batsman clipped a leg-side delivery straight to the mid-wicket.
Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph remained without a wicket in this Test match. Roach got Denly edging outside off but it didn’t carry to third slip. West Indies also wasted a review on Denly when the pull had clearly come off his shoulder. By the end of the session, they had just one review left in the innings.
Zak Crawley was seen smashing some good shots in his 38* and will be playing alongside skipper, Ben Stokes on the other side of the break.
Brief Scores: England 204 & 165/3 (Dominic Sibley 50; Zak Crawley 38*; Roston Chase 2-45) lead West Indies 318 by 51 runs
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