Roach fires WI after Shiv leads defiance
LONDON – Kemar Roach followed up defiant West Indies batting, again led by Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with two late wickets on Sunday to leave the first Test against England heading for a dramatic finish.
Roach produced two quick, lifting deliveries to knock over England captain and first innings century-maker Andrew Strauss for one and night-watchman James Anderson for six, as the hosts reached 10 for two, chasing 191 for victory, in a torrid 20-minute period before the close on the penultimate day at Lord’s.
The unflappable Shivnarine Chanderpaul fell just nine short of his 26th Test century, as West Indies staged a gallant effort before they were dismissed in their second innings for 345.
Marlon Samuels supported with 86 and put on 157 for the fifth wicket, a record for West Indies at Lord’s, as the visitors safely navigated the first session without losing a wicket.
When both perished between lunch and tea, Denesh Ramdin hit a responsible 43 and West Indies captain Darren Sammy stroked a cavalier 37 to provide the impetus to the innings.
West Indies did not have things all their way however, as lanky fast bowler Stuart Broad once again led England’s attack with four wickets for 93 runs from 34 overs, finishing with 11 for 165 in the match and becoming the first Englishman to grab a 10-wicket haul at Lord’s in 34 years. Off-spinner Graeme Swann ended with three for 59 from 18.5 overs.
In four of the scheduled seven overs available before stumps were drawn, Roach and new-ball partner Fidel Edwards then rattled England, changing the complexion of the match.
Roach got his second delivery of the second over to rear from a length and the left-handed Strauss could only stab it to gully, where Kieran Powell took an easy catch with England having just a single run on the board.
Roach, clocking around 90 miles-an-hour, reserved special treatment for Anderson however, as the England fast bowler lasted five balls before gloving the first delivery of the West Indies fast bowler’s second over and was caught behind, as he tried to avoid a short one angled into his ribs.
West Indies had a huge slice of misfortune off the very next delivery, when they had a huge lbw appeal turned down against Jonathan Trott.
They immediately reviewed the decision, but while replays showed the ball cannoning into the stumps, it pitched just outside the line and the call remained with the on-field umpire.
The drama was in contrast to the sedate start to the day for the Windies, as Chanderpaul and Samuels clawed the visitors back into the contest with obdurate batting.
Chanderpaul faced 250 balls in just under 6 ½ hours at the crease and struck 10 fours, while Samuels stroked one-dozen boundaries in an innings spanning 172 balls and 230 minutes.
As expected, Samuels was the more aggressive of the two, taking two consecutive pulled boundaries off Broad and twice cutting Swann for fours when the bowler was introduced for his first spell of the morning. A boundary through mid-off saw him raise his 14th Test half-century.
Chanderpaul, meanwhile, brought up his landmark in less convincing fashion when he inside-edged Tim Bresnan for four.
Samuels then celebrated his half-century with two thumping drives for four off Swann, as West Indies cantered to lunch in perhaps one of their best sessions of the game.
West Indies lost Samuels in the seventh over after the break, caught at second slip off Broad, in the sixth over with the second new ball, as the right-hander drove loosely at a delivery that left him.
Chanderpaul and Ramdin added a further 39 for the sixth wicket in a drama-less stand and they seemed set to take West Indies to tea without further loss, when Chanderpaul missed a sweep at Swann nine minutes before the break and was adjudged lbw.
Sammy entered and boldly raised the tempo of the game with a typical cameo, slamming five fours in a breezy 47-ball knock, as he put on 46 for the seventh wicket with Ramdin.
He was eventually caught behind 40 minutes after tea, swishing at a wayward bouncer from Broad and Roach followed quickly afterward for four, caught at point off Broad.
Ramdin, whose knock lasted a shade under three hours and required 104 balls, was ninth out bowled by Anderson before Shannon Gabriel missed a heave at Swann and was also bowled for 13.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 243
ENGLAND 1st Innings 398
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
(overnight 120 for four)
A. Barath c wkpr Prior b Bresnan 24
K. Powell c Bell b Broad 8
K. Edwards run out (Bairstow) 0
D.M. Bravo b Swann 21
S. Chanderpaul lbw b Swann 91
M. Samuels c Swann b Broad 86
+D. Ramdin b Anderson 43
*D. Sammy c wkpr Prior b Broad 37
K. Roach c Bell b Broad 4
F. Edwards not out 10
S. Gabriel b Swann 13
Extras (lb7, nb1) 8
TOTAL (all out) 345
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Barath), 2-36 (Powell), 3-36 (K. Edwards), 4-65 (Bravo), 5-222 (Samuels), 6-261 (Chanderpaul), 7-307 (*Sammy), 8-313 (Roach), 9-325 (+Ramdin)
Bowling: Anderson 36-11-67-1; Broad 34-6-93-4 (nb1); Bresnan 36-11-105-1; Swann 18.5-4-59-3; Trott 6-0-14-0
ENGLAND 2nd Innings
*A. Strauss c Powell b Roach 1
A. Cook not out 0
J. Anderson c wkpr Ramdin b Roach 6
I. Trott not out 0
Extras (nb3) 3
TOTAL (2 wkts) 10
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Strauss), 2-10 (Anderson)
Bowling: F. Edwards 2-0-3-0 (nb1); Roach 2-1-7-2 (nb2)
Position: England need 181 more runs for victory with eight second innings wickets standing
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus
TV umpire: Asad Rauf
Match referee: R. Mahanama
Reserve umpire: T. Robinson