WI wobble after Taylor sparkles
NORTHAMPTON, England – West Indies suffered an early wobble batting a second time, after James Taylor’s 12th first-class hundred put the England Lions in control of their tour match on Friday.
The Windies, trailing by 194 on first innings, reached 28 for three in their second innings at the close on the second day of the four-day, first-class match at Wantage Road.
The visitors’ bowlers had their first full work-out ahead of the first Test against England, starting this coming Thursday at Lord’s, but the 22-year-old Taylor led the Lions’ defiance with a polished 118, propelling them to 341, replying to West Indies first innings total of 147.
Ravi Rampaul was the pick of the Windies’ bowlers with three wickets for 79 runs from 24 overs, Kemar Roach grabbed three for 90 from 21 overs before he limped away with a wrenched ankle, Shane Shillingford captured two for 75 from 23 overs, and Fidel Edwards took two for 79 from 21 overs.
Opener Adrian Barath looked solid enough in the 35 minutes he spent at the crease before he played back and across to a full-length delivery from Jack Brooks and was adjudged lbw for 14.
Stand-in captain Kirk Edwards was also trapped lbw to Brooks for four, playing back to a full-length delivery before night-watchman Fidel Edwards undone by a delivery from Matt Coles and was bowled for a duck.
Opener Kieran Powell, on eight, and fellow left-hander Darren Bravo, on zero, batted through the last 10 minutes before stumps were drawn.
A delivery outside the off-stump from Rampaul was creamed through cover to give Taylor the 10th of his 13 boundaries, taking him to his milestone from 157 balls.
West Indies suffered, when Taylor, the Lions’ captain, added 107 for the sixth wicket with Jonny Bairstow that revived the Lions from the discomfort of 98 for five in the morning period.
The Windies were also frustrated, when Taylor and tail-ender Jade Dernbach put on 64 for the final wicket, after the Lions were reduced to 277 for nine.
The visitors’ bowlers diligently worked their way through the Lions’ batting, as Bairstow made an even 50, Dernbach finished not out on 28, Michael Carberry scored 32, Ian Bell got 29 and Nick Compton added 21.
Fidel Edwards brought the Lions’ innings to a close, when he had Taylor caught behind down the leg-side following a 179-ball innings that last 4 ½ hours.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 147
ENGLAND LIONS 1st Innings
(overnight 40 for one)
M. Carberry c Chanderpaul b Rampaul 32
J. Root lbw b F. Edwards 3
N. Compton b Roach 21
I. Bell b Rampaul 29
*J. Taylor c wkpr Ramdin b F. Edwards 118
S. Patel c and b Shillingford 4
+J. Bairstow c Rampaul b Shillingford 50
M. Coles b Roach 0
S. Meaker b Rampaul 12
J. Brooks c wkpr Ramdin b Roach 18
J. Dernbach not out 28
Extras (b4, lb3, w2, nb17) 26
TOTAL (all out) 341
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Root), 2-55 (Compton), 3-92 (Carberry), 4-93 (Bell), 5-98 (Patel), 6-205 (Bairstow), 7-211 (Coles), 8-244 (Meaker), 9-277 (Brooks)
Bowling: F. Edwards 21-5-79-2, Rampaul 24-5-79-3, Roach 21-2-90-3, Shillingford 23-5-75-2, Samuels 1-0-11-0
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
A. Barath lbw b Brooks 14
K. Powell not out 8
*K. Edwards lbw b Brooks 4
F. Edwards b Coles 0
D.M. Bravo not out 0
Extras (lb2) 2
TOTAL (3 wkts) 28
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Barath), 2-25 (K Edwards), 3-26 (F Edwards)
Bowling: Meaker 3-1-11-0, Brooks 7-2-12-2, Coles 5-2-3-1
Position: West Indies trail by 166 runs with seven second innings wickets standing.
Umpires: N. Bainton, S. Garratt