August 4, 2000

England's bowlers in control

Cornhill Insurance

Old Trafford, lunchtime: West Indies 148 for eight (Rose 16, King 2)

After struggling in vain for an hour to remove the West Indian overnight pair, England finally broke through with a vengeance to take five wickets for 17 runs and go in to lunch once again well on top in the vital Third Test.

Most of the early running came from Ramnaresh Sarwan, against bowling by Darren Gough and Andy Caddick that was not quite as accurate or as threatening as on the first day. Jimmy Adams seemed to have set his sights on survival but, when still on his overnight 16, he enjoyed the most fortuitous of escapes when he played Caddick hard on to his stumps without dislodging a bail.

The first wicket finally came with the first ball after the drinks break, Sarwan moving across his stumps to be lbw to Cork for a valuable 36. West Indies were 118 for five, and this was to prove the turning point of the innings. At 126 Caddick returned and immediately produced a deceptive slower ball, a yorker that deceived Jacobs (5) and bowled him off his pads. Four runs later Adam's dogged vigil came to an end on 24 when he snicked White low to Thorpe at third slip, the fielder's third catch of the innings. At 130 for seven, West Indies had only their bowlers left.

Caddick struck again when Ambrose let fly, only for Hussain at mid-on to pull down a brilliant overhead catch. With some positive strokes from Rose, West Indies went in to lunch on 148 for eight.