August 5, 2000

England dismissed for 303

Cornhill Insurance

England probably found the going harder than they would have liked on the third day. They lost three quick wickets, but some sound batting down the order eventually enabled them to total 303 by the time they were dismissed soon after 2.30, a lead of 146.

England resumed at their overnight score of 196 for three, but were soon to lose both opening batsmen. Alec Stewart (105) fished at Curtly Ambrose's second ball, just outside off stump, and snicked a regulation catch to keeper Ridley Jacobs, while Trescothick (66) was unluckily bowled off the pad by Walsh. When King bowled White (6) through the gate, England were 210 for six, and Michael Vaughan needed to consolidate with Dominic Cork.

When Ambrose took the second new ball just before lunch, he soon had Cork (16) caught at the wicket in similar fashion to Stewart; England 251 for seven.

After the interval Croft went for his strokes impressively, but Vaughan's stabilising innings came to an end at 29, driving at Ambrose to be caught by Lara at first slip; England 275 for eight. Caddick (3) was adjudged lbw to Ambrose, then Croft (27 not out) and Gough (12) batted breezily for the last wicket before the latter swung at King and the thick outside edge was caught by Ambrose at third man. Ambrose and Walsh, not unexpectedly, had taken four wickets each. The fragile West Indies batting, facing a deficit of 146, faces an uphill task to save the match.