June 29, 2000

England make disappointing start to second Test

England made a disappointing start to the second Cornhill Test match this morning despite winning the toss and putting West Indies into bat.

Although conditions were overcast for the start of the 100th Lord's Test match, the bowlers struggled to gain the extra movement normally associated with Lord's and by lunch, Adrian Griffith and Sherwin Campbell had taken the score to 79, their opening partnership still in tact after 30 overs.

Winning the toss first thing saw the luck run out for England - three vital chances were missed in the field then Nick Knight left the field with a stiff back, his place taken by Leicestershire's Ben Smith.

While Gough worked up a pace and once hit 93mph on the speedgun, his first five overs cost 17 - and Andy Caddick's initial six went for 26.

Campbell was 20 when a loose drive flew off the edge, and the diving Cork got a hand to the chance at third slip.

Griffith reached 19, and Craig White could not hang on to a tough catch off Cork at third slip that was nonetheless an acceptable one at Test level.

Campbell was then on 35 when Graeme Hick got his left hand to a low chance at second slip but could not make the catch as Mike Atherton went for the same ball from first slip.

At lunch, Griffith was unbeaten on 26 while Campbell had reached 53, his half century coming from 72 balls and including eight boundaries.