September 2, 2000

England build lead after superb morning

Brian Lara
Brian Lara trudges off with wicket broken after a first ball 0
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In a superb morning's cricket for English supporters, the home side again shattered the West Indian batting, reducing the tourists to 86 for eight by the lunch interval. West Indies were eventually dismissed for 125 and England, 17 without loss at tea, have put themselves well on the way to winning their first series against this opposition since 1969.

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Gough and Caddick, opening the bowling for England in the morning, were not quite as impressive as they had been the previous evening, but they did give Campbell and Griffith some early scares before the former began to find his touch. No sooner had he begun to look good than he was gone, though, for 20 as he drove at Cork outside off stump and played the ball on to his stumps. West Indies were 32 for one, and Griffith's good fortune came to an end on 6 before another run was added: driving at White, he snicked a catch to Hick at second slip.

Then came the real shock as Lara, first ball, moved too far across his stumps to a full-length ball from White and lost his leg stump, to a roar of astonishment from the almost capacity crowd. Adams kept out the hat-trick ball, while Hinds got off the mark with 2, only to fall lbw to a ball from Cork that straightened. At 34 for four, West Indies suddenly needed to fight to save the follow-on.

Cork appeals against Adams
Cork appeals against Adams
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Sarwan (5) came out prepared to play boldly but, slashing at White, was superbly held low down by the diving Trescothick in a second gully position. Five wickets had fallen for seven runs in 22 balls. Adams and Jacobs briefly threatened to make a stand, but the former had only 5 to his credit when he uncharacteristically dabbed at Cork outside off stump and was caught by Hick at second slip; West Indies 51 for six. The anguish on his face as he left the field was quite evident.

The debutant Nagamootoo played some confident off-side strokes in his 18, but Ambrose failed to score. McLean saw West Indies safely past the danger of following on and played some powerful drives after lunch before playing White on to his stumps for 29, the highest score of the innings. White finished the innings by bowling Walsh for 5, leaving Jacobs not out with 26; West Indies totalled 125, a deficit of 156.

Atherton and Trescothick began England's second innings cautiously, with Ambrose and Walsh not at their most inspired. At 3.20 rain intervened and an early tea was taken with the score 17 for no wicket.