Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Giles Turns It for England

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Giles Turns It for England

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BRIAN LARA was down and then out as Ashley Giles claimed a century of his own at Lord's today with a spectacular dismissal of the world's best batsman.

Lara almost played on against Steve Harmison when 39, only surviving by desperately kicking the ball away and landing in a heap on the ground.

But the West Indies captain had no answer to a ball from Giles that turned sharply out of the footholes and found a big gap between bat and pad to clatter into middle stump.

That was Giles' 100th Test wicket - and what a victim.

From looking reasonably secure, West Indies had lost their linchpin for 44.

And with Giles now on a roll, 172 for four soon became 194 for five as the left-armer had Dwayne Bravo (10), caught and bowled.

Suddenly, England scented victory.

Just a single had been added when Matthew Hoggard dismissed Ridley Jacobs (1), via an edge to third slip.

England's attempt to secure Test victory No7 of the year was always likely to run into stiff resistance. But the departure of Lara, just before noon, gave them a huge boost.

Michael Vaughan's men beat West Indies 3-0 in the Caribbean and then whitewashed New Zealand by the same scoreline earlier this summer.

There was no guarantee, though, they would start another npower series with a win.

Lara's team resumed on 114 for three, needing a never-beforeachieved 478 to claim a victory of their own or, more realistically, to bat through 97 overs for a draw.

They still had Shivnarine Chanderpaul to blunt the home attack. But with Lara gone, the chances of a home success were looking brighter than the weather.

Drizzle delayed England for 10 minutes this morning and the clouds threatened the possibility of further interruptions.

But it was the presence of Lara, inevitably, that caused Vaughan and Co most concern. …

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