Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vaughan and Key Edge England towards Glory

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vaughan and Key Edge England towards Glory

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Byline: DAVID LLOYD

ENGLAND stayed on the scent of another victory at Old Trafford today.

They lost openers Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss inside the first nine overs, casting considerable doubt over their ability to score the 231 runs needed to beat West Indies and win the Third npower Test.

But Robert Key and captain Michael Vaughan put them back on course either side of a break for rain.

Key was under more pressure than anyone after four low scores and with talk of inform batsman and wintertour rival Ian Bell playing in the final Test at The Oval later this week in place of Graham Thorpe, who broke a finger in the first innings here.

But the Kent player scored more runs than his skipper during a half-centuryplus stand that lifted the total to 104 for two with around 60 overs remaining.

England had high hopes of achieving a sixth consecutive win this summer - and sealing their third series triumph of the year - when they set off in pursuit of their victory target this morning.

But the loss of senior opener Trescothick for just 12 knocked them back.

Then, with the total 27, Strauss followed his partner back to the pavilion for the same low score to leave West Indies looking cock-a-hoop.

England vice-captain Trescothick fell for a second ball duck on Saturday.

This time, he was undone by a fine delivery from Corey Collymore that nipped back off the seam to find a gap between bat and pad and clatter into off stump. It all added up to a heavy return to earth for Trescothick, who scored a century in each innings at Edgbaston a fortnight ago.

Although England's target on a pitch still playing well enough did not look too daunting, history suggested it was a tall order. The highest successful fourth-innings run chase in more than 100 years of Test cricket at Old Trafford stands at 145. …

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