Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

England Hopes of Series Win DEALTWINDIES Blow; CRICKET

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

England Hopes of Series Win DEALTWINDIES Blow; CRICKET

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THE decisive third Test between England the West Indies was on a knife edge last night, with both sides capable of sealing victory on the third evening in Barbados.

At tea, the hosts were 70 for three in pursuit of 192.

But on a pitch that has favoured bowlers throughout, England were buoyed by Stuart Broad's dismissal of Marlon Samuels.

Chris Jordan had earlier played a part in removing both openers, trapping Shai Hope lbw and snaffling Kraigg Brathwaite with another memorable catch off Moeen Ali.

The West Indies had earlier set up the game by dismissing the tourists for 123, taking the final five wickets for 84 runs before lunch.

After surviving one awkward over before the break, Brathwaite and debutant Hope made a useful opening stand of 35.

Brathwaite (25) did most of the scoring, through relatively safe strokes, but Hope was dropped on four when Broad drew him into the drive. The chance flew to Joe Root at wide third slip, but he could not cling on, diving to his left.

More worryingly for England, they then burned both of their DRS reviews in the space of 11 balls.

A sceptical Alastair Cook was persuaded by Jonathan Trott to refer a caught-behind decision against Brathwaite, but it was a misguided intervention.

Jordan was then certain he had Hope lbw, but umpire Billy Bowden was unmoved and his verdict was upheld by a small margin.

But Jordan was not to be deterred, playing a key role as both openers fell with the score on 35.

First, he trapped Hope lbw in front of leg stump, then, four balls later, he produced his fourth superb onehanded catch of the series.

Moeen found Brathwaite's edge with his fifth ball, before Jordan transferred his weight in the wrong direction at slip and threw out his left hand to snatch the ball out of the air.

Samuels and Darren Bravo halted the surge. The pair put on 35 before Broad and Root dried up the runs with 22 consecutive dot balls.

The 23rd brought the wicket, Broad upping his pace and slanting one through Samuels' defence and into the stumps.

England had resumed on a fragile overnight score of 39 for five and added 23 more runs before Gary Ballance pushed at Veerasammy Permaul's second ball of the morning. …

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