Stokes keeps Eng­land in touch

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

A battling cen­tury from Ben Stokes res­cued Eng­land on the first day of the second Test at Head­in­g­ley but West Indies still dis­missed Joe Root’s side for 258 on a much bet­ter day for the tourists.

Stokes was even­tu­ally dis­missed for ex­actly 100 – his sixth Test cen­tury – with Ke­mar Roach (4-71) and Shan­non Gabriel (4-51) the main wicket-tak­ers as West Indies put their first Test rout be­hind them.

Their bats­men then fin­ished on 19-1, with Kraigg Brath­waite on 13 and night­watch­man Deven­dra Bishoo on one.

The day would have had an even bet­ter had they held their catches but Stokes was dropped twice, on nine and 98, and Root, who went on to score 59, also put down on eight.

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