Holder is de­ter­mined to fin­ish all-round job

Western Daily Press - - Wdp Sport - RORY DOLLARD at the Ageas Bowl

WEST Indies cap­tain Ja­son Holder in­sists he is not fin­ished with Eng­land af­ter dis­man­tling them with the ball and wants to add a cen­tury to his ef­forts in the first #raisethe­bat Test.

Holder shrugged off con­cerns over an an­kle in­jury to take a ca­reer-best haul of six for 42 as the hosts were rolled over for 204 at the Ageas Bowl.

The 6ft 7in pace­man set­tled into a groove that Eng­land’s bats­men could not answer on day two – in­clud­ing his op­po­site num­ber Ben Stokes for 43 – but wants to live up to his sta­tus as the world’s top all-rounder by do­ing dam­age with the bat.

“It’s a proud mo­ment get­ting six wick­ets in Eng­land, any­thing to help this team, but my role is to con­trib­ute with bat and ball,” he said, with the vis­i­tors set to re­sume on 57 for one.

“I think I’ve soaked it in al­ready. I re­ally want to make some runs now. I have done a good job so far in the first in­nings, but my Test is far from over. I have a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion to make with the bat. I’ve ticked one box so far, now it’s left to me to knuckle down and get a hun­dred.”

Shan­non Gabriel turned in a highly im­pres­sive ef­fort of his own, ac­count­ing for each of the top three and re­turn­ing to end a frus­trat­ing fi­nal-wicket stand of 30, but Holder’s dis­missal of Stokes was prob­a­bly the de­ci­sive con­tri­bu­tion.

He had been dropped twice and his part­ner­ship of 67 with Jos But­tler was just threat­en­ing to re­bal­ance the scales. Stokes had been us­ing his feet to try to dis­rupt the bowlers’ plans, but Holder stuck at it and had him caught be­hind ad­vanc­ing down the track. But­tler, who had looked good for 35, fol­lowed close be­hind.

“It was a piv­otal mo­ment as they were start­ing to score,” he agreed. “Stokesy was look­ing quite set. We put down two chances and he was look­ing to make us pay and the part­ner­ship with Jos was start­ing to blos­som into some­thing that could re­ally hurt us. I was get­ting just enough move­ment to keep him at bay, keep him play­ing and even­tu­ally got the edge.”

Eng­land’s Mark Wood, who ap­proached 95mph in a rapid but wick­et­less spell in the evening, ac­cepted that the tourists were in a strong po­si­tion. He has not given up hope of turn­ing the tide though.

“They are on top. They’ve done re­ally well and showed us the way to go,” he said.

“There’s plenty to put right in the morn­ing.”

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Eng­land’s Som­er­set spin bowler Dom Bess helped the hosts up to 204 with 31 not out

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