Black­wood guides West Indies to vic­tory

West Indies hold on for fa­mous win over Eng­land af­ter dra­matic first Test

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West Indies beat Eng­land by four wick­ets on the fi­nal day of the first in­ter­na­tional test since the coro­n­avirus break yes­ter­day, tak­ing a 1-0 lead at the Ageas Bowl in a three-Test se­ries thanks to a 95-run knock by Jer­maine Black­wood.

Eng­land made early in­roads into the West Indies bat­ting lineup on day five as the vis­i­tors tar­geted 200 to win, re­duc­ing them to 27-3 be­fore Black­wood be­gan to set the foun­da­tions for a big win for the Caribbean side, al­beit be­hind closed doors.

When opener John Camp­bell re­tired hurt fol­low­ing a toe-crush­ing yorker from Jofra Archer, Black­wood came in be­fore lunch and be­gan to an­chor the in­nings, shar­ing a 73-run stand with Ros­ton Chase (37).

Part­ner­ship

“It was a nerve-wrack­ing start af­ter los­ing quick three wick­ets and Camp­bell to in­jury,” Windies cap­tain Ja­son Holder told BBC. “But Ros­ton and Jer­maine put on a good part­ner­ship and set­tled the nerves. From there we could build on.

“I missed the Barmy Army but it was a level play­ing field with­out the crowds. It’s been a good start back to in­ter­na­tional cricket, it sets the se­ries up quite nicely.”

The Bar­ba­dos-born Archer, who fin­ished with 3-45, trou­bled the bats­men through­out with his pace and bounce but Eng­land were un­able to dis­miss the dan­ger man Black­wood.

In the end the 28-year-old Jamaican nar­rowly missed out on his sec­ond test cen­tury when he tried to lift a Ben Stokes de­liv­ery over the in­field, only to gift James An­der­son a catch.

ENG­LAND – First in­nings 204 all out. WEST INDIES – First in­nings 318 all out. ENG­LAND – Sec­ond in­nings 313 all out.

WEST INDIES – Sec­ond in­nings K Brath­waite b Archer ................................. 4 J Camp­bell notout ...................................... 8 S Hope bWood ............................................... 9 S Brooks lbw Archer ..................................... 0 R Chase c But­tler b Archer ........................ 37 J Black­wood c An­der­son b Stokes .......... 95 S Dowrich c But­tler b Stokes .................... 20 J Holder notout ........................................... 14 Ex­tras (0b, 7lb, 1nb, 0pen, 5w) ................. 13

-----To­tal (for­sixwick­ets,64.2overs) ....... 200

Fall of wick­ets : 1-7 Brath­waite, 2-7 Brooks, 3-27 Hope, 4-100 Chase, 5-168 Dowrich, 6-189 Black­wood Did Not Bat : Joseph, Roach, Gabriel

Bowl­ing: An­der­son 15-3-42-0; Archer 17-3-45-3; Wood 12-0-36-1; Bess 10-2-31-0; Stokes 10.2-1-39-2.

West Indies won by four wick­ets.

Camp­bell then re­turned to the crease with West Indies six wick­ets down to join Holder, who played a pa­tient knock of 14 off 36 balls, to guide the West Indies home in the fi­nal ses­sion.

Ear­lier, Eng­land were bowled out for 313 in their sec­ond in­nings af­ter re­sum­ing on 284-8, with the overnight pair of Archer and Mark Wood fail­ing to of­fer much re­sis­tance.

Wick­ets

Shan­non Gabriel fin­ished with fig­ures of 5-75 - his sixth five-wicket haul in Tests – while Chase and Alzarri Joseph picked up two wick­ets apiece.

“Ideally we would have liked to have got more runs in the first in­nings,” Eng­land cap­tain Stokes said, adding that he stood by his de­ci­sion to bat first.

“We got our­selves into great po­si­tions at times with the bat to kick on and get 350 or 400, and we weren’t ruth­less enough. We didn’t man­age to grasp the game as we would have liked.”

The sec­ond and third Tests will be held in Manch­ester, also with­out fans in at­ten­dance.

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