Windies beaten by 232 runs - Chase’s 102 not out softens blow for home team
GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC):
Roston Chase struck an entertaining fifth Test hundred to take some of the shine off a clinical England performance, as West Indies crashed to a heavy 232-run defeat in the third and final Test here yesterday.
Asked to chase an improbable 485 after England declared their second innings on 361 for five, 25 minutes after the start of the penultimate day at the Darren Sammy National Stadium, West Indies’ batting capitulated for 252, about 20 minutes before the scheduled close.
The right-handed Chase, though, stood tall amidst the carnage, stroking a classical unbeaten 102, an innings which spared West Indies embarrassment after their innings lay in ruins at 35 for four at lunch.
Alzarri Joseph unleashed a cavalier 34 off just 30 balls near the end while fellow tail-ender Kemar Roach produced a breezy 29 off 43 deliveries, but their innings were of academic interest only as the result was never really in doubt once veteran seamer Jimmy Anderson (3-27) wiped out the top order.
Off-spinner Moeen Ali supported with three for 99 while seamer Ben Stokes picked up two for 30.
The defeat, however, did nothing to detract from an outstanding West Indies series performance which saw them crush England by 381 runs in the opening Bridgetown Test and follow that up with a 10-wicket triumph in the second Test in St John’s, clinching the coveted Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade.
Resuming the day on 325 for four, England added a further 36 runs before declaring when captain Joe Root, unbeaten overnight on 111, clipped a Shannon Gabriel (2-95) full toss to mid-wicket to perish for 122.
Left with a difficult period to negotiate before lunch, West Indies revived memories of now familiar batting woes as they quickly slumped to 10 for three.
Left-hander John Campbell fell to the third ball of the innings when he edged a drive at Anderson and was brilliantly caught by Moeen one-handed at gully, without scoring.
In Anderson’s next over, Kraigg Brathwaite edged a defensive prod to Stokes at second slip for eight and Darren Bravo followed without scoring in the seventh over, caught at first slip by Root.
Three overs before lunch, Shai Hope failed to negotiate a short delivery from speedster Mark Wood and was caught at point by Broad for 14.
Chase, unbeaten at lunch on eight, then combined with Shimron Hetmyer (19) in a 45-run, fifth wicket stand which halted England’s charge, albeit temporarily.
Together, they kept England without success until the stroke of the hour after lunch when Hetmyer was run out at the striker’s end attempting an ill-advised third run at 76 for five.
ENGLAND 1st Innings 277
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 154
ENGLAND 2nd Innings
(overnight 325 for four)
*J. Root c Hetmyer b Gabriel 122
J. Buttler b Roach 56
B. Stokes not out 48
Extras (b13, lb9, w8, nb3) 33
Total (5 wkts decl. 105.2 overs) 361
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-73, 3-147, 4-254, 5-361.
Bowling: Roach 18-6-45-1, Gabriel 23.2-1-95-2, Paul 5-1-11-1, Joseph 16-2-72-1, Chase 31-1-92-0, Brathwaite 12-2-24-0.
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
(Target: 485 runs)
*K. Brathwaite c Stokes b Anderson 8
J. Campbell c Moeen Ali b Anderson 0
S. Hope c Broad b Wood 14
D. Bravo c Root b Anderson 0
R. Chase not out 102
S. Hetmyer run out 19
+S. Dowrich c Stokes b Moeen Ali 19
K. Roach c Wood b Moeen Ali 29
A. Joseph c Anderson b Moeen Ali 34
S. Gabriel c wkp Bairstow b Stokes 3
K. Paul c & b Stokes 12
Extras (b1, lb5, w4, nb2) 12
TOTAL (all out, 69.5 overs) 252
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-10, 3-10, 4-31, 5-76, 6-110, 7-156, 8-212, 9-236, 10-252.
Bowling: Anderson 11-2-27-3, Broad 14-6-22-0, Stokes 8.5-2-30-2, Wood 12-1-52-1, Moeen Ali 21-1-99-3, Denly 3-0-16-0.
Result: England won by 232 runs.
Series: West Indies won three-match series 2-1.
Man-of-the-Match: Mark Wood.
Man-of-the-Series: Kemar Roach.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Rodney Tucker; TV – Chris Gaffaney.