UPDATE – Windies on top after opening day

England captain Alastair Cook scored a century to help rescue his side from danger

West Indies bowled well, despite a brilliant century by England Captain Alastair Cook, which propelled his side to 240 for seven at the end of the opening day of the third Test.

Resuming after tea on 151 for four, Cook who went to tea on 60, created history by scoring Kensington Oval’s 100th Test century.

The left handed batsman scored 105 off 266 balls, which included 12 boundaries in front of a sold out crowd of 11 997 people.

Despite his stellar performance with the bat, West Indies had the last laugh when Cook was caught by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin off the bowling of Marlon Samuels in the day’s final over.

Prior to Cook’s departure, Moeen Ali was the first England wicket to fall after tea when he was run out by debutant Shai Hope for a well-played 58 runs with the score was 189.

Debutant Shai Hope (centre) being congratulated by Denesh Ramdin after running out England’s Moeen Ali.

The fall of that wicket brought Ben Stokes to the crease to join Cook and the pair put on 44 runs to carry England past 200 runs.

Stokes was the next man to go, when he was caught by the debutant Hope for 22 off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel.

Jos Butler, who only faced nine balls will be accompanied by Christopher Jordan tomorrow to continue England’s innings.

Earlier, Gary Balance had scored 18 runs for England, while opener Jonathan Trott and Ian Belle both recorded ducks.

Jason Holder ended the day with two wickets for 34 runs off 16 overs, Gabriel claimed two wickets for 36 runs off 12 overs and Versammy Permaul captured just one wicket for 86 runs from his 20 overs.



One Response to UPDATE – Windies on top after opening day

  1. Alex Alleyne May 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Good first day for Shai Hope in WI colours . Looking forward to better things with the bat .
    I said he always had a “sniff” in two places , Smith position or Ramdin position , but knowing WI Ramdin would stay put . More and more we are seeing that his leader of the squad is VERY POOR . I wonder how much longer WI will continue with his kind of leadership.


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