Lord’s defeat keeps Windies without elusive series win

LONDON, CMC – West Indies’ dream of ending their near three-decade drought without a series win in England ended here Saturday, when they collapsed to a nine-wicket defeat in the decisive third Test at Lord’s.

Starting the third day in need of another special effort to stay alive in the series, the Caribbean failed to repeat their heroics from Headingley and were dismissed for an  inadequate 171 in their second innings.

Set a mere 107 for victory, England cruised to their target to complete a 2-1 series win, following their innings and 209-run victory in the day/night first Test at Edgbaston.

The result sent West Indies to their 16th defeat in their last 21 Tests in England and extended their dismal record of not having won a series here since 1988.

Resuming on 93 for three – a mere 22 runs lead – West Indies’ fight was carried by the superb Shai Hope who top-scored with 62.

Captain Jason Holder made 23 but the remainder of the batting surrendered without a fight as the tourists lost their last seven wickets for 78 runs.

At the heart of the demolition was seamer Jimmy Anderson who claimed seven for 42 while new-ball partner Stuart Broad ended with two for 35.

Hope, voted the Windies Man-of-the-Series for his 375 runs at an average of 75, resumed the day on 35 and all told, faced 144 deliveries in just under four hours at the crease and counted nine boundaries.

He lost partner Roston Chase before the right-hander had added to his overnight three, caught at the wicket off the fourth ball of the morning, fishing at one outside off.

Jermaine Blackwood followed in similar fashion after spending just over half-hour over five, wafting at a wide one from Anderson to be also caught behind.

And Shane Dowrich’s miserable series ended when he tried to pull seamer Toby Roland-Jones and skied a catch to Broad at mid-on to perish for 14, leaving West Indies on 123 for six.

Hope and Holder then came together to post 32 for the seventh wicket, taking the Windies to lunch without further loss on 153 for six.

Unbeaten on 60 at the interval, Hope added just two before finally perishing in the third over following the resumption, nicking a defensive prod at one from Anderson which seamed way, leaving wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow to complete a regulation catch to his right.

Hope’s departure marked the beginning of the end for the Windies as the last four wickets tumbled for 22 runs.

Anderson bowled Devendra Bishoo without scoring two balls later in the same over and Holder struck four boundaries in a 54-ball knock before mis-timing a pull at Broad to give Anderson a comfortable catch at mid-wicket.

Fittingly, Anderson went past Kemar Roach’s defensive stroke in the next over, to bowl the tail-ender for three and end the innings.

With a small target to overhaul, England lost Alastair Cook for 17, missing a straight one from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and falling lbw at 35 for one.

However, Tom Westley stroked 44 not out off 72 deliveries with seven fours while opener Mark Stoneman struck an unbeaten 40 off 74 balls with five boundaries, to take England to victory in a 72-run, second wicket stand.

18 Responses to Lord’s defeat keeps Windies without elusive series win

  1. Cisne Pascal
    Cisne Pascal September 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Re work the head line please…it is a little clunky.
    Re tye matter at hand? Chueepse! West Indies did even bother today and yesterday. Only Shai Hope showed up.

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  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 9, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    They just couldn’t be bothered as usual!

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  3. Alex Alleyne September 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Too many batsmen did not make it to double figures. Will never work in TEST Cricket.

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  4. harry turnover September 9, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    England went into this Test under REAL PRESSURE having been beaten by what one Geoff Boycott called schoolboys…but look what Jason Holder and the coach decided after Holder won the toss…..TO BAT FIRST ….UTTER CRICKET MADNESS !!
    Holder…. ANY captain with an iota of cricket sense would have MAINTAINED that pressure by SENDING THEM IN…..let them SET THE PACE man.
    I am on record as saying that this West Indian team would be beaten in 4 days if they ever batted first and look what happened.
    Sad to say ,but this Jason Holder is a renown cricket DUNCE.

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  5. Alex Alleyne September 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    @Harry T, let us take that some of what you say is correct with the first Innings. Now let us look at England second innings and compare it to the WI second Innings. TEST cricket is for 5 days, bat first or second you must give your best. I am one who believe “Once I win the toss in a TEST match , I am batting first”.
    The WI batsmen did not stick around , just look at how many of them got only single digits……Not good enough. BAT TO DRAW THE MATCH , “occupation of the crease”.
    The youngster from Guyana should have made it into the team. This thing about “you don’t change a winning team” , don’t always be true……..it just sound good.

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  6. Alex Alleyne September 9, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    If England had made 400 runs in the first innings , then I will bow to you.
    Both teams had LOW scores in their first Innings.

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    • harry turnover September 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

      My point of putting England in was to maintain the Pressure.The onus was on mighty England to beat the ” school boys ” to maintained their prestige .Even a draw would have suited the WI .
      As far as scoring 400 runs is concerned that is EXACTLY my point.England would have had to bat until near close of play on the second day in order to score that 400 and that would have meant that the WI could have score more than 123 ,save the follow on and England would have had to bat a second time and long enough to make sure they set the WI a target that they could not easily get.
      In other words more time would have been eaten up if England had batted first
      K.Hope had failed in the two test matches he had played and people said he should have been dropped and Hetmyer included.Suppose Hetmyer plays two tests after and also fails ,do you drop him too ?
      I ,however, agree with you that he should have been included at the expense of Bishoo and therefore the WI would have been in a better position to BAT TO DRAW THE MATCH

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    • harry turnover September 10, 2017 at 8:32 am

      You said IF England had made 400 runs in their first innings and I say IF WI had scored 350 in their first innings…that would have meant that both teams would have had HIGH scores in their first innings and close to 4 days would have already been eaten up.

      As far as I am concerned Bishoo and I said so after that first Test should have been replaced by Hetmyer,and the batting lineup rearranged with Hetmyer #3 and K.Hope #5 and more so for this test since Chase had taken more wickets that Bishoo up to that test.

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    • Clyde Thompson September 10, 2017 at 11:06 am

      England played possum and made the West Indies believe that they were putting up a good fight then showed them up in their second inning.
      Reckless batting with very little concentration with eagerness to give flight to the cool climate.

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  7. A Boyce September 10, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I think the weather played a part in the performance of the young West Indies team. If you noticed the English were wearing a heavy sweater, as compared to what the Windies wore.

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  8. Milli Watt September 10, 2017 at 10:08 am

    where is the ICC decision to remove this band of under achievers from the international schedule

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  9. A Boyce September 10, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    We’re they under achievers after the 2nd test?
    I agree with Clyde Thompson in respect of “eagerness to give flight to the cool climate.

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  10. A Boyce September 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    *were

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  11. R Greaves September 11, 2017 at 12:45 am

    I beelieve Kyle Hope should have been dropped and also Bishoo. Hetmyer should have come in and another paceer. I migh have even opted for Riefer as he would have added varitey and exteneded the batting.

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  12. R Greaves September 11, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Kyle Hope should have been dropped and Hetmyer make his debut in England. Also Bishoo, not having bowled much in the previous game should have been replaced by a pace bowler. I may have opted for Reifer as he would add variety to the attack as well as lenghten the batting.

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  13. Donild Trimp September 11, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I took the opportunity to attend the three test matches and I must say the WI were lucky to win the second test. Thanks to Mr.Root’s declaration.

    All of you who consider this current WI team a test team are delusional and just burying your heads in the sand.

    I agree with Geoffrey Boycott, the grade for this current test team should be no higher than “schoolboys”.

    There are seven guys in this team who should be groomed at A Team level until they can show they are ready for test cricket.

    The seven are: Kyle Hope, Dowrich, Riefer, Cummings, Joseph, Gabriel and to a lesser extent Bishoo, until he learns to bowl a googley.

    Jason Holder should be relieved of the captaincy and play strictly as an all-rounder. His game situation awareness is very poor. Captaining the team like a robot.

    The selectors should persevere with Kraigg Brathwaite, Powell, Shai Hope, Chase, Blackwood, Hetmeyer and Roach.

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  14. harry turnover September 11, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    @ Donald Trimp…… “There are seven guys in this team who should be groomed at A Team level until they can show they are ready for test cricket.”
    …..and in the meantime name the 7 that ARE ready for TEST cricket that in your opinion should replace them.
    “I took the opportunity to attend the three test matches and I must say the WI were lucky to win the second test. Thanks to Mr.Root’s declaration.”
    …and I took the opportunity to watch ALL three Tests on my computer and I must say that England were LUCKY to have score that amount of runs in the second innings to allow Root to declare.

    You IFFING this about the declaration as though declaration comes under another heading … I can also say that .IF England didn’t
    score that amount of runs there would have been no reason for the declaration and the WI would have won easier

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  15. Donild Trimp September 11, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    @ harry turnover –

    It is not my intention to debate this trivial issue.

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