England reached 121-4 by the close after losing four late wickets on day three of the fourth and final Test — having bowled West Indies out for 287 here on Sunday.
Andrew Strauss finished on 72 not out, his highest score of the series. But after nightwatchman Matthew Hoggard was out for a duck, Kevin Pietersen also fell without scoring when he was caught off the last ball of the day.
Earlier, Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit a defiant 136 not out, while England seamer Ryan Sidebottom took 5-88.
Chanderpaul added 86 with Dwayne Bravo (44), 58 with Marlon Samuels (19) and 58 in a defiant last-wicket stand with last man Corey Collymore (13).
Samuels soon departed himself when he misjudged one from Sidebottom which bowled him.
Denesh Ramdin survived until lunch, but fell soon after the interval when he edged to Collingwood at second slip — handing Sidebottom his fourth wicket.
Chanderpaul looked to be in danger of running out of partners after Daren Powell skied Steve Harmison high into the air and Prior completed an easy catch, and Sidebottom yorked Fidel Edwards.
Collymore played with much more maturity than his fellow tail-enders, making a mockery of his placing at number 11 in the batting order — but eventually fell lbw to Panesar as tea was finally taken between innings. Andrew Strauss took advantage of some wayward early Windies bowling with some firmly-struck boundaries.
However, he lost opening partner Alastair Cook, who made 13 before edging one down the leg side to Ramdin off Edwards. Skipper Michael Vaughan took 12 balls to get off the mark but was content to play the supporting role as Strauss dominated against the Windies pace attack.
England won toss
West Indies 1st Innings (overnight: 132-4)
*D Ganga c Cook b Sidebottom 0
C Gayle lbw b Hoggard 28
D Smith b Sidebottom 4
R Morton c Sidebottom b Harmison 6
S Chanderpaul not out 136
D Bravo b Hoggard 44
M Samuels b Sidebottom 19
†D Ramdin c Collingwood b Sidebottom 13
D Powell c Prior b Harmison 1
F Edwards b Sidebottom 5
C Collymore lbw b Panesar 13
Extras (b4, lb13, nb1) 18
Total (all out, 97.1 overs) 287
Fall: 1-0, 2-32, 3-34, 4-55, 5-141, 6-199, 7-219, 8-220, 9-229, 10-287
Bowling: Sidebottom 29-10-88-5; Hoggard 26-8-58-2; Harmison 25-4-78-2; Panesar 13.1-2-34-1; Collingwood 4-1-12-0 (1nb)
England 1st Innings
A Strauss not out 72
A Cook c Ramdin b Edwards 13
*M Vaughan c Bravo b Edwards 19
M Hoggard c Gayle b Collymore 0
K Pietersen c Ramdin b Edwards 0
Extras (w7, nb10) 17
Total (4 wkts, 34 overs) 121
Fall: 1-37, 2-110, 3-119, 4-121
To bat: P Collingwood, I Bell, †M Prior, S Harmison, R Sidebottom, M Panesar
Bowling: Edwards 7-0-40-3 (7nb); Powell 10-3-32-0; Collymore 10-2-35-1 (3nb, 3w); Gayle 5-3-4-0; Bravo 2-0-10-0
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZL) and Aleem Dar (PAK); TV umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG); Match referee: Alan Hurst (AUS)More on:Andrew Strauss, Denesh Ramdin, england, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Hoggard, Ryan Sidebottom, Shivnarine Chanderpaul
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