England gave themselves an outside chance of winning the fourth and final Test as West Indies ended day four on 83-3, still 30 runs behind at the Riverside Ground here on Monday.
Paul Collingwood’s 128, the first Test century by a Durham player on home turf, was instrumental in England’s recovery from 165-6 early in the day. Collingwood and Matt Prior (62) put on 169 to give England a total of 400.
And two Matthew Hoggard wickets, plus one from Monty Panesar kept the hosts on top going into the final day. Under grey skies, the ball swung and seamed consistently for the bowlers in the morning, before the sun came out in the afternoon.
Andrew Strauss, having worked so hard on Sunday, was a little unlucky to fall to the first really good ball of the day. After such a miserable winter and early summer for him, the Middlesex left-hander had added just five to his overnight 72 when Fidel Edwards slanted a ball across him.
A thin edge was gladly pocketed by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin, giving Fidel Edwards his fourth wicket of the innings and leaving England on 133-5. Collingwood initially looked edgy in his first Test innings at his home ground. Edwards, who took five wickets, removes Strauss for his fourth
Ian Bell, on the other hand, looked more composed, and played a lovely drive down the ground for his only boundary. But attempting a repeat, off Daren Powell, he was deceived by late swing and edged to Runako Morton, lurking in a position between the slip cordon and gully.
That wicket left England six wickets down and still 122 runs behind — and so a West Indies victory at that stage looked a distinct possibility. Collingwood and Prior got England through to lunch without further damage before the hosts completely dominated the middle session.
By now, Collingwood was playing well, despite passing fifty with an edge past a vacant second slip and surviving a good lbw appeal by Powell on 59. He accelerated smoothly from that point, gifted some easy runs by Marlon Samuels’s innocuous off-spinners.
Samuels was also hit for six by Prior as the Sussex man passed fifty, and the second new ball prompted a flurry of fast scoring, including another Prior six, clobbered over deep mid-wicket as the right-hander charged Corey Collymore.
Collingwood then hit three pull shots for four in a single Edwards over, the middle hit giving him his century which was rapturously received by the supporters. Tea was taken with England 341-7, suddenly well ahead, before Collingwood and Harmison both fell with the score on 369. An unlikely 31 runs were added by Panesar and Ryan Sidebottom, who clouted five boundaries in his 26 not out.
It meant West Indies began their second innings 113 runs behind and a re-jig of the top order did not help them a jot. Out-of-form skipper Daren Ganga dropped down to number three, but had to enter the fray in the second over with Devon Smith — promoted upwards — palpably lbw to Hoggard.
England won toss
West Indies 1st inns 287 (S CHanderpaul 136*, D J BRavo 44; R J Sidebottom 5-88)
England 1st inns (overnight 121-4)
A N Cook c Ramdin b Edwards 13
*M P Vaughan c Bravo b Edwards 19
M J Hoggard c Gayle b Collymore 0
K P Pietersen c Ramdin b Edwards 0
P D Collingwood b Collymore 128
I R Bell c Morton b Powell 11
†M J Prior c Smith b Edwards 62
S J Harmison c Ganga b Powell 9
R J Sidebottom not out 26
M S Panesar b Powell 4
Extras (b5, lb8, w15, nb23) 51
Total (all out, 100 overs) 400
Fall: 1-37, 2-110, 3-119, 4-121, 5-133, 6-165, 7-334, 8-369, 9-369
Bowling: Edwards 23-1-112-5 (16nb); Powell 32-6-89-3 (1w); Collymore 29-5-116-2 (6nb, 6w); Gayle 9-3-25-0 (1nb); Bravo 2-0-10-0; Samuels 5-0-35-0
West Indies 2nd inns
C H Gayle not out 52
D S Smith lbw b Hoggard 0
*D Ganga c Prior b Hoggard 6
R S Morton b Panesar 7
S Chanderpaul not out 16
Extras (b1, w1) 2
Total (3 wkts, 19.2 overs) 83
To bat: D J Bravo, M N Samuels, †D Ramdin, C D Collymore, D B L Powell, F H Edwards
Fall: 1-7, 2-15, 3-38
Bowling: Sidebottom 6-1-24-0; Hoggard 5-1-18-2 (1w); Harmison 3-0-22-0; Panesar 4-0-16-1; Pietersen 1.2-0-2-0
Series: England lead the 4-Test series 2-0
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and B F Bowden (New Zealand). TV umpire: N J Llong. Match referee: A G Hurst (Australia)
Previous matches: May 17-21 1st Test Lord’s, match drawn. May 25-28 2nd Test Leeds, England won by an innings and 283 runs. June 7-11 3rd Test Manchester, England won by 60 runsMore on:Andrew Strauss, Collingwood, Corey Collymore, england, Ian Bell, Matt Prior, Matthew Hoggard, West Indies
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