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Sidebottom strikes again for England


ryanRyan Sidebottom took a wicket with the first ball of the match as England reduced West Indies to 132 for four on the second day of the weather-hit fourth Test at Riverside here on Saturday.

But Shivnarine Chanderpaul was once again proving a thorn in England’s side when bad light halted play for the day with 40.4 overs bowled in three hours.

Chanderpaul, who has batted for more than 15 hours this series, was 44 not out and Dwayne Bravo 43 not out, their stand currently worth 77 after they’d come together when West Indies had collapsed to 55 for four.

But both batsmen had been given reprieves with Chanderpaul dropped on nine and Bravo surviving a tough chance on 25.

England were in charge early on with Sidebottom striking after rain had washed out Friday’s first day and delayed Saturday’s start by three hours.

At stumps Sidebottom had impressive figures of two for 34 in 11 overs. He was well supported by Matthew Hoggard (one for 35 off 15) and Stephen Harmison (one for 46 in 10.4).

Earlier, England captain Michael Vaughan elected to field under overcast, seam-bowler friendly, skies. He saw opposing skipper Daren Ganga out to Saturday’s first ball when he turned Sidebottom to Alastair Cook at short leg.

West Indies made two changes with Marlon Samuels, a batsman and off-spinner, replacing Darren Sammy. The all-rounder took seven for 66 on his Test debut at Old Trafford but subsequently strained a hamstring while batting.

Fast bowler Daren Powell, dropped in Manchester, replaced fellow quick Jerome Taylor. West Indies have a woeful recent international record having won just two of their last 38 Tests.

Score Board

England won toss

West Indies 1st inns

*D Ganga c Cook b Sidebottom 0

C H Gayle lbw b Hoggard 28

D S Smith b Sidebottom 4

R S Morton c Sidebottom b Harmison 6

S Chanderpaul not out 44

D J Bravo not out 43

Extras (lb6, nb1) 7

Total (4 wkts, 40.4 overs) 132

To bat: M N Samuels, †D Ramdin, C D Collymore, D B L Powell, F H Edwards

Fall: 1-0, 2-32, 3-34, 4-55

Bowling: Sidebottom 11-5-34-2; Hoggard 15-4-35-1; Harmison 10.4-0-46-1; Panesar 2-0-6-0; Collingwood 2-0-5-0 (1nb)


A J Strauss, A N Cook, *M P Vaughan, K P Pietersen, P D Collingwood, I R Bell, †M J Prior, R J Sidebottom, S J Harmison, M S Panesar, M J Hoggard

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 runs

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