West Indies vs England in third test match - Old Trafford Grounds - Manchester


By: Devon Anderson
Photo courtesy of tribuneindia.com

westindies_england.jpgEngland finished the first day of the third test on 296 for 7 after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Play started on Thursday June 7th under overcast conditions at the Old Trafford grounds in Manchester.

The West Indies who made three changes to their squad had early success when opener Andrew Strauss was adjudged lbw to paceman Jerome Taylor for 6 with the score on 13.

However captain Michael Vaughan and Allister Cook took the score to 117 before the West Indians made another breakthrough, with Corey Collymore bowling Vaughan for 41.

Allister Cook 60, Kevin Pietersen 9 and Paul Collingwood 10 all fell in quick succession as England was now on 166 for 5.

However a recovery partnership of 98 between Ian Bell and Matt Prior took the score to some respectability, before Prior was out caught.

The days play ended with Ian Bell not out on 77 and Steve Harmison not out on 2.

Bowling from a West Indian perspective was good as Jerome Taylor and Corey Collymore had two wickets each. Fidel Edwards, Dwayne Bravo and Daren Sammy had one wicket apiece.

The West Indies brought in Shivnerine Chanderpaul who was injured after the first test, Fidel Edwards and Daren Sammy, while the England squad remained unchanged.

Darren Ganga had the opportunity to captain the side for the first time in the absence of appointed captain Ramnaresh Sarwan who is out of the series with a shoulder injury. The game continues on Friday at the same venue.