SARWAN UPSET AFTER FALLING SHORT OF 100

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_42676283_sarwan_getty.jpgWednesday, February 18 – Antigua Recreation Ground, Antigua & Barbuda: Windies batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan, produced another assured innings here Tuesday but was left cursing himself for missing out on a 13th Test century and allowing England to take a big first innings lead and command of the 3rd Digicel Test after three days.

The visitors closed day three on 31 for one, an overall lead of 312, after bowling out the West Indies for 285 in reply to their 566 for nine declared.

"I'm very disappointed that I got out on 94. Of course to get out at that time, at that position in the game kind of put us back as well. So I'm really disappointed both personally and from the point of view of the team as well," Sarwan said after play.

The 28-year-old, who hit a century in the West Indies' victory in the opening Digicel Test in Jamaica, played beautifully on an increasingly difficult surface, cracking 14 fours and a six off 133 balls. But he tried to reach three figures with a six off Graeme Swann's off spin and only chipped a catch to midwicket.

."I thought I worked pretty hard throughout the whole innings. I was concentrating pretty hard and to play a shot like that at that point of the game was really disappointing," he admitted.

"I was trying to his it straight but for some reason my bat spun in my hand. It's not a shot I really want to talk about too much. I'm really disappointed I played that shot at that particular time."

Sarwan's dismissal sparked a slide in which the West Indies lost their last five wickets for 34 runs. Sarwan admitted that batting was difficult but said he had stuck to a game plan: "I thought it was important for me to try to play the ball as late as possible and try and play straight, try and take away the flat-batted shots. And actually it paid off.

"I found the seamers a bit harder. Obviously I was a bit worried about the ridge (on the pitch). Nevertheless, I tried to keep that out of my mind as much as possible. Of course you don't want to take anything away from Swann, I thought he bowled pretty well also. He was pretty consistent with his line and length."

Sarwan was aware of his team's uphill struggle to save the Test but was straightforward in his assessment of the situation: "We have to try and let England bat as long as possible to try and get whatever total they are trying to get and, of course, it is important whenever we get our opportunity to bat to try and occupy the crease."

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