x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

England pile on the pressure

Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior score centuries in a 218-run partnership as England amassed 546 for six declared on the second day of the fifth and final Test against the West Indies.

PORT OF SPAIN // Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior scored centuries in a 218-run partnership as England amassed 546 for six declared on the second day of the fifth and final Test against the West Indies on Saturday. The West Indies, who lead the series 1-0, raced to 90 for no loss inside 17 overs before Devon Smith was bowled by Monty Panesar for 28 with two overs remaining. Captain Chris Gayle was unbeaten on 49 alongside the nightwatchman Darren Powell as the hosts closed on 92 for one.

Earlier, the West Indies gained two early breakthroughs when Fidel Edwards bowled Andrew Strauss around his legs, the England skipper having added three runs to his overnight 139. Owais Shah, resuming his innings after retiring hurt with hand cramp on Friday, was then run out for 33 after taking a risky single to substitute fielder Dwayne Bravo at midwicket. The wicketkeeper Prior (131 not out) and Collingwood (161) then shared an excellent stand for the fifth wicket to put England firmly on top.

*Reuters