England strikes blow Windies away

West Indies 86 for 8 at lunch

Nasser Hussain's men claimed eight West Indies wickets for 75 runs by lunch to take complete charge of the final match of the test series.

Nasser Hussain's men claimed eight West Indies wickets for 75 runs by lunch to take complete charge of the final match of the test series.

The lightning strike was sparked by Dominic Cork and Craig White, who bowled Brian Lara first ball.

Sherwin Campbell and Adrian Griffith withstood hostile bowling from Darren Gough and Andy Caddick, so captain Hussain brought in his change bowlers - and changed England's luck.

West Indies were languishing on 51 for six when Jimmy Adams was taken at slip by Graeme Hick off Cork. The West Indies captain playing a poor shot under the intense pressure of trying to steer his side to the modest follow-on figure of 82.

Campbell played on to Cork's third ball at 32, and Griffith fell to White in the next over, the left-hander waiting for umpire Daryl Harper's confirmation that Hick's slip catch had not come off a bump ball.

Then White, coming round the wicket, angled a ball across Lara, and the great batsmen could not believe that it veered past his pads to knock back the leg stump.

Wavell Hinds went lbw to his seventh ball from Cork, and Ramnaresh Sarwan failed to keep down an off side shot allowing Marcus Trescothick to clasp a fine catch in the gully.

But West Indies were revived by some flowing strokes from debutant Mahendra Nagamootoo, who looked unfazed by the situation. The willowy Guyanese batsman drove fluently to take 11 off Cork's sixth over.

However he played one shot too many and hit a catch to Trescothick in the gully off Gough for 18 with West Indies still eight runs of the follow on figure.

Curtly Ambrose arrived to a standing ovation in his final Test but there was no fairy story ending and he was pinned lbw by Caddick first ball.

Overnight: England 281 (M A Atherton 83, M E Trescothick 78). West Indies 13-0

West Indies First Innings Lunch

S L Campbell b Cork 20 A F G Griffith c Hick b White 6 W W Hinds lbw b Cork 2 B C Lara b White 0 J C Adams c Hick b Cork 5 R R Sarwan c Trescothick b White 5 R D Jacobs not out 15 M V Nagamootoo c Trescothick b Gough 18 C E L Ambrose lbw b Caddick 0 N A M McLean not out 8 Extras lb1 nb6 7 Total 8 wkts (38 overs) 86

Fall: 1-32 2-32 3-32 4-34 5-39 6-51 7-74 8-75

To Bat: C A Walsh.

Gough 13 3 25 1 Caddick 14 6 28 1 White 5 1 11 3 Cork 6 2 21 3

Umpires: D J Harper and D R Shepherd

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