Visitors go into lunch on 145-8 with only Jermaine Blackwood providing any real resistance as he launched counter-attack
JAMES ANDERSON led the way as England’s bowlers sliced through West Indies’ batting in the First Test.
Anderson took three wickets – and also completed a run out – as the Windies lurched feebly to 145-8 by lunch on day three – still 369 behind England’s first innings total.
With the ball seaming and swinging, the visiting batsmen had no answer to England’s high quality quick bowling.
The Windies managed to lose only one wicket on the second evening, but their batsmen were soon forming a procession back to the dressing-room.
There was a 30-minute rain delay after just one delivery but then the wickets started tumbling.
Anderson got a delivery to jump to Kyle Hope and the ball blew from the shoulder of the bat to Ben Stokes in the gully.
Then Kieran Powell committed cricketing suicide by attempting a ridiculous single – and Anderson calmly through down the stumps from mid-on.
Next Roston Chase dragged onto his stumps and Toby Roland-Jones coaxed Shai Hope to play on.
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Windies wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich was net to go when he was plumb lbw to Roland-Jones.
Moeen Ali, who took 25 wickets in four Tests against South Africa, collected No26 of the summer when West Indies captain Jason Holder was caught behind by Jonny Bairstow – although it took an England review to detect the faintest edge.
Stuart Broad’s first wicket arrived when he clean bowled Kemar Roach.
The only defiance came from diminutive batsman Jermaine Blackwood, who played a string of aggression shots.
Blackwood reached his half-century at better than a run-a-ball and launched Moeen for a straight six in the final over before lunch.
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