The West Indies take the lead in the first test in the Ageas Bowl, as they complete England’s first innings in total with seven wickets still held at lunchtime on day three
- The West Indies reached lunch on day three at 159:15 for three in Southampton
- Shai Hope (16) and Kraigg Brathwaite (65) were the two wickets that fell in the morning
- Spinner Dom Bess and stand-in skipper Ben Stokes claimed the two wickets
Ben Stokes won a marginal lbw verdict to fire top scorer Kraigg Brathwaite as the West Indies approached the UK’s first innings total on the third morning of the first test.
After throwing the hosts 204 over two overcast, cloudy days in the Ageas Bowl, the West Indies resumed at 57 in front under a batsman-friendly sunny sky to reach 159 for three at lunch.
Shai Hope fell first before 16 just after a drink, blinked hard at Dom Bess’ spin and gave Stokes a sharp slip-catch.
Ben Stokes’ England took only two wickets from the West Indies on day three
Stokes successfully pleads for an LBW decision against Kraigg Brathwaite from the West Indies
England took advantage of a marginal decision from the home referee to claim the wicket
Spinner Dom Bess claimed the other wicket would drop and Shai Hope fired just 16
Brathwaite looked resolutely to the other side, turning his nocturnal 20 into 113 balls in the first half century of the match.
It was also his first Test 50 since July 2018, but his hopes of growing to three figures ended when England’s temporary captain pushed him on the back foot and knocked him high on the knee roll.
He was edited for 65 by Richard Kettleborough and when he called for review, the dismissal on two points of ‘umpire’s call’ was maintained.
While that was enough to justify the decision, the West Indies would forgive their frustration at the number of tight calls they faced in this match – the first since the International Cricket Council relaxed its rules on the use of ‘home’ officials .
Jofra Archer previously thought he had tricked Shai Hope LBW, but he hadn’t thrown a ball
Brathwaite strikes the leg as he becomes the first batsman to pass 50 in the match
The West Indies started with 147 arrears and successfully negotiated the first hour with no loss 42.
There were only two limits at the time: Brathwaite used Mark Wood’s extreme pace to ping the ball through the point, and Hope knocked Jofra Archer over the trench.
Archer added to England’s frustration when he had Hope lbw from a non-ball, but Bess made sure the mistake was free, luring number three into a big drive to find the outside edge.
Stokes followed by making Brathwaite his first wicket as a skipper, but both Shamarh Brooks (27no) and Roston Chase (13no) made quick runs to leave their side only 45.