Mon, 25 Jan 2021

Crawley, now facing the new ball, topped his previous Test best of 66 against South Africa at Johannesburg in January.

Stokes, skippering the side in the absence of Joe Root, continued to lead from the front by driving Gabriel for four.

The all-rounder had already top-scored with 43 in England's meagre first-innings 204 before the paceman was the pick of the hosts' attack with 4-49.

But for the second time in the match he fell to Holder.

The towering West Indies paceman squared Stokes up and had him caught by Shai Hope, cleverly positioned as the finer of two men in the gully for the left-handed batsman.

It was a tactical as well as personal triumph for Holder, ranked ahead of Stokes as the world's leading Test all-rounder.

There was more joy for the Windies when Crawley, aiming legside, was caught and bowled by Joseph.

England resumed on 15-0 in the first of a three-match behind closed doors series.

Although a batting all-rounder, Chase had taken a Test-best 8-60 when West Indies beat England at his Barbados home ground last year en route to a 2-1 series win.

Chase made the initial breakthrough on Saturday when Rory Burns (42) carelessly cut him to backward point.

Fellow opener Dom Sibley made a painstaking fifty off 161 balls.

The very next delivery saw Sibley play on to Gabriel only for third umpire Michael Gough to rule the bowler had been guilty of a marginal no-ball.

But, two balls later, Sibley - still on 50 - glanced Gabriel to Dowrich as he was yet again caught down the legside in his fledgling Test career.

Joe Denly, potentially competing for a place with Sibley when Root returns following the birth of his daughter for next week's second Test at Old Trafford, needed a big score to bolster a lowly Test average of under 30.

But instead he fell tamely for 29 when chipping Chase to Holder at short midwicket.

The West Indies had been on top for most of this match, with Holder taking a Test-best 6-42 after losing the toss.

Kraigg Brathwaite then made 65, the opener's first Test fifty in 22 innings, and Dowrich 61 as the tourists established a valuable first-innings lead of 114.

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