Ben Stokes strikes as England press for win over West Indies

Ben Stokes took a wicket on the stroke of tea after starring with the bat to provide England renewed hope of a series-levelling win within the second Check towards the West Indies at Outdated Trafford on Monday.

West Indies had recovered to 137-5 after collapsing to 37-Four on the final day after being set a nominal 312 to win.

However a stand of precisely 100 ended when paceman Stokes unsettled Blackwood, on 55, with a brief ball he may solely glove to diving wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

The exit of Blackwood, who made a match-clinching 95 in West Indies’ four-wicket win within the first Check at Southampton, left England needing 5 wickets from the 42.2 overs left within the recreation.

Shamarh Brooks, nevertheless, was 52 not out at tea.

Stuart Broad had earlier left the West Indies reeling with three wickets after Stokes’ dashing 78 not out arrange an England declaration.

At 1-Zero up in a three-match sequence, a draw would see the West Indies retain the Wisden Trophy following their 2-1 success towards England within the Caribbean final 12 months.

Recalled paceman Broad, offended at being rested from the sequence opener, had rocked the West Indies with a spell of three wickets for one run in 14 balls throughout their first-innings 287 in Manchester.

Broad, England’s second-most profitable Check bowler of all time, struck simply 5 balls into the West Indies second innings when he had John Campbell caught behind.

Chris Woakes then had West Indies dangerman Kraigg Brathwaite, who top-scored with 75 within the vacationers’ first innings, lbw for 12.

Broad bowled Shai Hope earlier than lunch with a superb supply that clipped the highest of off stump.

And he was heading in the right direction once more after the interval when Roston Chase was lbw to a nip-backer that had him taking part in no shot.

Blackwood went to fifty with Brooks following him to the landmark when he drove off-spinner Dom Bess for a six that simply cleared Woakes at long-on.

Earlier, Stokes, promoted to open in a quest for fast runs, took England to 129-Three declared of their second innings.

Having batted cautiously earlier than upping the tempo throughout a superb 176 in England’s first innings 469-9 declared, Stokes produced one other brilliantly judged batting show in a 57-ball knock that includes 4 fours and three sixes.

West Indies captain Jason Holder unfold the sector however England nonetheless scored 92 runs in 11 overs Monday earlier than captain Joe Root declared.

Stokes ought to have been out for 29 when he slogged Shannon Gabriel to deep further cowl just for Campbell to drop a routine catch.

Stokes cashed in, going to fifty with a six off Gabriel that cleared the towering Holder at long-off.

England’s vice-captain continued his assault by powerfully driving Holder for six and elegantly gliding him for 4 off successive balls.

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