Recent Match Report – England vs West Indies 1st Test 2021/22



Unbeaten 68 keeps hosts fighting after loss of just one wicket in morning session

Lunch West Indies 271 for 5 (Bonner 68*, da Silva 29*) trail England 311 by 40 runs

An unbeaten half-century to Nkrumah Bonner steered West Indies to within 40 runs of England’s first-innings total at lunch on day three of their first Test in Antigua.

Bonner resumed on 34 not out, having guided the hosts back on to a level footing in partnership with Jason Holder after being reduced to 127 for 4 from the 83 without loss on a grinding second day.

The third began in similarly sedate style with West Indies 109 adrift. But Ben Stokes struck in the fourth full over of the day to remove an indecisive Holder, who added just two runs to his overnight 43 before making a late move to leave one around off stump and feathering a catch to Ben Foakes behind the stumps, ending his union with Bonner at 79.

Stokes nearly had another when Bonner, on 40 at the time, attempted to pull a bouncer and the ball looped up towards midwicket, where substitute fielder Ollie Pope dived forward but couldn’t manage to grasp it.

England took the second new ball with West Indies 227 for 5, having added 25 runs to their overnight score in the first hour.

Bonner brought up his fifty prodding a single through the covers and, after a business-like raising of his bat to acknowledge the applause, he was back to work. Having reached the milestone in 147 balls, Bonner faced another 15 for his next scoring shot, launching Mark Wood over the fence at fine leg for six off a top edge. By the interval, Bonner had batted five hours to be 68 not out.

Wood left the field after his solitary over with the new ball (he had bowled four with the old one earlier in the session, conceding back-to-back fours to Bonner), apparently in some discomfort with his right arm or elbow, raising concerns for the England camp.

Joshua da Silva made a smart decision to review when he was adjudged lbw to Craig Overton when on 16 by umpire Joel Wilson, who had to overturn the dismissal when ball-tracking showed it was going down the leg side. Da Silva went on to reach 29 not out at lunch.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo


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