England's Archer, Wood strike as Windies reach 35-3 at lunch
July 12, 2020 06:55 PM NPT
Cricket - First Test - England v West Indies - Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium, Southampton, Britain - July 12, 2020 General view during the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Mike Hewitt/Pool via REUTERS
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND, July 12:England pace bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood claimed three early wickets on the final day as the West Indies made a shaky start chasing 200 to win the first test at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday.
The visitors struggled to 35-3 at lunch with Roston Chase (12) and Jermaine Blackwood (one) at the crease after opener John Campbell retired hurt due to a toe injury.
Barbados-born Archer dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite for four in the sixth over with a moving ball that the opener edged onto the stumps, before he trapped Shamarh Brooks lbw.
Wood bowled Shai Hope for nine to leave the West Indies in trouble at 27-3.
Earlier, England were bowled out for 313 in their second innings.
They resumed on 284-8 — a lead of 170 — with tail-enders Archer and Wood at the crease but the overnight pair failed to offer much resistance.
Wood was the first to be dismissed as he looked to raise the scoring rate, edging paceman Shannon Gabriel to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich as England were reduced to 303-9.
Archer, who had taken England past the 300-run mark with a cracking cover drive off skipper Jason Holder, became Gabriel’s fifth victim of the innings as he edged a short-pitched ball to the keeper when on 23.
Gabriel finished with figures of 5-75 — his sixth five-wick