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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 22:57 GMT
England edge first day
First Test, Jamaica, day one (close):
West Indies 311-9 v England

Devon Smith
Devon Smith scored his maiden Test century and Ryan Hinds hit 84 but England edged it on the opening day of the first Test against West Indies.

Smith hit 108 as England reduced West Indies to 311-9 as bad light ended play early at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

Simon Jones made a fine return to the Test arena, picking up the prize wicket of Brian Lara and Ridley Jacobs.

Swing bowler Matthew Hoggard, spinner Ashley Giles and Steve Harmison also took two wickets each.

The West Indies were seriously on the ropes after they slumped to 101-4 shortly after lunch but they recovered well.

Smith and Hinds put on 122 for the fifth wicket before Giles finally got rid of Smith for 108 off 188 balls when the left-hander attempted a sweep shot and was stumped by wicket-keeper Chris Read.

17-1 (Gayle five)
22-2 (Sarwan 0)
73-3 (Lara 23)
101-4 (Chanderpaul seven)
223-5 (Smith 108)
281-6 (Hinds 84)
289-7 (Jacobs 38)
300-8 (Sanford 1)
307-9 (Best 20)
Durham paceman Harmison had got England off to a flying start when Chris Gayle played on for five and then swing bowler Hoggard, preferred to James Anderson, had Ramnaresh Sarwan plumb lbw for nought and Shivnarine Chanderpaul bowled for seven.

With the experienced batsmen out of the way England's bowlers seemed to lack discipline and Smith capitalised producing an array of shots.

The 22-year-old's ton came up with a hooked four off a Hoggard bouncer.

England had dominated the morning session after West Indies won the toss and elected to bat at Sabina Park.

But they were left to rue that decision when the first wicket went down with just 17 runs on the board.

The powerful Gayle seemed surprised at the high bounce of a pacey Harmison delivery and he played onto his stumps.

West Indies were in further trouble when Sarwan played a poor shot to leave umpire Daryl Harper little hesitation in giving the lbw appeal.

Lara steadied the ship for a while, carving a 51-run partnership with Smith.

Simon Jones
Jones celebrates his first Test wicket since November 2002.
But when he went, edging to Andrew Flintoff in the slips shortly before lunch, to become Jones' first Test victim since his horrific leg injury in November 2002, England had the upper hand.

And when Chanderpaul was bowled by Hoggard for seven as he recorded figures of 2-68 it looked very much like England's day.

But Smith, and Hinds, chosen ahead of the hard-hitting Ricardo Powell, had other ideas and they opened their shoulders, much to the chagrin of England captain Michael Vaughan.

He brought on Ashley Giles to stem the flow of runs but the spinner was expensive, conceding 20 runs in the just two overs and was immediately replaced.

However he returned to take two very important wickets, those of Smith and Hinds to finish with figures of 2-67 off 12 overs as play ended almost five overs early.


West Indies: B Lara (capt), C Gayle, Devon Smith, S Chanderpaul, R Hinds, R Sarwan, R Jacobs (wkt), A Sanford, T Best, C Collymore, F Edwards.

England: M Vaughan (capt), M Trescothick, M Butcher, N Hussain, G Thorpe, A Flintoff, C Read (wkt), A Giles, S Jones, M Hoggard, S Harmison.

Umpires: B Bowden (NZ) & D Harper (Aus).

Match referee: M Procter (SA)


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