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Last Updated: Friday, 12 March, 2004, 22:48 GMT
Butcher loss knocks England
First Test, Jamaica, day two (close):
West Indies 311 v England 154-3

Butcher recovered from an ankle injury to play in the Test
Mark Butcher and Nasser Hussain shared a 119-run stand before West Indies broke the partnership late on day two of the first Test at Sabina Park.

England had been reduced to 33-2 when Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan were dismissed by Fidel Edwards.

They were replying to West Indies' 311 and Butcher scored his 18th Test fifty before edging to Brian Lara for 58 to leave England on 154-3.

Butcher's wicket fell when play resumed after a two-hour rain delay.

Only 3.1 overs were possible after the tea interval but it was enough for the West Indies to make the important breakthrough.

Fast bowler Edwards, regularly bowling at 90mph, had picked up all three England wickets for 50 runs.

It was a real scrap out there against the fast bowlers
Mark Butcher
Earlier in the day, England had been looking to wrap up the West Indies innings quickly and Matthew Hoggard wasted no time, tempting Edwards to edge to Andrew Flintoff, who caught brilliantly one-handed in the slips.

The Yorkshire swing bowler ended the innings England's top wicket-taker with 3-68.

But instead of capitalising, England suffered a double blow when an out-of-sorts Trescothick, who has struggled in the warm-up games, dragged on for seven.

England captain Vaughan soon followed him back to the pavilion when, after two glorious drives, he edged it to Lara at second slip attempting a third.

Butcher, who had to convince selectors to pick him after injuring his ankle in a warm-up match, and Hussain endured a torrid time at the crease at the hands of the fast bowlers.

They were both clonked on the helmet by fast bowler Tino Best, who was searching for his first Test wicket.

But they dug in and began to flourish and Butcher certainly had lady luck on his side.

He survived almost playing on to his stumps with his first ball and a missed catch by Ramnaresh Sarwan when on four.

Brian Lara dropped him in a regulation slip catch, dislocating the little finger on his right hand in the process, the ball before Butcher's demise.

Lara appeared unsettled after having strong words with umpire Billy Bowden.

But Butcher's luck ran out the very next ball when wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs grabbed a nicked delivery.

Hussain also took time to get going but the stubborn former England captain refused to give his wicket away and began to find his batting form, ending the day on 41 not out.


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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