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England v West Indies 2nd Test
Headingley, 25-29 May 2007

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Second Test, Headingley, day four:
England 570-7 dec bt West Indies 146 & 141 by an inns & 283 runs

By Jamie Lillywhite

Ryan Sidebottom celebrates another wicket
Sidebottom again proved the danger man for England

England condemned the West Indies to the heaviest defeat in their 79-year Test history with victory by an innings and 283 runs in the second Test.

The hosts needed only 33.1 overs on a showery day to take the remaining seven wickets, with Ramnaresh Sarwan unable to bat because of a shoulder injury.

Liam Plunkett ousted Chris Gayle before a three-hour rain delay.

Ryan Sidebottom struck twice in consecutive overs with only Dwayne Bravo's fluent 52 providing resistance.

Contrary to weather forecasts, play began on schedule with the Windies on 22-2, and it took England only 14 balls to make further inroads.

The erratic Plunkett finally landed a delivery in the corridor of uncertainty and a flat-footed Gayle, looking totally unimpressed by the weather, edged behind where Matt Prior took a neat catch diving to his left.

The temperature hovered around seven degrees Celsius in the morning - the coldest playing conditions for a Test in England - and at the end of the next over the heavens opened.

Dwayne Bravo
Bravo briefly defied the grim situation with some fluent strokes

With the first ball of the fourth over after the resumption Sidebottom claimed his first wicket of the day when he produced some inswing to trap Sylvester Joseph lbw.

In his next over he added the scalp of Devon Smith, hanging out his bat wide of off-stump to be caught at the second attempt by Andrew Strauss at first slip.

After another short delay the clouds lifted, some watery sunshine emerged and the West Indians began to enjoy proceedings a little more, with the ball not swinging as much for Sidebottom.

Bravo played two delightful strokes off his pads for four and dispatched Monty Panesar through the leg-side to bring up the fifty partnership in 13 overs.

But the cavalier Morton top-edged a well-directed bouncer from Steve Harmison, who recorded one delivery at 93mph, and Prior ran forward to take the catch close to the stumps.

All-rounder Bravo unleashed a classic calypso stroke by dancing down the wicket to launch Panesar for a towering six over long-off.


He was reprieved on 46 when Plunkett could not hold on to a sharp low catch in the gully, but gave the smattering of West Indian followers something to cheer next ball with a hook for four that brought up his eighth Test fifty.

It was a rare moment of respite, however, as Denesh Ramdin fell to a debatable lbw decision in the third over after tea, the ball appearing to be angling down the leg-side.

Bravo's brave vigil ended when he advanced against Panesar again and the left-arm spinner's clever variation of flight led to a simple catch for mid-off.

Jerome Taylor fell to the first ball of the next over, a solitary bail dislodged as he was beaten for pace by Harmison, who finished with 3-37.

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