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Buoyant England scenting victory

Second Test (day four, close):
England 569-6 dec v West Indies 310 & 115-3
Venue: Riverside Stadium, Chester-le-Street Dates: 14-18 May
Start time: 1100 BST Coverage: Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Radio 4 LW, Red Button and online, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & mobiles. Live on Sky Sports

By Jamie Lillywhite

Chris Gayle, Graham Onions
Onions ended Gayle's entertaining rearguard innings

England took significant steps towards a 2-0 series victory after West Indies closed day four of the final Test on 115-3 following on, still 144 behind.

They resumed 475 adrift at 94-3 and though Ramnaresh Sarwan made a 15th Test ton, he and Shiv Chanderpaul were ousted by Stuart Broad before lunch.

Denesh Ramdin made 55 but was last out as James Anderson finished with 5-87.

Chris Gayle fired two sixes as his side started well batting again, but Graham Onions took two wickets in an over.

It was another day that went according to plan for the home side, and even though bad light ended play before the scheduled close and could intervene again on the final day, they will be confident of capturing the remaining seven wickets.

The only note of caution surrounded keeper Matt Prior, who left the field with a finger injury leaving Paul Collingwood with the gloves, but X-rays revealed no fracture.

Anderson impressed from the outset with some accurate swing bowling and there was also movement for Onions, although Sarwan and Chanderpaul held firm for the opening hour.

Graeme Swann removed Chanderpaul cheaply in both innings at Lord's and it was an off-spinner that got the obdurate left-hander again, but this time it was a Broad slower ball that gripped, took the edge and carried through safely to Prior behind the stumps.

Ramnaresh Sarwan, Stuart Broad
Broad produced the ideal bouncer to dislodge Sarwan for exactly 100

Sarwan was dismissed by an Anderson inswinger and his understandable cry of anguish was clear indication the ball had made contact with that most painful of areas.

Where many might have retired to a quiet, dark corner for the rest of the day, he recovered and put the sweet spot on his bat to good use, driving elegantly and boldly hooking into a narrow gap to reach three figures with his 14th four.

But England continued to test him with a series of short deliveries, and Broad found the perfect one that was straight, quick and reared up, catching the bat handle and looping to gully.

There was still the tough nut of Western Australia-born left-hander Brendan Nash to crack, but his 52-ball resistance ended when a forward prod led to the ball spinning back off the bottom of the bat and dislodging the leg bail.

Jerome Taylor swiped two fours and looked full of animation, but when he was trapped plumb lbw by local boy Onions, 154 were still needed to save the follow-on.

Benn, the gargantuan slow left-arm bowler, cuts a menacing figure with the blade.

After a reprieve when a tentative poke was watched rather than caught by both Prior and Andrew Strauss at first slip, the Bajan decided on a more cavalier approach, and began to wield the willow in rumbustious fashion.

He thumped Swann down the ground for a brutal one-bounce four, then played an assured force off the back foot for another boundary next ball.

Ramdin delighted the small, but loyal band of West Indian followers by skipping down the wicket to launch Swann over mid-wicket for six, recording a fifty partnership from 62 balls.

Benn's dismissal was as remarkable as many of the shots he played.

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He was convinced a mistimed swipe was heading straight to Kevin Pietersen at deep mid-on and ambled disconsolately down the wicket.

However, it bounced a yard short, but Pietersen was aware and his brilliant flat throw knocked out a stump and left Benn short of his ground.

That brought in Fidel Edwards, who has antagonised several England players, Anderson in particular, both in the Caribbean earlier this year and throughout this series.

He was clattered on the side of the visor by Broad and after surviving some short deliveries from an angry Anderson, got an unusual edge off the bottom of the bat attempting a hook, and Strauss watched the ball well at first slip.

Collingwood was not unduly taxed behind the stumps as Ramdin's assured innings was ended by another perfectly placed Anderson delivery that was edged to slip, giving the Lancastrian a deserved sixth Test five-wicket haul.

The Windies decided there was little point in blocking second time around, and the mercurial Gayle thumped Anderson nonchalantly over long-on for six in the third over, before despatching Onions for six more in similar fashion.

Opening partner Devon Smith's frailties against Swann were highlighted again, however, when he played all around a straight one and was plumb lbw.

Sarwan's second innings of the day contained some more stylish shots before Onions dislodged him, and Gayle's run of stand and deliver rapier like blows came to an end when he edged to Strauss who juggled, but gleefully held the catch.

Even Chanderpaul continued the attacking intent, but the Windies were glad to leave the field when offered the light, although the respite will surely only be temporary.



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