England Devastate West Indies to Clinch Series 2-1
England Devastate West Indies to Clinch Series 2-1, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
On a sunny third day with the playing field more or less drawn level with no solid forecast on the victor, James Anderson would make the unmistakable declaration that he was here to take no prisoners, as he bowled to a career best to take England home emphatically, snatching the series 2-1, in what has been a topsy-turvy encounter from start to finish.
Anderson Takes 7-wicket haul
Jimmy Anderson, today, claimed his highest ever test wicket haul, at 7 for 42, just ahead of his spell against New Zealand, where he took 7 for 43; he started his mission with the dismissal of Roston Chase for just 3 runs after his delivery off stump was edged into to Bairstow's gloves for an early start.
However, the makings of history for Anderson were not all smooth, as a dropped catch by Stuart Broad and an overruled lbw decision against the dangerous Shai Hope after review, created just enough suspense concerning when the drama promised by Anderson's presence would actually reveal itself.
But the wait would not be long, as Jermaine Blackwood would go just a few balls later, falling to a shortened ball making its way down outside edge to the keeper, making the score 100/5.
The Fall of Shai Hope
After Dowrich fell cheaply after lobbing one to mid-on for 14 runs, the reliable Shai Hope raised his bat for a half century before lunch, as the West Indies rested with the confidence that they were still very much in the thick of things at 153/6.
Shai, who stands proudly at the top of the series' list of leading run scorers, could not live up to his reputation when his team was desperate for him to do so, as he served as the sacrificial lamb for Anderson's five-for, getting only an inside edge to it to give the keeper the catch at the first ball of the 59th over.
Anderson Does More Damage
And with the departure of Hope, the West Indies slowly lost all "hope" of withstanding "the Anderson assault" much longer, as Devendra Bishoo was castled by a delivery around the wicket by the man on fire.
Anderson would continue to make himself useful, as he provided a pair of safe hands for a ball sent up in the air by Holder to mid-on to take the 9th wicket.
When he re-emerged at the crease, Anderson took Kemar Roach as his final victim, setting him off balance with an overruled lbw appeal, then stumping him soon after, to end the innings of the West Indies on 177 runs.
England Surrender Just 1 Wicket
England made easy work of the chase when the innings changed hands, as they made the 107 mark at the expense of just one wicket in Alastair Cook; he was integral in a strong opening partnership of 35 runs with Mark Stoneman before he was given lbw off a delivery on midwicket from Shannon Gabriel.
However, England wouldn't have any more losses to count, as Stoneman took alongside him Tom Westley, to amass another 72 runs, with a dramatic but unsuccessful attempt at a run out serving as the final whistle to end a game that kept all involved on the edges of their seat from start to finish.