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Fired up Roach gives West Indies hope


WEST INDIES have given themselves a glimpse of a victory in the first Test against England at Lord’s.

The day started with West Indies on 120-4 and seemingly lambs to the slaughter. Cynics even suggested that the first Test of the season would be complete today with England tasting the victors’ champagne.

But the West Indians were having none of it. They battled hard with both bat and ball but defeat still looks inevitable despite having England at 10-2 as they chase 191 to lead the series.

The visitors were bowled out for 345 in their second innings and tenacity was the order of the day as Shiv Chanderpaul (91) and Marlon Samuels (86) led the resistance.

The pair were ably supported by gutsy knocks by captain Darren Sammy (37) and Denesh Ramdin (43).

Paceman Stuart Broad took 4-93 to add to his first innings seven-wicket haul to prove to be England’s destroyer-in-chief.

After the Windies innings came to a close, England had potentially four tricky overs in the best of 20 minutes to negotiate. They were to be given a stark reminder of the unpredictability of sport.

The fiery Bajan fast bowler and compatriot Fidel Edwards steamed in like men possessed as England came out to bat in the Lord's gloom.

Roach took 2-7 to put doubt into England’s minds during a rapid spell. The home side are still huge favourites to clinch the Test but all concerned with the West Indies will be pleased that they have at least gone down fighting.

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