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England ended day 4 with a 170-run lead over West Indies as Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley notched up half-centuries within the second innings of the primary Take a look at on the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.

Crawley walked out to the crease with England 113-2 and trailing the guests by one run, and stitched an essential 98-run partnership with captain Ben Stokes.

Stokes struck six boundaries in his 79-ball 46 earlier than being dismissed for the second time within the match by West Indies skipper Jason Holder, slashing a brief ball straight to Shai Hope at gully.

Crawley, 22, missed out on his maiden check century as he was dismissed for 76 after his tried flick off the pads flew straight to Alzarri Joseph, who took catch in his observe by.

Jos Buttler was lucky after a leg-before choice to Holder was overturned on assessment however he departed within the following over, his stumps despatched cartwheeling by Joseph.

Shannon Gabriel dismissed Dom Bess and Ollie Pope in fast succession to go away England tottering earlier than Jofra Archer and Mark Wooden noticed them by to stumps at 284-8.

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Earlier within the day, resuming England’s second innings on 15-0, Sibley and Rory Burns noticed off a testing opening burst from Gabriel and Kemar Roach earlier than settling into their stride.

Burns departed for 42 shortly earlier than lunch, slicing a short-pitched supply from off-spinner Roston Chase straight to John Campbell at backward level.

Sibley’s innings seemed to have come to an finish shortly after he introduced up his half century as he dragged a brief supply from Gabriel onto his stumps however replays confirmed the West Indies pacer had overstepped, handing the England opener a lifeline.

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Nonetheless, Sibley didn’t capitalise as he was dismissed for 50 in the identical over, edging a wayward supply down the leg aspect to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

Joe Denly battled onerous for his 29 earlier than chipping an innocuous supply from Chase straight to Holder at mid-wicket.

West Indies had taken a commanding 114-run lead within the first innings after posting 318 in response to England’s 204.

The check is the primary worldwide cricket match after a 117-day absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three-match sequence is being performed with out followers in a “bio-secure surroundings” with every day well being checks, dwelling umpires and a ban on shining the ball with saliva.

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