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England forced to labour after Paul strikes


England forced to labour after Paul strikes

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GROS ISLET – West Indies found success hard to come by but England were forced to labour in the opening session of the third and final Test at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium here Saturday.

At lunch, the visitors had reached 46 for one, after play was extended to 12:30 p.m. to compensate for a 25-minute rain-break.

Left-hander Rory Burns was unbeaten on 27 and partnered by Joe Denly on four.

West Indies’ only success was when seamer Keemo Paul, replacing the suspended skipper Jason Holder, struck with the first ball of his opening spell, getting left-hander Keaton Jennings to edge a drive to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich for eight off the first delivery after drinks.

Jennings had lived a charmed life in adding 30 with Burns, playing and missing on several occasions against the new-ball pair of Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach.

He survived a chance on three when he was squared up by Roach only for Roston Chase at third slip to grass a regulation, chest-high opportunity.

For his part, Burns has so far faced 82 deliveries and struck a single four – a streaky shot just past fourth slip. (CMC)