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Cricket: England all out for 277 in first innings against West Indies

Reuters 2019-02-10 21:49:58
Cricket - West Indies v England - Third Test - Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia - February 10, 2019 West Indies' Alzarri Joseph celebrates taking a catch for the wicket of England's Mark Wood with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

(Reuters) - Kemar Roach picked up four wickets as West Indies ripped through the England tail, dismissing the visitors for 277 runs in their first innings in the third and final test of the series in St. Lucia on Saturday.

The second new ball, allied with good bowling and sharp fielding, helped West Indies restrict England’s total to a smaller one than might have been expected on the second morning at the Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet.

Shannon Gabriel, fastest of West Indies’ four-pronged pace attack, set the skids in motion when he bowled Jos Buttler for 67.

Butler did not add to his overnight score, and the dismissal ended a 125-run partnership with Ben Stokes that had allowed England to climb out of an early hole.

Stoke went eight overs later for 79, caught when he mistimed a pull shot, and after Moeen Ali (13) and Jonny Bairstow (two) went cheaply, West Indies quickly mopped up the tail, picking up the final four wickets for seven runs.

Roach finished with 4-48, while Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul collected two wickets apiece.

West Indies have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.