England lefties rock West Indies

Manchester, June 8:

Ryan Sidebottom sparked a West Indies collapse as England strengthened their grip on the third Test at Old Trafford here on Friday.

Fellow left-armer Monty Panesar followed up with two wickets in three balls. West Indies lost their last six wickets for 13 runs in 44 balls as they were bowled out for 229 in reply to England’s first innings 370.

At the close England, in their second innings, were 34 for one — a healthy lead of 175 with three days remaining. Alastair Cook was 12 not out and England captain Michael Vaughan unbeaten on 10. Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 50. Left-arm spinner Panesar finished with 4-50 while left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom had 3-48.

Earlier, Ian Bell just missed out on what would have been a seventh Test hundred when he was out for 97. He batted for nearly five hours after coming in when England were wobbling at 132 for four.