England on the verge of victory

RIVERSIDE: Tim Bresnan took his first wickets in Test cricket as England moved to the brink of a 2-0 series win over the West Indies at the Riverside here on Monday.

The tourists, who had been made to follow-on, were 167 for eight at lunch on the last day of the second and final Test, having lost five wickets in the session in total.

That left the hosts needing just a further two wickets for victory, with the West Indies still 92 runs behind England's first innings 569 for six declared.

James Anderson, the only other bowler used in the session, added three more wickets to his first innings haul of five, including left-hander Suliemann Benn whom he bowled for nought off the final ball before lunch.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the last of the West Indies' specialist batsmen, was 46 not out.

After a pair of rain breaks saw nearly half an hour lost, the West Indies - who started the day on 115 for three - lost three wickets for five runs in 15 balls with Bresnan, in his second Test, taking two for none in three balls.

Lendl Simmons was out for 10 when he guided Anderson straight to substitute fielder Scott Borthwick at point to leave the West Indies 141 for four.

And they had added just one run when seamer Bresnan, who'd seen some chances missed off his bowling, took his first Test wicket with Brendan Nash clipping him straight to square leg where Durham's Borthwick took his second catch.

Bresnan, who along with Graham Onions made his debut in England's 10-wicket first Test win at Lord's this month, then reduced West Indies to 146 for six.

Denesh Ramdin, who made a first innings fifty, exited for nought when he edged a genuine outswinger from the 24-year-old Yorkshireman to Anderson at third slip before Anderson himself bowled Jerome Taylor.

Durham fast bowler Onions had taken two wickets in three balls Sunday to remove first innings century-maker Ramnaresh Sarwan and West Indies captain Chris Gayle.

Paul Collingwood continued to deputise Monday for Matt Prior after the Sussex wicket-keeper sustained a finger injury on Sunday.

England had been in charge here from the start with opener Alastair Cook's Test-best 160 the centrepiece of their total.

Anderson then took five for 87 and fellow quick Stuart Broad three for 62 as the West Indies were bowled out for 310.


England 1st Innings 569-6 dec A Cook 160, R Bopara 108, M Prior 63, P Collingwood 60 no

West Indies 1st Innings 310 R Sarwan 100, D Ramdin 55, J Anderson 5-87, S Broad 3-62

West Indies 2nd Innings overnight: 115-3

D. Smith lbw b Swann 11

C. Gayle c Strauss b Onions 54

R. Sarwan lbw b Onions 22

L. Simmons c sub b Anderson 10

S. Chanderpaul not out 46

B. Nash c sub b Bresnan 1

D. Ramdin c Anderson b Bresnan 0

J. Taylor b Anderson 5

S. Benn b Anderson 0

Extras b8, lb5, w5 18

Total for 8 wkts, 41 overs, 227 mins 167

Fall of wkts 1-53, 2-88, 3-89, 4-141, 5-142, 6-146, 7-163, 8-167


Anderson 15-5-34-3, Broad 5-1-21-0, Swann 3-0-13-1, Onions 6-0-46-2, Bresnan 12-2-40-2

Match position West Indies, following-on, are 92 runs behind England