Jomel Warrican took his ninth wicket of the match as England ended the third day of the third unofficial Test against Windies ‘A’ in dire straits against Windies A at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Wednesday.
Warrican, who continues to mystify the Lions batsmen, ended the day with 3 for 36 to leave England on 132 for 6 at stumps still 276 shy of the target but with only four second-innings wickets remaining following an intriguing end to day three of the match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Wednesday.
Four of England’s top-five batsmen got starts but failed to carry on. Haseed Hameed’s 26 is the top score so far. He and Keaton Jennings put on an opening stand of 35 before he dismissed by Keemo Paul for 14. Hameed was also involved in a 43-second wicket partnership with Nick Gubbins (21). But, after Hameed went dismissed by Warrican, the incoming batsmen were hemmed in by the spin tandem of Cornwall and Warrican, who reaped the benefits of the pressure dismissing Joe Clarke for 22, and Paul Coughlin for 4 as the home team tightened the screws.
Earlier, Jahmar Hamilton and Shane Dowrich both scored half-centuries as the Windies A strengthened their hold on the match that they have been in control of since the first day.
Hamilton, who got an even hundred in the second match at Sabina Park last week scored 79 and Dowrich 71 as the Windies A reached up 273 for 9 declared, a lead of 407.
The lead could have been more daunting had it not been for a dramatic late order collapse by the home team who lost four wickets for one run in the space of 10 balls. What had been a strong score at 272 for 5 became 273 for 9 in a flash as England rallied late and the declaration came.
The Windies resumed from their overnight score of 157 for 4, an overall lead of 291 with Dowrich on 13 and Hamilton unbeaten on 36.