England build on Collingwood ton

Paul Collingwood hit an unbeaten 101 on Saturday as England reached 372 for 4 at lunch on the second day of the fifth Test against West Indies.

Written by Associated Press | Port Of Spain | Published:March 8, 2009 12:30 am

Paul Collingwood hit an unbeaten 101 on Saturday as England reached 372 for 4 at lunch on the second day of the fifth Test against West Indies.

The 32-year-old Collingwood added 47 to his overnight total to reach his ninth Test century,cracking eight fours off 207 balls in four hours and adding an unbeaten stand of 104 off 141 deliveries with wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Prior was 57 not out off 67 deliveries as England overcame the early loss of captain Andrew Strauss for 142 and Owais Shah for 33 after resuming on 258-2.

Fidel Edwards,who took one for 49,led the home team’s attack in the morning session at Queen’s Park Oval. Armed with the second new ball,he broke through in the day’s third over when he plucked out Strauss’s leg stump as the England skipper came too far across his stumps. When Shah ran himself out for 33,England was wobbling at 268 for 4. However,Prior and Collingwood quickly deflated West Indian spirits.

Brief scores (at lunch): England 372 for 4 (A Strauss 142,P Collingwood 101 not out,F Edwards 1/49); West Indies

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