England throw down the gauntlet

England declared their second innings on 237 for six at lunch,setting the West Indies a competitive target of 240 runs in the remaining two sessions on the last day.....

Written by Reuters | Port Of Spain | Published: March 11, 2009 1:57 am

England declared their second innings on 237 for six at lunch,setting the West Indies a competitive target of 240 runs in the remaining two sessions on the last day of the fifth and final Test at the Queen’s Park Oval on Tuesday.

Kevin Pietersen struck an 88-ball century as England,who resumed their second innings on 80 for three,tried to score as quickly as possible in order to declare and have a chance of bowling out West Indies,who lead the series 1-0.

England were also helped by a deep West Indies field which allowed for easy run scoring.

West Indies bowled just 12 overs in the first hour despite having a spinner in operation throughout. That did little to stop England cruising at a rate of over six an over,though,with Matt Prior and Pietersen bringing up their 50 partnership in just 39 balls.

Prior finally went,bowled by Lionel Baker,after making 61 off 49 balls and then,with two balls remaining before lunch,Pietersen holed out to substitute fielder Dwayne Bravo off Fidel Edwards.

Brief scores (at lunch): England 546-6 decl and 237-6 decl (M. Prior 61,K. Pietersen 102) v West Indies 544 (C.Gayle 102,B.Nash 109,S.Chanderpaul 147 n.o.)

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