Collapse puts Windies on the brink

The West Indies lurched towards defeat on the third evening of the second Test as England's high-quality bowling attack left the visitors reeling at Trent Bridge.

The West Indies lurched towards defeat on the third evening of the second Test as England's high-quality bowling attack left the visitors reeling at Trent Bridge.

Having conceded a 58-run deficit in the first innings the West Indies required a positive start with the bat, but their brittle top order was blown away before Tim Bresnan's three wickets left them on 61 for six at the close of play.

Effectively three for six with their last recognised pair at the crease, the end might well be nigh for West Indies – England will certainly fancy wrapping up the match and the series on Monday.

The one cause for hope for the visitors is the fact that Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy, who both scored centuries in the first innings, will be at the crease come the start of day four.

Such a horrible collapse was a hugely disappointing way for the West Indies to end a day on which they often competed with the world best Test side – a more disciplined showing with the ball had even brought them back into the match.

But while the tourists have stood up to England at times they have been unable to sustain those efforts for any length of time, and that again proved the case in the final session.

England bowled full and straight with the new ball, and the result was four lbws and one bowled, while Stuart Broad gained the key wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul when he lured the left-hander into the hook shot and had him caught in the long leg trap.

Chanderpaul had been brought to the crease early after James Anderson had forced Kieran Powell to play on and then trapped Adrian Barath lbw.

Chanderpaul went next, before Tim Bresnan got stuck in with some clever swing bowling to trap Darren Bravo, Denesh Ramdin and Kirk Edwards in front – the latter two in the penultimate over of the day.

England had secured a first-innings lead on the third afternoon, but it was not as healthy as they would have hoped at the start of the day.

A disciplined bowling performance by West Indies, which was in sharp contrast to their loose effort on Saturday, saw the hosts bowled out for 428 on the stroke of tea, giving them a lead of 58.

Captain Andrew Strauss' 141 was the rock on which the innings was built, while Bresnan's ability with the bat came in handy once again as he added a patient 39 not out from No. 8.

An eventful morning session saw England lose four big wickets as the West Indies fought back after a disappointing second day.

The tourists found lateral movement with both the old and new ball to run through the England middle order, but Strauss remained firm and pushed the hosts on to 340 for six at lunch.

Although that left them in a strong position to overhaul the West Indies' first-innings score of 370 all out, it was not what England had in mind when they began the day on 269 for two with Strauss and Kevin Pietersen in good touch.

Pietersen added just eight runs to his overnight total of 72 before he was trapped lbw by a big inswinger from Ravi Rampaul, and saw his referral rejected by the Decision Review System to leave England with no further reviews.

Ian Bell sped to 22 from 33 balls after joining Strauss, surviving a chance on 15 when he was dropped by Ramdin off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.

That did not prove too costly for West Indies though, because Kemar Roach required just four deliveries with the second new ball to strike as he trapped Bell leg-before. Although umpire Aleem Dar originally gave it not out, the West Indies were adamant and the DRS duly overturned the umpire's decision.

Jonny Bairstow was given an immediate working over by Roach and was fortunate to survive the two short balls that completed the 81st over. The West Indies had his number, and with the nervous-looking rookie struggling to pick up the pace of Roach he chipped a tame catch to mid-on soon after.

Strauss improved his previous record of having never added more than six runs to an overnight century, but was more cautious in his approach than he was on Saturday as he edged his way to 125 not out at lunch.

He lost another partner before the break though, as Matt Prior inside-edged a Sammy delivery onto his middle stump to send the West Indies into lunch with their tails up.

Bresnan and Strauss saw England through the first 40 minutes of the afternoon, but the West indies crucially did not allow a quiet period in the game to frustrate them.

They tightened their lines and brought the run rate for the session down below three an over, with the result that England were still in arrears when Strauss' patience ran out and a flay at a wide Sammy delivery produced an edge through to the keeper.

Bresnan took England into the lead in a handy 53-run stand with Stuart Broad, but once the latter had top-edged Shane Shillingford to depart for 25, the innings was brought to a fairly swift end.