Twin tons leave Windies well on top


The West Indies reached 329/5 at stumps on day two of the second Test against England leading by 71 runs thanks to hundreds from Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope.

The pair came together early after Jimmy Anderson removed nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo (1) and Kyle Hope (3) in quick succession.

It looked like another collapse was on the cards but Brathwaite and Shai Hope had other ideas.

The pair dug in surviving a difficult overcast morning reaching lunch on 109/3 with the balance of the match beginning to swing in their favour.

The sun came out in the afternoon and the pair were imperious, pushing the run-rate up above three runs to the over.

They would reach tea on 206/3 with the afternoon session yielding no wickets for an increasingly frustrated England bowling line up.

Brathwaite brought up his sixth Test hundred in style just before tea by smashing Tom Westley for six over long on.

Shai Hope brought up his maiden Test hundred after tea repaying the faith put in him by the selectors who persisted with him despite his paltry pre-series average of around 18.

Brathwaite and Shai Hope put together the first double century partnership in Test cricket for the West Indies since 2013 adding 246 to push the Windies past England’s total of 258.

England finally earned a breakthrough when Stuart Broad, who has been far from his best, got one to jag back off the seam to castle Brathwaite for a well-played 134.

Ben Stokes struck again as the day wore on removing Roston Chase (5) who went hard-handed at a rising delivery outside off.

Jermaine Blackwood joined Shai Hope and the pair would see the West Indies to the close without further damage, although the former’s aggressive style gave England some hope of getting a sixth.

Shai Hope (147*) will look to carry on his good work tomorrow while Blackwood (21*) will likely continue to play his shots.