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Chase fifty does little to halt England dominance


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West Indies batsman Roston Chase.

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 12, CMC – Roston Chase’s second half-century of the series and eighth of his career did nothing to hamper England’s dominant march towards a comprehensive win on penultimate day of the third and final Test here Tuesday.

The right-handed Chase was unbeaten on 53 as West Indies, set an improbable 485 for victory, stumbled to tea on 136 for six.

Chase has so far faced 138 balls and hit four fours, and was partnered by tail-ender Kemar Roach on 14.

Resuming from the precarious lunch time position of 35 for four, West Indies staved off any immediate collapse courtesy of a 45-run, fifth wicket stand between Chase and Hetmyer (19).

They kept England without success until the stroke of the hour after lunch when Hetmyer was run out at the striker’s end attempting an ill-advised third run at 76 for five.

Chase then put on a further 34 with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, who played positively for his 19 off 26 deliveries before playing back to one from off-spinner Moeen Ali which drifted, and falling to a catch at slip by Ben Stokes.

Chase reached his fifty in the penultimate over before tea when he edged a drive at seamer Jimmy Anderson (3-37) and found the third man boundary.

England had earlier declared their second innings on 361 for five after captain Joe Root, resuming the day on 111, was dismissed for 122.

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