Dogged England restrict timid West Indies

English bowler Ben Stokes in action on day two of the first test match between West Indies and England at the Sir Vivian Richard Stadium in St John's, Antigua on April 14, 2015England’s dogged perseverance paid off in two gritty sessions of play with the West Indies restricted to 155 for four in reply to the tourists’ first innings total of 399 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Tuesday. Jermaine Blackwood, who resumes on the third morning in partnership with the evergreen Shivnarine Chanderpaul, edged a lifting delivery from Ben Stokes to Alastair Cook at a wide first slip position. Chastened by the let-off, the attacking right-hander, who got off the mark by hoisting his second delivery off spinner James Tredwell for six over long-off, crawled into a defensive shell to be unbeaten on 30 at the close. Their fifth-wicket partnership of 56 has been vital to keeping the West Indies in with a fighting chance as they came together with the home side listing dangerously at 99 for four half-an-hour into the final session.

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