England frustrated as Holder and Bonner ensure draw for West Indies

Joe Root struck a century to go with 121 from Zak Crawley as England declared with a lead of 285 on the morning of the final day; West Indies were reduced to 67-4 soon after tea with Jack Leach taking three wickets; Jason Holder and Nkrumah Bonner batted out the match for a draw

By Marc Bazeley

Last Updated: 12/03/22 9:43pm

Jason Holder’s watchful innings helped the West Indies secure a draw in the first Test against England

An unbeaten fifth-wicket stand of 80 between Jason Holder and Nkrumah Bonner ensured the first Test between the West Indies and England petered out into a draw.

Zak Crawley’s 121 and another century from Joe Root helped propel England to a second-innings total of 349-6 declared on the morning of the final day in Antigua, with the West Indies 4-0 at lunch chasing 286 to win.

Kraigg Braithwaite and John Campbell continued that solid start in the afternoon session with an opening stand of 59, but the pair departed in quick succession and the home side were further reduced to 67-4 soon after tea thanks in no small part to three wickets from Jack Leach.

But Holder (37 not out) and Bonner (38 not out) stood their ground and saw the hosts through to the close on 147-4 to salvage the draw, with attention now quickly turning to the second Test in Barbados which starts on Wednesday.

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