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West Indies resists after Ballance ton

Home side ends penultimate day of first Test on 98 for 2, having been set a target of 438 by England

West Indies resists after Ballance ton - Cricket News
Gary Ballance hits his fourth Test hundred.
Gary Ballance’s resolute century put England in a position of strength on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday (April 16). Ballance hit 122 as England declared its second innings on 333 for 7, setting the home side a steep target of 438.
Although the West Indies lost an early wicket to be 9 for 1 at tea, it ended the day on 98 for 2, with Devon Smith (59 not out) leading the resistance.
The West Indies had a tricky few overs to negotiate at the start of the fourth innings, and England struck quickly, a bouncer from Stuart Broad resulting in the wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite caught by Root at short-leg for 5. Darren Bravo and Smith then got together for a patient stand and kept the England bowlers at bay, but Joe Root provided a breakthrough with his off-spin shortly before the end of play, with Chris Jordan pulling off a superb catch in the slips. Bravo left for 32 with the West Indies 90 for 2, ending an 83-run stand.
Earlier, Root and Jos Buttler had both hit fifties in England’s second innings to give Ballance valuable support. Ballance brought up his fourth hundred in just his ninth Test after the lunch break, with a straight drive off Sulieman Benn. It was his first Test century on foreign shore.
He didn't last long after, falling to Sulieman Benn in search of quick runs. His knock, coming off 240 balls, included 11 fours and two sixes.
With an eye on the clock and a declaration on the cards, Buttler raced away to a fifty off 47 balls as England extended the lead past 400. The declaration finally came an over later with when Jordan was caught near the boundary. Buttler remained unbeaten on 59 from 56 balls, a knock studded with five fours and two sixes.
England had started the day sitting on a 220-run lead with seven wickets in hand on a pitch didn't have much for the bowlers. 
Ballance and Root extended their overnight fourth-wicket partnership to 114 but shortly thereafter, Root played on to Jason Holder for the second time in the match. His 59 off 79 balls included five four and one six.
Ben Stokes chipped in with a breezy 35 to keep the innings moving along, England losing only the one wicket in the first session to stay in command. 

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