MANCHESTER, July 18: Rain prevented any play before lunch on the third day of the second cricket Test between England and West Indies in Manchester on Saturday.
Earlier, at stumps on the second day England continued their domination. After Ben Stokes� 176, which was part of an epic 260-run partnership with Dom Sibley, Dom Bess and Stuart Broad added 42 for the last wicket before the hosts declared on 469/9.
The West Indies then lost opener John Campbell and at stumps, they are 32/1 with Kraig Brathwaite in the middle with night watchman Alzarri Joseph. The third session of the second day started with Stokes and Jos Buttler looking to score at a quick rate. Stokes was on 172, having ground the West Indies bowlers to dust with Sibley over the course of the third session on Day 1 and the first two sessions on Day 2.
He however did not last too long after Tea. After Buttler hit chase for three fours, Stokes looked to go after Kemar Roach in the next. He however ended up edging him to Shane Dowrich behind the wickets while trying to reverse slap a length delivery.
This was Roach�s first Test wicket in 86.5 overs. As it turned out, the next wicket came off the very next ball for Roach with Chris Woakes edging the delivery to Shai Hope at gully.
The hat-trick did not come but Roach almost got a wicket off the ball after that when he got the ball to nip back into Sam Curran and the ball went straight through the batsman and over the stumps. Buttler soon picked a man on the boundary off Jason Holder and departed on 40 off 79 balls.
Roston Chase got Curran out in the next over to complete his five-wicket haul. Bess then toyed around with the visibly tired West Indies players and when the score reached 469, Joe Root called declared the innings.
Curran struck in the 10th over of the West Indies innings when England successfully overturned an LBW decision that the umpire had given in John Campbell�s favour.