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Onions sets England on victory trail

REUTERS , LONDON

England’s Graham Onions, right, appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons during the third day of the first Test match against England at Lord’s cricket ground in London yesterday.

PHOTO: AFP

Pace bowler Graham Onions struck twice in consecutive overs yesterday to put England within sight of victory on the third day of the first Test at Lord’s.

At lunch, after nearly an hour’s play had been lost to rain, West Indies were 80 for five in their second innings, still requiring 145 runs to make England bat again.

Onions, who took five for 38 on his test debut in the first innings, dismissed Lendl Simmons (21) caught at square-leg by Alastair Cook, then clean-bowled Devon Smith middle stump for 41.

Off-spinner Graeme Swann joined in the fun by accounting for Shivnarine Chanderpaul (4) for the second time in the match caught by a diving Ravi Bopara at silly point.

Three wickets fell in 12 balls after Stuart Broad and James Anderson had failed to make the early breakthrough.

Simmons turned Broad’s first ball of the morning sweetly to the square-leg boundary and played the shot of the morning when he leaned back to drive Anderson off the back foot through the covers for another boundary.

Smith, the only batsman to occupy the crease for more than an hour in West Indies’ inadequate first innings 152, hooked and pulled Broad for four and the pair looked like reaching the interval with their wickets intact before Onions struck.

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