Sarwan holds up England with fluent century

By Ed Osmond

CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (Reuters) - Ramnaresh Sarwan struck a defiant century for West Indies to hold up England's victory bid in the second test on Sunday. The touring side moved on to 188 for five at lunch on the fourth day, still 381 runs behind their hosts with five sessions remaining, and Sarwan fell for 100 just before the interval.

Sarwan added 99 for the fourth wicket with Shivnarine Chaderpaul whose typically obdurate innings ended on 23 when he nibbled at a ball from Stuart Broad and edged a simple catch to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

Sarwan survived an extremely difficult caught and bowled chance off Broad before reaching three figures for the 15th time in tests with a fierce pull for his 14th boundary.

Broad got his revenge in the next over, however, when he tucked Sarwan up with a well directed short-pitched delivery and the batsman lobbed a simple looping catch to Tim Bresnan at gully.

Brendan Nash, on one, and Denesh Ramdin, nought, were the not out batsmen at lunch.

(Editing by Justin Palmer)

Article Published: 17/05/2009