England stay on course after Sarwan century

By Ed Osmond

CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (Reuters) - England continued to dominate the second test despite some defiant West Indies batting on the fourth day on Sunday.

Ramnaresh Sarwan struck a fluent century and the touring side were lifted by a lively eighth-wicket partnership of 70 between Denesh Ramdin and Sulieman Benn which lifted them to 303 for eight at tea.

Benn was run out for 35, his highest test score, but Ramdin reached his seventh test half-century and was 52 not out at the interval with Fidel Edwards on eight. West Indies still need 67 runs to avoid the follow-on.

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

Sarwan reached three figures for the 15th time in tests with a fierce pull off Broad for his 14th boundary but he fell in the seamer's next over for 100, lobbing a simple catch to Tim Bresnan at gully.

Brendan Nash was bowled by James Anderson for 10 and Jerome Taylor was trapped lbw by Graham Onions for 10 before Ramdin and Benn came together.

Ramdin heaved Graeme Swann over mid-wicket for six and Benn lifted Bresnan over the backward square leg boundary but the tall spinner was run out by a direct hit from Kevin Pietersen at deep mid-on after setting off late for a single.

(Editing by Justin Palmer

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Article Published: 17/05/2009