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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Century Stand Revives England After Good Start by West Indies

LONDON -- Robin Smith and Graham Thorpe led an England revival against West Indies with a century stand on the opening day of the second cricket test at Lord's on Thursday.


Smith, restored to the middle order after twice failing as an experimental opener in the first test, a nine-wicket Windies' win, struck an unbeaten 55 as England recovered from 74 for three to 174 for three at tea.


Left-hander Thorpe contributed 45 not out to their unbroken fourth wicket partnership of exactly 100, wresting the initiative from West Indies after they seized two wickets in six balls.


The touring team made that double strike either side of lunch, removing Graeme Hick (13) and Alec Stewart (34) to follow the capture of captain Mike Atherton's prized wicket for 21.


Atherton was yorked with the score on 29 by Curtly Ambrose, who generated pace and a degree of movement after England won the toss and batted on a dry pitch in sunlit conditions.


After the loss of Atherton, England was two balls from lunch without further mishap when Hick edged to Brian Lara at slip and the fifth ball after lunch accounted for Stewart.