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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hick, Russell Hit Hot Licks to Lead England

LONDON -- Graeme Hick and Jack Russell just missed centuries Friday as they took advantage of a jaded and undisciplined West Indies and led England to a first innings total of 454 on the second day of the sixth and decisive Test.


The tourists were at 50 for one at close of play in response.


Hick and Russell put on a 144-run stand, with Hick out for an aggressive and elegant 96 just before lunch and Russell a determined 91.


But they were helped by a lackluster West Indian effort in the field and a waste of the new ball by Ian Bishop and Courtney Walsh in the first hour.


After bowling 29 overs, Walsh finally took his 300th Test wicket, 36.3 overs after his 299th, when he had Mike Watkinson caught behind by Courtney Browne to make it 372 for seven.


With the series locked at 2-2, victory for England will give it its first series win over the West Indies since 1969.


An English win would also spell the end of the West Indies' reign at the helm of world cricket.


The way Bishop and Walsh squandered the ball which was only five overs old at the start of the day showed the pressure of the match.


They conceded 44 runs off the first 10 overs as Hick and Russell stroked eight boundaries.


When Hick fell to make it 336 for six, wicketkeeper Russell, on 49, took the lead and, while not as elegant as Hick, was just as effective. Ambrose finally bowled him with sheer pace on the stroke of tea for 419 for eight.


Still, Russell was lucky to get that far. At 42, he spooned Kenny Benjamin around to square leg where Shivnarine Chanderpaul dropped a simple chance.


Watkinson was dropped three times, one sharp chance by Browne and twice by Sherwin Campbell at short leg.