Game: England v West Indies, Test Match
Date: August 25-29, 2017
Venue: Emerald Headingley
Stage of the series: Second Test of a three-match series
England: AN Cook, MD Stoneman, T Westley, JE Root c, DJ Malan, BA Stokes, JM Bairstow w, MM Ali, CR Woakes, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson
West Indies: KC Brathwaite, KOA Powell, KA Hope, SD Hope, RL Chase, J Blackwood, SO Dowrich w, JO Holder c, KAJ Roach, D Bishoo, ST Gabriel
Toss: England, who elected to bat first
A significant record in Headingley’s history was recorded as the West Indies produced a shock victory to tie a superbly entertaining series which England went on to win 2-1.
This was a glorious August Bank Holiday weekend, and the fixture certainly matched the weather, not least a thrilling final day when an 8,000 strong crowd saw the visitors, 5-0 overnight, chase down a target of 322 thanks to Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope.
Ben Stokes scored a first-innings 100, but England were bowled out for 258, going on to concede a lead of 169 as the WIndies posted 427 thanks to 134 from opener Brathwaite, who would almost immediately sign a short-term overseas deal with Yorkshire to finish the county season, and 147 from Hope – Jimmy Anderson also claimed the only five-wicket haul in the match. But six half-centuries, including from Joe Root and now Yorkshire team-mate Dawid Malan, helped England to 490-8 declared late on day four.
Yorkshire’s marketing team would then issue fans with a sick note for Tuesday’s fifth day, diagnosing them with ‘Cricket Fever’ and urging them to hand the note to their bosses at work. The prescription – a fifth day ticket.
And those who attended, taking the overall combined Test crowd to over 55,000, were treated to a stunning day of cricket, even if England – hurt by dropped catches – were the losers by five wickets with less than five overs to spare.
Shai Hope wrote himself into the record books in grand fashion. No batsman had previously scored two centuries in the same first-class game at Leeds – a run of 533 games. But this Bajan right-hander would pick the perfect time to shoot to fame, stunning Joe Root after his declaration in the second innings. The feat could so easily have gone to opener Brathwaite, who added 95 to his earlier 134, only to fall to Moeen Ali. He and Hope broke the back of the chase with a third-wicket stand of 144 either side of lunch, advancing from 53-2. Hope then shared 49 with Roston Chase (30) and 74 with Jermaine Blackwood (41). He finished 118 not out off 211 balls and deservedly scooped the man-of-the-match award.
Result: West Indies won by five wickets