Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Shai Hope's historic hundred earns Windies famous win over England

Shai Hope's historic hundred earns Windies famous win over England

West Indies entered the day in a strong position with England on 171 for three - only two runs ahead - but let the advantage slip, allowing the hosts to pile up 490 for eight declared in their second innings at Headingley.

"We're test cricketers for a reason".

It signalled a coming-of-age for Hope, who averaged just 18.61 in his previous 21 Test innings, but lined up England's attack superbly to follow up his first-innings 147 - his maiden century - with a hundred off 175 balls. West Indies were absolutely incredible.

Meanwhile West Indies captain Jason Holder insisted he d never lost faith in his players.

I think we were all tricked by the pitch, we thought it was going to get worse and worse but it was flat as a pancake for the last two days - hardly anything happened.

England lead this three-match series 1-0 after thrashing the West Indies by an innings and 209 runs in the first Test at Edgbaston.

After bowling out England for 258, Windies posted 427 to secure a valuable first innings lead of 169 runs. Thus setting Windies 322 runs to win. Hope was the more fluent and stylish, his half-century coming off just 70 deliveries compared to the 98 balls it took Brathwaite, but both played straight, the recipe for success on a pitch with uneven bounce, and took advantage of scoring opportunities when they presented themselves.

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"[He's got] plenty of courage, plenty of character and plenty of determination - for a 24-year-old, that's a lot to have".

Opener Kraigg Brathwaite had earlier struck a solid 95 after being dropped by Alastair Cook on four.

Powell was starting to get under the skin of England, particularly James Anderson with whom he shared a few words.

Hope took the bulk of the plaudits after becoming the first man ever to make two tons in a first-class game at Headingley.

While Brathwaite fell five runs short of pipping his partner to become the first person to record twin centuries at this ground, Hope was able to see the Windies home under gloomy skies with the floodlights on in a nerve-jangling finish, with all four results possible heading into the final session. With Windies needing 37, Cook also dropped Hope at slip off Broad although that miss was probably too late anyway as was Ben Stokes's drop of Blackwood on the boundary with only six runs required.

Jermaine Blackwood's made 41 while Hope who hit the winning runs finished unbeaten on 118.

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