Hope's Headingley hundreds make first-class history

Ellen Mills
August 30, 2017

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.

Stuart Broad had a hand in both wickets to fall on the final morning at Headingley - literally in the case of a weird run out of Kyle Hope - but Kraigg Brathwaite escaped two dropped catches to continue his outstanding match.

Victory in Leeds was just the Windies' second away Test win in five years and was highlighted by Shai Hope scoring hundreds in both innings - a unique feat in first-class cricket at Headingley.

Brathwaite had also been close to the same slice of history, but his perishing opened the door for Hope to take his place in the record books - his double standing alone in the 534-game history of first-class action at Headingley. Thus setting Windies 322 runs to win.

Victory gave Windies their first Test match win in England since 2000, and just their fourth Test win away from home in 88 matches spanning 20 years, excluding matches against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Micro blogging site Twitter was abuzz with tweets pouring in appreciating West Indies' victory. Moeen failed with an lbw review on Shai Hope, who made his century in 175 balls and was also dropped by Cook on 106.

It was not until the stroke of tea that West Indies lost their third wicket when Brathwaite edged off-spinner Moeen Ali to Stokes at slip. "When the captain Joe Root got out they were 40-odd for four [overall] and we then dropped a catch soon after so the big moments we didn't play well at all", Estwick told reporters.

Brathwaite s 180-ball innings, including 12 fours, meant the opener had batted for more than 10 hours in the match.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad beat the bat consistently under overcast skies but Kieron Powell and Brathwaite battled hard, rotating the strike well.

Jermaine Blackwood's made 41 while Hope who hit the winning runs finished unbeaten on 118. The list of dropped chances was added to when Brathwaite offered a return catch to Broad which he couldn't hold, but the ball deflected into the non-striker's stumps with Hope well out of his ground.

"(Hope) played exceptionally well - on the fifth day, against high-quality bowling, it was a great knock", said Root, whose two fifties in the match were eclipsed by Brathwaite and Hope.

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