Windies in complete control of opening Test vs England. Jason Holder hit a double century for the Windies. Windies set England 628-run target for victory.
A magnificent unbeaten double-century by captain Jason Holder and a calm, supporting century from Shane Dowrich put the Windies in total control after three days of the first Test against England at Kensington Oval on Friday. Building on an already considerable first innings lead of 212 after Holder chose not to enforce the follow-on on the second evening, the skipper himself led the way with a commanding 202 not out, dominating an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 295 with Dowrich, who was on 116 when the second innings declaration came in the final session with the Windies at 415 for six.
Set the virtually impossible task of getting 628 for victory, or less impossibly, batting a little more than two days to save the match, England openers Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings negotiated 20 overs to the close of play and will resume on the fourth morning with the tourists at 56 without loss.
Not one wicket fell on Friday despite 90 overs being bowled.
Although they were again hugely outnumbered by the hordes of English supporters, this was a day of even more celebration for the locals, coming as it did a day after another Barbadian cricketing hero, fast bowler Kemar Roach, had led the demolition of England's first innings with a five-wicket haul as they folded for just 77.
Holder and Dowrich coped comfortably with everything England's bowlers challenged them with, including the second new ball which was taken as soon as it became available in mid-afternoon.
If anything it assisted in accelerating the scoring as the hard-hitting captain tore into a tiring, dispirited attack.
He brought up his third Test century and second against England with a straight six off expensive leg-spinner Adil Rashid after lunch.