England in West Indies: Jack Leach and Saqib Mahmood spare vacationers’ prime order

Chris Woakes is bowled


Chris Woakes was the ninth batter to fall at which point England were 114-9
Third Test, St George’s, Grenada (day one):
England 204 Mahmood 49, Leach 41*; Seales 3-40, Mayers 2-13
West Indies Yet to bat

Jack Leach and Saqib Mahmood were England’s unlikely saviours after the tourists’ top order collapsed on day one of the decisive third Test against West Indies.

On a lively pitch, England crumbled to 114-9 before Leach and Mahmood shared a crucial last-wicket partnership of 90 in Grenada.

Mahmood was bowled in the final over of the day for 49, his highest score in professional cricket, but not before he and Leach had dragged England to 204.

That represents an admirable recovery from England, who were facing being dismissed below 100 when they fell from 23-0 to 90-8 earlier in the day.

Captain Joe Root was caught behind for a duck in the morning session while three wickets fell for no runs in an abject spell after lunch – England unable to deal with the movement found by West…