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SPINNING A WEB: Monty Panesar (centre) had the West Indians in a tangle as he snapped up four wickets. Photo: AP
SPINNING A WEB: Monty Panesar (centre) had the West Indians in a tangle as he snapped up four wickets. Photo: AP

MANCHESTER: Ryan Sidebottom sparked a West Indies collapse as England strengthened its grip on the third Test at Old Trafford here Friday.

Fellow left-armer Monty Panesar followed up with two wickets in three balls as England closed in on an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

West Indies lost its last six wickets for 13 runs in 44 balls as its was bowled out for 229 in reply to England's first innings 370.

At close, England, in its second innings, was 34 for one a healthy lead of 175 with three days remaining.

But by that stage Andrew Strauss's poor run of form continued when the opener was out for nought.

Alastair Cook was 12 not out and England captain Michael Vaughan unbeaten on 10.

Chanderpaul top scorer

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies's senior batsman, top scored with 50 in an innings where the next best total came from 42 extras.

Left-arm spinner Panesar finished with four for 50 from 16.4 overs, while left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom, who'd never before taken a first-class wicket at Old Trafford, had three for 48 from 12.

Strauss, who has only scored one fifty in his last 15 Test innings, was plumb lbw to impressive recalled fast bowler Fidel Edwards. Earlier, Sidebottom, recalled for England's innings-and-283-run victory at Headingley in the second Test, had Dwayne Bravo caught behind by wicketkeeper Matt Prior for 24 to end a stand of 59 with left-hander Chanderpaul. Wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin fell next, a miscued pull off Sidebottom caught at square leg by Kevin Pietersen.

Then 224 for six became 225 for seven when debutant Darren Sammy, on one, nicked Panesar to Paul Collingwood in the slips. And two balls later Jerome Taylor went in similar fashion, although this time Strauss held the catch.

Sidebottom then picked up the prize wicket of Chanderpaul, who'd missed the Headingley match with a knee injury, when the left-hander drove him straight to Pietersen at cover for 50. Chanderpaul faced 78 balls with seven fours.

Panesar wrapped up the innings when Corey Collymore was held by Collingwood.

West Indies began the final session on 153 for three, a deficit of 217.

Devon Smith was 40 not out and Chanderpaul 15 not out.

Smith though failed to add to his score when he was caught off bat and boot by Ian Bell at silly point off Panesar, the bowler's 50th Test wicket, although the decision was handed over to replay umpire Peter Hartley.

England fast bowler Stephen Harmison, again worryingly wayward, took a wicket in a first over featuring seven wides. Agencies

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