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Tons by Sarwan, Gayle fire Windies

CAPTAIN Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan completed centuries to pilot West Indies to a first-innings lead over England on the third day of the first test in Kingston, Jamaica, on Friday.

Brendan Nash added an unbeaten 47 as the home team, resuming on 160-1, closed on 352-7, an advantage of 34.

England was bowled out for 318.

Gayle (104) and Sarwan (107) stretched their overnight partnership to 202 before they were separated late in the morning session at Sabina Park.

Stuart Broad (3-61) and Andrew Flintoff (2-57) led the tourists, whose disciplined bowling limited the West Indies to 192 runs in the day.

Gayle's ninth test century was his first in front of his fellow Jamaicans and was spiced with five fours and five sixes. He faced 191 balls and occupied the crease for nearly six hours.

"It meant a lot to me, especially after the last game I played here I got a pair (against India in 2006)," Gayle said. "It's nice to give your home crowd something to cheer, and your family and friends, too."

Successive sixes

The powerful left-hander went from 86 to 101 with successive sixes over long-on off spinner Monty Panesar, followed by a sweep for three to send a crowd of 7,000 into a frenzy.

Right-hander Sarwan struck 10 fours off 290 deliveries in posting his 12th test hundred. When he reached 91, Sarwan became the youngest West Indian to pass 5,000 runs at 28 years, 228 days.

Broad broke the Gayle-Sarwan partnership and added the wicket of Xavier Marshall late in the morning session as the hosts lunched at 224-3.

Sarwan fell midway through a laborious second session, under-edging Flintoff onto his stumps.

When Broad accounted for the world's No. 1-ranked batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, for 20 just before tea, England was on even terms with the West Indies at 254-5.

Chanderpaul was given out leg before wicket on the back foot, a decision that was upheld despite the batsman's challenge.

But Nash and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin dulled England's spirit with an assured sixth-wicket stand of 66 either side of tea.

Ramdin struck four fours in a fluent 35 off 77 balls.


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