Injury, dropped catches undermined Windies: Nurse
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Ashley Nurse believes the loss of Shannon Gabriel to injury, coupled with a series of dropped catches, helped push West Indies to their second defeat in three days to England here Sunday.
West Indies were held to 225 all out in the second One-Day International of the three-match series and England then recovered from 124 for six in the 25th over, to pull off victory with 10 balls remaining in the game.
Speedster Gabriel, who removed Sam Billings without scoring to the second ball of the innings with a single run on the board, limped out of the contest at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium with a side strain after sending down just three overs.
“With 225 [to defend] and be a bowler short is a really tough job,” off-spinner Nurse told reporters.
England appeared to be cruising on the backs of opener Jason Roy’s aggressive 52 but his dismissal saw five wickets fall for 37 runs as West Indies clawed their way back into the game.
However, Joe Root top-scored with 90 not out and Chris Woakes stroked an unbeaten 68, the pair adding 102 in an unbroken seventh wicket stand to see England to victory.
West Indies were left only with themselves to blame as, like in the first ODI last Friday, they once again dropped several catches which let England off the hook.
Nurse conceded it was an area which required definite improvement.
“From a boy you’ve heard that catches win matches and for us to drop five that’s definitely too many chances for players that are in and players of that quality,” the 28-year-old lamented.