After the West Indies’ marathon man Kraigg Brathwaite and his 10-plus hour vigil in the second session, the home team’s innings were brought to an end by another marathon man, Jack Leach, in the final session. It was Leach’s 419th delivery of the innings, or the fifth ball of his 70th over, that trapped Joshua da Silva’s leg shortly after the Tea break. This was only Leach’s third wicket of the game, but it was enough to put an end to the West Indies’ dogged stonewalling, leaving them 96 runs short of their first innings total.

Brathwaite continued with his aim to reduce the gap on Day 4, though he did so slowly. England went after the West Indies combination of Brathwaite and Alzarri Joseph hoping for early breakthroughs after overnight rainfall and a brief spell on the day delayed the start. Leach, like the rest of the England bowlers, got some drift early on but was still ineffectual. As the nightwatchman, Joseph kept his captain company and kept up his end of the arrangement. The runs didn’t come quickly, but the two hitters were mostly at ease, with the conditions assisting in blunting England’s laborious onslaught.

Ben Stokes struck against the flow of play to take the fifth-wicket partnership past the 50-run mark. Outside the off stump, he provided some width, which Joseph took advantage of by punching hard. Unfortunately for him, he hit it right to Daniel Lawrence at a backward point, who had to demonstrate quick reflexes to keep hold of the ball as it flew towards him.