Alzarri Joseph put aside deep personal grief to make two important strikes as the West Indies reduced England to 75 for four in their second innings at tea on the third day of the second Test against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Saturday.
Trailing by 119 runs at the start of their, innings after Darren Bravo's ultra-patient half-century extended the West Indies first innings total to 306 in the morning, England go into the final session of the day needing to erase a deficit of 44 more runs before entertaining the prospect of setting the home side a challenging fourth innings target.
Jason Holder made the first two breakthroughs for his side in removing Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow.
Then Joseph, who decided to continue playing even though his ailing mother, Sharon, died early in the morning, claimed the wickets of England captain Joe Root and debutant opener Joe Denly just before the end of the afternoon session.
SCORES IN BRIEF
ENGLAND: First innings 187
WEST INDIES: First innings 306 (Brathwaite 49, Campbell 47, Hope 44, Bravo 50; Broad 3-53, Moeen 3-62)
ENGLAND: Second innings 75 for 4 (Burns 16, Denly 17, Buttler not out 8, Stokes not out 7; Holder 2-27, Joseph 2-12)