ABU DHABI, UAE (AP): Captain Alastair Cook kept England in the game with an unbeaten century yesterday, although Pakistan fought back with two late wickets on the third day of the first Test. Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz removed Ian Bell and night-watchman Mark Wood, but England reached 290-3 at close of play thanks to Cook’s gritty knock of 168 not out at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Cook scored his 28th Test hundred and he and Ian Bell put on 165 runs for the second wicket – England’s all-time highest in the UAE. Joe Root was giving him company, at stumps, not out on three. “I think he has shown that he can bat for days in these parts of the world,” Bell said of Cook. “He is ready to go in tomorrow and carry on from where he left. The thing with Cookie is that he is so organised, his defence is so good, and his shot selection against the spinners was excellent.” Bell finally departed five overs before close of play for a streaky 63, cutting a Riaz delivery into the hands of Mohammed Hafeez at point. One over later, Riaz got rid of Wood, who fended a rising delivery into his wicket. But it was a battling knock under the hot sun by Cook, although he was dropped by Fawad Alam on 147 when attempting to sweep left-arm orthodox spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Cook played aggressive cricket in the pre-lunch session when he was unbeaten on 78 and played several shots, including stepping out against Babar and sweeping him repeatedly, but was more circumspect in the next two sessions as the Abu Dhabi pitch started showing some effects of wear and tear. He did reach his century with a boundary, though, a cracking shot through the cover area off Wahab Riaz. Khan troubled him early in his second spell of the day midway through the first session but was rewarded with the wicket of Moeen instead when he nudged at an away going delivery and edged it to wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Moeen had made a cautious 35, eschewing all risk and hitting just two boundaries in his 131-ball stay before his indiscretion against Imran. He and Cook put together 116 runs for the first wicket. “I think Cook batted beautifully, and we have seen him do this often in the sub-continent,” Pakistan bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed said. “He has the ability to kill the little bit of zip that the seamers and spinners were getting out there. The way he played, he also took the pressure off other batsmen.” England still trail Pakistan’s first-innings total of 523 for eight declared by 233 runs.
Andrew Fisher of Elite Performance Track Club was the top performer at yesterday’s Central and Hurdles track meet at the G.C. Foster College with an impressive record-equalling run of 6.53 seconds to capture the men’s 60 metres open.Fisher who now represents Bahrain, but still works out in Jamaica, tied the mark set one year ago by Kim Collins of St Kitts. Finishing second was Everton Clarke of G.C. Foster College in 6.60, with his teammate, Sheldon Mitchell, taking third in 6.76.G.C. Foster’s Jura Levy also had a good win in the women’s 60 metres event after clocking 7.25, just edging Sprintec’s Gayon Evans, who was second in 7.32.St Jago High had a clean sweep of the top-three spots in the Girls’ 70m hurdles, with Danae Nembhard leading the way. She clocked 10.86 seconds to break the old record of 11.00 set by Hydel’s Osheca Barnes in 2012. Teammates, Kaylagay Clarke 11.25 and Aaliyah Blair 11.26 finished second and third, respectively.BEST FEMALE PERFORMERAlysha Kelly of St Jago was the best among females in the Class One 400 metres. The former Guys’ Hill and Hydel High standout clocked 55.21 seconds, as Edwin Allen High’s Kimona Muschette was second in 55.83 and Holmwood Technical’s Osheca Lee taking third in 56.07.Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen topped the field in the girls’ Class One 100 metres hurdles in 14.11 seconds, as Holmwood Technical Nicolee Foster was second in 14.16 and St Jago High’s Anek Brissette taking third in 14.50.St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS) took the top-three places in the boys’ Class One 400m hurdles. Leandro Ledgister won in 54.20 seconds, ahead of Jevauny James 54.55, with third going to Dashinelke Dyer in 55.54.In Class Two 400m hurdles, it was a win for STETHS’ Jashaun Parkes in 57.59 ahead of Kimani Lindo of Wolmer’s Boys, 58.46, with third going to Warren Henlon of STETHS, 1:00.93.Jamaica College ruled supreme in the sprint hurdles. Trezequet James stopped the clock at 14.31 seconds to win the Class Two 110m, ahead of teammate Tajamir Miller (14.16) with third going to Jeremy Farr of Wolmer’s, 14.43.It was also one-two for Jamaica College in Class One 110m hurdles. Phillip Lemonious won in 14.20, defeating Oquendo Bernard, 14.31. Third went to Lloyd Facey of Mona in 14.72.