The West Indies, set 200 to win for the first bio secure test against England, were struggling at 27-3 after England fast bowler Jofra Archer’s early double strike.
Blackwood held his nerves firm until, in sight of just his 2nd Test century, he drove England stand-in captain Ben Stokes to James Anderson at mid-off, with the visitors needing just 11 more runs to win.
But John Campbell, forced to retire hurt on one after being struck on the toe by Archer, returned to hit the winning runs, West Indies captain Jason Holder, the world’s top-ranked Test all-rounder ahead of Stokes, was 14 not out.
The match was a personal and tactical victory for Holder, who took a Test-best 6-42 in England’s lowly first-innings 204 after Stokes, leading the side in the absence of Joe Root, won the toss and batted.
Although they hold the Wisden Trophy, the West Indies have not won a Test series in England for 32 years, But this victory against England put them 1-0 up with two to play in a behind closed doors series ahead of next week’s 2nd Test at Old Trafford.
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