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Sarwan's 291 puts Windies on top

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  • Ramnaresh Sarwan makes 291 as W. Indies make 749-9 in first innings
  • England begin second innings trailing by 149; 6-0 at close of fourth day
  • Sarwan, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin share 260-run sixth wicket stand
  • Spinner Graeme Swann is pick of English bowlers, taking 5-165
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(CNN) -- Ramnaresh Sarwan scored his best ever Test score of 291 to end England's hopes of victory in the fourth test in Bridgetown, Barbados, as the West Indies ran up 749 for 9 in their first innings.

Sarwan's 291 was his best ever test score.

Sarwan's 291 was his best ever test score.

The islanders' declaration late in the day, following an innings lasting more than 11 hours by Sarwan, left England facing the prospect of batting out a nervous final day to save the match and the series after themselves declaring at 600 for 6 in their first innings.

The tourists, who trail the series 1-0 with one Test to play, closed the day at 6 without loss, still 143 runs short of the West Indies' total.

Starting the day on 184 not out, Sarwan moved quickly to his double century in just the sixth over of the morning, slashing James Anderson through the slips for four.

The bulk of the runs Sunday came in a 260-run sixth wicket partnership with wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who was eventually picked off for 166 by Graeme Swan. The spinner finished the innings as the pick of the England bowlers with 5 wickets for 165.

The West Indies' total was their third best in Test history, and the second-most runs England have conceded after the 751 for 5 the West Indies scored against them in 2004.

Having bowled England out for just 51 in their second innings in the first test in Jamaica, Sarwan said the home side would be seeking to put the visitors under pressure early on the final day in search of a series-clinching victory.

"I don't know if it will play on their minds -- but it will certainly be in our minds," he said, the UK's Press Association reported.

"I hope we can come tomorrow, pick up some wickets and put them under early pressure. It would be good to take that initiative in the first hour-and-a-half.

"We all saw what happened in the first Test in Jamaica, and the lead we have is very valuable to us. The pitch has started to deteriorate; a few balls kept a bit low, so we will have an interesting day ahead."

The visitors' Paul Collingwood admitted that England had begin the match with high hopes of leveling the series.

"Our goal was to come out here and win," Collingwood said. "Some people from outside might have thought we would come here and win comfortably.

"But we know it's always tough coming out to the West Indies. They're a tough side to crack. When you have someone like Sarwan in the form of his life on a pitch like that, it's not a great combination to be facing."

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