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Windies hold on to claim dramatic Test draw

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  • The West Indies hold on to claim a dramatic third Test draw against England
  • The Test in Antigua was called off with just four overs left because of bad light
  • The result leaves West Indies still leading the series 1-0 with two matches left
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(CNN) -- England failed in their race against time to dismiss West Indies as the third Test ended in a nailbiting draw at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

England spinner Graeme Swann claims the wicket of Brendan Nash but the Antiguan Test ended in a draw.

England spinner Graeme Swann claims the wicket of Brendan Nash but the Antiguan Test ended in a draw.

Andrew Strauss' side remain 1-0 behind in the Test series after West Indies' last pair Daren Powell and Fidel Edwards saw out the final 10 overs for the home side.

West Indies closed on 370 for nine, with four scheduled overs remaining, when the offer of bad light by umpires Daryl Harper and Rudi Koertzen was taken.

The West Indies were set an improbable 503 for victory after England twice declared at 566-9 and 221-8, while West Indies scored 285 in their first innings.

West Indies won the first Test in Jamaica by an innings and 23 runs, and the second was abandoned as a draw on Friday when the outfield was deemed dangerous at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

It was a desperately disappointing finish for Strauss and his men, who went into the last day as hot favorites to level the series, but were held up by a combination of a delayed start due to rain and obdurate batting.

Ramnaresh Sarwan completed his 13th Test century and shared a fine partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul to frustrate England.

But with Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann both chipping in with three wickets, England set up their victory chance as time and overs ran out.

Powell found good support from Edwards. who refused to be flustered as England crowded around the bat.

With the light fading, England were forced to rely entirely on spin before the umpires called it off as West Indies made a great escape.

"Obviously when you get so close to winning a Test match and don't make it over the final hurdle it's very difficult to take," Strauss told Press Association.

The fourth Test of the now five-Test series starts in Barbados next Thursday with England sweating on the fitness of all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who bowled at pace on the final day despite grimacing from the effects of a hip injury.

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