England eked out a lead of 170 runs heading into the final day of the first test against the West Indies, with all outcomes still possible in the first match since the resumption of worldwide cricket.
The West Indies have beaten England by four wickets on the final day of the first global Test since the coronavirus break, taking a 1-0 lead at the Ageas Bowl in a three-Test series thanks to a 95-run knock by Jermaine Blackwood.
England began the day with a lead of 170 before Archer helped them extend it. Shannon Gabriel got both English wickets to fall in the day, ending with 5 for 75.
England captain Ben Stokes (46) and Zak Crawley (46) came out for the third session with the intention of increasing England's scoring rate.
Alzarri Joseph and Shannon Gabriel shared four wickets in the final hour, with Jason Holder responsible for Stokes' scalp for the second time this week.
But their 249-4 was soon transformed into 279-8 as five wickets fell for just 30 runs inside the final hour.
Joseph was also impressive, taking 2-40 off 16 overs.
"We've got a young lad in Zak Crawley who came out and showed the potential of someone who can be around for a long time", Stokes said.
"They bowled quite well but the pitch was offering a bit of up and down bounce and we've definitely got the bowlers to take 10 wickets on there".
Archer had earlier made a useful 23 before he was last man out in England's second innings 313.
None of what followed should take away from Crawley's efforts, with the 22-year-old showing maturity beyond both his years and his five global caps to produce the highest score of the match amid high tension.
Stokes also defended his decision to bat first when England won the toss in overcast conditions, and said that he had enjoyed his first taste of Test captaincy despite the result.
But, trouble is, Denly keeps getting starts and then failing to go on to the big scores that a Test No 3 must make, here lobbing the innocuous off-spin of Chase gently to the leg-side for 29 off 70 balls.
The very next ball saw Sibley play on to Gabriel only for the bowler to be denied by third umpire Michael Gough´s tight no-ball call.
West Indies will look to wrap up a first Test series victory in England since 1988 in next week's second match at Emirates Old Trafford, a game for which Stokes will revert to vice-captain with Root ready to return after missing the series opener for the birth of his second child.
The former slashed straight to point just before lunch after an otherwise composed knock, while the latter flicked tamely to short midwicket for another unpersuasive contribution.
Blackwood and Jason Holder carried on till West Indies were 11 away.
Kraigg Brathwaite then made 65, the opener´s first Test fifty in 22 innings, and Dowrich 61 as the tourists established a valuable first-innings lead of 114.