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21:35 WI 55-1 (13 overs) We have a nightwatchman in Powell and he survives to stumps in a slightly ungainly fashion. England's score meant West Indies will have to reach 367 to avoid the follow-on and they will try to get there on day three. Join us at 2pm tomorrow to see how they fare.


21:15 WI 46-1 (9 overs) A flashing cut past the diving backward point by Gayle off Flintoff is risky but you know there is nothing uncertain when the police have to find the ball. Harmison comes into the attack and sees his second ball hooked out of the ground by the West Indies skipper and another pulled away through mid-wicket with some venom. WICKET! Gayle then smashes a wide ball straight to Anderson at mid-off and that's a vital breakthrough.

21:00 WI 27-0 (7 overs) If you have put your mortgage on the draw, then think again. Anderson squares up Gayle and a leading edge just falls short of Steve Harmison in the covers and then three balls from Flintoff do all sorts. The first whistles past the skipper's nose, the next hits that centre line and runs along the ground, going for four byes, and then some extra bounce takes the splice of Gayle's bat and flies past backward point for the third boundary of the over.

20:45 WI 12-0 (4 overs) Gayle flicks Anderson off his hip to the boundary and then Smith pulls Flintoff with great alacrity to the fence. Freddie comes around the wicket to the left-hander in response.

20:30 WI 2-0 (1 over) Jimmy Anderson's first delivery flashes past Chris Gayle's outside edge and that will give England some encouragment. 13 more overs tonight.

20:15 Eng 566-9 dec (165.2 overs) WICKET! A flurry of runs at the end with a nice cameo of 20 off 17 by Swann. Collingwood goes for 113 as Devon Smith catches him on the mid-wicket boundary, handing Hinds a second wicket and Andrew Strauss has seen enough. England will have an hour to make a breakthrough tonight.

20:00 Eng 535-8 (161 overs) WICKET! Collingwood gives himself some room and carves Taylor wide of mid-on for his 13th boundary and then just turns Ryan Hinds through mid-wicket for the single that brings up his eighth Test hundred and third against the West Indies. It has come off 186 balls but then next ball Broad departs as he goes for the big drive and edges to Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps. He goes for a well made 44. Graeme Swann is a pretty handy man to come in at ten and cuts his first ball past a labouring Taylor at point for four.

19:45 Eng 519-7 (158 overs) Broad brings up the 500 in style by lofting an ineffective Powell slower ball over his head for six. The bowler averages 47 after 35 Tests and is driven past mid-on and cut behind backward point by the quasi all-rounder in the next over. Surely there's a better alternative to Powell in the Caribbean.

19:30 Eng 498-7 (155 overs) Taylor hits the centre line once again and the ball shoots past Broad's inside edge - in his previous over Chris's boy inside edged a slower delivery past the stumps for four.

19:15 Eng 490-7 (152 overs) Buffet ball from Powell - help yourself - and Broad crashes him off the back foot for another boundary.

19:00 Eng 482-7 (149 overs) England return after tea and will be looking to score 550, 600 and then stick the home side in for a dodgy spell before stumps.

18:40 Eng 482-7 (149 overs) WICKET! Prior perishes in the pursuit of quick runs as he lofts Nash to Shiv Chanderpaul at deep cover. A first wicket for the dibbly dobbly former Aussie but Stuart Broad crashes a couple of quick boundaries and Collingwood is on 87 at Tea.

18:20 Eng 448-6 (143 overs) Prior cuts Gayle for four and then drives Brendan Nash imperiously down the ground for another boundary — a shot that is greeted with Madonna's Like A Virgin. Gayle is just being accused of letting things drift by the sages when a TV referral occurs after Collingwood gets an inside edge onto ground and then boot before landing back in the hands of the medium pacer. And it was ground and then boot by a matter of millimetres.

18:00 Eng 434-6 (139 overs) Prior lofts Benn over the top for a boundary and Collingwood gets hold of a half tracker and pulls Edwards a long way in front of square for his 11th boundary.

17:45 Eng 420-6 (135 overs) The drinks interval sees Abba's Dancing Queen played very loudly on the PA system around the ground - England failed really to kick on in the hour after lunch. It's the Bee Gees now!

17:30 Eng 416-6 (132 overs) Those wickets have stymied the scoring rate but Matt Prior cuts a wide long hop from Benn past backward point to wake the crowd up from their Red Stripe induced slumber.

17:15 Eng 407-6 (129 overs) WICKETS! Taylor gets the ball to pitch close to the halfway line of the football pitch on two occasions and it reaps its' rewards. A thick inside edge smashes into Pietersen's leg stumps and then two balls later Andrew Flintoff is given little chance by a shooter that rearranges the timber.

17:00 Eng 405-4 (126 overs) A hard working half century for Pietersen — his 13th in Test cricket and coming up at a snail's pace for him, 130 balls. Collingwood slaps a Benn full toss through the covers as England move past 400, a mere eight times more than they made in Jamaica.

16:45 Eng 392-4 (120 overs) Benn will resume after lunch and the fielders are spread like missionaries to far lands - very much damage control at the start of the afternoon session.

16:00 Eng 391-4 (119 overs) FIFTY FOR COLLY! LUNCH! Collingwood brings up his half-century with a gentle nudge for a single and breaks into a broad smile towards his England team-mates on the balcony. Colly has out-scored KP since he arrived at the crease and looks very determined to prove his worth to England today. KP remains patient, blocking three in a row to take us into the lunch break with England on 391-4. Straussy's men have added 90 runs in 17 overs this morning and lost just the wicket of Jimmy-no-ducks. Overall, a positive morning.

15:55 Eng 389-4 (118 overs) RUNS! Powell throws down a couple of
woeful deliveries and the England batsmen help themselves to a boundary
each. Collingwood's was a back-foot drive, Pietersen cracked a straight
full toss back past the bowler. Colly is now on 49, with KP on 46.
Meanwhile, Benn is getting little frustrated with the lack of turn in
this track. He threatens to throw down Collingwood, but thinks better
of it.

15:40 Eng 376-4 (114 overs) It's all become a little pedestrian,
with KP and Colly picking the odd single from the bowling of Benn and
Powell, but nothing of genuine excitement to report. West Indies have
done a good job of containing England, probably in the hope that KP's
patience with eventually give way and he'll try a huge heave-ho for a
maximum. Let's see what happens...

15:20 Eng 367-4 (109 overs) Sulieman Benn has brought his
left-arm spin to the party, lumbering gingerly in on the ankle he
injured yesterday. The 6ft 7" lobber keeps it pretty tidy with his
first over and bowls a maiden with his second. England have slowed down
a touch in the last few overs, but KP and Colly both look pretty

14:55 Eng 359-4 (104 overs) KP gets one in the unmentionables
from Powell, but proceeds to stroll down the wicket next ball and clip
away a single as if he were facing a village trundler. Colly is then
lucky to escape against Edwards, splitting the slips with a thick
outside edge that races away for four. KP is also fortunate when a
short one speeds through and he catches a pull shot very
late...spooning the ball up into the air, but once again into space on
the leg side.  

14:45 Eng 338-4 (100 overs) CHANCE! KP cracks an Edwards short
ball away for four, but shortly afterwards is caught napping on a full
toss and sends the bowler back a VERY DIFFICULT caught-and-bowled
chance. Edwards couldn't quite get both hands to the ball and KP

14:35 Eng 332-4 (99 overs) Edwards is really banging them in
now. He bamboozles Colly with a scorcher than channels Malcolm Marshall
and the Durham man is lucky to escape. Meanwhile at the Pavillion End
Daren Powell enters the attack and Colly smashes one through point and
another to square leg as England take nine from his opening over.

14:25 Eng 318-4 (97 overs) Taylor is struggling to find his
length. He gives Colly a juicy full one and the Durham man drives to
the mid-on boundary. Two balls later Collingwood attacks a short one
with a vicious pull and another one races away for four. England are
scoring at four-an-over this morning and but for the loss of
Jimmy-no-ducks (Anderson has never been out for a duck in Test cricket)
it's been the perfect start.

14:10 Eng 312-4 (94 overs) WICKET! Jimmy's morning after is done
for. He feathers one from Fidel Edwards to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin
and England are four down. Paul Collingwood is the next man up, and
with plenty to prove. Colly seriously needs a big score, but his first
ball is a lifter than draws a thick outside edge...fortunately it falls
just out of the reach of Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

14:05 Eng 308-3 (93 overs) Jerome Taylor opens the bowling and
KP sizes up a couple before leaning into a sumptuous straight drive to
bag his first boundary of the day.The million-pound man clips a two off
his legs from the next ball, then a routine single to midwicket from
ball five. Jimmy's first ball of the day is a quite sublime leave
outside off stump.

13:50 Eng 301-3 (92 overs) The England players spent the morning
playing football on the outfield, which may or may not have been an
ironic statement...probably not. Cow has more good news to report, the
skies are clear and we are set for stumps in about 10 minutes time. The
track is still looking nice and firm and England will seriously fancy
themselves to rack up....well, a cricket score. Unless you count 51 all
out as a cricket score, which Cow does not.

12:55 Eng 301-3 (overnight)  Good afternoon and welcome to our
LIVE coverage of the 'third' Test between West Indies and England at
the Antigua Recreation Ground. The good news is we have already seen
542 more balls bowled that we did in at the Sir Vivian Richards
Stadium...the even better news is that England have smited a good
number of them to the outer reaches of what looks very much like a
football pitch masquerading as a cricket outfield. Captain Andrew
Strauss is back in the pavillion after bagging 169 of them, but there
is still plenty of batting to come and a first-innings lead of 750 is
not out of the question. Kevin 'KP' Pietersen and nightwatchman James
'Jimmy' Anderson will be at the crease when play resumes at 14:00 -
weather permitting.

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