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22:25 - WI 160-1 (54 overs):  Gayle and Sarwan finish unbeaten in the 70s and a partnership of 142 has put the West Indies in a strong position going into day three - could have been a little different if not for the unwanted intervention of third umpire Daryl Harper. But England have toiled on a flat pitch and Panesar's confidence looks shot. See you at 3pm tomorrow.


22:15 - WI 156-1 (51 overs): England are now Burlington Bertie to win this match such has been the West Indies domination in the evening session. Three overs left.

22:00 - WI 154-1 (48 overs): Not Lord Lucan but Sidebottom as we head into extra time. Six overs left and the KP experiment is ended after Sarwan cuts him for another boundary.

21:45 - WI 141-1 (44 overs): There is news of a dressing room brawl between Simon Katich and Michael Clarke in the Australia dressing room after the Sydney Test but nothing as exciting here although KP did let out a scream when he beat Gayle's outside edge. He didn't get too excited when Sarwan thumped his second ball through the covers. A change of ends for Monty.

21:30 - WI 128-1 (39 overs): Sidebottom has only bowled five overs but Strauss turns to Pietersen to try to conjure up some magic. He might be having a party tonight after the IPL auction

21:15 - WI 122-1 (36 overs): BONUS!! A bouncer from Harmison dies and goes under Prior and to the boundary. Panesar at the other end is riding the crest of a slump - Gayle clouts him past long-on and Sarwan cracks him through covers. Monty's scared and bowling flat darts.

21:00 - WI 107-1 (33 overs): Sarwan drives Panesar sweetly down the ground to bring up the 100 and that gets the crowd going, he then cuts Broad to the fence and it's all beginning to look a little ugly for England. 90 minutes and/or 21 overs left tonight.

20:45 - WI 86-1 (29 overs): Gayle dabs Broad through the slip cordon for his second boundary and then stands tall and turns Panesar away through mid-wicket against the turn for three to bring up his 31st Test fifty off only 70 balls.

20:30 - WI 76-1 (25 overs): Eee-yow! Gayle brings up the 50 partnership by lifting Panesar over his head and into the stand. Nice work.

20:15 - WI 67-1 (21 overs): Monty and Freddie open up after the scones and Panesar gets one to grip and beat Sarwan's outside edge as he looks to flail him through the covers. Monty trying to bowl a little slower after being criticsed for being as one-paced as Steve Sedgley on a muddy pitch in India.

20:00 - Adjournment update from the swingers of satchels - West Indies 13/5; England 11/8; Draw 13/8

19:40 - WI 60-1 (17 overs): A hat-trick of boundaries for Sarawan off Stuart Broad who is slashed through the gap in the slip cordon before in the next over being clipped through mid-wicket to the pickets and then cut to the fence. Broad could have got his man off the last ball of the session but
Strauss declines the referral with Hawkeye showing the ball crashing
into leg-stump. And for your information some_steam I was just trying to give the country some hope in these days of economic gloom and ice. Time for a sloe gin, back in 20 minutes.

19:20 - WI 43-1 (12 overs): Guess what - a referral! Harmison strikes Sarwan in front of middle stump and umpire Bird says 'on yer way' but it strikes him above the knee roll so the batter calls for a second opinion. Now the cranky thing about this system is that they don't let the TV umpire see the predictive pattern of Hawkeye all the way through to the stumps - it stops at the point where the batsman is struck. The decision is reversed, he is given not out and Hawkeye then tells us that it would have tipped the top of the stumps. Stupid, just stupid.

19:05 - WI 36-1 (10 overs): Steve Harmison into the attack and Qunckkk!!! Gayle swings him over mid-wicket for a maximum.

18:50 - WI 28-1 (8 overs): Challenge Anneka! Andrew Strauss at it again but this full delivery from Flintoff is missing Ramnaresh Sarwan's leg-stump. England now only have one referral left because the first one was successful. The low sightscreen is causing some problems for the home batsman.

18:35 - WI 18-1 (6 overs): WICKET! More challenges than a programme presented by Bamber Gascoigne. A complete misjudgement from Smith who fails to pick up a full delivery that strikes him on the back leg and it would have knocked over leg-stump. Umpire Tony Hill, after a whisper in his ear from the TV umpire, changes his decision and lifts his finger. Smith - 25 Tests, avg 23.88.

18:20 - WI 8-0 (2 overs): This is proper cricket now folks! Flintoff charges in and sees his second ball smashed over long-on by Gayle for six. Next ball is chin high and the bowler gives him a mean 'fancy a rumble down an alley in Preston' look. Should be an interesting contest. Sidebottom gets early swing at the other end to the worst batsman in Test cricket, Devon Smith.

18:00 - Eng 318 (122.2 overs): WICKETS! After four overs, Gayle turns to his seamer and Taylor removes Harmison first ball with a full delivery that would have clipped leg stump. Rudi Koertzen lifts the deadly digit, Harmison calls for a review and the TV umpire says out. Seven balls later almost a carbon copy but this time it's Benn the bowler who strikes Monty Panesar on the pad. Tony Hill says out, Monty says no, referral says yes, clipping leg and England have gone for 318.

17:50 - Eng 313-8 (121 overs): First ball after lunch sees Harmison offer a bat pad sitter to Nash at short leg and he drops it!! Not the way to impress the captain who is also bowling! Australian-born Nash made his Test debut for West Indies against New Zealand in December, becoming the first white player to represent the region in over 35 years.

17:30 - Adjournment update from the swingers of satchels - West Indies 4/1; England 10/11; Draw 9/5

17:00 - Eng 311-8 (117 overs): LUNCH! England 75-3 in the session. Time for a can of ginger beer, see you soon.

16:45 - Eng 307-8 (112 overs): Sidebttom clips Edwards off his hip for a boundary and then get the bunting out as England have 300 with Ryan pulling Benn for a single. A crackerjack cover drive from the Robert Plant hair-a-like off Gayle for two more in the next over before Steve Harmison attempts to swipe Benn into Cuba, he gets a think outside edge and it's two more.

16:30 - Eng 294-8 (107 overs): WICKET! Big hands Benn snaffles a rapid return catch as Prior blasts a drive away to his left. And it should have been two in five balls. We've waited a day and a half for a comical drop from the West Indies and there it is as Shiv Chanderpaul only gets half a fingertip on the ball after Sidebottom puts a pull shot straight into the air - he can't blame the sun with those NFL type black strips under his eyes.

16:15 - Eng 288-7 (104 overs): Prior may have dropped a sedative into Edwards' cream soda as his first ball after drinks is a rank long hop which is slashed to the fence. Not much of a crowd in but that's not surprising as once you are in the ground, you are not allowed to re-enter without paying full price again. After all this is the nearest Test venue to Guantanamo Bay.

16:00 - Eng 279-7 (101 overs): A thick edge off Powell flies past second slip and that's Prior's sixth Test fifty off 84 balls. Ryan Sidebottom then gets off the mark by attemptig to shoulder arms but leaving his bat hanging around long enough for the ball to glide of the face down to third man. Prior's wagon wheel is off slanted but he then plays a crisp clip past mid-on for boundary number six off a bemused Powell. DRINKS!

15:45 - Eng 262-7 (98 overs): WICKET! An off-cutter from Taylor holds up on the pitch and Stuart Broad is too early on the shot, he slices an outside edge to Benn at gully and the new ball does the trick again.

15:30 - Eng 256-6 (95 overs): Have you seen Matt Prior recently davidwombell - he's the Brighton College Bradman. A third spanking boundary of the morning as he drives Taylor with some gusto through the covers.

15:15 - Eng 246-6 (91 overs): WICKET! Chris Gayle with those natty dreads tosses the new ball to Jerome Taylor who is then promptly driven square to the boundary by Prior. But Daren Powell strikes at the other end as Flintoff swats a half tracker straight to Australian-born Brendan Nash at point. Prior shows Freddie what he should have done by slamming another short ball square on the off-side. ozcanton - 350 is looking a way off.

15:00 - Away we go and it's Sulieman Jamaal Benn, who at 6ft 7in will never need a ladder to put up the Christmas decorations, opening up after his 33 over stint yesterday.

14:45 - So the pitch report! It was re-laid about eight or nine years ago but is not too clever. It's dry and full of cracks which have already been disturbed and are moving around. Monty Panesar could be the pivotal man in this Test.

14:30 - Eng 236-5 (88 overs): England will start day two of the first Test in Jamaica on 236-5 with Andrew Flintoff resuming on 43 and Matt Prior unbeaten on 27. To get Graham Thorpe's view on day one and that Pietersen dismissal - click here

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