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22:30 - WI 352-7 (143 overs): STUMPS! If you are an England fan, we will leave you with this thought - in the last ten Tests no this ground, eight teams who took a first innings won the match and the two to win who have conceded a first innings lead did so by just 30 and 17 runs. West Indies lead by 38 at stumps - see you at 3pm on Saturday.



22:15 - WI 341-7 (140.1 overs): WICKET! Taylor shoulders arms to Harmison and is given out lbw by Koertzen although Hawkeye shows it would have missed off-stump by quite a margin. No referral though and England have 23 balls left today to polish off the last three wickets.

22:00 - WI 335-6 (137 overs): Jerome Taylor scored a Test match century in New Zealand — how, I do not know? He's playing more like his overall average of 16.6 today as he gets an inside edge off Sidebottom, an outside edge off Panesar and is then beaten all ends up twice in succession by Monty who follows up in the next over with one of those demented lbw appeals which was never out. Does he know the rules yet? Sidebottom then concedes his first boundary as Taylor finally finds the middle, thumping him past mid-off.

21:45 - WI 321-6 (130 overs): WICKET! Are you sitting comfortably? Ok I'll begin - Monty gets a wicket! He tempts Ramdin into the drive outside off and the edge is snaffled by Paul Collingwood at slip.

21:30 - WI 315-5 (130 overs): Nash chases a wide one and then again and then again in the same Broad over — he misses every time. Pietersen is getting in his shell, encouraging him to continue to play a few shots — he's been at the crease nearly three hours and is still in his thirties.

21:15 - WI 312-5 (126 overs): Nash has shown more restraint than a trappist monk in his innings and now Broad is bowling to a 7-2 offside field. Monty is 35-12-93-0. He took 6-303 in India before Xmas. We are going to launch an online petition to get him dropped, please sign up.

21:00 - WI 308-5 (123 overs): The 50 partnership is up off 96 balls and the West Indies will be talking about an imminent first innings lead over drinks which are now.

20:40 - WI 295-5 (118 overs): After 70 balls of trying Nash finally collects a boundary by playing a neat upper cut over the slips to a Flintoff delivery that cramps him for room, maybe a reaction to being 'lapped' by Ramdin. Strauss responds by placing a fly slip but the ex Aussie takes on the challenge and avoids the man and collects another four - a little bit more width offered that time.

20:15 - WI 271-5 (113 overs): A genuine edge from Nash off Sidebottom but there's no pace in the pitch and it falls short of Flintoff at second slip.

20:00 - 35 overs in the final session and the West Indies come out trailing by 47 runs on first innings.

19:40 - WI 271-5 (109 overs): Calypso Cricket from Ramdin as he plays thumping off drives off both Broad and Harmison to the pickets — that has woken the crowd up a little and he follows both with a Sir Geoffrey Boycott style block that the fans enjoy just as much. Broad — showing his old man's temper — is less impressed and that's tea. Just 47 runs in that session.

19:25 - WI 258-5 (106 overs): WICKET! Belatedly Harmison and Broad are handed the new ball and the latter strikes with the fourth ball, trapping Chanderpaul lbw. The batter refers but there is nothing conclusive to make the field umpire change his mind and Hawkeye vindicates that by proving the ball would have hit the top of off. Key breakthrough with the world's highest ranked batsman on his way. Denesh Ramdin strides to the crease and spanks his first ball to the boundary past mid-off.

19:10 - WI 249-4 (103 overs): We have gone 85 balls and 58 minutes without a boundary so Chanderpaul sweeps Monty for a one-bounce four. Like Dr Kildare, Chanderpaul is known for his patience (sic).

18:55 - WI 244-4 (98 overs): Nash - whose father swam for Jamaica in the Olympics - made 23, 74, 65 and 2 not out in those two Tests in NZ. He only came to the Caribbean in 2007 after he was released by Queensland and admitted that he 'copped a lot of criticism' but he has soon silenced outspoken talkback callers on local radio. Him and Shiv has been stoic if not entertaining so far.

18:35 - WI 236-4 (94 overs): WICKET! Flintoff gets one to jag back off the seam and Sarwan, attempting to cut, only succeeds in dragging the ball into his stumps. Freddie takes the acclaim and the home side have lost three wickets for 15 and are relying on Chanderpaul — we have been here before. Australian-born Brendan Nash, who 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, comes to the crease and first ball edges one just short of slip.

18:20 - WI 235-3 (91 overs): Chanderpaul thumps a Panesar full toss down the ground for four and then the same pairing are involved in a referral after the pugnacious Guyanese shoulder arms to a delivery that has pitched miles outside off. Koertzen says not out and it's a no-brainer for the TV umpire because the ball has got so far to travel out of the rough there is no way he can be sure that it would be hitting the stumps. Michael Holding for one is less than impressed by Strauss' referring skills — he has used up all his goes now for this innings.

18:05 - WI 230-3 (87 overs): Half chance for Bell, no actually less than that about a one seventh chance. Thick edge from Sarwan off Monty flies in the general direction of short leg but the Sherminator fails to get a hand on it. Flintoff returns to the attack.

17:50 - WI 224-3 (83 overs): Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease now, he normally books in for bed and breakfast but gets an inside edge on the first ball after lunch and almost hands Broad a third quick wicket. Four straight maidens since lunch.

17:30 - WI 224-3: At lunch the satchel swingers go West Indies 13/8;
England 3/1; Draw 5/4

17:00 - WI 224-3 (79 overs): WICKETS! Broad strikes - a lack of bounce and Gayle can only get an inside edge on to his off stump. And two balls later, Xavier Marshall goes nowhere on the crease and is struck in front of middle - no need for a referral this time, he is a gonner and Hawkeye shows the ball would have smashed into middle and leg. Marshall - whose highest first class score is 85 but was preferred to Lendl Simmons who scored 282 against England last week - is a man under pressure. Sarwan paddles Panesar down to fine leg to bring up his 12th Test century off 250 balls. All action at the end of the morning session! LUNCH - let's see what they have in a Jerk Chicken Pot Noodle around here.

16:45 - WI 216-1 (76 overs): Gayle blasts his way to his ton in some style - smashing Monty Panesar for big sixes over long-on before a paddled three to reach his ninth Test hundred and first on his homeground at Sabina Park. It would have been Bob Marley's birthday and now the local boy has reached three figures - could be a good night for a party in Trenchtown.

16:30 - WI 200-1 (74 overs): Stuart Broad was mediocre yesterday (and that's putting it nicely), he's into the attack and almost ends the Gayle-Sarwan partnership at 181. The Guyanese batsman gets an inside edge on one that jags back and he's almost plays on for 96. The 200 is up - the last 50 comfortably being the slowest of the four, in 165 balls.

16:15 - WI 194-1 (70 overs): HE'S GOT HIM!!! Gayle tickles Flintoff off his hip and Matt Prior takes the catch behind the stumps. NO HE'S NOT GOT HIM!!! TV replays show there was no willow involved only trouser and for the third time this match, umpire Hill is forced to retract his initial decision. Sarwan becomes the youngest West Indian to reach 5000 Test runs and the seventh youngest of all-time with a single - he is 28 years and 228 days.

16:00 - WI 192-1 (67 overs): Sidebottom makes a lbw appeal as he hits Sarwan in front of middle, Rudi Koertzen says no, Andrew Strauss asks for a referral then realises it's pitched outside leg stumps and withdraws the referral. Clear as mud this new system.

15:45 - WI 190-1 (64 overs): Darren Gough is in the ground and doing what alll Yorkshiremen do when the sun is out, showing the world his chest. He watches Gayle squirt Flintoff down to the third man fence. Ryan Sidebottom has relieved Harmison.

15:30 - WI 183-1 (60 overs): Freddie Flintoff earned half a million quid this morning laying in bed, no he wasn't indulging in the world's oldest career but as part of the IPL auction. He's steaming in this morning but sees Sarwan dispatch him through the covers for four when he over pitches.

15:15 - WI 171-1 (57 overs): Play! Steve Harmison bowls the first ball of day three, and Chris Gayle promptly clips him to fine leg for two. Harmy hits back, almost getting one to nip back onto the top of off stump as Sarwan plays an ill-advised leave. The first boundary of the morning comes as Gayle dabs the big Durham quick down to third man.

15:00 - It's sunny and hot - about 27 degrees and ideal weather for that paddling pool the Barmy Army are so fond of.

14:45 - All the talk is about the TV referrals. There were five stoppages in a one-hour spell in the afternoon session. England gained their only breakthrough thus far after challenging a leg-before decision made against Devon Smith but they were denied doubling their wicket tally when New Zealander Tony Hill chose to overturn his initial inkling to give Ramnaresh Sarwan out lbw to Steve Harmison after receiving advice from television official Daryl Harper. What is more trustworthy: the predictive path of Hawkeye - which the third umpire is not allowed to use - or Harper's eyes? The ICC says the latter, anyone who has not been on the sauce for 17 hours says the former. Feel free to add your two cents.

14:30 - WI 160-1 (54 overs): Andrew Strauss' team require early wickets with West Indies resuming this afternoon on 160-1, just 158 behind England. West Indies captain Chris Gayle led the way with three sixes in an unbeaten 71 while second-wicket partner Ramnaresh Sarwan claimed more of the strike to reach 74 not out. And the satchel swingers say: West Indies 13/8; England 4/1; Draw 21/20.


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