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19:35: England 51 (33.2 overs): WICKETS! Flintoff has no confidence in his mate Harmison and in attempting to play the big shot and drag Edwards over mid-wicket, he loses his middle stump. Benn then bowls Harmison around his legs and it is all over - England humbled by an innings and 23 runs inside four days. That is England's third lowest total of all-time. Humiliation is the only word.


19:30: England 50-8 (33 overs): WICKET! Sidebottom goes lbw to Benn. He tries to pull the slow left-armer through mid-wicket, misses and is caught deep in the crease and umpire Koertzen slows raises the deadly digit. Ryan refers but there is nothing obviously bad in the decision so it sticks and Hawkeye indicates it would have clipped leg. Sidebottom swings his bat in disgust as he leaves the field and will probably get fined for that gesture.

19:15: England 49-7 (30 overs): HE'S DONE IT!! Flintoff reaches double figures with the first boundary of the innings — a thick outside edge off Benn past gully. Then a quality shot as he dispatches a half volley from the spinner past mid-off and a club over long-on means England have avoided the ignominy of their lowest ever total. Sidebottom will be batting at four in Barbados at this rate, he's looking solid.

19:00: England 30-7 (27 overs): Still no English batsman has reached double figures.


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18:45: England 27-7 (23 overs): kestephenson sums it up - "Thanks England, it looks like I will have to talk to the wife on Sunday night as this match will be over long before." Forget that mate, you might have to chat with the bread knife inside the next hour. Taylor has figures of 9-4-11-5, great bowling but some questionable footwork from the England batsmen.

18:30: England 26-7 (20 overs): WICKETS! Five for Taylor as Collingwood and Prior depart! The first delivery jags back a touch and a Collingwood inside edge flicks the leg-bail. The batsman has no idea that he is out and runs two before being told the dismal news. Four balls later and an off cutter nips back through the gate and clips off-stump. ENGLAND HAVE NOT LOST THEIR FIRST SIX WICKETS FOR LESS RUNS IN A TEST MATCH SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY!! WICKET! And it just gets worse as Broad turns a Benn delivery straight to Xavier Marshall at short leg.

18:15: England 23-4 (17 overs): WICKET! Bounce for Benn and Strauss is completely squared up in front of middle — a big appeal but umpire Rudi Koertzen thinks it is going over the top. No referral although replays show it would have hit the top of middle. Now there was no way TV umpire Harper should have suggested that the decision needed changing had it been referred but you are never sure with him. But then he does go and you've seen it a million times before with the left-handed opener, the ball slanting away from him - a good channel by Taylor and the feather edge is taken by Ramdin. THIS IS DIRE!

18:00: England 16-3 (14 overs): A Benn delivery trickles completely along the ground to Strauss. He and Ramdin, who concedes two byes, will be unimpressed by that at this stage of the fourth day and then a big appeal follows with plenty of men around the bat but the ball clearly comes off the arm of the England skipper.

17:45: England 12-3 (11 overs): WICKET! Jerome Taylor's first ball of the afternoon is a beauty - full and straight with a touch of out swing and Pietersen sees his off-stump cartwheeling. The crowd are delirious and England are in a world of trouble.

17:30: johnnyevz82 calls for Cook, Bell, Harmison and Panesar to be dropped and replaced by Shah, Trescothick, Anderson and Swann. One problem with that - all Test matches would need to be played within a 50 mile radius of Swindon for Trescothick to turn up.

17:00: England 11-2 (9.4 overs): WICKET! We do have spin at both ends with Benn and Gayle at the end of the session and it puts England in a world of trouble. Ian Bell rocks back to play the cut shot but 6' 7" Benn generates some extra bounce and a bottom edge nestles in Denesh Ramdin's gloves. That's lunch and the tourists will need another Kevin Pietersen rescue act this afternoon.

16:45: England 8-1 (5 overs): WICKET! Cook goes cheaply again — nibbling at a wide-ish Taylor delivery that is angled away from him and Devon Smith snaffles the edge at second slip — albeit diving forward at the second attempt.

16:30: England 1-0 (2 overs): Here we go and it's Jerome Taylor to open up — Cook survives a lbw appeal in the first over and this time the field umpire gets it right as it is going down leg. Benn will be happy to see the ball was still turning for Monty and he is sure to be in the attack sooner rather than later. Michael Holding has just described Harper's TV umpiring as "garbage" and that's being kind.

16:10: West Indies 392 (157.4 overs): WICKET! West Indies lead by 74 runs on first innings after Powell is "dismissed' by Steve Harmison. He is intially given caught behind by umpire Tony Hill after "edging" an attempted pull shot to Prior - the batsman refers because as the replays indicate there is daylight between bat and ball but he is given out anyway. Oh well - nice one Daryl Harper, England will take that.

16:00: West Indies 392-9 (156 overs): Fidel Edwards is out there for a good time, not a long time, as he swats the seamers for a hat-trick of threes through the covers. Monty Panesar comes into the attack and has him bamboozled but this partnership has reached 16 at drinks.

15:45: West Indies 383-9 (152 overs): Nash doesn't have too much faith in Daren Powell and when he chases a wide one from the last Broad delivery of the over, he only succeeds in getting a feather edge through to keeper Matt Prior. A clever off-cutter from the young bowler who gets his first five-for in Test cricket and the ex-Aussie departs for 55.

15:30: West Indies 374-8 (149 overs): WICKET! The end of a Larry Blackmon innings — a nice cameo - from Benn. He has not even looked to keep the ball on the ground and it's one offside carve too many as he slices Broad to Alastair Cook at point. 23 off 36 balls was a handy knock though.

15:15: West Indies 368-7 (146 overs): It takes just two balls for Brendan Nash to record the third fifty of his fledgling Test match career — fending Broad wide of the slip cordon to bring up the milestone off 148 balls. A career average of 71 and a career strike rate of 38 — he's one for the purists. Sulieman Benn then flicks Broad off his hip for six and next ball steers him over the top through the covers for four — nice shots those for a number nine. The lead is 50.

15:00: West Indies 352-7 (143 overs): Away we go and it's that man Broad who opens up - about 28 degrees in Trenchtown this morning, nice and toasty.

14:45: West Indies had to overcome last night after a stodgy period which saw them lose four wickets for 34 runs in 28 overs.

14:30: Stuart Broad has urged his England colleagues to "get up and go" for the West Indies' tail in a bid to maintain a victory chance in the first Test at Sabina Park.

Only 192 runs were scored on day three as the hosts closed on 352-7, a lead of 34, and Broad wants to finish the job.

Broad said: "We are not looking at things in terms of saving the match, we are thinking very positively in the changing room and we still have a chance in this fixture.

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