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One down, 19 to go for England

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21:20 — WI 92-1 (19 overs) - Nightwatchman Powell sees the hosts through to stumps. Sunday promises to be the key day of this Test. 


21:15 — WI 90-1 (17 overs) - Gayle cuts Swann to the
fence and then marks Monty Panesar's return to the Test bowling crease
with a thumping cover drive to the fence. But then WICKET! Smith plays inside the line of the ball and watches Monty's ball beat the outside edge and clip off-stump. 

21:00 — WI 72-0 (13 overs) — Swann replaces Broad and is
greeted by two thumping sixes over long-on by Gayle. In between he is
struck on the front pad and England call for their second review but it
was missing leg stump and he is correctly allowed to continue his
innings by the efficient TV umpire Aleem Dar. Khan is all over the
place, two more no-balls, four byes that are way down the leg-side and
then cut for four by Smith. His arm looks bent to me as well.

20:45 — WI 47-0 (11 overs) —
Amjad Khan opens his Test career with two no balls and a nine ball over that also sees Gayle get an outside edge just short of slip and a quality delivery that beats his outside edge. Broad goes around the wicket and Smith guides four down past the diving second slip.

20:30 — WI 33-0 (8 overs) — A crackerjack drive from
Gayle off Broad down the ground but he then goes for a repeat which is
in the air and falls just short of mid-off. The skipper opens the face
to Anderson and collects his fourth boundary.

20:15 — WI 22-0 (5 overs) — Anderson has a big shout for
lbw against the left-handed Smith. Umpire Harper says not out, England
refer and the replays indicate it has pitched well outside leg. Smith
pulls Broad to the fence before Gayle drives the Burnley Bronco down
the ground for his second boundary. He is a little tentative next ball
and gets an inside edge that could have easily gone on to hit his

20:00 — WI 7-0 (2 overs) — Jimmy Anderson and Broad take the new ball and the latter has a big shout for lbw against Gayle but it's pitched outside leg stump and not even umpire Tiffin wil give that out. The home skipper pulls to the fence with great power to complete the over.

19:40 — Eng 546-6 dec (158.5 overs) — ENGLAND DECLARE! Prior finishes unbeaten on 131 and now the match can start. 19 overs tonight.

19:30 — Eng 530-6 (156 overs) — WICKET! 40 in six overs since tea so England are getting a shift on and Broad perishes for 19 as Simmons takes a steepling catch off Baker at long-on.

19:15 — Eng 508-5 (152 overs) — Prior is given out lbw by
umpire Tiffin but Baker is denied a second wicket as the Sussex keeper
is struck well outside the line of off-stump and Aleem Dar rescues the
on-field umpire for a second occasion. Tiffin is only on the Elite
Umpire List because other men such as Peter Willey won't travel. Broad
cuts Edwards for four and Prior flicks a boundary off his legs.

19:00 — So let's get ready for some fireworks, it's a proper bowler in the shape of Fidel Edwards to get things rolling.

18:40 — Eng 490-5 (150 overs) — TEA! Really time for the tourists to step on the gas now, make 60 in eight overs after the scones, declare and give
themselves 20 overs tonight to make a breakthrough. But I doubt it! 

18:25 — Eng 486-5 (148 overs) — Prior and Collingwood cut
and pull Simmons for four respectively. Baker returns to the attack and
immediately sprays four byes down the leg-side but then in his 43rd
over in Test cricket takes his first wicket. WICKET! Colly is
plumb lbw for 161 but it takes a referral for the decision to be given,
he is struck on the back leg in front of middle. It's amazing what
happens when you bother to bowl your proper seamers! 

18:10 — Eng 468-4 (144 overs) — Prior brings up his second Test century by piercing the off-side field for two off a Hinds delivery. The ton has come off just 156 balls and the 200 partnership follows shortly after. 

17:55 — Eng 458-4 (141 overs) — Now some military
medium from Lendl Simmons who has seven first-class wickets. His second
ball is sliced past keeper Denesh Ramdin by Prior who has moved into
the nineties. Over in Durban, they have been playing proper Test
cricket - Day three report

17:40 — Eng 442-4 (138 overs) — Here's the white flag -
it's Devon Smith for his first bowl in Test cricket - he has two
first-class wickets in 112 games. Collingwood marches on as he smacks a
full toss and then some leg-side dog mess from Hinds to the fence. 70
runs in that hour and time for a DRINK.

17:25 — Eng 424-4 (134 overs) — They really should pack
up for two hours, give England three runs an over and then we can start
the business of England trying to take 20 wickets.

17:10 — Eng 411-4 (130 overs) — Collingwood breaks the
monotony by sweeping Hinds for four — the first boundary in ten overs —
and then Prior dispatches Gayle to the cover fence. 

16:55 — Eng 385-4 (123 overs) — England
working in binary numbers against the spin of Hinds and Gayle. 13 singles in the
six overs since lunch to an ultra defensive field.

16:40 — Hinds to begin the afternoon session and from the look of this field, it will be the same approach from the hosts. 

16:20 — It is all happening in Durban with Graeme Smith out of the third Test and Australia dominating the second Test

16:00 — Eng 372-4 (117 overs) — A lack of intensity from West Indies allows Collingwood to sweep Hinds for four and then for a single to bring up his ninth Test century off 206 balls. 114 runs in the session and that has turned out to be a good session for England - will the home side's tactic of playing for the draw come back to bite them on the bum? Chew that over during LUNCH!

15:45 — Eng 351-4 (112 overs) — West Indies were on top for 45
minutes but the introduction of Nash and Powell to the attack has
allowed England to break the shackles and now Hinds is bowling to a
field that allows the tourists to take a single off every ball. Prior
takes advantage of this mediocre captaincy from Gayle by bringing up
his 50 off just 53 balls.

15:30 — Eng 337-4 (109 overs) — 50 partnership comes off 70 balls as Prior back cuts Powell to the fence and then Collingwood thrashes a cafeteria delivery square off the same bowler and collects four thanks to some dodgy fielding on the fence from Ryan Hinds. Prior has made batting look very easy on this pitch and cuts Nash for his eighth boundary.

15:15 — Eng 316-4 (105 overs) — After a very long drinks break Nash comes into the attack to strangle the life out of the game. Session run rate is 3.87 so not too bad thus far with Prior 35 off 38 deliveries.

15:00 — Eng 307-4 (103 overs) — A flurry of runs as Prior collects two more boundaries down at third man off Baker — both thick edges but they all count. The fast bowler from Montserrat is replaced by Daren Powell who is greeted with a thumping drive through the covers from the Sussex keeper. Collingwood has scored five in 50 minutes this morning before pulling Edwards hard to the fence.

14:45 — Eng 284-4 (99 overs) — Some pressure on Matt Prior who has been promoted to six in the batting order and he steers Edwards through the gap in the slip cordon for his first boundary. He then tickles one off his legs and watches Baker make a schemozzle of the attempted stop at fine leg before crashing Fidel through the covers to take 12 off the over.

14:30 — Eng 272-4 (96 overs) — WICKET! A crackerjack straight drive from Shah off Lionel Baker to the boundary but he then runs himself out for the second time in this series. He sets off for a single to mid-wicket but ball watches as sub fielder Dwayne Bravo runs in, swoops and makes a direct hit. He was involved in three near misses yesterday and failed to even put the dive in - dodgy running, dodgy wrist, dodgy temperament.

14:15 - Eng 263-3 (93 overs) — WICKET! 17 balls into the day and Strauss walks across his stumps, exposes his leg peg and sees Fidel Edwards knock it over. The skipper departs for 142 and Shah returns to the crease.

14:00 - Eng 258-2 (90 overs) - With Jerome Taylor ruled out with a couple of injury
niggles, the home team are lacking firepower and they now have a
concern over veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who incurred a
groin strain fielding the ball which took Strauss to three figures and
he is not on the field as Collingwood and Strauss stride out on a warm,
sunny morning before a sparse crowd.

13:45 - West Indies, who opted to nullify England's scoring by posting a sweeper inside the first hour of the Test and set ring fields to occasional medium pacer Brendan Nash either side of lunch, have loaded their team with batting as they attempt to win a first Test series in five years. 

13:30 - Hints of deterioration in the pitch provide hope that England go one better than in Antigua and Barbados. "It's a slow, attritional wicket but there were certainly signs of turn there in the evening session, which on day one is a nice situation for us to have," said Strauss.  

13:15 - England must defeat their hosts to seal a 1-1 campaign stalemate and were directed by Strauss' 17th century at the top level. Paul Collingwood is alongside him on 54 not out while Owais Shah is fit to bat again after he retired with cramp in his hands yesterday afternoon.

13:00 - England will be looking to set up a victory bid on the second day of the final Test against West Indies. Captain Andrew Strauss' unbeaten 139 means England resume on 258 for two in this must-win series finale at Queen's Park Oval.





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