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Sarwan refuses to let Harper spoil his day

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21:30 — WI 398/5 (109 overs) — Broad attempts a leg-cutter and is smeared to the pickets by Ramdin as another rapid half century partnership arrives before Sarwan dispatches a Pietersen full toss and cuts him late to the fence to move to 184. That's STUMPS and a draw must be the heavy favourite now. Join us at 2pm to see if Sarwan gets his 200.


21:15 — WI 380/5 (106 overs) — A tired Broad is thrashed to the boundary by Ramdin and West Indies could even reach the follow-on mark tonight. 15 minutes left.

21:00 — WI 369/5 (103 overs) — Sarwan edges Broad just wide of slip for his 16th boundary and a rare false shot. His 17th is more in keeping with the rest of the innings, cutting Swann with power. Ramdin tickles Broad off his pads and there will be ten overs of overtime tonight.

20:45 — WI 351/5 (99 overs) — In the middle of all this controversy Sarwan brings up just his second 150 in Test cricket. A lovely cover drive off Swann and Denesh Ramdin, who is at the crease prematurely, takes his team closer to the follow-on target by working the offie through mid-wicket for his first four.

20:30 — WI 335/5 (96 overs) — WICKET! Another rank long hop from Sidebottom and Sarwan slashes it square to bring up the 50 partnership off just 59 balls. Ryan wants his skipper to refer when he has a lbw shout against the centurion — but it's pitched outside leg and going over the top so not worth the effort. Strauss does use his second referral three balls later and Harper gifts England a second false lbw decision of the afternoon. The ball is going over the top but the TV umpire apparently has clear evidence that it was hitting the stumps — Hawkeye says it's going over the top but England earn a fifth lbw decision. The West Indies are incensed and coach John Dyson immediately heads off to see the match referee.

20:15 — WI 330/4 (94 overs) — No third man and Nash carves a slow, wide delivery from Sidebottom to the boundary. Then a referral by Strauss for a lbw decision against the Western Australia born left-hander. This time Harper does think Swann's delivery is going over the top of middle and Hawkeye agrees.

20:00 — WI 323/4 (91 overs) — Nash's Test career scoring rate in his first five matches is a Tavare-sque 37.5 but he has raced to 28 off 26 balls — cutting a wide Broad delivery for six over point and cutting Anderson to the fence being the latest examples of his new-found strokeplay.

19:45 — WI 310/4 (88 overs) — Sidebottom continues to be fodder as he is driven down the ground by Sarwan and Brendan Nash collects his first four by tickling Anderson off his pads before his partner goes up and over for a maximum off the Burnley Bronco. Broad replaces the inept Sidebottom and after an inside edge goes to the fence, Nash collects another four with a lavish square drive.

19:30 — WI 282/4 (85 overs) — Woeful fielding from Sidebottom as he attempts to pick the ball up one-handed on the boundary — but he misses and the ball bounces off his foot and goes for four. WICKET! Then the breakthrough for Anderson as Chanderpaul pads up to a delivery angled across him. He refers but the ball has straightened and although Hawkeye shows that the ball would have gone over the top of middle, there was not 'conclusive' evidence for Harper to overturn it. Strong evidence granted but not conclusive.

19:15 — WI 277/3 (82 overs) — Anderson gets tossed the new pill and sees Sarwan rock back in his crease and punch him through the covers for a boundary. Sidebottom has an appeal for a smuggled catch down the leg-side but Sarwan hasn't hit it and frankly that's a poor opening over with the precious new ball.

19:00 — Bopara will bowl the 80th over - of course that all important new ball is due in the next over.

18:40 — WI 265/3 (79 overs) — Another century partnership between the two Guyanese Chanderpaul and Sarwan, it's their seventh in 37 attempts. Their highest is 262 which will probably be a worry for England as they enjoy a cup of TEA!

18:25 — WI 250/3 (75 overs) — Got 'im!! No. Bopara thought he had Chanderpaul caught behind as he looks to play the cut shot once more but no noise and no edge. Shiv then guides him down to third man for another boundary. Adil Rashid is on the field as a sub fielder — due a Test debut soon.

18:10 — WI 239/3 (71 overs) — Ravi Bopara comes on for a bowl sporting a nice black eye after being hit by Fidel Edwards yesterday and he takes the outside edge of Chanderpaul only for the ball — not for the first time today — to fly through the gap between keeper and the roving second slip. 600 on the board, can we have a traditional first slip please! Another half-century for Chanderpaul, it's his 52nd and has come off 80 balls.

17:55 — WI 232/3 (67 overs) — Sidebottom (0-97 in the series) is replaced by Anderson who is angled down to third man by Chanderpaul for his eighth boundary. Stephenaanderton — what were you saying about that draw.

17:40 — WI 219/3 (65 overs) — Sarwan scampers through for a quick single and that's his third century in four innings in this series — he gives it the increasingly tired Usain Bolt celebration. 10 fours and a six, 255 minutes and it's his 14th Test century. He gets a stroke of luck in the next over as he stretches to play a wide drive and gets an outside edge off Sidebottom that just eludes Paul Collingwood in the gully.

17:25 — WI 214/3 (61 overs) — Sidebottom has done very little so far, perhaps still troubled by that heel injury as he hasn't got that nip. Dabbed to the fence by Chanderpaul who then drives him down the ground for back-to-back boundaries.

17:10 — WI 199/3 (58 overs) - Another short delivery from Swann and the same result with Chanderpaul swinging it away to the fence. The Notts spinner then gets one to turn viciously out of the rough and Tim Ambrose has no chance and four byes are the result. West Indies almost halfway to the follow-on target.

16:55 — WI 179/3 (54 overs) — Far too short from Swann and he is pulled away with some alacrity by Chanderpaul. Broad opts to come around the wicket to the left-hander and is greeted by a crunching drive through the covers.

16:40 - Broad will open up after lunch. Chanderpaul's form has been modest by his own high standards on this tour with scores of 20, 1 and 55. Is he due one?

16:00 — WI 163/3 (50 overs) — WICKET! Swann earns his second front foot lbw decision of the morning from umpire Tiffin. Hinds was just propping that front pad forward and is given out despite the ball not straightening too much. Hawkeye shows the ball would have gone on to hit leg stump. Shiv Chanderpaul comes to the crease and elegantly drives his first ball to the boundary and that's LUNCH!

15:45 — WI 159/2 (47 overs) — Something of a stalemate so much so that Strauss calls upon his wild card Kevin Pietersen for a bowl. Hinds is on his home ground and still trying to establish himself as a Test batsman - he was the third part of Matthew Hoggard's hat-trick on this ground five years ago - and he lofts KP over his head for four.

15:30 — WI 147/2 (42 overs) — Not hit cleanly by Ryan Hinds but wide of the man at mid-on and that's his first boundary. He looks uncomfortable against Swann and there is a half chance as an inside edge off his boot flys towards silly point — but Strauss is not a natural in that position and has stood up far too early to grab the chance.

15:15 — WI 138/2 (38 overs) — Anderson into the attack and he watches Sarwan rock back and cut to the fence. Punishment for Swann as well as the Guyanese slog sweeps the spinner for a maximum before a delicious drive — his tenth boundary through the off-side.

15:00 — WI 121/2 (34 overs) — WICKET! Strauss turns to spin and it pays instant dividends as Graeme Swann removes Smith with just his second ball. It hits him in line and would have gone on to hit off-stump — the batsman refers but TV umpire Harper won't rescue him and England make the breakthrough.

14:45 — WI 121/1 (32 overs)kestephenson can't understand the field placings and nor can I. No short leg and Sarwan coughs one up in the air in that direction after another well directed Broad short ball. Do you need a mid-off with 600 on the board? Then Smith brings up his 50 with an outside edge straight to where second slip would have been. It's just his fourth Test fifty and comes off 87 balls, breaking a run of 20 innings and 40 months since his last half-century at this level. Sidebottom's mood deteriorates further as Sarwan drives him sumptuously past mid-off.

14:30 — WI 107/1 (28 overs) - Ryan Sidebottom is ticking as Smith gets an inside edge to the fence and then the left-armer offers him a bit of width and he carves his seventh boundary over the top of gully. Littleryapper — no early breakthrough yet.

14:15 — WI 97/1 (25 overs) - Two men out on the fence and plenty of short stuff to Sarwan but he get on top of the bounce and guides Broad past gully for four and then drives in classy fashion in a similar area to the fence. He brings up yet another 50 off 66 balls. He is hot at home, his last 13 scores being 80, 72, 57, 102, 7, 12, 65, 128, 20, 43, 107, 94 and 106. Sarwan was shocking in New Zealand though, too cold!

14:00 — WI 85/1 (22 overs) - Out come Ramnaresh Sarwan (40) and Devon Smith (37) and it's Stuart Broad to open the bowling. The sun is out, the pitch is flat but it's starting to dry out a little and there are a few holes that are moving around.

13:45 - However, West Indies' task of scoring 401 to avoid the follow-on would not have been as daunting had they taken their chances off Fidel Edwards. Two of the three opportunities missed were extremely costly - Bopara was put down on four by Jerome Taylor in the deep while England's other centurion, Andrew Strauss, was missed in the slips on 58.

13:30 - England now somehow require 19 more wickets on the flattest of pitches when West Indies resume on 85 for one - James Anderson trapped Chris Gayle leg before for an initial breakthrough yesterday evening. 

13:15 - England will today seek to add wickets to Ravi Bopara's maiden international hundred in their bid to level the Test series in the Caribbean. Bopara celebrated his return to Test action after a 14-month absence with 104 of England's 600 for six declared against West Indies at Kensington Oval.

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