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21:08: WI 143-3 (45 overs) Pietersen has a couple of expensive overs towards the close but runs are not a factor now. West Indies require another 360 runs and that's not going to happen, England need seven wickets and that might happen. Join us at 2pm tomorrow to find out - should be interesting. STUMPS!



20:45: WI 119-3 (40 overs) Chanderpaul is trying to book in for bed and breakfast, he's the sort of guy who would be quite happy to bat for seven hours and make 30. Swann is probing and has an lbw appeal against Sarwan when he shoulders arms - but it's comfortably missing off peg. Five overs left.

20:30: WI 113-3 (36 overs) Sarwan cuts Swann to the boundary once again - this is the big partnership now between him and Shiv Chanderpaul - the two Guyanese. Break this and England will fancy wrapping up this match early tomorrow.

20:15: WI 100-3 (31 overs) Hinds is one of those guys who scores piles of runs but can't convert it to the international stage - John Crawley, Graeme Hick, I could go on. Swann getting more turn from both the pitch and the rough now.

20:00: WI 96-3 (29 overs) WICKET! Sarwan cuts Flintoff past point and then one ball after coming very close to being bowled around his legs, Ryan Hinds uses his feet and plays a crackerjack on-drive off Swann. However he departs cheaply and it's a soft dismissal, driving on the up to a ball that is never there in Stuart Broad's comeback over and Owais Shah takes an easy catch at short mid-on.

19:45: WI 81-2 (25 overs) WICKET! So after his pair, Flintoff - hip injury and all - belatedly comes into the attack and sees Ramnaresh Sarwan tickle his second ball down to the fine leg fence and his fourth through the covers for a four. Gayle then decides to sweep Swann with one hand for his eighth boundary but departs attempting the same shot! He misses and the off-spinner gets one to straighten prompting umpire Koertzen to raise the deadly digit, Gayle is very unimpressed but Hawkeye shows it was hitting the top of off.

19:30: WI 68-1 (21 overs) WICKET! Harmison strikes as he traps Devon Smith lbw. The opener is not a big man and is back and across as he is struck in front of middle - it's above the knee roll but umpire Harper says out and Hawkeye says hitting the top of middle. Vital wicket for England.

19:15: WI 57-0 (18 overs) Short and wide from Harmison and Gayle cuts high and handsome to the fence. The home skipper then dispatches three deliveries from Swann through the covers and all these boundaries are going to save him running.

19:00: Harmison will open up for the final session, we have 31 overs still to go. The satchel swingers go West Indies 22/1 England 4/6 Draw 13/10.

18:42: WI 32-0 (14 overs) TEA - West Indies successfully negotiate their way to the tea break with few problems. Gayle has 13 runs and Smith 16 - 471 are needed for victory. Surely not... a bit flat so far from the England bowlers, although Swann was unlucky to be denied with an lb shout against Gayle. It pitched a long way out so the decision was understandable.

18:27: WI 30-0 (10 overs) WIndies creep up to 30. Harmison comes on - perhaps he is feeling a bit better. Strauss adjusting his field as he looks for a breakthrough.

18:22: WI 26-0 (9 overs) Spinner Graeme Swann takes the ball after Gayle hits a lovely square cut off Anderson, who a couple of overs before saw one whistle past the stumps with Gayle all at sea. With Flintoff and Harmison struggling, perhaps mixing it up a bit is the way forward for the tourists...

18:05: WI 18-0 (6 overs) Smith with his first boundary driven back past Broad, followed soon after with another - a sublime cover drive. There are signs that the batsmen may already be getting itchy feet... the fans are having fun in the sun, although their record of dropped catches is nothing to be proud of. 

17:55 WI 4-0 (3 overs) After another maiden for Broad, Anderson pitches one up which Chris Gayle cracks back past him for four. The home captain loved that one - but the more adventurous the WIndies are, the better it is for England. The first ball of the over saw an lbw shout which would have been good had the ball not bounced slightly outside the line of leg stump.

17:47: WI 0-0 (1 over) Maiden over for Jimmy Anderson as the hosts begin a very, very long defence of their wickets. Despite the unwillingness to declare the tourists should surely take the 10 required for victory in this 'third' Test match today and tomorrow.

17:35: Eng 221-8 (50 overs) ENGLAND DECLARE - Steve Harmison launches a beast of a six over deep midwicket on the final ball of the 50th over - a lovely round figure - to bring up a lead of over 500. Sure enough Strauss calls them in. West Indies will need 503 to win off a guaranteed 135 overs.

17:31: Eng 206-8 (49 overs) WICKET! Flintoff, struggling with a hip injury, flicks Benn to midwicket where Hinds takes an excellent diving catch. He heads back with a second duck in the match.

17:24: Eng 201-7 (47 overs) WICKET! Well we wanted England to show some cojones and take on the West Indian bowlers, but this is woeful. Stuart Broad looks for a single after a Matt Prior defensive stroke but is sent back - the paceman is some way short of the crease when the bails are taken off. Still no wave of the hand from Strauss - and out comes Frederick Flintoff!!

17:18: Eng 195-6 (46 overs) WICKET! Collingwood follows the former skipper to the pavilion, bowled by Hinds while on 34. He was looking for a slog sweep and misjudged it.

17:13: Eng 190-5 (45 overs) WICKET! Pietersen plays one cocky shot too many, edging behind to Ramdin off the bowling off Benn while attempting his second switch-hit in a few overs. The first was stopped on the boundary while Collingwood smashed a huge six to the long-on boundary. Pietersen leaves with 32 - and could have gone sooner after a little leap over the crease which was not referred and was technically a run-out.

17:05: Eng 173-4 (43 overs) Stauss and co. on the England balcony have a chortle as a big Collingwood edge spins away before nutmegging Benn on the boundary - to be fair to the fielder it kept low after the bounce. The lead is over 450 and surely they will declare soon...

16:55: Eng 162-4 (41 overs) Perhaps we will now see some aggressive batsmanship from England... Pietersen obliges with a boundary flicked off his legs - although it was a shockingly poor effort from Powell to stop it on the rope - while new batsman Paul Collingwood comes out to drive a half-volley past Taylor in the same over.

16:45: Eng 146-4 (38 overs) WICKET! Cook has gone for 58 - a wicked Hinds delivery kicked up and struck him on the glove, looping behind wicketkeeper Ramdin and Smith took the easy chance.

16:42: Eng 144-3 (37 overs) Cook slashes Benn behind square for four as England edge further ahead. It has not been an explosive innings from the left-hander, but he has put the runs on the board.

16:00: Eng
135-3 (36 overs) LUNCH.
The home side take an age over Hinds's over to ensure it is the last one before lunch. England nudge a
couple to increase the lead to 416. Hardly scintillating, but the tourists are
nonetheless in great shape. A quick 30-minute blast should see enough runs on
the board for Andrew Strauss to declare.

15:57: Eng
133-3 (35 overs)
The scoreboard says Alastair Cook has brought up his
50, but he is actually still on 49. He celebrates, and Cow for one would be
amused if he gets out now. He milks another run and completes his half-century
off 92 balls. A decent knock. Unhurried. Rather too unhurried. With both
spinners on there is time for an extra over before lunch.

15:50: Eng
123-3 (32 overs)
Lucky Pietersen! He is caught and bowled off a Benn
no-ball - the spinner curses himself, and well he might. It is an all-spin
attack now - Benn and Ryan Hinds. Pietersen goes for a left-handed switch-hit slog
and fails to make contact, but the ball beats Ramdin and scoots through for two
byes. The lead is now up to 404 and England really shouldn't need to
bat for more than half an hour or so after the interval.

15:40: Eng
113-3 (29 overs)
Benn goes
round the wicket to Pietersen, who clubs a pseudo-sweep to square leg for four.
About 20 minutes left until lunch and England are starting to ramp up the
aggression. Cook has 43.

15:30: Eng
97-3 (26 overs)
goes for a massive heave off Powell but completely misses it and the ball
rearranges his middle stump. He falls for a 23-ball 14 and Kevin Pietersen
strides to crease. Hard to criticise him for having a go, however. 

15:25: Eng
92-2 (25 overs)
meets a decent length ball from Powell with a might heave to cow corner (no
relation) for six! Cracking shot. He then works the ball to the on side for two
more and this is more like it from England. But then Powell digs in a
short ball that keeps low and wallops the ducking Shah right in the helmet. Ouch.
Cow isn't sure whether you can be
LBW off your head, but that nearly qualifies. Shah is also looking to tuck in
to Benn, but the spinner mixes things up nicely and goes for just one off the

15:15: Eng
83-2 (23 overs)
Alastair Cook has his uses, but in this situation you
just want him to get out and give a turn to someone who can hit the thing in
the air. Shah is nurdling the ball about in wristy fashion and yelping his
calls over-anxiously after his dismal first-innings run out. Cook hits back at
Cow by whipping a waist-high ball to wide midwicket for four and he moves on to

15:00: Eng 70-2 (20 overs) WICKET! Anderson attempts to cut
a ball that is too close to his body and nicks a regulation catch to Ramdin. The
Burnley Bronco goes for 20 and that is drinks. Owais Shah next man in.

14:55: Eng
69-1 (19 overs)
Daren Powell comes into the attack and finds the edge
of Anderson's bat. The ball drops just short of Gayle at slip
and scoots through for four. Now Sulieman Benn gets his first over, which goes
for two runs. Cook and Anderson have 20 runs apiece and the morning onslaught
we anticipated is still not in evidence.

14:45: Eng 55-1 (16 overs) Chris Gayle
drops a sitter! Anderson
guides a chest-high Edwards delivery to first slip and the Windies captain,
seemingly uncertain as to whether Dinesh Ramdin will go for it, puts down a
one-handed catch. Why didn't he go for
it with both hands? Is that Chelsy Davy in the crowd? Or is it just a blonde
girl with big cheeks and sunglasses? The wizened old white bloke with a rasta hat
sitting next to her could be Prince Philip...

14:30:  Eng 46-1 (13 overs) - Like wading through treacle, this. Anderson cuts a lovely boundary off Edwards but Taylor's next over is another maiden. Maybe we're just panicking about the slow run rate, or maybe it's the increasingly plausible thought of the Windies batting this match out for an unlikely draw - particularly with rain mooted as a possibility for tomorrow.

14:15: Eng 35-1 (10 overs) - Jerome Taylor and Fidel Edwards
start the day off with 16 consecutive dot balls. Needless to say, Ian
Botham is apoplectic. Edwards has a half-hearted LBW shout against
Anderson, but is probably
relieved to see Rudi Koertzen's
finger stay down. Cook finally gets things moving with a superb cut off
the back foot that races between point and gully for four off Taylor's

14:00: Eng 31-1 (7 overs) - PLAY! The West Indies come out, followed by England batsmen Anderson and Cook. It's a complete mystery why England felt the need to use a nightwatchman, but Jimmy needs to go hard or go home.

13:50 - Here's how the match stands: England are 31/1 in their second innings, 312 runs ahead after three days. The tourists need a lead of no less than 400 but probably no more than 450 and then have a day and a half to bowl the West Indies out - nightwatchman Jimmy Anderson needs to get himself out quickly and bring Kevin Pietersen to the crease. The pitch is starting to show cracks and could help Graeme Swann later on following his five-for in the first innings. England still have fitness question marks over Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison - they will hope the decision not to enforce the follow-on has given them time to recover.

13:30 - Welcome to LIVE coverage of day four of the third Test between the West Indies and England from Antigua! England start the day looking to score quickly in their second innings. They will hope to be around 450 runs in front and ready to declare shortly after lunch  - so prepare for some fireworks in the morning session.

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