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21:15 - WI 349-4 (109 overs) - Nash smashes a Monty full toss past long-on for his 12th boundary before Prior concedes four more byes to take that tally to 30 and West Indies have avoided the

follow-on. The hosts now in a great position to secure a draw and win the series.


21:00 - WI 339-4 (106 overs) - This is the 73rd time Chanderpaul has passed fifty in Test cricket, two off Panesar to fine leg bringing up the milestone off 142 balls. A sweet cover drive from Nash off Swann who seems to be struggling with that floating bone in his elbow and the hosts should reach the follow-on target tonight. Three more overs.

20:45 - WI 328-4 (101 overs) - The first boundary in an hour as a wide, short delivery from Swann is thrashed away by Nash. Eight overs left tonight. 

20:30 - WI 318-4 (97 overs) - Will England set the West
Indies a tempting total on the final day in a last ditch bid to square
the series? They are certainly not going to enforce the follow-on with
spin on at both ends.

20:15 - WI 306-4 (93 overs) - The runs have dried up and
Broad squares up Nash who gets an outside edge that falls short of
Strauss at slip. Just like his opposite number Gayle, the England
skipper is standing too deep.

20:00 - WI 303-4 (90 overs) - Three overs for 21 with the
new ball so Broad into the attack. 19 overs left in the final hour and
despite some solid work in the field England have only managed to take
three wickets today including that of the nightwatchman.

19:45 - WI 301-4 (87 overs) - If Khan doesn't want to
become another Darren Pattison he's got some work to do. His 11th new
bal is clipped to the fence past square leg by Chanderpaul and then he
hurls five wides down the leg-side, as you might expect when you are
looking at your bootlaces when you release the ball. Nash brings up his
50 by upper cutting the Dane
over the slip cordon, it has come off 99 balls. 

19:30 - WI 283-4 (83 overs) - Khan replaces Swann, initially with the old ball, and is cut to the fence by Nash who is playing far more fluently than he did in the opening three Tests. No andy_lycett I don't find that amusing at all and England are now facing losing this series.

19:15 - WI 270-4 (80 overs) - Panesar drops short allowing Nash to find the boundary off the backfoot and Chanderpaul to swing him away to the mid-wicket fence. The new ball is due!

19:00 - 34 overs tonight, five overs to the new ball and 95 more to avoid the follow-on. Game On! 

18:40 - WI 251-4 (75 overs) - Another bat-pad, this time
Strauss catches in at the second attempt albeit it has not come off the
willow. And then another, this time bat but out of the reach of the
skipper. Panesar can feel justifiably aggrieved as Nash misses an
attempted pull shot — he is struck in front of middle, it would have
gone on to hit middle halfway up but umpire Tiffin says not out and we
can all take the 20 minutes at TEA to calm down. 

18:25 - WI 244-4 (70 overs) - DROPPED! Monty is going
nuts as usual, appealing wildly for balls brushing the thigh pad and
the like but he has cause for excitement when a bat-pad from Nash goes
straight through the hands of Strauss at silly point. No guarantee it
would have been given as England are out of referrals but it looked
very much as if the ball came off the face of the bat.

18:10 - WI 241-4 (67 overs) - Anderson returns after a
spell doing the toilet two step and he sees Nash get thick edges for
four down to third man, in the gap between the slips and the gully, on
two occasions. 

17:55 - WI 231-4 (63 overs) - England can't believe it
as Amjad thinks Chanderpaul has nicked a wide one through to Prior.
Khan is off celebrating without even bothering to look at umpire Harper
who was right as the batsman clearly struck the ground not the ball.
Brendan Nash off the mark as he cuts a wide delivery from Panesar to
the fence and he then does likewise to the Kent debutant.

17:40 - WI 219-4 (59 overs) - WICKET! Panesar gets a
second as he strikes Simmons on the pad in front of middle. He refers
but it's knocking over all three. Matt Prior gets 12 byes to his name
although in truth he has little chance with leg-side deliveries from
Monty and Amjad. Chanderpaul is booking in for bed and breakfast and
turns Khan off his hip and nutmegs Pietersen at leg slip for his first

17:25 - WI 203-3 (57 overs) - Khan returns to the attack with five wides from some real filth down the leg-side. It has been confirmed that Gayle has torn his right hamstring and that is likely to mean he will miss the one-day series. And yes readers updates will be every 15 minutes - but you wait until the summer, there are people in bunkers, working on exciting stuff!

17:10 - WI 196-3 (54 overs) - Gayle brings up his tenth
Test century as he pushes Broad into mid-wicket and then races for a
quick single after a misfield by Owais Shah. The throw was only inches
away from dismissing the skipper for 99! But he's done himself a
mischief in scampering through, seemingly pulling a hamstring and is
forced to retire hurt to be replaced by Shiv Chanderpaul, who is
limping himself after hurting himself in the field on Friday.

16:55 - WI 190-3 (52 overs) - Gayle drives Swann through
the covers and then a massive shout for lbw against Simmons. It looked
good to the naked eye but it has turned a long way and umpire Tiffin
shakes his head. Hawkeye shows it would have missed leg stump.

16:40 - Broad will open up after lunch to one slip, a gully and
a short extra cover on this slow pitch. Anderson has a stomach upset so
Ravi Bopara is on as a sub fielder.

16:20 - Phil Hughes has become the youngest player to score a
century in each innings of a Test, at 20 years and 98 days old, as
Australia extended their lead over South Africa to 506 at the close on
the third day of the second Test
at Kingsmead. Ricky Ponting became the second-highest Australian
run-scorer when he reached 61 and 10,928 career runs to overtake his
predecessor as captain, Steve Waugh. 

16:00 - WI 176-3 (48 overs) - Gayle edges past Collingwood at slip and he will go to 87 at lunch.
After two days of drudgery that was an entertaining opening session.
West Indies still 170 runs short of avoiding the follow-on.

15:45 - WI 164-3 (44 overs) - Rush of blood from Simmons
as he charges down the track to Monty and gets a thick inside edge
which fortunately for him falls safe. Panesar gives some rare chat to
the batter and then a massive appeal for lbw next ball but an inside
edge saves the debutant. But when Monty drops short, the local
24-year-old plays a short am pull to the mid-wicket fence. An Anderson
delivery keeps low and is a fraction wide of Gayle's off-stump which is
encouraging for England.

15:30 - WI 150-3 (41 overs) - Gayle has been very
reserved this morning but he smashes Panesar through the covers for his
first boundary of the day. After 23 balls Simmons collects his first
runs in Test cricket as he steers Khan down to third man for a
boundary. The Great Dane is having some front foot problems, eight
no-balls in as many overs and is replaced by Anderson who is cut past
backward point by Gayle for boundary number eight.

15:15 - WI 128-3 (37 overs) - Khan, after cracking under the pressure yesterday evening,
must have had some night's sleep — he now looks like the reverse swinging skiddy
bowler that England have needed since Simon Jones. And he's thrown in a couple
of decent looking slower balls, one of which went for four byes under Matt
Prior. Trinidad and Tobago's
opening batsman Lendl Simmons, who caught the eyes of the selectors when he smashed a double century
in a tour match against the visiting England team, is at the crease for
his first Test innings. 

15:00 - WI 125-3 (35 overs) - DROPPED! Paul Collingwood
of all people has dropped a sitter at slip as Panesar gets some turn
and tempts Sarwan to drive. But then WICKET! Amjad Khan gets
Colly out of trouble with a full delivery that straightens a touch and
Sarwan has gone, palpably lbw, handing the Kent quick his first wicket
in Test cricket. The finest thing to come out of Denmark since that
bacon I had this morning. 

14:45 - WI 114-2 (31 overs) - Massive delirious shout
from Panesar for lbw against Sarwan as he thrusts a pad at a straight
ball. Hawkeye shows hitting the top of middle and leg but umpire Tiffin
is unmoved and then he spears four byes down the leg-side in his next
over. Broad has taken ten wickets in this series and has used lots of
variation this morning with short deliveries and the off-cutter.

14:30 - WI 105-2 (27 overs) - Ramnaresh Sarwan has scored
107, 94, 106 and 291 in this series and starts in similar vein, working
Swann through the leg-side for his first boundary. Panesar has replaced
his former Northants team-mate.

14:15 - WI 96-2 (23 overs) - So Graeme Swann and Stuart
Broad to open the bowling. A couple of half shouts for a bat-pad and a
lbw in each of the first two overs but the first run comes in the third
over of the morning to see the home skipper bring up his 31st Test
fifty off 76 balls. WICKET! Then Powell departs for a duck as a
short ball from Broad follows the fast bowler, takes the splice and
loops to Kevin Pietersen in the gully.

14:00 - The pitch report shows that it is very crumbly around
the cracks but between the platelets it is rock hard — some will turn,
some won't. Gayle and nightwatchman Daren Powell stride out before a
sparse crowd and no surprises it's another hot, sunny day. 

13:45 - West Indies will resume on 92 for one, following a
typically aggressive launch out of the blocks from captain Chris Gayle
(49 not out), requiring 347 to avoid the follow-on.

13:30 - England are hoping the Queen's Park Oval pitch will deteriorate over the next few days as they push for victory in the final Test against the West Indies to level the series.


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