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21:30 - Eng 80-3 (15 overs) - WICKET! Cook edges Hinds through to Ramdin and he refers but no let-off and England lose a third wicket. An express spell from Edwards has Pietersen hopping all over the place. KP edges the last delivery of the day to the leg-side boundary and England have it all to do on the last day of the series. See you tomorrow.


21:15 - Eng 71-2 (13 overs) - Pietersen down on one knee and he
sweeps Hinds into the crowd at mid-wicket for six. 27 off 20 balls,
he's lapped and given England half a glimmer. The run rate is five and
a half an hour. 

21:00 - Eng 49-2 (10 overs) - This should be an ideal situation for Kevin Pietersen who thumps Baker through the covers then walks down the track to clip him through mid-wicket for his second boundary but is lucky when an expansive — and by expansive I mean attempt to hit him into Tobago — drive goes high in the air and falls to safety.

20:45 - Eng 27-2 (6 overs) - WICKET! Gayle brings himself on as we are in one-day mode and he
strikes after five balls as Strauss looks to drive — a puff of dust and
an easy return catch for the skipper. WICKET! Owais Shah's
disappointing series — and possibly terminal one for his Test career —
ends as he gets an under edge behind to Ramdin, attempting to cut
Baker. A replica of what happened two overs before but this time Harper
lifts the deadly digit.

20:30 - Eng 19-0 (4 overs) - Gayle is obviously not attacking with just two slips and the first boundary comes as Alastair Cook tickles a leg-side delivery from Baker to the fine leg fence and then Strauss smears Edwards through the covers for his first boundary. The England skipper then seems to get an under edge in attempting to cut Baker and keeper Denesh Ramdin takes the catch. But hang on umpire Harper says not out, WI refer and despite the loud woody noise TV umpire Dar says he can't "see" anything so Strauss survives.

20:15 - 18 overs tonight so we have what equates to a 108 over one innings club match. England must be positive, a 200 lead by lunch tomorrow and then 60 overs to attempt to bowl them out and square the series is the equation I would be looking at.

20:00 - WI 544 (178.4 overs) - WICKET! A regulation outside edge from Edwards as he fences outside off and Broad picks up his third wicket. In a ridiculous piece of dogma from umpire Tiffin he refuses to lift his finger until the bowler turns around and appeals directly to him. WICKET! Then Lionel Baker plays no shot to a Swann delivery and is given out lbw, the tailender refers but can't avoid a duck and England lead by two on first innings. Prior and England avoid those unwanted extras records.

19:45 - WI 541-8 (176 overs) - I have Norris McWhirter's widow
on a hotline — Prior is close to being a Record Breaker. A swinging
Anderson delivery down the leg-side takes the bye total to 35, just two
short of the record held by Frank Woolley. He was deputising for an
injured Les Ames against Australia in 1934. Woolley was 47 at the time
and playing his first Test in four years.

19:30 - WI 537-8 (173 overs) - Anderson's figures of 1-67 are
tough on him as he's bowled really well. Edwards enjoys the long handle
and swings through a length delivery and finds the mid-off fence. He is
here for a good time, not a long time.

19:15 - WI 526-8 (169 overs) - WICKET! Gayle was always going to
go swinging - he miscues an attempted booming drive and Anderson,
running around from mid-on, fails to get a hand on the steepling catch
but it doesn't matter as Swann gets his second wicket with the very
next ball as Strauss snaffles a blinder at short extra cover - he
throws out his left hand and the ball, travelling at some pace, sticks

19:00 - Here we go with the final session for today. As
expected, Gayle has emerged to continue his innings on 100 not out alongside
Chanderpaul, who is 132 not out.

18:45 - So, England
make a breakthrough just before tea to leave the Windies 27 runs behind with
three wickets remaining. Chanderpaul's still there with Fidel Edwards about to
come in. Chris Gayle has his pads on and could well make another appearance.

18:40 - WI 519-7 (166 overs) - WICKET! Anderson takes the wicket of Ramdin right on
the stroke of tea! An absolute beaut of an inswinger traps him with the last ball
before a spot of refreshment. And that's just reward for Anderson, who's been looking dangerous
since coming into the attack. TEA!

18:25 - WI 511-6 (160 overs) - Maiden number five for Monty but
Khan is not so thrifty in his next over as Ramdin clips him away for four before
deliberately guiding the ball through the slips for another boundary. Nine runs
from the over as the Windies move to within 35 runs.

18:10 - WI  500-6 (157 overs) -
Swann has departed from the pitch with a niggle so Monty's given the ball but a
Ramdin square cut to the boundary brings up 500 for the Windies.

17:55 - WI 492-6 (155 overs) - Khan is re-introduced into
the England attack and it's not too long before he's cover driven for four by
Chanderpaul, as England's lead is cut to 54 runs. The third new ball is due in nine overs.

17:40 - WI 482-6 (151 overs) - WICKET! Another one! Hinds
goes immediately after clipping a four off Swann's bowling - his 23rd run from just 30 balls - when he charges down the wicket and misses the ball. Prior
does the rest, whipping off the bails to make up - at least in some part - for his
earlier drop. The Windies trail by 64 runs now as Denesh Ramdin comes in at
number eight.

17:25 - WI 473-5 (149 overs) - Hinds continues apace as he hammers a
six straight back over Swann's head - an old lady in the crowd drops the ball as
it soars into the second tier. Chanderpaul then moves to within one of his 100 before
pushing a straight drive for four off Swann's bowling to register his first ton
of the series! Not the most convincing knock he's ever produced, but effective
nonetheless. A few of the England
players applaud - they're still steaming about that odd decision. Chanderpaul
then cuts loose and sweeps for six. 

17:10 - WI 454-5 (145
- Hinds gets off the mark in fine style - a straight drive for four off
Broad's bowling - before edging another boundary down to third man the next
ball. Chanderpaul then attempts a sweep that slices off his bat and over Prior's
head for four before another two singles sees him move to within two runs of a
ton. The Windies trail by 92 runs.

16:55 - WI 439-5 (141 overs) - WICKET! Yes a wicket. Nash goes for the big drive to a full delivery that moves away a fraction and Paul Collingwood takes the catch at second slip. The partnership ends at 234 and Ryan Hinds is met with a beauty first ball that beats his outside edge.
Then Swann gets one to turn and leave Chanderpaul, Prior takes the catch and umpire Harper gives him out. But he is reprieved after a referral although THERE IS NO CLEAR EVIDENCE TO OVERTURN THE DECISION. Confusing decision by TV umpire Dar and beyond his remit as there was no way you could tell that the batsman did not edge it!

16:40 - Gayle has a grade one hamstring strain which means he
will be out for seven to ten days, giving him every chance of being fit
for the first one-day international in Guyana on March 20. Here come
the batsmen to begin the 82nd over of their partnership. 

16:20 - At lunch, let's digest the figures of the England attack
in this series: Swann 13 wickets at 29.84; Flintoff 5 @ 30.2; Broad 10
@ 34.5; Harmison 4 @ 36.75; Anderson 5 @ 60.2; Panesar 3 @ 76.66; Khan
1 @ 94; Sidebottom 1 @ 181

16:00 - WI 433-4 (138 overs) - 29 overs, 84 runs, no wickets - how depressing! To embellish kestephenson's factoid - Pakistan conceded a record 76 extras in India's total of 537 in Bangalore in December 2007. Sundries has also been the highest scorer in a completed innings on 17 occasions in Test cricket. LUNCH!

15:45 - WI 425-4 (134 overs) - So so close! Prior makes a
diving one-handed stop to his right to deny himself a world record 38
byes. Anderson continues to do a bit with the ball but the only result
is four more to Chanderpaul off the thick outside edge. Stat Man John
has just faxed in - this is now the highest fifth wicket partnership at
this ground in Test match history.

15:30 - WI 409-4 (131 overs) - Seven balls stuck on 99 before Nash flicks Panesar on the leg-side for his maiden Test century. It has come off 237 balls with just one of his 17 boundaries coming on the leg-side for the man from Attadale, Western Australia. Anderson spears four byes down the leg-side to move Prior closer to that record.

15:15 - WI 409-4 (127 overs) - Jimmy Anderson into the attack — he had some problems in the stomach department yesterday more akin to Chennai than Port of Spain — but gets some reverse swing which Chanderpaul winkles down to the third man fence via a thick outside edge to bring up the 200 partnership. Shiv then clips a Khan full toss off his toes to the fence with Nash on 99.

15:00 - WI 399-4 (125 overs) -Nash drives Khan through
the covers in consecutive balls to move to 98 and he will have a
nervous drink still two shy of his maiden Test century.

14:45 - WI 388-4 (121 overs) - Graeme Swann — with the hindrance of floating bone in his elbow — and Amjad Khan — with the hindrance of being Danish and looking at his feet when he releases the ball — into the attack. The Kent seamer is flayed square by Nash who moves into the 90s for the first time in his career. Remember Chanderpaul dropped on 56 by Prior and Nash dropped on 19 by Strauss.

14:30 - WI 383-4 (117 overs) - Another sweet cover drive from
Nash, this time off Monty. Stuart has his old man's temper and is
incensed when umpire Harper calls him for a wide after a well directed
bouncer. He becomes a ticking time bomb when Nash thrashes him past
point for a boundary and then has a row with the Aussie official which
leads to captain Andrew Strauss being called into calm the situation. 

14:15 - WI 358-4 (113 overs) - Early bounce and turn from
Panesar but Chanderpaul works him through mid-wicket for a boundary in
the opening over. Broad "did his nut" about non reactive pitches in the
press conference last night and is on at the other end. DROPPED!
Then Chanderpaul gets an under edge on an attempted cut shot and Matt
Prior can't take the catch behind the stumps, that is England's third
drop. Prior is also seven byes away from a world record for conceding
the most number of byes in a Test match. Nash then brings up his
highest Test score with a thumping drive through the covers off Broad.
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14:00 - West Indies captain Chris Gayle was forced to retire
hurt with a hamstring strain immediately after registering his 10th
Test hundred and will only now bat again in an emergency. However,
left-handed duo Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Brendan Nash averted the
likelihood of that with unbeaten half-centuries and they march out on a
sunny morning before a small crowd. 

13:45 - Such has been the benign nature of the surfaces in the past couple of Tests, only 27 wickets have fallen in the last eight days of the series. England were left to rue their ill fortune on Sunday, and arguably using up their two referrals, as catches went down and two plumb leg-before appeals were turned down by umpire Russell Tiffin. 

13:30 - West Indies, 1-0 up after the tourists' capitulation in Jamaica last month, resume on 349 for four, a deficit of 197 runs. But England are clinging to the hope a couple of early wickets and deterioration in the surface will aid their quest to level things. 

13:15 - England are desperate for early wickets this morning in what will be their last fling to keep hopes of victory over West Indies at Queen's Park Oval alive. Only three wickets fell on the third day as England's chances of squaring the series regressed significantly.

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