West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2nd Test: England v West Indies at Leeds, May 25-28, 2007
England won by an innings and 283 runs
Played at Headingley, Leeds
25,26,27,28 May 2007 (5-day match)
  • Overs 0-50

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, the crowd roar him into bowl, expecting a wicket first up - haven't they seen enough today? - swing away from the left hander and Prior takes it easily


Sidebottom to Gayle, 3 runs, off the mark with an edge, played well enough in the end - waiting and playing it with the swing

Strauss makes a hash of that at third man, throwing it over his shoulder. He finds it almost as funny as Cook, who was beaten in that race, does


Sidebottom to Ganga, FOUR, down leg, off the glove through fine


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, across the right hander, wide enough to leave alone


Sidebottom to Ganga, 2 runs, on leg and pulled in front of square for two easy runs


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, straight and defended forward

End of over 1 (9 runs) West Indies 9/0

    • D Ganga 6 (4b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 3 (2b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-9-0

Plunkett to Gayle, no run, down the channel


Plunkett to Gayle, no run, stays over the wicket, by the way, angling too flat across the left hander who leaves well alone


Plunkett to Gayle, no run, straight, veering towards off, and dinked back into short midwicket


Plunkett to Gayle, 1 no ball, overstepped, then planted that on leg - not one for the archives


Plunkett to Gayle, 1 run, pushed up there on the back foot, and squeezed forward to mid-off


Plunkett to Ganga, 2 leg byes, on leg, guided down off the back foot through to fine leg


Plunkett to Ganga, no run, outside off stump, moved away down the hallway

End of over 2 (4 runs) West Indies 13/0

    • D Ganga 6 (6b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 4 (7b)
    • LE Plunkett 1-0-2-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-9-0

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, you b-e-auty. Planted on a perfect length, Gayle doing very well to somehow not hit that one


Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, wider, leavable. Left


Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, down the channel once more, swinging away again - left again


Sidebottom to Gayle, 2 runs, dropped. Prior dived across first slip for that one, his first mistake for England, snatching with his left glove after Gayle was squared up there


Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, cracker. Sidebottom nipping that one away from the seam, really asking the questions this over


Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, squeezed over to defend

Sooper over, as Geoffrey Boycott would say

End of over 3 (2 runs) West Indies 15/0

    • CH Gayle 6 (13b)
    • D Ganga 6 (6b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-11-0
    • LE Plunkett 1-0-2-0

Plunkett to Ganga, no run, right up there, driven out to mid-on


Plunkett to Ganga, 2 leg byes, on leg, driven round through fine and picked up easily at long leg


Plunkett to Ganga, no run, full delivery, plinking outside off and swinging away from the right hander, who leaves it easily


Plunkett to Ganga, no run, down the channel, dying on the bounce, left alone


Plunkett to Ganga, no run, down leg, chased round by Ganga, too late round but the keeper takes it easily


Plunkett to Ganga, no run, outside off, played down off the back foot backward of point

Sidebottom is bustling up to bowl now; he can't get enough

End of over 4 (2 runs, maiden) West Indies 17/0

    • D Ganga 6 (12b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 6 (13b)
    • LE Plunkett 2-1-2-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-11-0

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, down leg, the ball holding its line; wasted delivery


Sidebottom to Gayle, 1 run, dinked to square


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, sprayed wide down off at a flat angle


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, wide down the channel, Ganga decides to leave it really early

Sidebottom still looking for his fifth wicket of the day


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, straighter, but left outside off


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, much straighter, on middle no less, and pitched up, as usual. Defended down

Here's the forecast for the next few days, by the way.

Harmison into the attack now

End of over 5 (1 run) West Indies 18/0

    • D Ganga 6 (16b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 7 (15b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-12-0
    • LE Plunkett 2-1-2-0

Harmison to Gayle, 1 run, short ball, Gayle's eyes light up and his wrists get busy, pulling down through midwicket


Harmison to Ganga, no run, left alone outside off


Harmison to Ganga, 1 run, on middle-and-leg, rising, and turned round behind square

Two slips and a gully


Harmison to Gayle, no run, a bit of bounce, Gayle's beaten all ends up - that was all over bar the edging, of which there was none

"Awww" chorus 'Dum and 'Dee in the corner


Harmison to Gayle, no run, left alone


Harmison to Gayle, no run, straight, short, and defended down

"Thank you for not publishing any of those negative comments I made, during the opening five sessions of this test about England's bowling attack," says Iain Deuchar.

End of over 6 (2 runs) West Indies 20/0

    • CH Gayle 8 (19b)
    • D Ganga 7 (18b 1x4)
    • SJ Harmison 1-0-2-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-12-0

Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, pushed up there, dug out, defensively


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, straight, on a nagging length, defended forward


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, more of the same, ditto the previous ball in fact


Sidebottom to Ganga, no run, Ganga has a hint of the Pietersen shuffle there, batting outside his crease, but moving over to drive into the covers


Sidebottom to Ganga, OUT, pitched just on leg, and would have gone on to hit the top of off. Swing there from Sidebottom who picks up his fifth wicket of the day - but a marginal decision

D Ganga lbw b Sidebottom 9 (29m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 39.13

Ganga's out twice in two sessions. That's got to hurt.

Powell comes in to watch the night.


Sidebottom to Powell, no run, down the channel, no need to play

End of over 7 (wicket maiden) West Indies 20/1

    • DBL Powell 0 (1b)
    • CH Gayle 8 (19b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-1-12-1
    • SJ Harmison 1-0-2-0

Harmison to Gayle, 1 run, over the wicket, doesn't get enough angle across, the ball going down leg and helped on its way with a neat clip

Umpire Rauf has got the hand warmers out; that's how cold it is


Harmison to Powell, no run, down leg


Harmison to Powell, no run, down the channel, just outside the body, left alone


Harmison to Powell, 1 bye, chased down leg, Prior doing well with a good stop there


Harmison to Gayle, no run, across the left hander, left alone


Harmison to Gayle, no run, across the left hander, left alone again

Now then, will there be one more over today... or two? Let's find out...

End of over 8 (2 runs) West Indies 22/1

    • CH Gayle 9 (22b)
    • DBL Powell 0 (4b)
    • SJ Harmison 2-0-3-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-1-12-1

Sidebottom to Powell, no run, on leg, the ball goes aerial off the pad, or was it glove? Glove


Sidebottom to Powell, no run, across the right hander, who squares up and tucks his bat inside the line

Armguard coming out now for Powell


Sidebottom to Powell, no run, straight, defended somehow


Sidebottom to Powell, no run, right up there, poked into the on-side, well negotiated


Sidebottom to Powell, no run, down leg, left alone

Sidebottom is furious with himself and stomps back to his mark


Sidebottom to Powell, OUT, got him! He never should have left that one, in truth, the length that Sidebottom was looking for, right on middle-and-off, straightening and quite unplayable

DBL Powell lbw b Sidebottom 0 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

A great day for Sidebottom, six wickets for him and well done the selectors, too. England are more than on top, they're in an absolutely crushing position, having knocked over West Indies in two sessions and then having them two down at the close. Throw in Sarwan's absence, and Pietersen's double ton in the first innings and only the weather can save them now.

Thanks very much for joining us today. Do come back tomorrow, won't you, when we will see if the rain can hold off, and if Sidebottom can bag more wickets.

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) West Indies 22/2

    • CH Gayle 9 (22b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 5-2-12-2
    • SJ Harmison 2-0-3-0

10.55am The players will be wearing black armbands following the death yesterday of Percy Sonn, the ICC's president. There'll be a minute's silence as well. The teams are lined up but Jerusalem is still bellowing across the PA ... now they all stand.

It always amazes me that for all the money cricket has, not one team has proper black armbands. They just get some black sticky tape and wind it round the arms. For once, cricket could learn from football who always do that kind fo thing properly.

Anyhow, the players head to the middle and at least we have some action. Chris Gayle on strike and opening the bowling it will be Liam Plunkett.

10.45am "Covers are off, stumps in place," reports Andrew Miller. "It's raining in York, apparently, but that's not where the weather's coming from, say the local sages."

A group of enthusiastic young lads dressed in bikinis and coconut shells and not much else are sitting on the Western Terrace. It's 50 degrees. Hypothermia is almost guaranteed.

10.30am Good morning and a better one it is. No rain to speak of overnight and so while it's gloomy and perishingly cold, we should get a fairly prompt start. The covers are still protecting the bowlers' footmarks but that only a precautionary measure.

The temperature is around 50 degrees, with a northerly wind making it feel even colder. The pitch is dry and has been well protected, so that will be good for West Indies but the low cloud will not. The forecast is for showers throughout the day, so it could be one of those on-off occasions. Assuming it does not snow.

A smattering of fourth-day spectators, even though it is a Bank Holiday. The weather and a poor West Indies side does not make for an appealing day out, and with tickets between £25 and £45, only the dedicated have turned up.

5.05pm That's it, play abandoned for the day, and the ECB face having to make refunds of around £450,000. There was only ever a glimmer of hope that we might start at around lunchtime, but the rain got worse as the day went on.

Tomorrow, I am afraid to say, is not going to be much better, but there is a chance of play in the afternoon. But the weathermen could be wrong, you never know.

The indoor cricket school at Headingley will open at 8.30am on Monday morning and at the moment there is availability in all areas of the ground. Tickets range in price from £25 to £45 for adults and £15 to £18 for children.

Join us tomorrow and in the meantime, keep fingers crossed. From me, Martin Williamson, goodnight.

4.50pm No hope of play whatsoever, but we're going to be kept hanging on until 5.30pm.

4.45pm Heavier rain now, that surely has to be it. Even the most optimistic spectators have given up now. "Or maybe looking for biscuits," chips in Steven. Will is now onto singing Westlife classics. Someone shoot me, please.

4.25pm Covers still on, covered in water, and about as much chance of cricket tonight as of me running a four-minute mile. But, as at Lord's, when there's the prospects of paying out a refund, the authorities will keep everyone sitting around as long as they possibly can. Andrew Miller has disappeared but that stalwart Steven Lynch has used his hairdryer on his laptop and is back on line and keeping us all in the loop.

Well ... while the ECB are happy to delay, the ground authorities are realists, and cleaners are sweeping up around the few spectators who remain.

We Asked Steven about biscuits, so here is the definitive response. "Royal Scot's are the best. McVitie changed the recipe, buggered them up, then stopped making them as they were less popular." So there it is. "I last saw it in a variety box at New Road, Worcester," the great man concludes.

David Dean trumps even S Lynch. "Don't underestimate the power of the humble malted milk. For anyone on the Everest base-camp trek in the mid 80's, and for all I know even today, a packet of 10 MMs was perhaps the only regular link with the luxuries of Western civilisation. After a 20 mile day climing 3,000m passes they were heaven indeed, and their sterling dunking properties were thankfully unaffected by extreme altitude." It was probably warmer at the Everest base camp than Leeds at the moment as well.

4.05pm Stop press on ticket availability for tomorrow. The indoor cricket school at Headingley will open at 8.30am on Monday morning and at the moment there is availability in all areas of the ground. Tickets range in price from £25 to £45 for adults and £15 to £18 for children. Water wings optional.

3.50pm The debate about to close. The favourites according to the thousands of emails which have swamped us are, in no order; chocolate digestives, hob nobs, Tim Tams, rich tea and, coming up late on the rails, Wagon Wheels.

"Pink wafers are coloured by crushed beetles (cochineal)," emails Sned. "That's why they deserve to be bottom." Check out the packet and the number of additives. The glow in the dark and, along with cockroaches, would survive a nuclear war. That's why they should be bottom.

3.40pm Tea starts but still very much the same. Lots of standing water on the covers, and even the SuperSopper has given up a very unequal battle with the elements. And there is even play at Old Trafford. Many requests for the URL of the biscuit poll site. This is it - http://www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com - but last time we recommended visiting a site - that of the multitalented painter and interior decorator Jocelyn Galsworthy - we crashed it.

John Firth: "Fig rolls are great, but I wouldn't recommend dunking them. Hob Nobs and ginger nuts survive well, though Hob Nobs seem to soak up most of your tea, which isn't ideal." A connoisseur.

3.30pm An early tea at 3.40pm and then we'll look again at 4.00pm. Look at what? More rain? Anyhow, back to the biscuits. Ben mails: "Malted milk are the finest around in my opinion. Good for dunking and also as a standalone." Now, sorry to interfere, but malted milk are the Belgium of biscuits. Instantly forgettable. Mick Brownstone: "Happy Faces are clearly the best ... combine the best aspects of Jammie Dodgers and custard creams, topping it with cheery, leery grin." Tom Larkin: "Party Rings, for sheer dirt value." The lovely Carrie Dunn, who is on BBB at The Times, emails: "Can't go wrong with Jammie Dodgers, but old-school ones, not these modern-day pretenders that don't have the custardy layer. I'm also rather partial to pink wafers, though God alone knows how many additives are in them."

Anton has a good idea to pass time - the Jammie Dodger jam challenge. "It involves sticking your nose into the jammy centre of the biscuit and timing how long the biscuit stays there before it crashes to the floor. To be fair, it was a lot easier when I was a small child with a much smaller nose, but at aged 32, I can still get past the 20 second mark."

We have a vote for Wagon Wheels - "the chav of biscuits" according to Will. But they are much smaller than they once were, for sure ...

"The word biscuit is from the French meaning 'cooked twice'," Alex says with his anorak firmly zipped up. "Jaffas are cooked only once and therefore don't qualify."

Liam Macrea writes: "Viscounts (the minty ones) have got to come close as the best biscuit of all time. I've spent the last three months in the US and it seems that every biscuit there is based on peanut butter, which I'm allergic to."

Andy: "Can I throw the Chunky Kit Kat into the mix? Or does that just start the whole is a chocolate bar, is it a biscuit debate?" No, chocolate bars are for tomorrow, and then cakes for Tuesday. There's lots of raintime to fill ...

We've found a website with the poll of the Top 50 biscuits ... chocolate hobnobs come out to with pink wafers ranked as the least favourite ... which is a blow to my daughters - and Carrie Dunn - who love them.

3.25pm Still drizzling, and the groundstaff still valiantly operating the SuperSopper. Nothing doing soon, though. We have been told that chocolate digestives are available in Boston, Mass, and throughout Canada. And Joe heads down another route with: "Best biscuit has to go to the Jaffa Cake, loved by young and old. Surely, or are we classing that as a cake! And there starts one of life's great questions." It's a biscuit because it goes soft when it is stale. Unlike a cake which goes hard. End of story.

3.15pm Early votes in for hobnobs, custard creams, bourbons, no-nonsense digestives and also the chocolate digestives which, Gerrit Verschuur says, are not available in the USA. Really? Kevin Allen writes: "Jammie Dodger. There is no finer example of the confectioner's art. The superb juxtaposition of the rich, but ever so slighty crumbly biscuit with the sticky oozing of the jam does indeed make this the king of biscuits." Much praising of Tim Tams from our Australian readers but Will claims they are "the poor man's Penguins".

3.05pm Gnasher, allocated the responsibility of watching the satellite in between making tea, buying biscuits (a superb M&S chocolate selection) and telling us how great Old Trafford is, says the rain might move away from Leeds at around 4.00pm. Meanwhile, Ask Steven might be on hold because Steven Lynch, snug in the media centre, has just deposited a cup of tea over his keyboard.

We're having a debate here about the best biscuits (yes, it's come to that). What's your favourite ... let us know and if it gets any wetter we might publish a top ten.

Vic Rowe from Australia emails: "Why don't they play English cricket in the summer season. We do and it seems to work well over here." Now, Vic, were you in Melbourne on Christmas Day and Boxing Day?

2.50pm No change, still very damp and cold. Looks like all the Friends Provident one-day matches in England will also fall victim to bad weather, so it's countrywide ... and before those of you basking in sunshine start gloating, there's a front zipping in from the west. So not good for tomorrow either. And it's raining in Hartlepool ...

Tom suggests: "I was one of the sad few who visited the Millennium Dome when it was still opening as an "attraction". The one sensible use for that cavernous space would have been a year-round cricket arena. Rain would never have stopped play, and the embarrassing white elephant would have won itself a place in the hearts of... no, actually, it's not a very good idea, is it? Sorry." A shame if one of Mr Blair's legacies was to be used for cricket as it was never his No. 1 sport.

Two colleagues - Paul Coupar and High Chevalier - are currently on a charity walk to raise money for the Laurie Engel fund. Laurie was the teenage son of Matthew Engel who died from cancer in 2005. The fund will help pay for a six-bed extension to the Birmingham Children's Hospital, where Laurie was treated for a particularly aggressive cancer. It's a really worthwhile cause and if you would like to help the pair please click here.

2.20pm Thesaurus offers the following options for drizzle: dribble, drip, drop, mist, mizzle, shower, spit, spray, sprinkle. It's all of those with knobs on. Sorry about this, all a bit depressing, so much so that Will is singing songs from the Sound of Music.

And back to the last Huddersfield-born bowler to take a wicket for England, Claire Taylor (presumably the England player) points out that Clare Taylor "my namesake and tea drinking buddy, now working in NZ, took her last Test wickets in 2003 against South Africa at Taunton" was born in the great Yorkshire town.

Meanwhile Will resumes ... "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens ...". Please, either play at Headingley or call it off. There is only so much we can take ...

2.00pm Andrew Miller, a man whose command of the English language has been compared to Neville Cardus says: "Pants, pants, pants ... I think we're sunk." It's all rather depressing now, covers clamped obstinately in place, most spectators seems to have abandoned today as a lost cause and the ECB mandarins are working out how much this will cost them in refunds.

1.50pm Heavy drizzle rather than light rain offers one of our experts at Headingley. And we pay these guys for such accurate observations. Anyhow, covers remain on but we keep being told the forecast is "more promising".

1.30pm Drizzle and the covers are not going anywhere. All very depressing. John Kirriemuir emails from Berneray in the Outer Hebrides. "Scorching sunshine yet again today; sunburn weather so on with the Ambre Solaire later. We should start holding Tests up here on the machair; ideal ground for a bit of spin, and it would rarely be rained off as the weather is usually better here. Plus it's still light after midnight at this time of year, so delayed play can continue till very late." It looks lovely.

1.15pm Pft. The main covers are being dragged on. Players milling round the outfield and a few signing autographs.

1.10pm Now, this is starting to get very tiresome. Light drizzle and the covers are going back on. Only the central one, mind you. The teams are still practising.

1.05pm The umpires now say that it will be a 1.30pm resumption providing there is no more rain. The little teases ...

1.00pm The stumps are in place and England are out on the field, warming up. This is looking good ... keep everything crossed. Your commentators today will be Martin Williamson and Will Luke ... who has used the rain to have a lie in ...

12.50pm A reminder that play is set to resume at 1.10pm. The covers are off and the pitch is being swept. It's looking promising at the moment. Freezing cold and grey, but the clouds have lifted ...

Marco emails: "There's a monument at the old St John's Ground in Fartown for Geroge Hirst, Wilfred Rhodes and Schofield Haigh who were all born within the boundaries of Huddersfield - Haigh in Berry Brow and Rhodes and Hirst in Kirkheaton. Very nice it is, too, even if the ground's not quite as nice as once it was."

We now know who is to blame for the weather. The delightful Melanie Collins. "I'm sorry - this weather is all my fault. Every time I try to take my boyfriend to a sporting event the weather gets in the way - someone up there doesn't like me. £90 well spent once again. Off to pub to drown our sorrows."

12.25pm An early lunch has been taken. Play, for want of a better word, will resume at 1.10pm. Check out Slogout, the new online cricket game from Cricinfo. Andrew Miller is an addict. Enough said.

12.20pm An umpire appears and has a look at the sky. The covers continue to be mopped ... a little more promising. Meanwhile, Liam Challenger says: "Kirkheaton is about as Huddersfield you can get and is firmly in the boarders of it." Which indicates that while Rhodes might not be the last Test wicket-taker born in Huddersfield, but he is certainly the greatest.

12.15pm Andrew Miller reports: "The SuperSoppers have now ventured onto the covers, which must presumably count as A Good Thing." John emails: "Kirkheaton is about three miles from the centre of Huddersfield." So, pedants, does that count as Hudderfield, and did it when Wilfred Rhodes was born?

And a few have thrown Alec Coxon into the pot. One Test, three wickets. He was rumoured to have thumped Denis Compton during that Test as well.

12.10pm India have just beaten Bangladesh by an innings and 239 runs at Mirpur, securing a 1-0 series win in the process. And the rain has restarted at Leeds ... light but enough to be a pain.

Dave emails: Chris Balderstone was born in Huddersfield and took a wicket in a Test against the Windies in 1976. His only Test wicket, in fact." It was, he had Collis King caught by Mike Selvey. Balderstone only played one other Test, recording a pair against West Indies at The Oval in 1976. A year earlier he played first-class cricket and football on the same day, interrupting an innings for Leicestershire to play an evening match for Doncaster Rovers. He resumed the next morning and completed a century.

A shameless but worthwhile plug from Peter Scott at Bretts Fish Restaurant. "I well remember the last rainy day at Headingley. As soon as the umpires announced a definite couple of hours before a restart the restaurant filled within minutes. The rain never stopped and I ran out of wine! At the moment the cricket enthusiast me and my alter ego , the restaurateur, are divided as to the positives and negatives of rain. Had Bill Frindall, Gus Fraser and Derek Pringle in among others last night and they don't expect things to last long anyway if the rain clears! We are starting to fill up now. Must go and do some work."

12.05pm Mopping up continues, looking a tad brighter. Loads of you suggesting Wilfred Rhodes was the last Huddersfield-born bowler to take a Test wicket. He was actually born in North Moor, Kirkheaton though ... can any locals tell us if that is in or near Huddersfield?

11.50am Cold and gloomy but it has stopped raining. The SuperSoppers are out, but the covers are still on. You have to feel for West Indies. This is about as far away from the conditions they are used to as you can get. Craig Smith asks: "I'd be interested to know who was the last Huddersfield-born cricketer to take a wicket at Test level, prior to Ryan Sidebottom. Any ideas?" Answers?

11.40am Drizzle started again ... click here for some grim satellite/rainfall images. An happy birthday to the BBC's Test Match Special which celebrates its 50th anniversary today. More cakes than the Women's Institute AGM guaranteed.

11.25am An almost non existent drizzle in the air ... while we watch the groundstaff defiantly ...er ... defy ... the elements and continue mopping up, send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest.

Paul Smith emails: "I'm sat boiling in the conservatory with the blinds down keeping the sun out and I'm only an hour or so up the road in Hartlepool." Does the sun ever shine in Hartlepool?

11.05am As you were. Light drizzle started again a few minutes ago and the covers have been hauled back into place. The 11.30am start is not going to happen but the forecast this afternoon is for better weather. But it's freezing cold and utterly miserable.

10.30am Good morning and welcome back to Cricinfo's coverage of the second Test at Headingley. England are in a crushingly dominant position overnight - they need just seven more wickets today after forcing a Sarwan-less West Indies to follow on - but there is a spanner in their works ... the weather.

It has been bucketing down all across the country, but Leeds - extraordinarily - seems to have escaped the worst. It's cold and dank and grey at the ground this morning, but the rain has relented for the moment. Assuming there is no more (and that's a big assumption) we can expect to get underway at 11.30am.

But just as I speak, the covers are coming back on again. Ho hum. It could be a frustrating day. Bear with us.


Plunkett to Gayle, no run, outside off, Gayle pushes off the back foot into the covers


Plunkett to Gayle, no run, excellent one-handed take down the leg side as Plunkett starts where he left off ... spraying the ball everywhere


Plunkett to Gayle, no run, and again way down the leg side. Exasperated groans already and we've only had three balls!


Plunkett to Gayle, no run, outside off, Gayle leaves and the close fielders clap enthusiastically. Probably more to keep warm than to mark a good delivery.


Plunkett to Gayle, no run, again wide down the leg side and for the third time in the over Prior has t make a really good stop diving to his right


Plunkett to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle tries to flick the ball off leg stump through the on side, gets a leading edge and the ball flies between gully and the slips for four

End of over 10 (4 runs) West Indies 26/2

    • CH Gayle 13 (28b 1x4)
    • DS Smith 0 (0b)
    • LE Plunkett 3-1-6-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 5-2-12-2

Ryan Sidebottom to resume. "You can tell he's a local lad," notes Gnasher, "he's in short sleeves." Either he's hard or utterly mad.


Sidebottom to Smith, FOUR, overpitched and driven sweetly through the covers


Sidebottom to Smith, no run, slightly shorter, Smith back to block


Sidebottom to Smith, no run, outside off, left alone

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Sidebottom to Smith, no run, again outside off and Smith not tempted to nibble


Sidebottom to Smith, no run, pushed to gully


Sidebottom to Smith, no run, slightly shorter again - 80mph - and the ball is taken by Prior at head height

Michael Vaughan is at mid-on and has two shirts on and a sweater. Almost all the players have hand warmers in their pockets as well.

End of over 11 (4 runs) West Indies 30/2

    • DS Smith 4 (6b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 13 (28b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 6-2-16-2
    • LE Plunkett 3-1-6-0

Scattergun Plunkett to resume testing Prior's athleticism.


Plunkett to Gayle, no run, down the leg side, Prior makes a sprawling stop


Plunkett to Gayle, OUT, good length, angled across the left hander, Gayle plays from back in the crease, gets an edge and Prior dives to his left to hold the regulation chance

CH Gayle c †Prior b Plunkett 13 (50m 30b 1x4 0x6) SR: 43.33

A good, early breakthrough. That's the thing with Plunkett. So often he is appalling and then he goes and produces a peach like that. Gayle's footwork again suspect against the moving ball and you suspect he will have to adapt or he will struggle throughout this tour.


Plunkett to Joseph, no run, wide enough outside off for him to leave


Plunkett to Joseph, 1 leg bye, down the leg, the ball clips the pads, Prior scrambles across and half stops, but they are still able to hurry through for the single


Plunkett to Smith, no run, angled across Smith who leaves, no hint of swing


Plunkett to Smith, no run, fuller, good line, Smith jabs down and plays safely into the covers

Don't forget, with Sarwan sidelined West Indies are in effect four down.

End of over 12 (1 run, wicket maiden) West Indies 31/3

    • DS Smith 4 (8b 1x4)
    • SC Joseph 0 (2b)
    • LE Plunkett 4-2-6-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 6-2-16-2

Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, angled across the right-hander and that's the one that doesn't swing back but keeps the line and Joseph half plays and misses


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, pitched on leg, a sniff of swing, off the pad into the leg side


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, swung in, Joseph back and plays square-on from the crease


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, through Joseph again, done by the inswing

Umbrellas going up, rain in the air ...


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, a hesitant back-foot defensive shot, he keeps it out but doesn't look happy against the ball swinging into him

Steve from Bangkok makes us all feel better: "Nearer 50 degrees here. Just leaving the office to watch the match at home on pay-per-view. Do I miss cricket - Yes, big time. Do I miss the cold - No, big time!"


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, left alone, just too wide outside off

1.55pm Almost ready to start and you know what going to happen ... yes you do. "I wish we could get started, frets Miller. "Those clouds are looming." The officials and players head for the middle.

Michael Chatfield emails from Trinidad where it's also cold and wet: "This is after the dryest dry season in years with bush fires everywhere. Our mango tree has died though we did get some good figs."

1.45pm The great dry-up continues and at the moment we are ready to rumble at 2.00pm. Very exciting. England are out on the field, warming up. Peter Moores is sending down some brutal slip catches - a broken finger is imminent. "He's got an inimitable one-handed style - he throws the ball onto the blade and it fizzes off at worrying speed," says Andrew Miller. "Paul Collingwood is now trying to emulate it, and failing miserably."

1.15pm Asad Rauf tells TV the groundstaff have said it takes them 45 minutes to mop up so we won't start until 2.00pm.

12.45pm "That might be the worst of the rain gone," says Steven. Yeh, right. Great at answering Ask Steven queries but an abject weather forecaster. "it is still raining quite hard - same heavy drizzle as yesterday - but the really heavy stuff seems to have passed over."

Our old friend John Kirriemuir emails from the Outer Hebrides. "Yet another sunny day here, but a bit breezy. No rain. Some tourists this morning were playing cricket on the west beach while being watched, at deep square leg, by a pair of curious seals." Bet they bowl a good flipper ...

Breaking news from India where Mahesh Bhatt has told The Hindu that he is making a film about Bob Woolmer's death called Jannat (which roughly translates as Paradise). "I am definitely making the film on the entire Woolmer episode though we will not name him anywhere in the story. We are using a fictional situation, but the people will see the obvious connection. The film is not just about the coach's death. It is a love story against the backdrop of cricket. There is betting, there is match-fixing. And because it is a love story there have to be songs too." Now, I will admit that Bollywood is not my area of expertise, but how can you have a story about someone without mentioning their name ... and then have love songs as well, given the subject matter.

Hello to everyone working in Kingston University's library. Not quite sure if following our commentary is quite what the building is funded for, but good for you.

12.30pm And the rain starts again ... Derek Pringle, surveying the arriving clouds, is heard to mutter: "Float the ark!"

12.20pm Bright sunshine and the covers are being peeled off. May well be an early lunch if the grannies ... sorry, umpires ... decide that they cannot start within 10 or 15 minutes. In fact, just head that's exactly what they have gone for. Early nosh and a 1.30pm restart as long as there is no further rain. Which is what happened yesterday and it poured down at about 1.10pm. And the clouds heading this way are horrible ...

Officially, lunch starts at 12.50pm. Now, why on earth, assuming that the potatoes are cooked and the sandwiches have had the crusts cut off, can they not take lunch straight away and get on with it? Favourite kind of sandwich? That's one for Old Trafford ...

12.15pm The umpires are squelching around in the middle like grannies paddling on the edge of the sea. All they need is to take their shoes off and roll up their trousers and we have a traditional Bank Holiday beach scene.

Early votes coming in for cakes but this discussion will only start if it rains this afternoon. There does, however, seem to be a hard-core Battenburg lobby. For those interested, its name derives from it being invented to celebrate the marriage of Queen Victoria's granddaughter to Prince Louis of Battenberg, 1884. Now, no more cake mails for now.

Becky decides to start punning. "Regarding the beskirted spectators ... will their day get a hula lot worse because they'll get no refund, or does four overs not constitute enough of a match, should no more play happen today?" Avoiding the obvious, they would get a refund and a full day in Accident & Emergency where their hypothermia will be treated.

12.10pm "Wow, it's properly sunny out there now," chirps Andrew Miller. "Genuine blue skies to the west but lots of water still on the covers."

12.05pm Steven Lynch says there's still a little rain but "someone says there is blue sky coming". Steven also tells us that the BBC's Christopher Martin-Jenkins brushed his teeth with shaving foam this morning. Not surprising ... he once tried to make a telephone call using a TV remote control.

11.45am A bit brighter now but still heavy rain. Covers are on and a few groundstaff milling about. It's also raining in the south of France and Bangkok if that offers any solace to people. A few requests to resume the discussion on foodstuffs after yesterday's great biscuit challenge ... cakes today but that has to wait until after lunch if the rain continues. Don't want to spoil appetites before a meal and all that.

11.40am The rain is heavier than yesterday and unrelenting ... as are the emails from around the world telling us how hot it is where you all live. Now, that's lovely, and I am glad it's stifling in Warsaw, Baltimore and the like, but that's not much help for us at Leeds. And for those who are asking why we are moaning when it's 50 degrees as that is hot, we mean Fahrenheit and not Celsius. Old world over here, and an even older commentator.

Markus turns a real killjoy. "Wait until we get to Chester-le-Street (4th Test). The weather will be even worse ... but that's the north east for you. It's been raining here for the past few days, but I've still been out playing cricket." And with the third Test at Old Trafford, you suspect that the ECB have conspired to keep West Indies in the coldest parts of the country during the early summer. It's snowed in Derbyshire in June as well ... and that's further south than any of these venues.

Two colleagues - Paul Coupar and High Chevalier - are currently on a charity walk to raise money for the Laurie Engel fund. Laurie was the teenage son of Matthew Engel who died from cancer in 2005. The fund will help pay for a six-bed extension to the Birmingham Children's Hospital, where Laurie was treated for a particularly aggressive cancer. It's a really worthwhile cause and if you would like to help the pair please click here.

11.25am "It's taken them 10 minutes to get the whole square covered. The last sheet has just gone in place ... now for the run-ups ... this isn't going to help a quick resumption," reports Andrew Miller. There then follows an expletive about the abilities of the groundstaff.

11.17am And Gary tells everyone to get on with it: "Having lived in Leeds all my life I have to say its a normal summers day today, stop whining its glorious." The players and officials don't agree and head off as the rain starts to fall. Given the temperature, it's more like hail. I wonder if all those spectators who thought it was a good idea to wear next to nothing when they left home this morning still think it's a good idea!

There's absolutely no hurry to get the covers in place. Either they can't get the staff on a Bank Holiday, or the rain is so light they expect a swift resumption. "I suspect the former," says Miller. But the rain is now heavy - much heavier than anything yesterday - and almost everyone has sought shelter.

End of over 13 (maiden) West Indies 31/3

    • SC Joseph 0 (8b)
    • DS Smith 4 (8b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 7-3-16-2
    • LE Plunkett 4-2-6-1

Liam Plunkett resumes. Hurrah! "The bean counters will be happy as the more cricket there is, the less the refund," says a cynical Gnasher.


Plunkett to Smith, no run, short of a length, Smith fends past short leg


Plunkett to Smith, no run, big inducker, Smith shuffles but misses and a big shout for leg before. Always heading down the leg but it could well have cannoned off his pads into his wicket


Plunkett to Smith, 2 runs, too full, pushed into the covers


Plunkett to Smith, no run, straight, Smith into line and defends cautiously


Plunkett to Smith, no run, attacking drive to mid-on. That suggests that West Indies will look to get after the bowlers again, much as they tried to yesterday, or whenever it was when we last played


Plunkett to Smith, no run, very wide, slanted across the left-hander who probably couldn't have reached that even with a bat extension

End of over 14 (2 runs) West Indies 33/3

    • DS Smith 6 (14b 1x4)
    • SC Joseph 0 (8b)
    • LE Plunkett 5-2-8-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 7-3-16-2

Ryan Sidebottom starts all over again. Three slips and a gully.


Sidebottom to Joseph, 1 run, tentative push past Joe Sayers at short leg

Sayers in on for Ian Bell whose back is still troubling him.


Sidebottom to Smith, 3 runs, wide of off stump, pushed square on the on side, Plunkett slides and slicks the ball back on the rope, ending up lying on top of the sodden covers for his efforts

I chatted with Andrew Miller earlier about the wisdom of sliding in the outfield to save a run, especially after what happened to Sarwan.


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, swinging into off stump, blocked


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, same line, Joseph opting to play from the crease


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, swinging past Joseph who deliberately played inside the line


Sidebottom to Joseph, no run, Joseph again blocks from the crease off the back foot. It's a risky strategy as if he misses he is a prime candidate for an lbw

End of over 15 (4 runs) West Indies 37/3

    • SC Joseph 1 (13b)
    • DS Smith 9 (15b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 8-3-20-2
    • LE Plunkett 5-2-8-1

Plunkett to Smith, FOUR, full, a lovely drive to the right of the diving Panesar at mid-off


Plunkett to Smith, 2 runs, worked off his hips to Sidebottom who has to amble round 20 yards to his left from wide long leg


Plunkett to Smith, no run, left alone outside off at 82mph


Plunkett to Smith, no run, down the leg side, Prior takes

As at Lord's, Plunkett seems unable to hit the same spot twice in succession.


Plunkett to Smith, no run, better line and a good length as well, Smith lunges forward and blocks with assurance


Plunkett to Smith, 4 leg byes, leg side, off the pad and the ball goes under the diving Prior

That was a tough one for the impressive Prior, the impact with the pad killed some of the pace and the ball scurried along the ground

End of over 16 (10 runs) West Indies 47/3

    • DS Smith 15 (21b 2x4)
    • SC Joseph 1 (13b)
    • LE Plunkett 6-2-14-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 8-3-20-2

Sidebottom to Joseph, OUT, pitched leg, swung into Joseph and would have gone on to hit leg. He had been playing Sidebottom from the crease and that was always going to be a high-risk strategy. Sure enough, the first time he missed, he perished

SC Joseph lbw b Sidebottom 1 (19m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 7.14


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, Morton lunges forward, almost the exact opposite of Joseph's tactics


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, more "oohs" as Morton again lunges and only just gets bat onto the ball

Super line and length from Sidebottom


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, Morton defends, again not really convincingly and the ball bounces down and behind


Sidebottom to Morton, FOUR, wide - the one that goes on and doesn't swing back in - and Morton pushes forward and then steers the ball off the face past gully and it just has the legs to beat the chasing pack


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, swung down the leg side

"There is a big black raincloud on the horizon and it's heading our way," says our perennial harbinger of doom, Andrew Miller. Gnasher joins in the fun. "According to the Met Office, the temperature sank as low as 45 degrees today...which would be one of the coldest days of Test cricket in England."

End of over 17 (4 runs) West Indies 51/4

    • RS Morton 4 (5b 1x4)
    • DS Smith 15 (21b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 9-3-24-3
    • LE Plunkett 6-2-14-1

From wayward to really wayward. Steve Harmison on for Plunkett.


Harmison to Smith, 1 run, into Smith's body and safely defended into the leg side


Harmison to Morton, no run, short and Morton makes a late decision to duck

"It could take 20 minutes to arrive, but it doesn't look like there's anything substantial behind it," adds Miller


Harmison to Morton, 1 no ball, banged in again, Morton ducks but this time Harmison had overstepped


Harmison to Morton, no run, fastest ball of the day - 86.4mph - but well wide of off stump


Harmison to Morton, FOUR, hit hard into the pitch, the ball loops over Harmison and carries on trundling down the hill


Harmison to Morton, no run, another day's fastest at 86.8mph. Inaccurate, though, and Morton leaves


Harmison to Morton, no run, another one very wide outside off

End of over 18 (6 runs) West Indies 57/4

    • RS Morton 8 (11b 2x4)
    • DS Smith 16 (22b 2x4)
    • SJ Harmison 3-0-9-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 9-3-24-3

Sidebottom to Smith, OUT, full, swinging away from Smith who limply hung his bat out, the edge flew to Strauss at first slip at chest height, he got two hands to the ball, juggled and caught it one handed at the second attempt as he fell to his left

DS Smith c Strauss b Sidebottom 16 (40m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 69.56

2.50pm And out come the players and officials for the third session of the day. West Indies five down, and with Sarwan not going to bat, it seems to be a battle between England and the elements rather than England and West Indies. Sidebottom to resume.

2.45pm Steven back on song. There have been five occasions when a batsman has scored more in one innings than the opposition have managed in two. The little Surrey opener Bobby Abel was the first to do it: for England at Cape Town in 1888-89, Abel's 120 was more than South Africa (47 and 43) managed all told. Len Hutton repeated the dose nearly 50 years later. At The Oval in 1938, Hutton scored 364, and Australia made only 201 and 123. Don Bradman, who was injured in that 1938 match and couldn't bat, did it at Brisbane in 1947-48, scoring 185 to India's 58 and 98 in their first Test against Australia. Inzamam-ul-Haq (329) beat New Zealand (73 and 246) off his own bat at Lahore in 2001-02, and Matthew Hayden (119) did likewise to Pakistan (59 and 53) at Sharjah in 2002-03.

2.35pm Umpires out looking like a pair of lost souls. Tip toeing round in full squelch mode. They splatter back to dry land and announce we'll all start again at 2.52pm. Approximately.

Keith Frith points out that Panesar has not exactly done much so far. One over. Jack MacBryan in 1924 was picked as a batsman, never made it to the middle in a rain-affected match and was not picked again.

Chief truant Lynch offers this. "If West Indies out for less than 80, then KP will have beaten them by an innings too." Ouch.

2.25pm As Dwayne Bravo headed out the rain started again. Everyone seemed happy to continue but Rudi Koertzen was having none of it and he was off like a greyhound out of the traps. He was proved right ... before he'd got halfway to the dressing room there were hailstones bouncing off the grass. Once again, questions must be asked about the slowness of the groundstaff in getting the covers out. It might save money to have fewer people but it is hardly sensible.

Andrew Miller says that the Western Terrace are keeping their spirits up. "The corner at fine leg is pretty packed and reasonably raucous given the weather. They've just sent round the first Mexican Wave of the day, and Monty received his usual ovation when he jogged down to field just now."

Gnasher says: "England are well on course to record their second biggest Test victory, which currently stands at an innings-and-285-runs against India at Lord's in 1974." Thanks, Gnasher. Make me feel old. I was there, as was Steven Lynch. India were bowled out by Geoff Arnold and Chris Old for 42 on the Monday morning. The biggest win was an innings and 579 at The Oval in 1938. I wasn't there ... couldn't get the time off school.

Steven admits that he left Lord's after India's humbling and headed to Wimbledon for the tennis. He bunked off school but was spotted on TV by an eagle-eyed teacher. "I admitted it and the teacher said 'I'm glad you admitted it because I was going to give you several detentions if you'd lied'. He said bets were being taken in the staff room as to whether I was at Lord's or Wimbledon."

Simple stuff from Sidebottom who has got the basics right. Line and length, things that Harmison and Plunkett have forgotten.


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, good line, Bravo defends


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, again one swinging into Bravo, and again Bravo right into line

Jeff from Bangladesh emails: "Again the brilliant England team thump another high ranking opponent. Oh that's right this is reality and its just the Windies. You guys love clutching at straws." Yes, from Bangladesh.


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, accurate line and a good length, Bravo watchfully defends


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, pinpoint accuracy from Sidebottom


Sidebottom to Bravo, FOUR, Bravo stands tall and punches the ball square on the off side. Too short but a decent line, well played

And for the first time in two days, mainly because he's not seen fit to turn up at the office before 1pm on either day since Saturday, it's Will Luke.

End of over 19 (4 runs) West Indies 61/5

    • DJ Bravo 4 (5b 1x4)
    • RS Morton 8 (11b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 10-3-28-4
    • SJ Harmison 3-0-9-0

Thanks Martin, afternoon all


Harmison to Morton, no run, reasonable length to start with, unreasonable line though - well wide of the off stump and swinging (and cutting) wider still


Harmison to Morton, no run, ooh but this cuts back markedly on Morton who tries to cut a ball which was inches from his chest - a bizarre stroke, not in control of the shot at all albeit to a very difficult ball


Harmison to Morton, 4 leg byes, oh no, here goes Harmison - drifting this miles down the leg side. Poor old Prior, for once, can't stop it


Harmison to Morton, no run, and again down the leg side, Morton shuffling across and Prior skips to his left to take it

Harmison shrugs his shoulders. So do all England fans


Harmison to Morton, no run, better line this time, finding one to jump up on Morton who fends it down by his feet


Harmison to Morton, no run, and it's well wide of the off stump, far, far too short and smacked off the back foot to point

End of over 20 (4 runs, maiden) West Indies 65/5

    • RS Morton 8 (17b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 4 (5b 1x4)
    • SJ Harmison 4-1-9-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 10-3-28-4

Sidebottom's success shouldn't come as a surprise to those who follow West Indies cricket. Chaminda Vaas, the Sri Lanka left-armer, has taken 43 wickets against them at just 15.7

Another over of complete waywardness from Harmison there. Can't Sidebottom bowl from both ends?


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, nice and full, swinging back into him and it's defended on the front foot

Tea has been postponed until 4.10pm


Sidebottom to Bravo, 2 leg byes, a poor delivery for once from Sidebottom which is nudged off his pads. In comes the throw from Monty which Sidebottom tries to field, parrying it onto Morton's back...who inexplicably holds his head ala a football pansy in the box, pleading for a penalty

How bizarre. Maybe he pulled a neck muscle


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, cutting back into the right hander who defends off the back foot


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, another full delivery on middle stump which he calmly and confidently plays back to Sidebottom

Martin's being sledged by his wife (hi Mel). Married life...


Sidebottom to Bravo, 2 runs, ooh, that's a lovely delivery from Sidebottom - very full and swinging late into the batsman who nevertheless plays it nicely, nudging it around the corner


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, on off stump this time but it's a bit short and punched off the back foot to cover

End of over 21 (4 runs) West Indies 69/5

    • DJ Bravo 6 (11b 1x4)
    • RS Morton 8 (17b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 11-3-30-4
    • SJ Harmison 4-1-9-0

Now then, another over for Harmison? Or perhaps his wayward-partner-in-arms Plunkett? Yes, call me cynical, but at least I'm a realist


Harmison to Morton, no run, good start to the over this time from Harmison, just short of a good length and cutting it back into the batsman who punches it back to him


Harmison to Morton, no run, a swing and a miss. Morton threw everything at - kitchen sink, washing machine, garden shed and the lawnmower - to a wide delivery, beaten by the swing


Harmison to Morton, no run, a testing one on off stump which Morton gets right behind, blocking it solidly


Harmison to Morton, no run, quick - beaten for pace - but the line wasn't right and it bobbles off his pads

The average temperature here at Leeds is 15c. Today, it's about 9c


Harmison to Morton, no run, Morton's had enough, he's going for it. Another wild flay outside off yields nothing


Harmison to Morton, no run, but that's a cracker, a beauty from Harmison - the perfect length, at long last, drawing Morton into a more orthodox off-drive. But again he plays and misses

End of over 22 (maiden) West Indies 69/5

    • RS Morton 8 (23b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 6 (11b 1x4)
    • SJ Harmison 5-2-9-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 11-3-30-4

Bravo back on strike

Morton looks entirely fed up with his lot. And his team's lot. If he does eventually connect with some of these wild swings, they're going to fairly rocket


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, a little too wide from Sidebottom for once, allowing Bravo to climb into an elegant, orthodox drive. Vaughan dives at mid-off to prevent four

No need for the stretcher. The knees have survived


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, ah clever bowling, pushing this one across Bravo, but he anticipated it well and left alone

It's been a terrific display of high-class left-arm swing, and great to watch


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, swinging back into Bravo who defends, roaring "no"

Bravo's eyes are wide open, desperately trying to absorb as much light as possible


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, on off stump, too wide to swing back into him and Bravo comes forward, poking it to the leg side. Bit of an inside edge


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, very well bowled again, Bravo walking across his stumps here - dangerously so. He wants to watch out for the one which sneaks through his leg stump, ala in the first innings


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, half a shout from Sidebottom, and only from Sidebottom, as Bravo's rapped on the pads but it's outside leg

Solid over. Not spectacular, just solid

End of over 23 (maiden) West Indies 69/5

    • DJ Bravo 6 (17b 1x4)
    • RS Morton 8 (23b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 12-4-30-4
    • SJ Harmison 5-2-9-0

Harmison to Morton, 1 run, beaten for pace here. Morton was back in his crease defending off the back foot, but got a thick inside edge which flew down to fine-leg


Harmison to Bravo, 1 no ball, and a no-ball, just for variety. Not had one for a while

My word. I could be wrong, but there appears to be some sun shining. Yes, there is. Has Leeds ever seen that orange blob in the sky before?


Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, cutting back into him, it's pushed to leg


Harmison to Morton, no run, a false and loose shot. Not sure what he was trying to do - short, wide and Morton tried to flick it but missed it

That was only ever heading to the slips


Harmison to Morton, no run, but this time he sways out of the way, correctly, to another pointlessly short delivery


Harmison to Morton, no run, excellent ball here - full, straight and attacking his stumps. It's blocked out


Harmison to Morton, no run, too wide and easily left alone. He'll ignore those all day (well, he'll try to)

End of over 24 (3 runs) West Indies 72/5

    • RS Morton 9 (28b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 7 (19b 1x4)
    • SJ Harmison 6-2-12-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 12-4-30-4

Plunkett coming on? That'll be a no then. Unless he's grown his hair in the past two minutes, and started bowling left-arm


Sidebottom to Bravo, 4 runs, neat stroke - touch of class and flourish in that shot, flicking it with extravagance through midwicket. And they run four


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, terrific ball! A jaffa, angling this across Bravo who fell for the bait, trying to drive it but without moving his feet. Inches away from edging it


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, ever so slightly straighter, Bravo is more solid in defence this time, getting right behind it and blocking it out on the front foot


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, touch of bounce there, jutting up on Bravo who again was solid in defence, this time off the back foot

Time for the inducker?


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, and there it is, but it's well played - Bravo waiting and waiting on the back foot, punching it to leg. Solid

Jimmy Adams is desperately clawing onto the hope that West Indies can draw this. And they can, of course...somehow


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off

Good over all round. Sensible play from Bravo, and intelligent cricket from Sidebottom - adjusting his line accordingly

End of over 25 (4 runs) West Indies 76/5

    • DJ Bravo 11 (25b 1x4)
    • RS Morton 9 (28b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 13-4-34-4
    • SJ Harmison 6-2-12-0

Here's big Steve


Harmison to Morton, no run, the slips and wicketkeeper all roar "aww," though I'm not sure why. It was short, wide, cut back into the right hander who shouldered arms


Harmison to Morton, no run, better. Short of a length, forcing the defence from Morton who punches to cover


Harmison to Morton, no run, again a good line, this. A touch outside off, moving back into him - but the length is too short, the batsman happy to defend off the back foot

Make him drive; pitch it up


Harmison to Morton, 2 runs, that's better but he turns it to square leg for a couple, flicking his wrists at the last moment

Harmison is looking so ineffective here


Harmison to Morton, no run, commentator's curse. A play-and-miss outside off - a fairly ugly and hapless shot, trying to pull a full delivery


Harmison to Morton, no run, brilliant take from Prior, diving full stretch to his left and pouching it. As you've probably guessed, it was another delivery from the wilderness that is Harmison

End of over 26 (2 runs) West Indies 78/5

    • RS Morton 11 (34b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 11 (25b 1x4)
    • SJ Harmison 7-2-14-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 13-4-34-4

Perhaps they should name a park or conservation area after Harmison. "Wild and unpredictable; visit Harmison"


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, defended on the back foot


Sidebottom to Bravo, 1 run, excellent cricket from Bravo, dropping this down to the off side and they set off for a single. Sidebottom sprints to field to his left, his hair billowing in the wind as though entirely separate from his body, but he couldn't prevent the run


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, good shout from Sidebottom but it was outside leg


Sidebottom to Morton, 3 runs, big inswing this time but it's beautifully timed back past Sidebottom


Sidebottom to Bravo, FOUR, a fine stroke, picking this leg-stump delivery off at the very last moment, timing it ala Mike Atherton through square leg. Classy


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, back Bravo goes, shuffling across to the off side to defend this in textbook style

End of over 27 (8 runs) West Indies 86/5

    • DJ Bravo 16 (29b 2x4)
    • RS Morton 14 (36b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 14-4-42-4
    • SJ Harmison 7-2-14-0

Time for some Monty I reckon. Mix it up. But no, it's going to be another of Durham's wilderness parks, Liam Plunkett


Plunkett to Morton, no run, this hurries Morton, angling into him and he nudges it to leg at the last moment


Plunkett to Morton, no run, excellent line and length just outside the off stump. It's firmly defended

Three slips and an orthodox gully


Plunkett to Morton, 2 runs, there goes Morton; head back and he flays it over the top for four. Or nearly for four...it lands in the outfield like a stone, ending up two inches from the rope. And the batsmen admire the stroke like a visitor to the Tate, forgetting that they need to run, hence only getting two...


Plunkett to Morton, 1 leg bye, defended on the back foot, touch of movement back into him


Plunkett to Bravo, no run, but he cuts this one away from the batsman this time - a little too wide and it's left alone with ease


Plunkett to Bravo, no run, probably his best delivery of the over, angling into the right hander before swinging away. Competently, skilfully defended

End of over 28 (3 runs) West Indies 89/5

    • DJ Bravo 16 (31b 2x4)
    • RS Morton 16 (40b 2x4)
    • LE Plunkett 7-2-16-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 14-4-42-4

Sidebottom once more


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, hammered to Vaughan, oh Lord Michael Vaughan, at mid-off who fields


Sidebottom to Morton, 2 runs, very close, both to an lbw and a catch at short-leg. It probably did come off his bat, onto his pad, edging just past short-leg. Joe Sayers is the man under the helmet


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, great ball - an attempted yorker, though Morton played it well, digging it out

This is West Indies longest stand in the match. In terms of overs, not runs.


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, too wide of the off stump, Morton decides against one of his flamboyant cuts


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, swinging back into Morton who defends, solidly

The crowd look absolutely freezing out there, huddling together in a vain attempt to warm up. It is perishing. And nearly June! Come, all ye faithful, come and visit Leeds. It be bootiful in summer


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, ooh, dug out at the last moment and nudged past short-leg

End of over 29 (2 runs) West Indies 91/5

    • RS Morton 18 (46b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 16 (31b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 15-4-44-4
    • LE Plunkett 7-2-16-1

Plunkett to Bravo, 1 run, pushed to leg off the back foot


Plunkett to Morton, no run, that's a good one, swinging back into Morton who comes forward a little tenatively to defend

Martin says "aw". That's all.


Plunkett to Morton, no run, left alone outside off


Plunkett to Morton, FOUR, a great stroke but a hapless delivery. A bouncer which barely gets above his waist, he pulls it powerfully through midwicket


Plunkett to Morton, 2 runs, on his legs, it flicks it through midwicket. Sidebottom runs round from fine-leg and puts in a dive, stumbling as he gets up, and does well to save four


Plunkett to Morton, no run, a much better line and length, drawing him forward and it's prodded out to gully. That's exactly the line to bowl

End of over 30 (7 runs) West Indies 98/5

    • RS Morton 24 (51b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 17 (32b 2x4)
    • LE Plunkett 8-2-23-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 15-4-44-4

Here's Harmison


Harmison to Bravo, no run, here's a leg-side drifter


Harmison to Bravo, no run, short and wide of the off stump, it's left alone

West Indies are looking more and more comfortable out there. It's all relative of course but the swing has disappeared. As have England's bowlers' lines


Harmison to Bravo, (no ball) FOUR, a no-balling half-volley which is beautifully dispatched for four through extra cover


Harmison to Bravo, no run, firmly blocked out on the back foot. A better line this time


Harmison to Bravo, no run, better length but wide, wide, wide again. Bravo misses out here, clumping it back to the bowler

Botham's impressed with Bravo (incidentally)


Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, nicely tucked off his hip down to Monty who receives raucous rapture for, well, just being Monty


Harmison to Morton, no run, pumped to mid-on

I'm afraid that was a poor over.

End of over 31 (6 runs) West Indies 104/5

    • RS Morton 24 (52b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 22 (38b 3x4)
    • SJ Harmison 8-2-20-0
    • LE Plunkett 8-2-23-1

Around the wicket to Bravo

A huge cheer goes up for Monty who comes onto bowl. "Is this the most rubbish session of Test cricket, ever?" asks Andrew. It's a damn close call. It's been dog rubbish from England since the last rain break


Panesar to Bravo, FOUR, but it's too full, Bravo skipping down the pitch to make it into a full toss, hammering it through midwicket for four

50 stand from 80 balls


Panesar to Bravo, 3 runs, ooh, sliced off the back foot just wide of Vaughan at point


Panesar to Morton, no run, a little wide of the off stump, Morton punches it to cover


Panesar to Morton, no run, superb ball, tossing it up high and he was rapped on the pads - outside leg - but comfortably beaten by the looping pace of the ball


Panesar to Morton, no run, a little full and it's clipped to midwicket


Panesar to Morton, no run, tossed up on middle-and-off, Morton blocks this solidly

End of over 32 (7 runs) West Indies 111/5

    • RS Morton 24 (56b 3x4)
    • DJ Bravo 29 (40b 4x4)
    • MS Panesar 1-0-7-0
    • SJ Harmison 8-2-20-0

It's Nelson. 111 for 5. A nation raises their legs


Harmison to Bravo, 2 runs, too straight from Harmison and Bravo pushes it - punches it, rather - down the ground. Calmly played - he's looking very good now Bravo


Harmison to Bravo, no run, a quick one outside off which he guides to gully, on the bounce


Harmison to Bravo, FOUR, what a stroke that is, on-driving it and timing it perfectly down the ground. Sweetly struck


Harmison to Bravo, no run, more fire from Harmison but it's doused by Bravo off the back foot


Harmison to Bravo, no run, short of a length and Bravo is pretty comfortably on the back foot, standing tall and punching it to point with ease


Harmison to Bravo, no run, shuffles across to the off side to block this out

End of over 33 (6 runs) West Indies 117/5

    • DJ Bravo 35 (46b 5x4)
    • RS Morton 24 (56b 3x4)
    • SJ Harmison 9-2-26-0
    • MS Panesar 1-0-7-0

Right. Monty's second over


Panesar to Morton, no run, excellent line, drawing him forward and he defends


Panesar to Morton, no run, an inch or two shorter this time, allowing him onto the back foot


Panesar to Morton, no run, but he skips down the pitch this time to punch it to leg

"Oh yes, Monty" cries Prior


Panesar to Morton, no run, right up in the blockhole, good thinking from Monty but Morton timed it neatly to mid-on


Panesar to Morton, 1 run, too short this time, smudged to leg for a smartly placed single


Panesar to Bravo, 1 run, Bravo was a little late on that, jabbing down on it late but nudging it to leg for another single, retaining the strike

End of over 34 (2 runs) West Indies 119/5

    • DJ Bravo 36 (47b 5x4)
    • RS Morton 25 (61b 3x4)
    • MS Panesar 2-0-9-0
    • SJ Harmison 9-2-26-0

England just need to be patient here and remind themselves of West Indies' fragile tail. One wicket and it'll all be over sharpish.


Harmison to Bravo, no run, stands tall, barn-dooring this back to the bowler. Nothing's getting through that defence


Harmison to Bravo, no run, sends this a bit wider and Bravo tries to carve it off the back foot, but he can only smack it into the ground, the ball wobbling out to cover


Harmison to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off. Bravo's not daft enough to chase those carrots


Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, ambitiously pulled just short of deep midwicket


Harmison to Morton, OUT, another bouncer but Morton couldn't get on top of it, like Bravo did in the previous ball, skying it straight above his head and Prior sprinted in to take a comfortable catch by the stumps

RS Morton c †Prior b Harmison 25 (78m 62b 3x4 0x6) SR: 40.32

And there's the breakthrough England, and Harmison, craved. Can he mop up the tail?


Harmison to Ramdin, 1 no ball, very quick, 93.3mph, but a no-ball outside off


Harmison to Ramdin, no run, that's nasty, a brute of a ball spitting up at Ramdin who fends it off his upper chest region. Vicious delivery

End of over 35 (2 runs) West Indies 121/6

    • D Ramdin 0 (2b)
    • DJ Bravo 37 (51b 5x4)
    • SJ Harmison 10-2-28-1
    • MS Panesar 2-0-9-0

Panesar to Bravo, SIX, magnificently struck, skipping down the pitch and hammering it over Monty's head for six


Panesar to Bravo, 2 runs, again he skips down the pitch, almost oblivious to the position his team are in, clipping it to leg

He's been outstanding today, Bravo. Head, shoulders, torso and legs above his team-mates


Panesar to Bravo, no run, ooh, well bowled - tossed up on off stump and it's bat-padded to the off side


Panesar to Bravo, no run, on off stump again but no great turn again. Defended once more


Panesar to Bravo, no run, nicely bowled, a touch short but Bravo smothers it


Panesar to Bravo, no run, pushed out to point

End of over 36 (8 runs) West Indies 129/6

    • DJ Bravo 45 (57b 5x4 1x6)
    • D Ramdin 0 (2b)
    • MS Panesar 3-0-17-0
    • SJ Harmison 10-2-28-1

Harmison to Ramdin, 1 run, a quickie but a leg-side stray which is turned to Monty at square-leg

"Surely a nation raises its legs, not their legs (32.1)?" asks John. "Do pardon the pedantry." Pedants, the lot of you - fair point, though.


Harmison to Bravo, no run, left alone outside the off stump


Harmison to Bravo, no run, quick and straight, Bravo takes evasive action

A stupid expression, that. He ducked, that's what he did


Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, on leg stump, Bravo's off strike with a flick of the wrists to mid-on


Harmison to Ramdin, 1 run, dropped by Plunkett at point who dived to his left, the ball going straight in...and straight out. Firmly cut by Ramdin, and it would've been a smart catch...but he should've taken it

"Can't bowl, can't catch" spits the ever cynical-yet-realistic Gnasher


Harmison to Bravo, FOUR, pulled disdainfully around the corner for four, to bring up an excellent fifty - his fourth against England

It came from just 61 balls, too. Six fours and a six - his eighth fifty overall, and he celebrates in muted fashion

End of over 37 (7 runs) West Indies 136/6

    • DJ Bravo 50 (61b 6x4 1x6)
    • D Ramdin 2 (4b)
    • SJ Harmison 11-2-35-1
    • MS Panesar 3-0-17-0

Panesar to Ramdin, no run, smeared to mid-off


Panesar to Ramdin, no run, off the pad, into short-leg's hands


Panesar to Ramdin, no run, pumped back to the bowler


Panesar to Ramdin, 1 run, the wrong line from Monty this time, allowing Ramdin to nudge it to leg quite comfortably


Panesar to Bravo, no run, ooh very nicely bowled, holding this one back a touch but Bravo's up to the task, defending it firmly


Panesar to Bravo, no run, a huge appeal from Monty, but only Monty, as Bravo's rapped on the front pad...but it's outside the line

And there's tea, with England on the verge of a thumping win. Bravo has literally been the only man to show any semblance of technique and resistance, with Sidebottom exposing their weakness to the moving ball (and weakness against a left-armer, too). England are on the verge, just three more needed. Join us in 15 minutes (rain permitting - but it should be fine) for the final action.

End of over 38 (1 run) West Indies 137/6

    • DJ Bravo 50 (63b 6x4 1x6)
    • D Ramdin 3 (8b)
    • MS Panesar 4-0-18-0
    • SJ Harmison 11-2-35-1

Welcome back, all refreshed and Steve Harmison to resume.


Harmison to Ramdin, no run, on target, pushed to short leg


Harmison to Ramdin, no run, down the leg side, Ramdin plays a very limp and half-hearted pull, misses, and Prior takes


Harmison to Ramdin, 1 run, steered down to third man with an complete absence of footwork. In the air but quite safe, through the gap


Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, turned past short leg - too fast for it to be a chance


Harmison to Ramdin, no run, outside off, Ramdin not interested


Harmison to Ramdin, no run, wide again, Ramdin lifts his bat out of harm's way

End of over 39 (2 runs) West Indies 139/6

    • D Ramdin 4 (13b)
    • DJ Bravo 51 (64b 6x4 1x6)
    • SJ Harmison 12-2-37-1
    • MS Panesar 4-0-18-0

Panesar to Bravo, 1 run, driven hard to the right of Panesar - a yell of "catch it" wildly optimistic


Panesar to Ramdin, no run, short, cut to point


Panesar to Ramdin, 1 run, Ramdin waits and then whips the ball fine on the leg side


Panesar to Bravo, no run, floated, driven to point. He aimed it straighter than that


Panesar to Bravo, no run, cautious defence


Panesar to Bravo, no run, he thought about belting that back with interest but then opted for a correct defensive prod instead

End of over 40 (2 runs) West Indies 141/6

    • DJ Bravo 52 (68b 6x4 1x6)
    • D Ramdin 5 (15b)
    • MS Panesar 5-0-20-0
    • SJ Harmison 12-2-37-1

Harmison to Ramdin, no run, what's another word for sprayed wide of off stump?


Harmison to Ramdin, no run, better, Ramdin back and into line to defend


Harmison to Ramdin, no run, a rather nothing pat into the covers in response to a rather nothing delivery


Harmison to Ramdin, no run, that looked much faster, although only registered at 86mph, and Ramdin really hurried to get the bat down on it


Harmison to Ramdin, OUT, full, really fired in, strikes Ramdin on the pads as he looks to turn it into the leg side and Rauf upholds a vociferous appeal

D Ramdin lbw b Harmison 5 (20m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

My gut feeling was that was out but Gnasher disagreed ... and Hawkeye backs Gnasher and shows it was sliding down the leg side. The rough end of a decision again for West Indies.


Harmison to Taylor, no run, outside off and no need for Taylor to do anything other than watch it pass

End of over 41 (wicket maiden) West Indies 141/7

    • JE Taylor 0 (1b)
    • DJ Bravo 52 (68b 6x4 1x6)
    • SJ Harmison 13-3-37-2
    • MS Panesar 5-0-20-0

Panesar to Bravo, no run, arm ball, Bravo leaves and much oohing from all and sundry


Panesar to Bravo, no run, defended into the off side


Panesar to Bravo, no run, Bravo back and plays into the ground


Panesar to Bravo, no run, outside off, pushed into the covers

And we have sunshine. Arctic sunshine, but there is a shadow or two.


Panesar to Bravo, no run, Bravo comes down a pace or two, Panesar sees him coming and spears one into his pads


Panesar to Bravo, OUT, again he skips down the track, Panesar fires another one in and, rushed and cramped, Bravo's shot loops to Plunkett at mid-off

DJ Bravo c Plunkett b Panesar 52 (94m 74b 7x4 1x6) SR: 70.27

Gnasher, one of the great gamblers of our generation, says he reckons England will win this today.

End of over 42 (wicket maiden) West Indies 141/8

    • JE Taylor 0 (1b)
    • MS Panesar 6-1-20-1
    • SJ Harmison 13-3-37-2

West Indies record loss is an innings and 237.


Harmison to Taylor, OUT, banged in, Taylor swishes more than hooks, the ball drops down off his shoulder-glove-shoulder and into the stumps. A bail plops apologetically to the ground and it's all over

JE Taylor b Harmison 0 (6m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And that's it from Ice Station Headingley. An emphatic win for England and we now have ten days to gather our thoughts before the start of the Old Trafford Test. West Indies get a chance to feel the sun on their backs as they head to Durham to play a three-day game against MCC. From me, Martin Williamson, Will Luke, Jenny Thompson and Andrew Gnasher McGlashan, goodbye and thanks for staying with us.

Presentations Bob Appleyard, one of the game's greats and a real gentleman, presents the medals to officials. Daren Ganga comes up to to the podium. "It was a tough four days ... the guys lacked that sort of enthusiasm and we have to regroup. We have to remain upbeat and improve on all aspects of our game." And he indicates that Sarwan won't play at Old Trafford

Michael Vaughan receives a bottle of champagne - he would probably prefer hot chocolate - and looks understandably chuffed as he praises his home crowd. "It's nice to come back and do well. We're 1-0 up and we have to make sure we go to Old Trafford and do the business."

And the Man of the Match is Kevin Pietersen. "I believe the recipe for success is hard work. I've been criticised for throwing my wicket away, and I tried to make it count here."

4.40pm Well, that's West Indies heaviest defeat ever and England's third biggest win. And that is not an unfair reflection of the match. West Indies were hampered by the injury to Sarwan and the absence of Chanderpaul, but even allowing for that, it's was dire.

The weather did not help - it really has been wretchedly cold throughout - but there are only so many excuses you can make. West Indies bowling is popgun and their batsmen do not have the technique in these conditions, and the crazy lack of warm-up matches has also conspired against them. The WICB, most of who are still back in the warm of the Caribbean, should hang their heads in shame at allowing such an unprepared side to play.

The result also hides the fact that, with the exception of Sidebottom, England's seam attack was again not that impressive.

It is hard to see how West Indies can turn this series around. Morale, which was low anyway after several years of disputes with the WICB and a string of reverses, will slide even more, and the likely loss of Sarwan for most, if not all, of the tour, will hardly help.

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