West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 3rd Test: England v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 7-11, 2007
England won by 60 runs
7,8,9,10,11 June 2007 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
40.4

Sammy to Bell, no run, And, yes, I jinxed Cook. Nevermind. Bell to the crease now

40.5

Sammy to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, swinging way away, easy leave

40.6

Sammy to Bell, no run, more swing, but again well away from the right hander

England 132/4   IR Bell 0* (3b)
41.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, left alone down the channel, Bell kneeling and swaying away

41.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, on off, Bell defends on his back foot

41.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, slung well down the channel at 87.7mph, but easily left

England 137/4   IR Bell 0* (6b)
43.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, nasty - that was quick, short and straight, rising up onto Bell who defends it off his chest

43.2

Edwards to Bell, no run, quick - 89mph - but it's well played from Bell, swaying out of the way like an elastic limbo dancer

43.3

Edwards to Bell, 1 no ball, a touch fuller this time, drawing Bell forward who drives to mid-off

43.3

Edwards to Bell, no run, too short, easily left alone by the right hander

43.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, punched off the back foot to cover. A good line here - and just a touch of drift away from the right hander

43.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, another short one but it's massively short - a Ronnie Corbett if you will - and also down the leg side

43.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, forward comes Bell, driving to mid-off but without timing

England 138/4   IR Bell 0* (13b)
45.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, quick and full, very well bowled - spearing into his off stump, Bell digs it out

45.2

Edwards to Bell, (no ball) FOUR, another very sharp delivery just outside off stump which Bell guides down to third man, shuffling to leg as he does so. Not altogether convincing

45.2

Edwards to Bell, 1 no ball, terrific line and length here but once again he has no-balled

45.2

Edwards to Bell, no run, rising onto the batsman who with the straightest of blades blocks it out, dropping the ball down by his toes

45.3

Edwards to Bell, no run, very quick, very well bowled, almost flattening the batsman but he ducked beneath it to avoid decapitation

45.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, too wide to bother Bell who sways his head out of the way

45.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, firmly and solidly crunched back to the bowler off the back foot - right up on his toes

45.6

Edwards to Bell, 2 runs, but he loses his line here, Bell whipping it through leg and stealing two

England 146/4   IR Bell 6* (21b 1x4)
47.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, on off stump, Bell watchfully comes forward to defend

47.2

Edwards to Bell, no run, short of a length, Bell punches it to cover but there's no timing, intent or anything

47.3

Edwards to Bell, no run, angling into the batsman before swinging away at the last moment, it's cautiously blocked out

47.4

Edwards to Bell, 1 no ball, again too short really and it's firmly defended

47.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, very short but well directed, Bell shaping to play before evading it at the last moment

47.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, a little wider here, but with the angle (around the wicket) it is comfortably left alone by Bell

47.6

Edwards to Bell, (no ball) FOUR, class. For once it was a driveable length and Bell leant on it, creaming it through extra cover quite beautifully

47.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

England 156/4   IR Bell 10* (29b 2x4)
48.3

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, drops this to leg and they set off for a single, Taylor skips across to field - and Collingwood would've been way, way out of his ground had the big winner hit the stumps. But he missed

48.5

Taylor to Bell, no run, defended off the back foot

48.6

Taylor to Bell, no run, a textbook off-drive to mid-off but without power or placement

England 160/4   IR Bell 11* (32b 2x4)
50.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, that's a good line and length, left alone by Bell who watches it sail by

50.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, he loses his line here, Taylor, but Bell can't capitalise as the ball wobbles off his pads

50.3

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, Bell connects with a leg-side drifter this time, nudging it down to fine-leg

England 161/4   IR Bell 12* (35b 2x4)
51.1

Bravo to Bell, FOUR, magnificent stroke, sheer class, easing it through extra cover with the minimum of fuss.

51.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, too short and wide, Bell watches it sail by

51.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, again, too wide to trouble Bell who comfortably leaves it alone. Encouraging swing, though, under cloudy skies

51.4

Bravo to Bell, 1 wide, very wide and rightly wided. No chance of reaching that

51.4

Bravo to Bell, no run, lovely delivery this time, shaping away from Bell who...well, he probably hid his bat behind the pad, but only at the very last moment

51.5

Bravo to Bell, no run, ignored outside off this time

51.6

Bravo to Bell, no run, well, a good line in the channel outside off...but it's too short and Bell leaves it well alone

England 166/4   IR Bell 16* (41b 3x4)
52.5

Taylor to Bell, no run, spearing into Bell's pads who, rather tentatively, pushes it to leg

52.6

Taylor to Bell, no run, superbly bowled, Taylor. A nasty bouncer, spitting up at Bell off a length who fended it off his gloves.

England 167/5   IR Bell 16* (43b 3x4)
54.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, down the corridor, zooming away from the batsman, who leaves with ease

54.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, left alone down the channel

54.3

Taylor to Bell, no run, starts on leg, swings back towards middle, but is dinked off the hips just in front of square

54.4

Taylor to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

54.5

Taylor to Bell, no run, driven to mid-off

54.6

Taylor to Bell, no run, driven off the back foot to the covers

England 167/5   IR Bell 16* (49b 3x4)
56.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, outside off, driven off the back foot into the covers

56.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, pushed up there, dug out with a defensive drive to mid-off

56.3

Taylor to Bell, no run, defended forward

56.4

Taylor to Bell, no run, Bell looks to be positive now, but the ball's too full for him to do anything but defend forward

56.5

Taylor to Bell, no run, strides forward, tries to drive to cover, but squeezes the ball into the on-side

56.6

Taylor to Bell, 2 runs, strands tall and drives through mid-on, but Collymore could have done better - diving over the ball to allow the second

England 177/5   IR Bell 18* (55b 3x4)
58.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, bouncer, ducked under

58.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, right up there, driven to mid-off

58.3

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, driven to cover off the back foot, for a quick single

England 178/5   IR Bell 19* (58b 3x4)
59.1

Collymore to Bell, no run, 72mph delivery outside off, poked off the back foot to cover

59.2

Collymore to Bell, no run, probing delivery, on off, defended forward

59.3

Collymore to Bell, no run, outside off, defended forward again

59.4

Collymore to Bell, no run, on middle, got over and touched to midwicket on the front foot

59.5

Collymore to Bell, FOUR, short, wide, rubbish and Bell leans into a well-struck cut through point

59.6

Collymore to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

England 182/5   IR Bell 23* (64b 4x4)
61.1

Collymore to Bell, no run, slower delivery, not very well disguised, but still on a good length, Bell drives to cover

61.2

Collymore to Bell, FOUR, overpitched there, a half-volley even, driven back past the bowler with good timing

61.3

Collymore to Bell, no run, up there on off, defended off the back foot

61.4

Collymore to Bell, no run, outside off, allowing the ball to veer away

61.5

Collymore to Bell, no run, dragged down a touch but Bell missed out, driving to cover

61.6

Collymore to Bell, no run, on middle-and-leg, worked to short midwicket

England 196/5   IR Bell 27* (70b 5x4)
63.1

Collymore to Bell, no run, outside off, left alone

63.2

Collymore to Bell, no run, on off, defended forward

63.3

Collymore to Bell, 1 run, on middle-and-off, worked in front of midwicket

England 201/5   IR Bell 28* (73b 5x4)
64.1

Bravo to Bell, no run, outside off, defended into the covers

64.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, outside off, room enough to drive to cover once the swing has been negotiated

64.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, slower ball, disguised well (no silly false nose and glasses for Bravo), driven into the covers

64.4

Bravo to Bell, no run, on the money, just on off, driven to mid-on without much power

64.5

Bravo to Bell, FOUR, outside off, climbs into a short one with a cut in front of point

64.6

Bravo to Bell, no run, driven to mid-off, softly

England 205/5   IR Bell 32* (79b 6x4)
66.1

Edwards to Bell, (no ball) 2 runs, overstepped and on leg, too, worked away behind square

66.1

Edwards to Bell, 1 no ball, defended forward - a huge overstep again

66.1

Edwards to Bell, 1 run, and that really is a ball, Bell driving to mid-on

66.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, straight, defended down

66.5

Edwards to Bell, FOUR, outside off, rising and well played with the up-and-over gully off the back foot - firmly struck

66.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, shot for none, driven to mid-on and picked up easily

England 216/5   IR Bell 39* (85b 7x4)
67.6

Collymore to Bell, FOUR, outside off, cut with sweet timing behind point

England 223/5   IR Bell 43* (86b 8x4)
68.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, speared through Bell's half-hearted prod, a beseeching appeal from Edwards but it was going down the leg side

68.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, Bell stands tall and punches that square on the off, straight to deepish point

68.6

Edwards to Bell, 1 run, short outside off stump, Bell swats at it more than hooks and the ball loops behind square on the leg side, falling well short of the man racing in from long leg

England 226/5   IR Bell 44* (89b 8x4)
69.1

Collymore to Bell, no run, far more sedate stuff, a gentle delivery gently push into the off side

69.2

Collymore to Bell, no run, very correct defence, elbow bent and all that, 74mph

69.3

Collymore to Bell, no run, dead batted to mid-on and a rasping shout of "no" in case anyone was in any doubt

69.4

Collymore to Bell, no run, driven defensively off the back foot into the off side

69.5

Collymore to Bell, FOUR, crisp, straight drive inches to the right of the stumps, threaded between them and mid-on ... a delay in the applause as it was so easy and well timed that the spectators didn't realise that the ball was speeding to the rope

69.6

Collymore to Bell, 1 run, misfield at midwicket allows the single

England 231/5   IR Bell 49* (95b 9x4)
70.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, Bell two-thirds forward, a stifled appeal from Edwards as there was an audible edge into his front pad

70.2

Edwards to Bell, no run, blocked into the pitch, the ball loops over Edwards in his follow through, but mid-off round to mop up

70.3

Edwards to Bell, no run, pushed into the off side

70.4

Edwards to Bell, 1 wide, banged in, Bell stands and watches it pass overhead much as you would a fly-by by the Red Arrows, and Ramdin drops it and it's a wide as well. Good cricket ...

70.4

Edwards to Bell, FOUR, Bell goes back and threads the ball between slips and gully

70.5

Edwards to Bell, 1 run, checked block into the leg side, Bell takes the pace off the ball and places it wide enough of mid-on to allow them to take an easy run

England 237/5   IR Bell 54* (100b 10x4)
71.1

Collymore to Bell, no run, Bell goes back and punches the ball to extra cover

71.2

Collymore to Bell, no run, flicked with little power to midwicket

71.3

Collymore to Bell, no run, very correct, very straight defensive prod

71.4

Collymore to Bell, no run, a genuine edge but Bell did steer it down a little and at Collymore's pace that was never going to carry to the only slip

71.5

Collymore to Bell, no run, Bell gets a bit tangled as he defends that

71.6

Collymore to Bell, 1 run, firm drive, Morton makes a good diving stop at extra cover saving three runs and getting his whites dirty

England 238/5   IR Bell 55* (106b 10x4)
72.1

Sammy to Bell, no run, very slow outside off, left alone

72.2

Sammy to Bell, no run, defended

72.3

Sammy to Bell, no run, a hint of movement off the seam into the right hander, blocked

72.4

Sammy to Bell, no run, full toss, patted to mid-off

72.5

Sammy to Bell, no run, on off stump, defended ...73mph

72.6

Sammy to Bell, no run, very wide, Bell has to stretch to reach it with the toe of the bat and the ball bobbles into the off side

England 238/5   IR Bell 55* (112b 10x4)
73.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, Bell takes a skippy stride down the pitch and pushes to mid-off

73.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, back and across , cuts but mistimes the shot and the ball trickles to point

73.4

Bravo to Bell, no run, pushed to mid-off, again with little power

73.5

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, finally Bell takes enough pace of the easy drive to allow him to call for and get the run to mid-off who appeared to have dropped a couple of yards too deep

England 240/5   IR Bell 56* (116b 10x4)
74.1

Sammy to Bell, no run, solid and safe defence

74.2

Sammy to Bell, no run, very correct forward defensive

74.3

Sammy to Bell, FOUR, loopy outside off and Bell thumps it to the left of a diving mid-on ...that was just what that deserved

74.4

Sammy to Bell, 1 run, lovely cover drive, almost on one knee. That too deserved four but the man is out in the deep

England 245/5   IR Bell 61* (120b 11x4)
75.1

Bravo to Bell, FOUR, sweetly steered wide of the slip, very fine. It wasn't that wide, but Bell squeezed it from close to him and there's a big gap down there

75.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, a bouncer at 77mph, hardly denture-chattering stuff

75.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, short, Bell tries to help it over the slips but misses

75.4

Bravo to Bell, 2 runs, flicked through midwicket, well placed and Bell called early for two and got it

75.5

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, slower ball, pushed into the covers for a single

England 254/5   IR Bell 68* (125b 12x4)
76.1

Sammy to Bell, no run, a big stride and defensively prodded to extra cover

76.2

Sammy to Bell, no run, driven, Ganga makes a good stop diving to his left at extra cover

76.3

Sammy to Bell, 1 run, overpitched, driven between extra cover and cover to the man sweeping out on the boundary

76.5

Sammy to Bell, no run, Bell goes back and defends straight down the pitch

76.6

Sammy to Bell, no run, defended to short extra cover with a cry of "nooooooo" rather than the more usual "no"

76.7

Sammy to Bell, no run, defended into the off side

England 260/5   IR Bell 69* (131b 12x4)
77.5

Bravo to Bell, 2 runs, short- throat height - Bell back and pulls all along the ground to deep midwicket

77.6

Bravo to Bell, no run, wide, swinging away from the right-hand batsman who leaves

England 266/6   IR Bell 71* (133b 12x4)
78.6

Sammy to Bell, no run, checked drive to short extra cover

England 267/6   IR Bell 71* (134b 12x4)
80.1

Sammy to Bell, no run, leg-stump line, flicked to midwicket

80.2

Sammy to Bell, no run, angled into him, he goes half forward to defend

80.3

Sammy to Bell, no run, much more movement off the seam, Bell equals to it, into line and defends

80.4

Sammy to Bell, 1 run, pushed into the leg side for a quick single, the throw hits the stumps at the bowler's end as Bell passes and deflects past the men backing up, but Bell has run too far to come back for the overthrow

England 270/6   IR Bell 72* (138b 12x4)
81.1

Bravo to Bell, no run, shortish, pulled hard to midwicket who picks it up and hurls the ball to the keeper just as hard

81.2

Bravo to Bell, 1 wide, dug in, very short, Ramdin makes a rather balletic leap to gather high above his head

81.2

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, tucked into the off side

England 272/6   IR Bell 73* (140b 12x4)
82.1

Taylor to Bell, 1 wide, far too short and swinging towards slips as well ... almost a double wide

82.1

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, very wide again, Bell reaches and smacks the ball to the sweeper

England 276/6   IR Bell 74* (141b 12x4)
83.1

Edwards to Bell, 1 run, swinging away, Bell cracks that confidently to deep cover

England 281/6   IR Bell 75* (142b 12x4)
84.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, poor start, always heading down the leg side

84.2

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, pulled round to long leg

84.4

Taylor to Bell, 1 leg bye, off the pads and into the leg side

England 288/7   IR Bell 76* (145b 12x4)
85.1

Edwards to Bell, 1 run, pushed into the off side, fractionally behind square, and no protecting Harmison from the new ball as Bell runs the single

85.3

Edwards to Bell, 4 byes, way too short, not good bowling at all, and Ramdin has no chance as the ball flies over his head

85.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, Bell back and blocks

85.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, short again, Bell leaves

85.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, straight and at chest height, Bell back to defend

England 296/7   IR Bell 77* (150b 12x4)
86.6

Taylor to Bell, 4 byes, booming outswinger that pitches a yard beyond the crease and takes off over the despairing Ramdin

England 303/7   IR Bell 77* (151b 12x4)
88.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, another outswinger that started wide and got wider

88.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, driven into the pitch, it loops high into the off side and there's a moment of confusion as Bell starts off for a single before checking

88.3

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, very wide and full, cracked to the man at deep cover

88.5

Taylor to Bell, no run, Bell back and leaves

88.6

Taylor to Bell, no run, same line, Bell starts to nibble but thinks better of it and lets it pass

England 313/7   IR Bell 78* (156b 12x4)
89.4

Edwards to Bell, no run, best ball so far, swinging away and close enough that Bell has to play, and misses

89.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, Bell back , angles the ball into the ground and into second slip's bread basket

89.6

Edwards to Bell, no run, short, Bell, much more conventional than his partner, drops to his haunches as the ball passes

England 314/7   IR Bell 78* (159b 12x4)
90.2

Taylor to Bell, 2 runs, flicked neatly off his toes to log leg

90.3

Taylor to Bell, no run, firm drive, well stopped by shortish extra cover to his right

90.4

Taylor to Bell, no run, short, a decent bouncer which forces Bell to think twice before jerking his head out of the line of fire

90.5

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, not quite as short and Bell pulls with conviction to deep square leg

England 320/7   IR Bell 81* (163b 12x4)
91.1

Edwards to Bell, 1 run, he has to reach for the drive, steered behind square on the off

England 321/7   IR Bell 82* (164b 12x4)
92.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, full, confidently driven to mid-off

92.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, speared down the leg side, Bell flicks his hips inside the line

92.3

Taylor to Bell, no run, Bell plays from the crease, steering the ball into the gully area

92.4

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, swinging half volley, driven to mid-off who has dropped back a few yards to give the single

England 323/7   IR Bell 83* (168b 12x4)
93.1

Edwards to Bell, 1 run, placed between cover and backward point

England 324/7   IR Bell 84* (169b 12x4)
94.1

Taylor to Bell, no run, zips back and Bell does well to keep it out

94.2

Taylor to Bell, no run, full, driven hard back at Taylor who does well to stoop in his follow-through to field

94.3

Taylor to Bell, no run, short of a length and down the leg side

94.4

Taylor to Bell, no run, driven straight on the leg side and mid-on round to cut it off

94.5

Taylor to Bell, 1 run, flicked into the leg side to the man in the deep

England 325/8   IR Bell 85* (174b 12x4)
95.1

Edwards to Bell, no run, Bell back and into line to defend a straight one

95.2

Edwards to Bell, no run, blocked, he opens the face as he plays the ball and gully fields

95.3

Edwards to Bell, no run, angled into Bell who gets cramped, the ball shoots off the pads to second slip and there's a loud appeal from the bowler for one or both of caught or leg-before ...Bowden not interested on either count

95.4

Edwards to Bell, FOUR, Edwards gives him width and Bell angles the ball quite deliberately down and past second slip ...no third man so four all the way

95.5

Edwards to Bell, no run, outstanding take the a leg-side bouncer that cleared bell by about four feet and kept going

95.6

Edwards to Bell, FOUR, too full and Bell drives firmly between the bowler and mid-on

England 333/8   IR Bell 93* (180b 14x4)
96.4

Collymore to Bell, 1 run, Bell works the ball from off stump to midwicket and ambles a single

England 335/8   IR Bell 94* (181b 14x4)
97.1

Bravo to Bell, no run, Bell takes a big stride and angles the ball into the off side, slightly too fine and finds the fielder rather than the gap

97.2

Bravo to Bell, no run, very wide and Bell plays one of those shots that involves planting your feet, sticking your backside out and reaching for the ball ... he misses

97.3

Bravo to Bell, no run, again Bell finds backward point instead of the space

97.4

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, at last he gets the single, driven to deep cover

England 336/8   IR Bell 95* (185b 14x4)
98.1

Collymore to Bell, 1 run, on off stump, Bell prods this out to the off side and is quick out of the traps. Sidebottom is less quick, no doubt weighed down by the tonnage of hair on his head, but he makes his ground in time

England 337/8   IR Bell 96* (186b 14x4)
99.1

Bravo to Bell, 1 run, elegantly pushed to mid-off, coming right forward to guide this along the turf. No power in the stroke though

England 338/8   IR Bell 97* (187b 14x4)
100.1

Collymore to Bell, no run, short and wide, Bell tries to cut - but it was hardly the most convincing of strokes. A weak waft outside off

100.2

Collymore to Bell, no run, a cracker; a leg-cudder, as Richie Benaud would say, leaving Bell at the very last moment

100.3

Collymore to Bell, no run, the wrong line but Bell can't make anything of it, prodding it to leg

100.4

Collymore to Bell, OUT, a superb delivery, another leg-cutter from Collymore and again he finds nasty bounce. Bell was drawn into a defensive poke on the back foot, but it jagged away markedly off the seam to take the edge and Ramdin snaffles an easy chance

IR Bell c †Ramdin b Collymore 97 (292m 191b 14x4 0x6) SR: 50.78

England 338/9   IR Bell 97 (191b 14x4)
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