West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2007 / Commentary

The Wisden Trophy - 3rd Test

England v West Indies

England won by 60 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

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

50.4

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, punched neatly off the back foot. A defensive push

50.5

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, defended back to the bowler

50.6

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, very late and prodigious swing there, Collingwood ignores it

End of over 51 (1 run) England 161/4
PD Collingwood    10* (40b 2x4)      JE Taylor    9-0-39-1
IR Bell    12* (35b 2x4)      FH Edwards    10-2-50-0

Right then, here's Edwards to deliver some more old-fashioned West Indian chin music. Oh no, he's been taken off - it'll be Bravo

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

End of over 52 (5 runs) England 166/4
IR Bell    16* (41b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    8-2-25-0
PD Collingwood    10* (40b 2x4)      JE Taylor    9-0-39-1

Still absolutely no sunshine whatsoever in Manchester. Granite-grey skies

52.1

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, a poor, wasteful delivery well wide of the off stump

52.2

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, a touch straighter, drifting away from the right hander who leaves alone

I do hope Edwards opens the bowling after tea

52.3

Taylor to Collingwood, OUT, an inswinger, Collingwood shuffles across his stumps but is rapped straight in front. A raucous appeal...and he's given him. The ball did look to be shaping down the leg side, but replays indicate leg stump would've been flattened

PD Collingwood lbw b Taylor 10 (72m 43b 2x4 0x6) SR: 23.25

Well, well, well. West Indies are right in this match now

Here's Matt Prior coming into the first tricky situation he will have faced in Tests. The ball is swinging

52.4

Taylor to Prior, 1 run, but he's off the mark immediately, nudging this attempted yorker wide of mid-on

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.

End of over 53 (1 run) England 167/5
IR Bell    16* (43b 3x4)      JE Taylor    10-0-40-2
MJ Prior    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    8-2-25-0

Here's Bravo

This has been a terrific afternoon for West Indies. A few wickets (and some extra pace) and suddenly their garden seems much more rosy.

4.00pm Hello again, everyone. Jenny here. Let's see if West Indies can keep their momentum up in this session

53.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, more awayswing for Bravo here, though a little too wide of the off stump

53.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, good ball, right in the channel and Prior leaves it alone. No great swing this time

Taylor's swigging some water on the boundary. Edwards's cap looks a bit too big for his head, almost shielding his eyes

53.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, and that's a nice delivery again from Bravo, gently bending away from Prior who, very wisely, completely ignores it

53.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, but a touch fuller, Prior drives cleanly to mid-off

53.5

Bravo to Prior, no run, well bowled! Very, very close to finding Prior's outside edge, the right-hander going for an expansive drive and missing it completely

Bravo is aghast, completely disgusted with Prior's rude attempt to smack him into next week

53.6

Bravo to Prior, no run, on off stump, Prior nudges to leg

End of over 54 (maiden) England 167/5
MJ Prior    1* (7b)      DJ Bravo    9-3-25-0
IR Bell    16* (43b 3x4)      JE Taylor    10-0-40-2

And there's tea, a session in which England lost 4 for 55. Very well done West Indies, restricting England who earlier had looked absolutely comfortable. Edwards' spells are clearly being limited - he is worryingly injury prone - but it has been his fire and pace which set the afternoon alive. A flurry of bouncers unsettling Bell and Collingwood - terrific to watch. Join me, or Martin, or Jenny after the break for more

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

A tidy over from Taylor, and now it's Bravo

End of over 55 (maiden) England 167/5
IR Bell    16* (49b 3x4)      JE Taylor    11-1-40-2
MJ Prior    1* (7b)      DJ Bravo    9-3-25-0

55.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, fired in flat, just outside off, Prior defending down with a smothering bat

55.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, shouldered arms to one which flew down the channel, hovering and curving away

55.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, on middle-and-off, more away swing, Prior trapping the ball down under his bat

55.4

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, Prior's excited by that width outside off, throwing his hands into a drive, but it doesn't go through cover, rather through point

Prior holds up play while some big winner in a blue shirt walks behind the bowler's arm

55.5

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, pushed off the back foot through mid-on. Pure timing

We like a nice on-drive, we do

55.6

Bravo to Prior, no run, on middle, Prior looks to turn the ball into midwicket, but it's a better length than he was expecting

End of over 56 (8 runs) England 175/5
MJ Prior    9* (13b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    10-3-33-0
IR Bell    16* (49b 3x4)      JE Taylor    11-1-40-2

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

End of over 57 (2 runs) England 177/5
IR Bell    18* (55b 3x4)      JE Taylor    12-1-42-2
MJ Prior    9* (13b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    10-3-33-0

57.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, plants on a good length, Prior defends forward

Prior shakes his shoulders, he's getting a bit impatient now with all this defending

57.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, a smidgen of room outside off, Prior drives square, not entirely deliberately

57.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, a fullish delivery dug towards mid-off

57.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, straight, a touch short, and defended down off the back foot

Second slip has come out now, joined his friend in the gully

57.5

Bravo to Prior, no run, full and defended on the front foot

57.6

Bravo to Prior, no run, squared up by one which nips back, gets some bat on it, but not convincingly

End of over 58 (maiden) England 177/5
MJ Prior    9* (19b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    11-4-33-0
IR Bell    18* (55b 3x4)      JE Taylor    12-1-42-2

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

58.4

Taylor to Prior, no run, defended down off the back foot into short midwicket

58.5

Taylor to Prior, no run, bouncer, ducked under

58.6

Taylor to Prior, no run, full length delivery, defended forward

Collymore replacing Bravo.

End of over 59 (1 run) England 178/5
MJ Prior    9* (22b 2x4)      JE Taylor    13-1-43-2
IR Bell    19* (58b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    11-4-33-0

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

Pietersen's eyeing up a tin of Red Bull on the balcony. He surely doesn't need any...

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

Bravo back on, switching to the Stretford End

End of over 60 (4 runs) England 182/5
IR Bell    23* (64b 4x4)      CD Collymore    14-5-25-2
MJ Prior    9* (22b 2x4)      JE Taylor    13-1-43-2

60.1

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, outside off, half-volley, driven through cover

60.2

Bravo to Prior, 2 runs, swing in the air but the direction is wrong - too wide outside leg, so even though the ball drifts back onto leg, it's worked in front of square

60.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, outside off, Prior looks to drive to the covers

60.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, outside off, full, driven to short mid-off on the up

60.5

Bravo to Prior, no run, defended off the back foot to gully

60.6

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, driven well through the gap at extra cover and just to say beats the chasing fielder

End of over 61 (10 runs) England 192/5
MJ Prior    19* (28b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    12-4-43-0
IR Bell    23* (64b 4x4)      CD Collymore    14-5-25-2

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

End of over 62 (4 runs) England 196/5
IR Bell    27* (70b 5x4)      CD Collymore    15-5-29-2
MJ Prior    19* (28b 4x4)      DJ Bravo    12-4-43-0

62.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, outside off, worked into the covers

62.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, nipped back in outside off, worked off the back foot to gully

62.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, straight, short, defended down

62.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, defended on the front foot

62.5

Bravo to Prior, no run, defended down on the back foot this time, just for variety

62.6

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, reaches out and somehow steers the ball behind the two gullies and in front of the slips

"Do you know of any good nicknames?" asks Rob "Christmas" Carroll. "David Sales of Northants is called Jumble. Hee hee, that's my favourite." Erm, Kabir Ali is known as Taxi (Kabby.. Taxi.. geddit)

End of over 63 (4 runs) England 200/5
MJ Prior    23* (34b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    13-4-47-0
IR Bell    27* (70b 5x4)      CD Collymore    15-5-29-2

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

63.4

Collymore to Prior, no run, left alone outside off

63.5

Collymore to Prior, no run, on middle, some swing in the air, defended forward

63.6

Collymore to Prior, no run, driven to the covers

End of over 64 (1 run) England 201/5
MJ Prior    23* (37b 5x4)      CD Collymore    16-5-30-2
IR Bell    28* (73b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    13-4-47-0

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

Bell's nearly been batting for two hours

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

"It feels like the old days," says Martin, half-sighing, half-smiling

64.6

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

Paul writes on nicknames: "Nothing beats "Afghanistan" for Mark, the forgotten Waugh." We'll be the judge of that.

"My favourite nickname was that of former Gloucestershire opener Paul Romaines," says Peter Welch - "Human".

End of over 65 (4 runs) England 205/5
IR Bell    32* (79b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    14-4-51-0
MJ Prior    23* (37b 5x4)      CD Collymore    16-5-30-2

65.1

Collymore to Prior, no run, outside off, swing away, left alone

65.2

Collymore to Prior, no run, defended forward

65.3

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

65.4

Collymore to Prior, 1 no ball, overstepped, pushed up there, defended forward

65.4

Collymore to Prior, no run, up there, again, and defended, again

65.5

Collymore to Prior, no run, outside off, defended on the back foot

65.6

Collymore to Prior, no run, good line and length, on off, and defended on the front foot

Tim Haveron Jones writes. "Monde Zondeki revels in the nickname "All Hands" (as in "All Hands Zondeki"). That's an absolute corker."

Meanwhile, back at the cricket, Edwards back into the attack

End of over 66 (1 run) England 206/5
MJ Prior    23* (44b 5x4)      CD Collymore    17-5-31-2
IR Bell    32* (79b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    14-4-51-0

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

66.2

Edwards to Prior, no run, climbed a bit, defended off the back foot into the gully

66.3

Edwards to Prior, 1 run, cheeky single, dropped down and very quick indeed

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

Expensive over, that.

Luke Bull writes: "The best sporting nickname has to be 'One Size' for the footballer Fitz Hall."

Rob Norman likes "Martin 'Chariots' Offiah". Ah, those were the days. Good old rugby league.

End of over 67 (10 runs) England 216/5
IR Bell    39* (85b 7x4)      FH Edwards    11-2-60-0
MJ Prior    24* (46b 5x4)      CD Collymore    17-5-31-2

67.1

Collymore to Prior, no run, defended on the back foot this time

67.2

Collymore to Prior, no run, more back-foot defence, an inside edge on to the pad

67.3

Collymore to Prior, no run, nearly got through, but just keeps it out with another inside edge

67.4

Collymore to Prior, no run, driven to cover

67.5

Collymore to Prior, 3 runs, on leg, swished behind square right out inside the boundary

67.6

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

Lots of you like the nickname Nobody. John Eales the Australian rugby union captain was so called because "Nobody's Perfect". See what they did there. Ah yes, Angy reminds us: "New South Wales' Aaron Bird requested "Flu" to be the nickname on his back for last year's KFC Big Bash. Needless to say bird flu and KFC aren't a healthy combination."

End of over 68 (7 runs) England 223/5
IR Bell    43* (86b 8x4)      CD Collymore    18-5-38-2
MJ Prior    27* (51b 5x4)      FH Edwards    11-2-60-0

Anyway, that's drinks and back in the hotseat is Martin Williamson.

Just popped back from Lord's where MCC are playing Europe. We never stop ...

68.1

Edwards to Prior, no run, quenched. Edwards fires in his first ball right on target, Prior into line to block

68.2

Edwards to Prior, 1 no ball, down the leg side and he oversteps again ...his tenth no-ball of the day

68.2

Edwards to Prior, no run, Prior climbs on to his toes as he defends on the back foot

Matthew Lonergan says: "My favourite is the Man City footballer Kiki Musampa, who regails in the the nickname of 'Chris'."

68.3

Edwards to Prior, 1 run, Prior fends the ball from chest height into the on side

John Burscough notes: "I always thought the 50's Arsenal player Gerry Ward should have been called Gerry 'Hat-trick' Ward. Unfortunately, he never scored one, so he wasn't."

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

End of over 69 (3 runs) England 226/5
IR Bell    44* (89b 8x4)      FH Edwards    12-2-63-0
MJ Prior    28* (55b 5x4)      CD Collymore    18-5-38-2

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

Again, the fielding has not been outstanding today.

End of over 70 (5 runs) England 231/5
IR Bell    49* (95b 9x4)      CD Collymore    19-5-43-2
MJ Prior    28* (55b 5x4)      FH Edwards    12-2-63-0

Tim says: "The former Australian rugby league player Brad Fitler had the nickname 'Adol'." Hmm ...

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

Good line tin this over from Edwards.

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

That's his 12th Test fifty off 99 balls and it's warmly applauded by the Manchester crowd.

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

70.6

Edwards to Prior, no run, defended with ease

End of over 71 (6 runs) England 237/5
MJ Prior    28* (56b 5x4)      FH Edwards    13-2-69-0
IR Bell    54* (100b 10x4)      CD Collymore    19-5-43-2

Bell takes guard again

71.1

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

Interestingly, Jenny says: "Bell is currently averaging 91 in seven Tests at No. 6, almost twice his career average of 45.87"

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

End of over 72 (1 run) England 238/5
IR Bell    55* (106b 10x4)      CD Collymore    20-5-44-2
MJ Prior    28* (56b 5x4)      FH Edwards    13-2-69-0

Jenny is on a mission now ... she's swallowed the stato pills clearly ... "This is the fifth time in 11 innings Bell's reached fifty, and he's never yet failed to convert to a hundred". Darren Sammy back on. Stat that ...

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

End of over 73 (maiden) England 238/5
IR Bell    55* (112b 10x4)      DJG Sammy    13-7-21-1
MJ Prior    28* (56b 5x4)      CD Collymore    20-5-44-2

73.1

Bravo to Prior, 1 run, driven with a flourish through the covers, there's a man in the deep to give the bowler additional protection and so only a single

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

The over rate here is dire ... 13 an hour. That's what the West Indies sides of the 1970s and 80s used to send down, but they had genuine fast bowlers with long runs ...

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

73.6

Bravo to Prior, no run, Prior walks down the pitch and plays a Pietersenesque swish into the on side but fails to beat midwicket

End of over 74 (2 runs) England 240/5
MJ Prior    29* (58b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    15-4-53-0
IR Bell    56* (116b 10x4)      DJG Sammy    13-7-21-1

74.1

Sammy to Bell, no run, solid and safe defence

At this pace - mid 70s - Ramdin should be standing up ... unless the bowlers really don't want him to

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

74.5

Sammy to Prior, no run, defended into the covers

Prior looked to be really having to restrain himself

74.6

Sammy to Prior, 2 runs, dropped ... driven hard back to the left of Collymore who sticks out a hand and gets his fingers to the ball but can't hold on ... salt in the wound as he deflects it past mid-off and so there's runs as well

End of over 75 (7 runs) England 247/5
MJ Prior    31* (60b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    14-7-28-1
IR Bell    61* (120b 11x4)      DJ Bravo    15-4-53-0

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

The field changes but still a big gap at third man.

75.2

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

It takes you back to when Brian Close was being peppered by Michael Holding in 1976 ...even 31 years later watching that makes you wince

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

That was so slow that the speed gun appears to have blown a fuse.

75.6

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, another bouncer, and at 75mph that's a high-risk strategy. Prior waits and hooks that behind square between deep midwicket and long leg

End of over 76 (11 runs) England 258/5
MJ Prior    35* (61b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    16-4-64-0
IR Bell    68* (125b 12x4)      DJG Sammy    14-7-28-1

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

76.4

Sammy to Prior, 1 run, Prior repeats the shot, slightly more flowery for the photographers, but the same end result

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

And everyone caught out there as it was a seven-ball over

End of over 77 (2 runs) England 260/5
IR Bell    69* (131b 12x4)      DJG Sammy    15-7-30-1
MJ Prior    36* (62b 6x4)      DJ Bravo    16-4-64-0

77.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, dug in and Prior gets in a tangle ...he was going to block, decided to duck, and the ball clipped his shoulder as it passed

77.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, another short one, this time Prior moves ever so slightly back to allow it to pass

77.3

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, too short - not a bouncer - outside off and Prior goes back and larrups that behind square on the off. The man sweeping had no chance of getting round

77.4

Bravo to Prior, OUT, dug in for a third time in four, Prior goes to pull but doesn't get on top of it and the ball arcs right into the hands of Morton 10 or 15 yards inside the midwicket boundary. That was shorter and wider than the other ones and of them all, that was the one to leave ...

MJ Prior c Morton b Bravo 40 (116m 66b 7x4 0x6) SR: 60.60

Prior falls right into a trap which might as well have been advertised in the Manchester Evening News. A sucker punch with the new ball looming ...

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

Scheduled finish is 6.00pm but no way will we make that ... 6.30pm to make up for the dire over rate

End of over 78 (6 runs) England 266/6
IR Bell    71* (133b 12x4)      DJ Bravo    17-4-70-1
LE Plunkett    0* (0b)      DJG Sammy    15-7-30-1

78.1

Sammy to Plunkett, no run, patted into the off side

78.2

Sammy to Plunkett, no run, back and across to block

78.3

Sammy to Plunkett, no run, left alone

78.4

Sammy to Plunkett, no run, pitched up, Plunkett into line

78.5

Sammy to Plunkett, 1 run, jagged back into Plunkett and he gets cramped as he goes back, a thick inside edge bobbles into the leg side

78.6

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

End of over 79 (1 run) England 267/6
IR Bell    71* (134b 12x4)      DJG Sammy    16-7-31-1
LE Plunkett    1* (5b)      DJ Bravo    17-4-70-1

Two slips ...

79.1

Bravo to Plunkett, 2 runs, shortish outside off and Plunkett swats it far from convincingly to deep midwicket

Expect another short one before long ...

79.2

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, fuller and slower, Plunkett not sucked in, he waits and blocks

79.3

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, dug in, too much so, Plunkett turns his head as he gets out of the way

79.4

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, the ball flicks the pad as it goes down the leg side, Ramdin makes a good stop diving low to his left

79.5

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, too wide down the off, Plunkett isn't going to nibble at those

79.6

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, banged in again, Plunkett having none of it and he flicks his head out of the line

End of over 80 (2 runs) England 269/6
LE Plunkett    3* (11b)      DJ Bravo    18-4-72-1
IR Bell    71* (134b 12x4)      DJG Sammy    16-7-31-1

And the new ball is due ...

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

80.5

Sammy to Plunkett, no run, Plunkett not looking to do anything too heroic

80.6

Sammy to Plunkett, no run, back and punched to point

End of over 81 (1 run) England 270/6
LE Plunkett    3* (13b)      DJG Sammy    17-7-32-1
IR Bell    72* (138b 12x4)      DJ Bravo    18-4-72-1

Old ball still ...

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

It's too high for Billy Bowden who has not been on camera for at least five minutes, and so he calls the wide

81.2

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

81.3

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, slower ball, fuller as well, Plunkett spots it

81.4

Bravo to Plunkett, 2 runs, another short one and Plunkett has had enough ... he hooks, quite well, along the ground

81.5

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, yorker length but the line was wrong, outside off, Plunkett toe-ends the ball into the covers

Bravo is in some pain ... he's limping as he trudges back ... he has been for some time.

81.6

Bravo to Plunkett, no run, driven across the line to midwicket

Bravo's limp has become a hobble and he heads towards the pavilion and some treatment ... but there is no 12th man coming out so he has to wait while twelfthers puts down the newspaper and scoots down the steps.

End of over 82 (4 runs) England 274/6
LE Plunkett    5* (17b)      DJ Bravo    19-4-76-1
IR Bell    73* (140b 12x4)      DJG Sammy    17-7-32-1

The new ball is taken, Billy Bowden signals theatrically ... as if there was any other way he would do so. Jerome Taylor comes on for Sammy.

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

82.2

Taylor to Plunkett, no run, left alone outside off stump

82.3

Taylor to Plunkett, no run, again Plunkett happy to leave it alone

82.4

Taylor to Plunkett, no run, steered from the crease to gully

82.5

Taylor to Plunkett, no run, back and into line, and once more the ball scurries to gully

82.6

Taylor to Plunkett, FOUR, a long hop, asking to be hit and Plunkett obliges, pulling it between mid-on and midwicket

Fifteen minutes left today ... three overs, possibly four.

End of over 83 (6 runs) England 280/6
LE Plunkett    9* (22b 1x4)      JE Taylor    14-1-49-2
IR Bell    74* (141b 12x4)      DJ Bravo    19-4-76-1

Fidel Edwards replaces the departed Bravo.

83.1

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

83.2

Edwards to Plunkett, no run, fired in on target, Plunkett back to defend

83.3

Edwards to Plunkett, FOUR, short, Plunkett back, it's too big for him to keep down and he gets away with it as the ball flies past second slip

Jenny Globetrotter with breaking news ... "Europe managed to pull off victory at Lord's, despite both teams doing their best to lose the match. Chasing just 184, Europe slipped to 33 for 5, but Trent Johnston's 48 rescued his side and they snuck home by two wickets".

83.4

Edwards to Plunkett, no run, super bouncer, on target and Plunkett totters back as he manages to avoid the ball hitting either his gloves or skull

83.5

Edwards to Plunkett, OUT, super one-two ... the bouncer softened him up and Edwards follows with a good-length delivery which swings as well, Plunkett, heading ever-so-slightly towards square leg, is beaten all ends up and the ball hits the middle stump two-thirds up and sends it flying

LE Plunkett b Edwards 13 (28m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

83.6

Edwards to Harmison, no run, dug in, Harmison ducks and just about gets out of harm's way

A big grin from Edwards as Harmison chews his gum and tries to look nonchalant ... he actually looks like a man who is not too happy to face chin music at this time of the evening, and who can blame him

End of over 84 (5 runs) England 285/7
SJ Harmison    0* (1b)      FH Edwards    14-2-74-1
IR Bell    75* (142b 12x4)      JE Taylor    14-1-49-2

England now need Bell to go on to get a hundred ... at least

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

84.3

Taylor to Harmison, 1 leg bye, Harmison shapes to pull, gets a thin edge and a thwacked in the ribs as the ball goes into the leg side

He shows no pain ... they breed them hard in Northumberland.

84.4

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

84.5

Taylor to Harmison, no run, attempted yorker but actually a full toss, down the leg side as well, Ramdin across to make a good stop as the ball bounces not that far in front of him

84.6

Taylor to Harmison, 2 runs, another full toss as he tries for the yorker, Harmison swishes to Edwards at long leg who makes a real mess of a simple pick up, that allows the batsmen to come back for the second and means Bell is on strike

End of over 85 (5 runs) England 290/7
SJ Harmison    2* (4b)      JE Taylor    15-1-52-2
IR Bell    76* (145b 12x4)      FH Edwards    14-2-74-1

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

85.2

Edwards to Harmison, 1 leg bye, short, Harmison turns his head rather than ducks and the ball scores a direct hit and flies through the slips

Harmison doesn't even flinch ... he really is hard. And he knows he will get his turn to reciprocate. I was told early on only to bounce spinners and batsmen, not quick men.

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

Edwards trying to reduce Bell's hope of stealing the strike

85.6

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

From Martin Williamson, Jenny Thompson and Will Luke, it's goodnight. We will be back tomorrow when the game resumes at 11.00am.

Close And that's it for today, Bell heads off having done a really good job, but after England won the morning session it's been a great fightback by West Indies, especially given their dismal form in the first two Tests. After losing the toss, Daren Ganga will be very happy with the way things went after lunch. As for England, at 112 for 1 at the first interval, they will have wanted to be closer to 400 by the close. It's all set up nicely for a really tight second day.

End of over 86 (6 runs) England 296/7
IR Bell    77* (150b 12x4)      FH Edwards    15-2-75-1
SJ Harmison    2* (5b)      JE Taylor    15-1-52-2

10.55am West Indies take to the field followed by the not-out batsmen, Ian Bell and Steve Harmison. England need Bell to take the lead this morning, while Harmison, who was more like a coconut in a shy last night, will stick around as long as he can. I am getting feedback from my bank manager ... there is nowhere to hide ...

10.45am The forecast is ... no rain, 21 degrees and a gentle northerly wind. The pitch is expected to be much the same as yesterday, bouncy, and Ian Botham says as it's more humid then there could be some more swing. "It's rock hard ... England have every base covered," adds David Lloyd.

10.35am Rob Lynch emails: "Yesterday was my first day at a Test match (and a wonderful time was had by all), so the sun barely deigned to show its face. Already it seems to be peeking out today. Yet somehow, despite yesterday rarely giving us a patch of blue sky I've ended up a little bit pink. Only in Manchester eh?"

10.25am The player are warming up. Harmison's just pinged another leg-side wide on the practice strip. But he looks to have a spring in his step all the same. The Windies are having a team huddle below the commentary box and there's a steady crowd emptying out of the tram stop.

While we watch everyone get ready, send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest.

9.20am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second day's play from Old Trafford. The weather is better than yesterday with blue sky to the north and a few clouds to the south.

86.1

Taylor to Harmison, no run, very wide outside off stump, Harmison barely moves

Two slips and a gully ... mid-on, mid-off, point, square leg, long leg, midwicket

86.2

Taylor to Harmison, no run, yorker-length outside off stump, Harmison leans into it and overbalances as he tries to prod it into the covers

That one swung considerably ...

86.3

Taylor to Harmison, no run, driven off the edge to point, again it swung and that's why it found the edge

"Just wondering," Iain Warner wonders, "why cricketers are so obsessed with their initials. "You never get to find out footballers' middle names, but in cricket everyone gets their middle initial displayed to all and sundry. Anyone know why?"

86.4

Taylor to Harmison, no run, Harmison turns his head to a bouncer rather than duck and takes another one on the helmet

No ill effects but he should work on his technique

86.5

Taylor to Harmison, 3 runs, overpitched, driven down the ground and Harmison lumbers back for a third rather puffily

86.6

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

hard on the keeper ... he never had a chance.

End of over 87 (7 runs) England 303/7
IR Bell    77* (151b 12x4)      JE Taylor    16-1-55-2
SJ Harmison    5* (10b)      FH Edwards    15-2-75-1

Fidel Edwards on from the Brian Statham End. Harmison changes his helmet ... he needs something off a suit of armour given how often he is being thumped

87.1

Edwards to Harmison, FOUR, decent start, swinging away, little foot movement, angled inches wide of a diving second slip

87.2

Edwards to Harmison, no run, another good-length awayswinger which Harmison pokes suspiciously at and misses

87.3

Edwards to Harmison, no run, short, Harmison turns his head but no metallic thunk this time as the ball keeps its line and goes through to the keeper

87.4

Edwards to Harmison, no run, another direct hit, this time on Harmison's chest as he opts to do a Brain Close rather than hook

If West Indies are trying to rile Harmison into bowling well, they're going the right way about it

87.5

Edwards to Harmison, 2 runs, worked round the corner from chest-height, he turns his head and shut his eyes as he plays it but it works and stays on the ground

87.6

Edwards to Harmison, no run, outside off and left alone

Aha ... John Major in the ground ... oh yes ...

End of over 88 (6 runs) England 309/7
SJ Harmison    11* (16b 1x4)      FH Edwards    16-2-81-1
IR Bell    77* (151b 12x4)      JE Taylor    16-1-55-2

Bell on strike .... he's only faced one ball so far today

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

A smattering of applause ...

"No idea why they do the initial thing, but it means that my son has been landed with three initials to increase his chanes of captaining England," the initials-starved Dave McCunn says.

88.4

Taylor to Harmison, 3 runs, too full, chipped over midwicket, an eight-iron more than a driver, and it pulls up a yard inside the rope despite the crowd urging the ball on

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

End of over 89 (4 runs) England 313/7
IR Bell    78* (156b 12x4)      JE Taylor    17-1-59-2
SJ Harmison    14* (17b 1x4)      FH Edwards    16-2-81-1

89.1

Edwards to Harmison, no run, slung across Harmison who swipes but gets nowhere near it

89.2

Edwards to Harmison, no run, banged in, Harmison takes evasive action, all a bit hurried, and Ramdin just about gets his gloves to it high above his head

89.3

Edwards to Harmison, 1 run, full and 91.5mph, Harmison seemed to be expecting a bouncer and was stepping away but still gets it through midwicket

He must have taken a knock too many ... he was keen to come back for the second but Bell wasn't interested.

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

End of over 90 (1 run) England 314/7
IR Bell    78* (159b 12x4)      FH Edwards    17-2-82-1
SJ Harmison    15* (20b 1x4)      JE Taylor    17-1-59-2

90.1

Taylor to Harmison, 3 runs, no footwork, driven in the air through gully

Ganga had a second gully in for Harmison in the last over but had moved him out. Hindsight and all that ...

Someone was moving behind the bowler's arm so Bell steps back and we start all over again ...

90.2

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

"Apropos initials, is Chaminda Vaas the only Test player with more intials than the length of his last name?" asks Gary Evans. We imagine you're probably right, but I'm sure there are others. Anyway, moving on...

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

90.6

Taylor to Harmison, no run, slower ball, nips back off the seam and strikes Harmison high on the thigh pad

Kenny Martin tells us "John Sargent, Private Pike and Brigadier Gerard are present today" at Old Trafford. As well as some bearded npower girls (no, not Jenny) and a smattering of cavemen ...

End of over 91 (6 runs) England 320/7
SJ Harmison    18* (22b 1x4)      JE Taylor    18-1-65-2
IR Bell    81* (163b 12x4)      FH Edwards    17-2-82-1

91.1

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

91.2

Edwards to Harmison, no run, short, wide enough for Harmison to leave

91.3

Edwards to Harmison, no run, horrible ... a beamer at waist height which must have sniffed the bails as it went through. Harmison never picked that up ... it was legal ... but only just and it wouldn't have been for the old Lancashire favourite Harry Pilling

91.4

Edwards to Harmison, no run, yet another bouncer

Edwards might as well start practising ducking now if Harmison gets the chance to bowl at him.

91.5

Edwards to Harmison, no run, fuller and Harmison right into line and plays into the leg side

91.6

Edwards to Harmison, 1 no ball, that's the line and length, outside off and swinging away which Harmison is always likely to swish at ... shame about the overstepping

91.6

Edwards to Harmison, no run, another swing and a miss outside off

Edwards has been peppering Harmison with short balls. Very spectacular but not one delivery to Harmison from him today has been hitting the stumps.

End of over 92 (2 runs) England 322/7
SJ Harmison    18* (28b 1x4)      FH Edwards    18-2-84-1
IR Bell    82* (164b 12x4)      JE Taylor    18-1-65-2

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

Ganga taking his time to tweak the field and bring in a second gully.

92.5

Taylor to Harmison, no run, a foot outside off, no hint of movement, Harmison back and leaves

92.6

Taylor to Harmison, no run, on off stump, played with an open face into the covers

End of over 93 (1 run) England 323/7
SJ Harmison    18* (30b 1x4)      JE Taylor    19-1-66-2
IR Bell    83* (168b 12x4)      FH Edwards    18-2-84-1

93.1

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

Harmison obviously happy to take his fair share, and more, of the strike.

93.2

Edwards to Harmison, OUT, yet another bouncer and this time it works, Harmison tries to get out of the way but it hits his gloves and gives Ramdin a simple catch. Bowden's decision is made easier as Harmison starts walking before hesitating and looking at the umpire

SJ Harmison c †Ramdin b Edwards 18 (48m 31b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.06

The stream of short-pitched bowling finally paid off, but West Indies' tail can expect a torrid time when they come out to bat.

93.3

Edwards to Sidebottom, no run, outside off and Sidebottom leaves it

"I believe General Malaise (he follows West Indies cricket these days) and Major Drink-Problem may also be present," Paul Woodman reckons.

93.4

Edwards to Sidebottom, no run, same again, outside off and left

93.5

Edwards to Sidebottom, no run, wide, this one keeps low and Ramdin has his work cut out to stop it

93.6

Edwards to Sidebottom, no run, short, too short to worry the batsman

End of over 94 (1 run) England 324/8
RJ Sidebottom    0* (4b)      FH Edwards    19-2-85-2
IR Bell    84* (169b 12x4)      JE Taylor    19-1-66-2

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

Mark Baker: "The record for initials must go to John Elicius Benedict Bernard Placid Quirk Carrington Dwyer. However, his name fades besides the sheer poetry of Ebony-Jewel Cora-Lee Camellia Rosamond Rainford-Brent."

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

Bell making slow progress in singles ...

Two slips and two gullys.

94.6

Taylor to Sidebottom, no run, decent line and length, met with a straight bat

End of over 95 (1 run) England 325/8
RJ Sidebottom    0* (5b)      JE Taylor    20-1-67-2
IR Bell    85* (174b 12x4)      FH Edwards    19-2-85-2

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

Quite how that's not a wide on line and length only Bowden knows

95.6

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

Into the nervous nineties with two lovely shots, one hit hard one eased

End of over 96 (8 runs) England 333/8
IR Bell    93* (180b 14x4)      FH Edwards    20-2-93-2
RJ Sidebottom    0* (5b)      JE Taylor    20-1-67-2

Corey Collymore on at the Stretford End.

96.1

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, wide, no swing, 73mph and Sidebottom watches it pass unmolested

96.2

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, same line and length, albeit slower

Corrymore is ranked the 11th best bowler int he world. No disrespect, but how?

96.3

Collymore to Sidebottom, 1 run, Sidebottom flicks off his hips to long leg for his first run in Test cricket since 2001

Dawayne Bravo off the field and Sylvester Joseph on.

96.4

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

96.5

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, pushed along the ground to gully

96.6

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, slanted across the left-hander and he thrusts his bat to the heavens as the ball passes

Bravo back on ... and into the attack at the Brian Statham End.

End of over 97 (2 runs) England 335/8
RJ Sidebottom    1* (10b)      CD Collymore    21-5-46-2
IR Bell    94* (181b 14x4)      FH Edwards    20-2-93-2

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

No one's yet pulled out a reverse sweep - tricky, mind, against Edwards' pace. But you can have a go yourself at our new game Slogout!

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

The TV producer must be a Conservative as we keep getting shot of John Major. Not that Tony Blair would be seen at a cricket match ... or John Prescott ... just imagine that!

97.5

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, blocked, no heroics called for with his partner in the nineties

97.6

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, more solid defence, all very correct and reassuring for Bell

And that's drinks. It's been England's hour as Bell and the tail have proved frustrating. Speaking of which, here's Will Luke.

End of over 98 (1 run) England 336/8
RJ Sidebottom    1* (12b)      DJ Bravo    20-4-77-1
IR Bell    95* (185b 14x4)      CD Collymore    21-5-46-2

Bell on 95. Sidebottom 99 away from his hundred

Hello everyone, Frustrating Will here. Super effort, that. Jenny's just arrived in the office, a whole hour late, and has tried to pacify us with some yoghurt-covered raisons. Yes, quite.

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

98.2

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, too wide to bother Sidebottom who, on the front foot, watches this wider delivery pass by

98.3

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, that's a good line there, attacking Sidebottom's middle stump, in a manner of speaking, and it's firmly blocked out

98.4

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, on off stump this time, Sidebottom is back and across and defending off the back foot

98.5

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, prodigious bounce for Collymore here. That rose off a length like a trampoline, but Sidebottom played it calmly enough, swaying out of its way

98.6

Collymore to Sidebottom, no run, too short and wide, a gift for any batsman...especially a tailender. Left alone with ease

End of over 99 (1 run) England 337/8
RJ Sidebottom    1* (17b)      CD Collymore    22-5-47-2
IR Bell    96* (186b 14x4)      DJ Bravo    20-4-77-1

Bell's on strike. Ding.

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

99.2

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, ooh just short of the first of the two gullys. Outside his off stump, Sidebottom cut and connected with it well...the ball landing inches short of the man at the first gully

99.3

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, short, rising onto Sidebottom - and that's a good bouncer from Bravo, Sidebottom attempts an ambitious hook but can't connect

99.4

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, a waste of a delivery, despite Bravo's excitement, down the leg side. In fact it sounded as though it struck Sidebottom on the shoulder which probably explains Bravo's yelp

99.5

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, much better - there's the length from Bravo. Now he just needs to sort out his line, as this was a little too wide of the off stump

99.6

Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, the inswinger and Bravo yelps another strangled (albeit delayed) appeal. Excellent delivery, but Sidebottom got an inside edge

End of over 100 (1 run) England 338/8
RJ Sidebottom    1* (22b)      DJ Bravo    21-4-78-1
IR Bell    97* (187b 14x4)      CD Collymore    22-5-47-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
Series Results
England v West Indies at Chester-le-Street - Jun 15-19, 2007
England won by 7 wickets
England v West Indies at Manchester - Jun 7-11, 2007
England won by 60 runs
England v West Indies at Leeds - May 25-28, 2007
England won by an innings and 283 runs
England v West Indies at Lord's - May 17-21, 2007
Match drawn
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Monty Panesar makes an unsuccessful appeal, England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Old Trafford, June 11, 2007

Monty Panesar makes an unsuccessful appeal

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Jun 11, 2007

Monty's flying purpose - Panesar celebrates removing Corey Collymore to seal the series,  England v West Indies, 3rd Test, Old Trafford, June 11, 2007

Monty's flying purpose - Panesar celebrates removing Corey Collymore to seal the series

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