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)
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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


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

Encouraging bounce, too. Encouraging for England's bowlers at least


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


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

Collymore does it again

Out goes Bell; in comes Monty who gets a huge roar, bigger even than Bell received


Collymore to Panesar, 1 bye, miles wide outside off, swinging away further still and Ramdin was very late on it


Collymore to Sidebottom, 3 runs, shot, Sidebottom - a neat, elegant drive through the off side

End of over 101 (4 runs) England 342/9

    • RJ Sidebottom 4 (23b)
    • MS Panesar 0 (1b)
    • CD Collymore 23-5-50-3
    • DJ Bravo 21-4-78-1

Bravo to Sidebottom, 1 run, dropped! well, well, well. That was absolutely dreadful. A bouncer which Sidebottom tried to hook, but could only sky it to Jerome Taylor at cover who was never in a position to take the catch. Bravo is spitting nails out there

They're blaming the sun for Taylor's mishap. Oh come on. Manchester thinks the sun is an alien spacecraft from Mars, such is the rarity of seeing it


Bravo to Panesar, no run, ooh another bouncer, left alone this time


Bravo to Panesar, no run, Monty drops his hands to this one outside the off stump. Not interested


Bravo to Panesar, 1 run, a huge cheer for Monty who gets off the mark with a smart prod to midwicket


Bravo to Sidebottom, FOUR, Sidebottom is hook-happy at the moment. Bravo dropped it in short once more and Sidebottom went for an almighty heave, again skying it - but this time over the wicketkeeper's head

I'm afraid this is less than intelligent bowling to a tailender. Pitch it up


Bravo to Sidebottom, 1 leg bye, a slower delivery on a better length which bobbles off Sidebottom's pads

End of over 102 (7 runs) England 349/9

    • RJ Sidebottom 9 (26b 1x4)
    • MS Panesar 1 (4b)
    • DJ Bravo 22-4-84-1
    • CD Collymore 23-5-50-3

Collymore to Sidebottom, 1 run, and that's come right off the....er, bottom of the bat. He got himself into a good position, carving it off the back foot with Caribbean gusto, but there was absolutely no timing

It looked good though


Collymore to Panesar, no run, too short, easily evaded


Collymore to Panesar, no run, again too short, Monty is quick to duck...and holds the pose for the bowler, as if to say "I'll do this all day"


Collymore to Panesar, no run, a better length this time, Monty coming forward and prodding it out to cover. He wants a run...and gets halfway down the pitch before realising his mistake


Collymore to Panesar, 1 wide, a vast wide, rightly wided - and Ramdin does very well, flinging himself in front of first slip to prevent it running down to the boundary


Collymore to Panesar, no run, defended on the back foot


Collymore to Panesar, no run, cut to point

End of over 103 (2 runs) England 351/9

    • MS Panesar 1 (9b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 10 (27b 1x4)
    • CD Collymore 24-5-52-3
    • DJ Bravo 22-4-84-1

Mick Dunne implores me to stop being rude about Manchester, adding, rather weakly, "it's always sunny on Sundays!" Rubbish. In fact, that could well be true - and I'll tell you why at the end of the over


Bravo to Sidebottom, no run, cracked back to the bowler who fields it on his follow through, and shadows a throw down at the stumps


Bravo to Sidebottom, FOUR, shot! Sidebottom finally connects with a hook for the third time, smacking it in front of square for four


Bravo to Sidebottom, 1 run, pushed out to cover


Bravo to Panesar, no run, far too wide, Monty tries to lace it for a Trescothick-esque cream-bunned four, but misses it completely

Excellent tailend swishing this. Tailenders should do this more; swing and hope.


Bravo to Panesar, FOUR, and he's absolutely nailed this through the covers. Far too wide, Monty latches onto it and laces it front of square for four


Bravo to Panesar, 1 run, Monty's on the pull now, can't quite get hold of it

End of over 104 (10 runs) England 361/9

    • MS Panesar 6 (12b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 15 (30b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 23-4-94-1
    • CD Collymore 24-5-52-3

Ah, there's Allan Donald, wearing the three lions cap. How extraordinary...

This is hugely frustrating for West Indies here. This partnership is hurting them, but the crowd are loving it


Collymore to Panesar, no run, ooh, very close, just nibbling away from the left-hander's wafty poke


Collymore to Panesar, 2 runs, a touch of swing away from Monty here but he places it neatly to mid-off's right and steals a single


Collymore to Panesar, FOUR, and again, Monty's on the pull, cracking this over midwicket for four

"West Indies appear to have no answers," David Gower says. Who would've thunk it?


Collymore to Panesar, no run, a bouncer this time, Monty ducks beneath it with all the ease of a No.6

Let's set up a petition for Monty to be promoted.


Collymore to Panesar, no run, a swing and a miss this time

Martin's just said the word "jolly".


Collymore to Panesar, 2 runs, nudged off his hip, the West Indies fielders are snoozing at square leg and they pick up two

West Indies' shoulders haven't so much dropped, as sunken into the ground and embedded themselves in the mud

End of over 105 (8 runs) England 369/9

    • MS Panesar 14 (18b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 15 (30b 2x4)
    • CD Collymore 25-5-60-3
    • DJ Bravo 23-4-94-1

Fidel Edwards is back into the attack. Good move


Edwards to Sidebottom, 1 no ball, seriously quick - 76mph apparently, which is clearly absolute nonsense. Sidebottom tried to pull it but was beaten for pace, rapped on the pads


Edwards to Sidebottom, OUT, gone. Full and swinging into Sidebottom who was simply beaten for pace - his leg-stump flattened

RJ Sidebottom b Edwards 15 (58m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 46.87

It'll be Rapunzel Sidebottom to open the bowling

Michael Vaughan and the rest of his team join the bowlers out there for the obligatory huddle. They discuss world politics, the state of the planet and who's buying the pints tonight before moving out to the middle. Ah, and here are the two batsmen.

"As a South African, it breaks my heart seeing Allan Donald there," laments Zain. "England, stop stealing our guys." And there is Donald out in the middle helping the bowlers. Plunkett's first, going through some looseners and receiving a nod from Donald. Interesting, the England bowlers were practising on the match square...but have been told to shift themselves as it's not allowed (which is new to me).

"Why Collymore is ranked No. 11 in the world rankings," John Mayers wonders. We're not sure we can answer that one, either, and it took us by surprise too.

"When was the last time all of England's tail made double figures?" Steve Reed asks. Not sure, but someone will know.

And that's the end the innings. We should get about 15 minutes before lunch (which is at 1pm), so that's a very fine thing indeed. Now then, time to wade through your emails

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