West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2007 / Commentary

The Wisden Trophy - 4th Test

England v West Indies

England won by 7 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

2.00pm
Loud, loud cheers from a patient crowd: England are running onto the pitch. There's the huddle, there's Jerusalem, there's the batsmen. Gayle runs on to the field, swinging, Ganga a little more sedate.

Sidebottom has the new ball and he's jumping up and down on the spot. Attacking field from Vaughan; three slips, gully, point, mid off, mid on, short leg and long leg

1.30pm
The toss is about to take place - at last. Michael Vaughan won and chose, without hesitation, to field. "It's a bit humid," he said, "we'll try to get the ball to swing a bit. The groundsman deserves credit. We'll try to put the ball in the right areas and create some pressure." Matthew Hoggard comes back in for Liam Plunkett, as expected.

Here's how England line up, then: 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Steve Harmison, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10 Monty Panesar, 11 Matthew Hoggard

Two changes for West Indies. Darren Sammy is out, Marlon Samuels is in. Daren Powell replaces Jerome Taylor. They look like this: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Daren Ganga (capt), 3 Devon Smith, 4 Runako Morton, 5 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Marlon Samuels, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Daren Powell, 10 Fidel Edwards, 11 Corey Collymore

"It's a good toss to lose," says Daren Ganga, but he's relishing the chance to bat first "and to bat well."

The pitch is surprisingly firm, and has a lot of grass on it. A good toss for England to win, the conditions look good for swinging.

More Bondness, meantime. Chin Pande has this ridiculousness: "I reckon Inzy would make a great Bond. Not only would he be the first bearded Bond, but when he's not running the villain out, he'd be confusing the bad guys with his introduction 'Haq, Ul-Haq, Inzamam-ul-Haq'." Splendid foolishness, Chin. Many of you are adamant that Imran Khan would do the job, well. And who's to argue?

"Now that Mr (AR) Duckworth has spoken on who should be James Bond," says Murray in Canada, "can Mr Lewis be far behind, followed by a complex formula no-one can understand to determine who really should be cricket's Bond?" Why not.

1.25pm
Monty Panesar has just dropped a catch during England's warm-up exercises. "Hope that's not an omen," says Andrew McG. Better get them out of the way, now, though - the reverse of what coaches used to say following a jaffa in nets, "Save those for the match." Panesar's fielding has been pretty good this series, as it was during the winter. All the same, he's still the crowd's hero whenever he stops one. The toss is in five minutes' time. Meanwhile, Sir Ian Botham walks out to the middle to a standing ovation, Allan Donald goes down on one knee to shake his hand.

1.00pm
The umpires are out again. Vaughan pointing at the wicket ends on the other pitches. "He's now talking with Daren Ganga, walking earnestly to the damp areas which are causing concerns," notes Andrew McGlashan. Vaughan is now shadow-batting. Both captains are now talking with the umpires.

Play will start at 2pm. There will be 70 overs left today. The England players, in tracksuits and shorts, are on the field, practising with a rugby ball. Wrong sport, lads, but at least being on the pitch is some encouragement. The toss will be at 1.30pm.

12.40pm
Just reading the papers during lunch, and have come across Sir Beefy saying: "When I was growing up, James Bond was my biggest hero and I've never really worked out why I've never got the part." Can you see him as Bond, James Bond? And if not, who would be the best player to play the all-action winner? Send us your thoughts.

Manu Kalia writes: "I think Dwayne Bravo would be a fantastic Bond, he's suave." We'll give you that. Markus Proctorius has other ideas: "It has to be Jonty Rhodes....because with diving like that...he'd be able to survive the blasts and bullets no problems." Sam Hoq reckons "Vaughan would fit the bill.. And he won't have to worry about his troublesome knee breaking down when running after bad guys 'cause he'll have some nice wheels."

The surname-less Kate says: "I think I would go for Gower. Tall, elegant you can see him in the tux ordering a Martini." Hear, hear. Karan Sujan says: "Stephen Fleming would do well as Bond." Absolutely. We're quite spoiled for choice. Thanks for all of your thoughts - casting directors should clearly be scouting cricket grounds rather than more orthodox channels.

"I've always thought Mr. Ramprakash would be a great Heathcliffe," says A R Duckworth, presumably not meaning the cat. "He would also do a good Bond... and Superman..." I swear this really isn't written by me.

"When I was growing up in Guyana," says Adrian Moore, "we used to say that the best way to break a drought was to announce a Test match. Maybe a similar phenomenon exists in England." How else to explain the rest of the rain, though?

Lots of you are wanting Bond, Shane Bond. I shall pass on all of your suggestions to the filmmakers.

12.25pm
News. An early lunch is being taken, at 12.30pm. The next inspection will be at 1pm, with a view to working out when they can start after that. Hello everyone, it's the big splitting Jennifer here.

"Great idea, doing old BBB highlights," says Ask-Steven Lynch. "Rhodes-Trumper FOUR! A capital shot through the covers by Mr Trumper." An absolutely splendid idea there by Mr Lynch. Super.

"If it's any consolation," says Julian Deeprose. "It's rodding it down here in Ireland." No, we are inconsolable, I'm afraid.

12.10pm
...and they're off. The umpires strike back to the pavilion, so expect an announcement in two shakes of a bee's knee.

"Why not a few words en passant in praise of Sir Both!?" demande Peter le Sheppard. Mais oui, mais oui. Splendid efforts, definitely deserved his knighthood. In fact don't just take my word for it, check out our beefed up coverage.

The umpires have been out there for six minutes now which leads us to believe we're unlikely to be watching much cricket in the foreseeable...

We're being bombarded with emails telling us to come over to Australia, move to Dubai and other such nonsense. We're quite happy here, thanks. Well, Jenny's not - she's splitting to Australia with her soon-to-be husband - but then she's very special.

"How about entertaining us with a ball by ball highlights of a previous match, like they do on the telly!" says Jake Jackson. Believe me, we're tempted.

12.00pm Dar is now rolling a ball along the turf, perhaps with an eye to a future past-time, to see how much water it picks up. If it's too wet, we'll be waiting some more. It's all rather simple, and a little bit special too.

11.55am We have movement, in the form of umpires. They're marching out on the quagmire of Chester-le-Street. Wellies not yet spotted. Aleem Dar is checking the bowlers' run-ups, running his hand across the grass. "The tension is unbearable...well, sort of," dryly observes Gnasher. He tell us that the umpires are walking around what would be the inner circle of a one-dayer, and there seems to be some concern over the ends of the other pitches.

Right. There's nothing else for it. If anyone's bored in London, and wouldn't mind winging their merry way to W12 with croissants and coffee, we would be eternally grateful. You might even get a gift from us. Go on. Help the needy.

Mark says "it's hurling it down here in Newcastle; you could be next."

"I'm sat at home waiting for an update on the state of play," Adam demands. Well, we can't offer you much until noon I'm afraid, for that is when the umpires don their wellies and brave the quagmire.

"Paul Collingwood is using his local knowledge and checking how damp the square and outfield is," Gnasher informs us. Tell us things

"Wow," exclaims the flat-capped Gnasher, "the sun is threatening to make an appearance" which gets us all excited for a fleeting moment before he adds, "well...it was brief."

The worryingly name Mike in Brittany spears the following email. "When the odds of England losing the Test Match are 28/1 (with only two competitive bowlers and one opener who can't buy a run), you know that the opposition are in serious disarray."

"I hate to be a pedant," says Peter Jones (never the best way to start an email to us), "but there is no such time as 12.00pm (when the pitch inspection is due). As the Royal Observatory people say........" Oh dear. It really is going to be one of those days.

West Indies have made their way out onto the outfield to inspect it themselves. Enough, enough of all this hanging around, they might've thought: they're taking this inspection into their own hands. But no, in fact they are heading to the gym.

10.20am Oh dear, bad news everyone: the inspection isn't due until 12.00pm. That's a whole hour and 45 minutes away. The outfield is very moist indeed. "No rain at the moment, plenty of cloud cover although higher than yesterday," says Gnasher. "The England players were playing football on the outfield earlier." Now then, I have two points to make here. Firstly, what in the name of WG Grace are England doing playing football on what amounts to an ice rink? Fools. Secondly, Gnasher admitted yesterday that the players might have been playing rugby, not football (or vice versa). "I'll stick to cricket," he graciously admitted. Anyway, looks like we're in for a long and tedious wait. What shall we talk about? Let us know.

2nd day

10.15am Morning all. Will here. As the headline says, we'll be lucky to start on time. I hear there be clouds a'flutterin' but, so far, it's dry according to Cricinfo's resident northerner and eternal optimist, Andrew Gnasher McGlashan. More from him soon, and more shortly from me and my copilot for today, Jenny Thompson, who is currently winging her winning way across London. Hope you're all having a splendid Saturday.

1st day

12.30pm That's your lot. It's all over. Futility reigns at Chester-le-Street, and play has been abandoned for the day. Move along now, nothing left to see here. We're off to listen to "Bring your Daughter to the Slaughter" on YouTube, so join Jenny Thompson and Will Luke at 11am tomorrow for what promises to be a slightly less dingy day. Thanks very much for your emails. It's been moist.

12.25pm Affan Usmani emails: "I think that England should stop hosting Test and/or ODI series because it experiences way too much rain. It is annoying for fans as well as players. The sponsors put a lot of money for nothing. If they want to continue summer cricket, they build five or six indoor stadiums. The ICC should think over summer cricket in England." Affan lives in the USA. He also appears to have lost the plot.

12.20pm Pity poor Robert Wakefield, who doesn't know what to do with himself, having arranged his entire day around the Test match. Still, there are compensations ... "I'm emailing you from my PDA whilst sunbathing by the pool in 37 degrees centigrade, in Bahrain." Alright. On yer bike, poser.

12.15pm No updates from Chester-le-Street at the moment, because Gnasher is face-down in a plate of scoff. But suffice to say it is damp, drizzly and minging. Time for a game of Slogout, surely.

12.10pm The next inspection is scheduled for 12.30pm, but it's all pretty hopeless, we reckon. Sit tight, and email us with your words of boredom.

12.00pm Here's Cricinfo's man on the spot. "I never like to knock the north, but it's pretty miserable at the moment," says Andrew McGlashan. "I would tell you about the glorious countryside, but I can't see it." He can, however, see the crowd through the gloom, which has swelled to "about 50". Great fun.

11.55am The entire office has just leapt out their chairs in shock - we're being treated to the highlights of England's victory over West Indies at Bridgetown in 1993-94, and we'd all forgotten just how excitable Charles Colvile could get ...

11.50am Lenny from Durham University has got the hump on Harmy's behalf. "I think your mate Will should get the kit on and face Harmy at 90mph instead of taking cheap shots.I can't find his 200 Test wickets and 500 first-class wickets anywhere in the records." Quite so. Will?

11.45am I have now run out of ways to depress you and describe rain, so for more meteorology and wit, here's Andrew Miller. Thanks Martin. Hello everyone. Well, isn't this a thrill?

11.40am Andrew sends a soggy update. "Rain sweeping across the ground, the chefs are attempting some sort of dance with their umbrellas. It's so wet there have to be doubts if they will get any play today."

11.15am Not wishing to be a harbinger of gloom, but play has already been abandoned at Leeds, 90 odd miles to the south. Here's the latest Met Office radar image things. The Riverside is right under the worst of it but it looks clearer to the south.

Just an aside to point out that if there is play Andrew Miller will be offering his views on how batsmen should be playing etc. He batted yesterday in a game against clients, missing four balls and then scooping the fifth straight back to the bowler for a lovely duck ... bear that in mind.

A Sea King helicopter has just flown over Lumley Castle...if there is much more rain it might need to come back and start airlifting people out of Chester-le-Street

11.10am An email asking what cricketers get up to in dressing-rooms during long delays. Cards is a favourite, Harmison plays darts (Will Luke collapses in hysterics, mumbling about him hitting everything but the board - cheap shot), others sleep. Send in your ways of passing the hours.

11.05am A few emails asking why we no longer run wicket alerts. Well, we do, all combined in a news-wickets thingy. Download it here and configure it to update you with wicket alerts for the team of your choice as well as the news headlines.

10.45am Inspection at 12.30pm we are told. Given that it's still raining, that could turn out to be a triumph of optimism over reality. A group of people on chef's hats have arrived in the temporary stand. They are unlikely to stay there too long ...

10.35am Not a chance of any play soon, covers in place, rain falling and only a smattering of spectators huddled under umbrellas show that there should be a Test starting today. The toss is delayed. While we scour the Thesaurus for alternatives for "rain", send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest.

10.30am It gets grimmer as the rain falls and puddles form on the edge of the covers. Better news in London where Andrew Miller and Will Luke are grinning like five-year-old boys at Christmas as they take delivery of tickets for an Iron Maiden concert next weekend.

Rick tells us what McGlashan failed to: "The name Chester-le-street comes from the Romans originally. The street referred to is Dere Street an old roman road that ran from Newcastle to Brough on Humber. The site of C-le-S was an old roman fort known as Concangis. After the Romans disappeared the place was known as Conecaster which over time got changed to Chester with the mention of the street on which it was, i.e. Chester-le-Street, as the place was known by the time the Normans had got their hands on most of the property in the UK."

10.15am "A few England players on the balcony with a rugby ball," notes Andrew ... before adding: "Actually, it's a football, I'll stick to cricket ..." Quite. And it's now "lashing down" as well.

Rob continues the great north-east name discussion. "There's also the delightfully named 'Quaking Houses' near Stanley, and how could I forget Deaf Hill? Incidentally I used to live on Quality Street in a village outside of Durham City ..."

10.05am The SuperSopers are engaging in a Canute-like exercise in futility as the rain falls quicker and heavier than they can absorb the water off the covers. The umpires appeared for a time, chatted with the groundsman, and then retreated to the pavilion.

10.00am "Sitting waiting for the cricket to start - weather is great here at Victoria Golf Club outside Kandy," emails Mike Varney. "What happened to all the global warming?" It seems to have stopped at Leicester. Just to add, that golf club is one of the finest in the world ...amazing views and somewhere out there in the hills are at least 30 of my balls.

"The north east is wonderful for place names," says Neil Shaw. "Just down the road is the wonderful Pity Me (supposedly a corruption of the French, Petite Mer [Small Sea, despite being inland]). There's also No Place at nearby Beamish.

9.50am Only a handful of people in the ground - 11 at the last count. Most locals appear to have taken a look out the window and opted for a lie in. Check out Slogout, the new online cricket game from Cricinfo. It's the most action you're likely to get for some time. Andrew Miller's best is 367. Go for it ...

9.40am A couple of England players stroll onto the outfield under an umbrella, squelch a bit and head back to dry land. Other than that, not much happening.

Kathy emails: "What I'd like to know is where the name Chester-le-Street comes from. Is it the home of French cricket!?" Given he doesn't have much else to do, we will send Andrew off to find out.

Andy writes: "On Tarzans, are they not Cavemen? The lads from our cricket club have just arrived dressed as Cavemen! Do they have clubs? With a squeak in them! They will be parading around Chester-le-Street's pubs and clubs all night long, so all you budding Janes beware!" You have been warned.

9.30am The covers are in place and the rain is unremitting. "You're optimistic" said one of the staff outside the ground as Cricinfo's finest arrived. "Passing shower" said another, "except it's taken three days to pass."

While we watch people drift in wishing that they hadn't come dressed as Tarzan and wearing only a loincloth, send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest.

8.45am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the fourth and final Test from Chester-le-Street. Not good news, I am afraid, as it's been raining overnight and it's still falling steadily. The forecast doesn't offer much cause for cheer either, although it should get slowly better over the weekend. What's more, it's cold, causing Andrew McGlashan, our man on the spot, to moan that he's "not brought enough sweaters". He reckons that a prompt start is out of the question.

0.1

Sidebottom to Ganga, OUT, gone! First baller! Sidebottom looked to swing it in to the right-handed Ganga who flicks the ball straight to Cook at short leg who pouches a good catch

D Ganga c Cook b Sidebottom 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Well, all that waiting around for Ganga, only to fall first ball of the match. England are naturally whooping while Ganga, shaking his head, trudges off. What a start. Smith in now.

Short leg comes out - three slips and two gullies now

0.2

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, juicy swing for Sidebottom, bananaing away from the lefthander

0.3

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, left that one alone again, easily enough

0.4

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, oh, beauty, close in to the left hander now, good length delivery just outside off, swinging just before it pitches and the batsman is tempted to drive at it - and nearly gets the edge

0.5

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, a good leave this time, down the channel again

0.6

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, up there, on off, and the batsman defends to round off an excellent opening over from Sidebottom

It will be Hoggard to take the new ball from the Finchale End. He's back from injury, replacing Plunkett.

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) West Indies 0/1
DS Smith    0* (5b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-1
CH Gayle    0* (0b)     

1.1

Hoggard to Gayle, no run, over the wicket to the left hander, on middle to start, nipping in off the seam, Gayle poking down off the back foot, the ball running to gully

1.2

Hoggard to Gayle, no run, lone appeal from the bowler, which he pulls out of, as the ball pitches on leg and would have gone down past leg

1.3

Hoggard to Gayle, no run, swing again, left easily enough

1.4

Hoggard to Gayle, 1 run, pushed right up there, on off, pokes forward and shuffles a quick single through

1.5

Hoggard to Smith, no run, on a good length, shuffled across, pushed at the ball away from the body, with a half-hearted drive

1.6

Hoggard to Smith, 1 run, brings the bat down to clip the ball without much power to square to get off the mark and steal the strike in the process

End of over 2 (2 runs) West Indies 2/1
DS Smith    1* (7b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-2-0
CH Gayle    1* (4b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-1

2.1

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, down leg, chased down leg, pouched down leg. It's all going on down leg

Sidebottom isn't impressed with himself

2.2

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, even wider down leg

Sidebottom's even less impressed now

2.3

Sidebottom to Smith, 1 leg bye, just outside leg this time, the batsman brings his bat down to nudge the ball into short midwicket, ah, off his pads, so they say

2.4

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, down leg again, left this time

Gayle has a slightly open stance, facing up to Sidebottom

2.5

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, oh, very close shout, but Umpire Bowden turns it down on the grounds of height - what was Gayle doing leaving that one back into him, I will never know

2.6

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, down the corridor, left very easily

Some stats, courtesy of Andrew McG. "Ryan Sidebottom is the third England bowler to take a wicket with his first ball in a Test Match. Maurice Tate did it in 1926 against Australia and Geoff Arnold twice, in 1974 against India and in 1974/75 against New Zealand."

Hoggard to continue.

End of over 3 (1 run, maiden) West Indies 3/1
CH Gayle    1* (7b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-2-0-1
DS Smith    1* (10b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-2-0

3.1

Hoggard to Smith, no run, left alone outside off this time

3.2

Hoggard to Smith, 1 run, on middle-and-off now, but some late swing allows the ball to be worked behind square, Sidebottom doing the fielding honours running round from long leg

3.3

Hoggard to Gayle, no run, straight and defended down off the back foot

3.4

Hoggard to Gayle, 1 run, punched off his legs just beyond short leg

3.5

Hoggard to Smith, no run, poked down off the back foot into the gully

Peter Beardsley is in the house. He's looking very smart in a suit, I must say.

3.6

Hoggard to Smith, no run, swing back into the left hander, defended down off the back foot

End of over 4 (2 runs) West Indies 5/1
DS Smith    2* (14b)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-4-0
CH Gayle    2* (9b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-2-0-1

4.1

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, swing very well down leg

Sidebottom is looking a tad flustered, and his hair strands are already sticking to his face. Just thought I'd observe that for you

4.2

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, down leg, good take by Prior - he's had a good workout today

4.3

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, defended down off the back foot this time

4.4

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, on the off-side this time, but wide enough to be left - some good swing away down the channel

4.5

Sidebottom to Gayle, FOUR, width outside off and Gayle latches on by lashing a firm cut off the back foot

Sidebottom feels the urge to readjust his run-up - applying some sawdust in the footholds at the crease. It's fairly slippy out there

4.6

Sidebottom to Gayle, 3 runs, hit hard through wide mid-off, straight through Panesar who turns and chases well inside the boundary as the moist outfield slows the ball's progress

End of over 5 (7 runs) West Indies 12/1
CH Gayle    9* (15b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-7-1
DS Smith    2* (14b)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-4-0

5.1

Hoggard to Gayle, 1 run, swing back into the left hander from outside off, who chops back down and nearly on to his stumps - the ball runs down to fine leg

5.2

Hoggard to Smith, 1 run, on off, played back down off the back foot for an easy run

5.3

Hoggard to Gayle, 3 runs, on middle-and-leg, fullish length on his pads, driven just inside the boundary, Vaughan in hot pursuit

5.4

Hoggard to Smith, no run, thickish outside edge vaguely controlled to a shaven-headed Pietersen at gully

5.5

Hoggard to Smith, no run, wayward from Hoggard this time, swinging down the channel

Prior looks like a golfer behind the stumps, his under-layer is a tight, white polo neck

5.6

Hoggard to Smith, no run, left alone down the channel this time

Smith and Gayle have quickly recovered here from the early loss of their captain

End of over 6 (5 runs) West Indies 17/1
DS Smith    3* (18b)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-9-0
CH Gayle    13* (17b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-7-1

6.1

Sidebottom to Gayle, FOUR, pitched up there, Gayle beats Panesar at wide mid-on this time with a forceful drive, Panesar with a half-hearted attempt to stop the ball

6.2

Sidebottom to Gayle, SIX, now that's a lovely shot through midwicket - just lifted with a flick, hardly any power on that one at all, pure timing

6.3

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, driven, less authoritatively, to Vaughan at mid-on who fumbles it, clownishly, before laughing. "Vaughan is such a clown!" confirms Will

6.4

Sidebottom to Gayle, 1 run, driven off the toes to midwicket, Cook misfielding this time

Some early lapses in the field from England so far and Gayle is taking full advantage of wayward bowling and fielding

6.5

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, ball angles into Smith on leg, an inside edge prevents any hopes of a realistic appeal

6.6

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, swing, but too wide this time

End of over 7 (11 runs) West Indies 28/1
DS Smith    3* (20b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-2-18-1
CH Gayle    24* (21b 2x4 1x6)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-9-0

7.1

Hoggard to Gayle, FOUR, short, a touch wide, and Gayle flays a four on the top of the bounce off the back foot. Well executed

Incidentally, Gnasher reminds us that was Matthew Hoggard's first England wicket since December 27 in Melbourne

7.2

Hoggard to Gayle, no run, swishes at one down leg, now

7.3

Hoggard to Gayle, OUT, pitches just outside off, nips in towards middle and traps Gayle, who was going for the heave over midwicket, plumb on the back leg

CH Gayle lbw b Hoggard 28 (33m 24b 3x4 1x6) SR: 116.66

A breezy, entertaining cameo is cut short - Gayle had come out with lots of aggressive intent there, but he's paid the price for too much extravagance. Both openers are in the pavilion, Morton is out there now

7.4

Hoggard to Morton, 1 run, good line and just a touch too full in length, Morton off the mark immediately with a guide to short midwicket

7.5

Hoggard to Smith, no run, over the wicket, still, to the left hander, and doesn't trouble the batsman by firing down leg. Smith has a game chase, all the same

7.6

Hoggard to Smith, 1 run, swing into the left hander, who turns the ball off his hips down to fine leg

"Well done, Hoggy," shout the fielders as England shuffle round quickly to their fielding marks. He raises his wide-brimmed hat to the crowd as he bounces into position

End of over 8 (6 runs) West Indies 34/2
DS Smith    4* (22b)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-15-1
RS Morton    1* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-2-18-1

8.1

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, good line and length - just outside off, well left

8.2

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, on middle-and-leg, worked straight to Cook at short square

8.3

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, well outside off, a lazy swished cut, with no foot movement, right over the ball

The batsman missed out there - but could have just as easily got the edge

8.3

Sidebottom to Smith, no run, edged over the top of the slips

8.4

Sidebottom to Smith, OUT, an error of judgement there from Smith, who simply left the ball as it cut back in from off and takes the off stump

DS Smith b Sidebottom 4 (38m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 15.38

A terrible leave, in all fairness. England have started well, using the conditions, and they have the West Indies wobbling. Chanderpaul's in now, another job for the well-versed boy. Let's see what he can do.

8.4

Sidebottom to Smith, OUT, ooh and again he flashes at this, high over the slips but that could have gone anywhere

DS Smith b Sidebottom 4 (38m 26b 0x4 0x6) SR: 15.38

8.5

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, on leg, left alone

8.5

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, nudged to leg

8.6

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, down the channel, leaves that one and that's another wicket maiden for Sidebottom

Much better over now from Sidebottom, who enjoyed his wicket with a would-be venomous snarl

8.6

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, a bouncer which is easily evaded

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) West Indies 34/3
S Chanderpaul    0* (2b)      RJ Sidebottom    5-3-18-2
RS Morton    1* (1b)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-15-1

9.1

Hoggard to Morton, no run, huge arc - Noah would be proud - away from the righthander, who leaves it

9.1

Hoggard to Morton, no run, Vaughan is forward, rather tentatively, driving out to cover meekly

9.2

Hoggard to Morton, no run, left alone outside off this time

9.2

Hoggard to Morton, no run, a loose flash outside the off stump from Vaughan. He could so easily have edged that

9.3

Hoggard to Morton, no run, slinks down the channel, shoulders arms early, and wisely

9.3

Hoggard to Morton, no run, well left outside the off stump - though it was a touch too wide to be fair

9.4

Hoggard to Morton, no run, very wide down off, Prior pressed into action, nearly diving across first slip to take it

Hoggard grins and simply walks back to his mark

9.4

Hoggard to Morton, no run, better line this time. Vaughan goes back and across to defend

9.5

Hoggard to Morton, no run, bends over the ball as it crashes on leg, and nudges it to short square

9.5

Hoggard to Morton, no run, elegantly driven out to cover

9.6

Hoggard to Morton, no run, on middle, bends over again, and just to say gets some bat on it

Excellent start for England. Speaking of excellent, here's Will

End of over 10 (maiden) West Indies 34/3
RS Morton    1* (7b)      MJ Hoggard    5-1-15-1
S Chanderpaul    0* (2b)      RJ Sidebottom    5-3-18-2

Thanks JLT. Hello all. Here's Sidebottom and his tonnage of hair

10.1

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, a nice line outside the left-hander's off stump, swinging away towards the first of two three slips

10.2

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, massive swing but a wasted delivery, too wide to bother the batsman. Prior dives to his left and takes it brilliantly, in front of first slip

His hair must surely weigh something. I wonder how much

10.3

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, a cracker! An absolute corker of a delivery there, angling into Chanderpaul before seaming (and swinging) away from him. He didn't have a hope there

10.4

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, and this one holds its line. Marvellous bowling. Chanderpaul, even in the form he's in, completely misread it, the ball cutting back into his airy forward poke

10.5

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, left alone outside off

"Bowling," shouts Prior. Or somebody.

10.6

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, another quite beautiful delivery. Sidebottom is giving us, and the West Indies batsmen, quite an example in how to bowl in these conditions. An away-swinger which Chanderpaul nudged at, missed and it flew through to the keeper

End of over 11 (maiden) West Indies 34/3
S Chanderpaul    0* (8b)      RJ Sidebottom    6-4-18-2
RS Morton    1* (7b)      MJ Hoggard    5-1-15-1

Here's the Hogster. Ah, it's good to have old Hoggy back isn't it?

11.1

Hoggard to Morton, no run, a beauty outside off, drawing him into a drive and it swings away at the last moment

"A legspinner at 80mph," adds Sir Ian Botham. How right he is, too

11.2

Hoggard to Morton, no run, lovely bowling, Morton coming forward and actually played it quite neatly to gully

11.3

Hoggard to Morton, no run, ooh and he tries to leave this at the last moment but gets a bottom edge which bobbles backwardly to the keeper

A backward bobble

11.4

Hoggard to Morton, no run, Morton is forward on the front foot, angling this to gully

Good tactic this from Morton. He just needs to be wary for the indipper...

11.5

Hoggard to Morton, no run, more delicious banana swing - Morton can't even peel it, let alone taste it

Sorry. That was an awful metaphor

11.6

Hoggard to Morton, no run, a solid thump to Monty at mid-off who receives ironic applause for stopping it

(Monty missed a couple of booming Gayle drives at mid-off earlier in the day. Hence the dry, ironic humour of the crowd. Probably)

End of over 12 (maiden) West Indies 34/3
RS Morton    1* (13b)      MJ Hoggard    6-2-15-1
S Chanderpaul    0* (8b)      RJ Sidebottom    6-4-18-2

Steve Harmison is starting to stretch at point, he's been made to wait in front of his home crowd

12.1

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, more swing but it's a bit too wide, Chanderpaul leaves it alone

Now then. Time for a jumper count. Chanderpaul has one on - super piece of knitwear, as Richie would say. Morton does too. And Strauss has one at first slip

12.2

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, touch too wide again and it's left alone calmly

12.2

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, on middle stump, defended

Sidebottom doesn't have a sweater on, no doubt warmed by the nuclear power plant on his head, otherwise known as his hair

12.3

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, FOUR, shot. A punch off the back foot, guiding it past gully for four. He got well on top of the bounce

12.3

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, FOUR, Strauss leaves this alone outside off

12.4

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, FOUR, again too short; again too wide; cut for four down to third man

Chanderpaul will hurt you all day long if you feed him short and wide deliveries. "Chanderpaul will hurt you...all...day...long." Could be an opening line for a song, dontcha think?

12.5

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, 1 run, Chanderpaul is forward, pushing this fuller delivery out to mid-off

Here's a shot of Sidebottom's first-ball wicket

12.6

Sidebottom to Morton, no run, a big, two-fingers-up-I'm-demanding-you-give-that-out appeal from Sidebottom but he's well outside the line

End of over 13 (9 runs) West Indies 43/3
RS Morton    1* (14b)      RJ Sidebottom    7-4-27-2
S Chanderpaul    9* (13b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-2-15-1

13.1

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, goddim! No. Chanderpaul came forward and appeared to get a thick, and decidedly noisy, inside edge to Prior who shuffled to his right to collect. But - well, well, well - a superb decision from the umpire as replays confirm the ball clipped his pad

The umpiring this series has been absolutely outstanding

13.2

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, just tries to push this across the left hander but Chanderpaul nudges it to cover

13.3

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, swinging into the left-hander who plays it back to the bowler

13.4

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, too wide this time from Hoggard

13.5

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, 1 run, dropped by Ian Bell at third slip. A very difficult chance indeed, Chanderpaul dragged into a sloppy cut. Bell dived to his left but couldn't cling on

Fabulous delivery. Hoggard set him up beautifully there. In fact, that really ought to have been caught

13.6

Hoggard to Morton, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 14 (1 run) West Indies 44/3
RS Morton    1* (15b)      MJ Hoggard    7-2-16-1
S Chanderpaul    10* (18b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-4-27-2

Here's big Steve Harmison on his home ground. The crowd go wild

14.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, ooh and a great start, ripping up onto Chanderpaul's chest who plays it down to short-leg

14.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, FOUR, Chanderpaul uses the pace on this, back-cutting it for four

14.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, FOUR, another terrible leg-side drifter which Strauss clips off his pads

14.3

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, ooh Chanderpaul nearly gets into a right old muddle here, but leaves this leg-side drifter well alone. Well done everyone

14.4

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, rubbish delivery down the leg side

£30 for adults, £5 for kids tomorrow. Get in there. If not, stay with us

14.5

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, a much better delivery on off stump rising onto Chanderpaul who nudges to leg. Short-leg is lurking

14.6

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, very well bowled, cutting this back into Chanderpaul who is beaten for pace and rapped on the pads

End of over 15 (4 runs) West Indies 48/3
S Chanderpaul    14* (24b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-4-0
RS Morton    1* (15b)      MJ Hoggard    7-2-16-1

Drinks out in the middle. While they're doing that, have a look at this video of Kevin Pietersen playing golf...or so it seems...

15.1

Hoggard to Morton, no run, a lovely awayswinger which Morton clamps down on

"The weather is playing ball at the moment," reports Cricinfo's Gnasher. "It's reasonably bright although the light could well play a part later". The Word, according to Gnasher.

15.2

Hoggard to Morton, no run, Morton shuffles across his stumps to defend this out to cover

15.3

Hoggard to Morton, 1 run, ah, super piece of running there, dropping it out to cover and sprinting through for a single

Chanderpaul doesn't really sprint though, does he? Even if he sprints, it's not really sprinting...more an amble. Or a spramble, if you like

15.4

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, swinging into Chanderpaul's pads who is rapped on his pads but it's going down leg

Collingwood is loosening up

15.5

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, tucked off his hip to bring up the West Indies' 50

15.6

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, again nicely bowled, but it's a little too straight this time - on middle stump, swinging down the leg-side, Chanderpaul nudges

End of over 16 (3 runs) West Indies 51/3
S Chanderpaul    16* (27b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-2-19-1
RS Morton    2* (18b)      SJ Harmison    1-0-4-0

16.1

Harmison to Morton, no run, big, big bounce here from Harmison and prodigious movement back into Morton. But it's easily left alone on length

16.2

Harmison to Morton, FOUR, magnificent shot! He stands tall and smacks it off the back foot through extra cover. Short and wide (naturally) but Morton climbed into it and fairly creamed it

16.3

Harmison to Morton, no run, this hurries Morton who pushes it out to the off side. Harmison is very quick to sprint down and field, preventing a single

16.4

Harmison to Morton, no run, good line, good length, Morton defends off the back foot

Hoggard's just received the single from Vaughan that his work, for now, is done. Collingwood's on next we reckon.

16.5

Harmison to Morton, no run, nicely bowled. Morton plays it as late as he can, and nearly loses his middle stump in doing so

The sun is out! He hasn't got his hat on

16.6

Harmison to Morton, OUT, but Harmison has got his hat on, as Morton drives this meekly to Sidebottom at mid-off. A very tame dismissal indeed, and Morton glares warily at the pitch as though "stopped" on him. But he only has himself to blame

RS Morton c Sidebottom b Harmison 6 (47m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 17 (4 runs) West Indies 55/4
     SJ Harmison    2-0-8-1
S Chanderpaul    16* (27b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-2-19-1

"Only Vaughan could have dropped that one," notes Jenny's naughty friend Matthew Drake.

17.1

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, ooh and he plays and misses outside the off stump, a beauty which leaves Chanderpaul at the last moment

17.2

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, a thick inside edge this time from Chanderpaul, to short-leg's left and out to square leg

17.3

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, 1 run, drops this out to the off side, and they take off for a single - but they'll have to be quick, as the sub throws down the stumps...but misses

17.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, brilliant take from Prior! Flinging himself down the leg side and somehow saving four

He has been magnificent behind the stumps since his debut. Quite faultless in fact

17.5

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, very good leave outside off. The perfect line from Hoggard, who is looking very good today

17.6

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, confidently thumped to mid-off

End of over 18 (3 runs) West Indies 58/4
DJ Bravo    0* (3b)      MJ Hoggard    9-2-22-1
S Chanderpaul    19* (30b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    2-0-8-1

18.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed to cover

18.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, FOUR, ah, a very good stroke indeed. Too short from Harmison, and it barely got up to hip height, Chanderpaul rocks back and pulls it hard in front of square

18.3

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, on leg stump, Chanderpaul nudges it back to the bowler

18.4

Harmison to Chanderpaul, FOUR, nudged off his pads down to fine leg. Terrible ball

And that's Chanderpaul's 7000th Test run. He's the seventh West Indian to do so

18.5

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, wide enough of the left-hander's off stump for him to leave well alone

The Harmison-bashing is becoming pretty tiring, even for me. And he has bowled better today, but still not as consistently as he might hope

18.6

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, very good ball this time though, on off stump and Chanderpaul blocks it out

Right. I'm off to write the bulletin. It's over to my copilot Jen. Seatbelts on everyone, hello again.

End of over 19 (8 runs) West Indies 66/4
S Chanderpaul    27* (36b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    3-0-16-1
DJ Bravo    0* (3b)      MJ Hoggard    9-2-22-1

19.1

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off

19.2

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, more leaving, again on off

19.3

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, defended on the front foot this time

19.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, on off, worked over to short midwicket, straight to the fielder

19.5

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, a hint of swing now, good line to Bravo, outside off, and he drops his hands down on that one, nudging into the off-side

19.6

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, full delivery, defended on the front foot

Chanderpaul is the seventh West Indian to reach the 7000-run milestone. The others are Brian Lara, Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, Gordon Greenidge, Clive Lloyd and Desmond Haynes. And he's gone about it quietly, hasn't he? If you missedAndrew Miller's piece check it out here.

End of over 20 (maiden) West Indies 66/4
DJ Bravo    0* (9b)      MJ Hoggard    10-3-22-1
S Chanderpaul    27* (36b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    3-0-16-1

20.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, on leg, Chanderpaul brings his hands down to carve in front of square

Here is a list of the leading West Indian run scorers in Tests. And here are England's. Courtesy of the very courteous William.

20.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, down leg, a good ball to a right hander, which Chanderpaul isn't

20.3

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, good delivery, Harmison likes it, with a throaty appeal that's dismissed with a shake. The ball dipped in to Chanderpaul who can't get bat on it - but it pitched outside leg to begin with, ending any chance then

20.4

Harmison to Chanderpaul, FOUR, driven out through cover, a great shot, full control, waiting for the ball and leaning into it

20.5

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, defended watchfully on the back foot, the ball rising up from a good length

20.6

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, another sharp delivery, this one climbing over the shoulder outside off, well left

Huge cheers as Sidebottom prepares to come back into the attack, coming on from a different end from the one he was bowling at originally.

Monty Panesar gets a standing ovation as he goes down to long leg.

Sir Bobby Robson is also in the house. Gotta love him.

End of over 21 (4 runs) West Indies 70/4
S Chanderpaul    31* (42b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    4-0-20-1
DJ Bravo    0* (9b)      MJ Hoggard    10-3-22-1

21.1

Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, defended forward this time

21.2

Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, swing back into him, but started wide enough for him to leave alone

Umpire Dar has a concern or two about Sidebottom's follow through

21.3

Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, on off, wicket to wicket bowling, and that one's defended forward

21.4

Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, gentle slant across the right hander, to just outside off; he stabs a defensive shot down

21.5

Sidebottom to Bravo, 1 leg bye, on leg, glanced to backward of square leg where Panesar, much to the delight of the original crowd, cheer his fielding

21.6

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, wide down the corridor and very leaveable. Left

End of over 22 (1 run, maiden) West Indies 71/4
S Chanderpaul    31* (43b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-5-27-2
DJ Bravo    0* (14b)      SJ Harmison    4-0-20-1

22.1

Harmison to Bravo, no run, great delivery, on a good length, rising outside off, does Bravo all ends up - squaring him and he's lucky not to feather through

22.2

Harmison to Bravo, no run, vicious Terrier-like nip back into the righthander but it started from wide enough to be left and the ball shuffles through, under the bat, to Prior

22.3

Harmison to Bravo, no run, another good delivery, similar to the first this over. Neat bowling

22.4

Harmison to Bravo, no run, on off, in the air for a while in front of square, but into space

22.5

Harmison to Bravo, no run, backs away on the back foot, thinking of flicking a cut through point. Misses out

22.6

Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, driven off the back foot to mid-on

End of over 23 (1 run) West Indies 72/4
DJ Bravo    1* (20b)      SJ Harmison    5-0-21-1
S Chanderpaul    31* (43b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-5-27-2

23.1

Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, straight, up there, defended forward on the front foot

23.2

Sidebottom to Bravo, 1 run, up there again, the ball straightens, but well worked behind square

23.3

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, straight, defended forward

23.4

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, outside off, firmly cut to Panesar at backward point - Panesar diving away to his right to stop the ball

23.5

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, width outside off, and he misses out by chopping a cut into the ground

23.6

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, good length and there's a cry of "Bowling!" which is technically correct, of course, even before the ball's carried through to Prior on a good length

End of over 24 (1 run) West Indies 73/4
S Chanderpaul    31* (47b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-5-28-2
DJ Bravo    2* (22b)      SJ Harmison    5-0-21-1

24.1

Harmison to Bravo, no run, down the channel, swing away, left alone

24.2

Harmison to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off again, jumping and trying to jab back down on it

England's Allan Donald looks freezing even in a tracksuite on the balcony, while he's chatting to the shorts-wearing Peter Moores

24.3

Harmison to Bravo, no run, just on off, Bravo defending strongly

24.4

Harmison to Bravo, no run, oh, close - Cook puts one down at short leg as the ball hits his boot and he just can't cling onto the instant rebound. A sharp chance

24.5

Harmison to Bravo, no run, left alone down off

24.6

Harmison to Bravo, 2 runs, driven without much power off the back foot to long-off

"I reckon it's going to rain soon," says the ECB's Kate Wright. "It has been in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, so moving up." There are sunny patches at the moment, though, so let's hope the rain stays away.

End of over 25 (2 runs) West Indies 75/4
DJ Bravo    4* (28b)      SJ Harmison    6-0-23-1
S Chanderpaul    31* (47b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-5-28-2

25.1

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, on middle-and-leg, glanced off the hips easily to Harmison who rushes up to deep square leg to wing back in

25.2

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, up there, on off, defended forward, nearly gets an inside edge crashing back onto his stumps

25.3

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, on a good length, outside off, the ball shapes away after pitching and it's left alone

25.4

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, outside off, driven without much foot movement, off the toes to point

25.5

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed up there, driven off the front foot, on the walk, to midwicket

25.6

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, poked off the back foot into the covers

About 20 minutes to go until tea

End of over 26 (2 runs) West Indies 77/4
S Chanderpaul    33* (53b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-5-30-2
DJ Bravo    4* (28b)      SJ Harmison    6-0-23-1

26.1

Harmison to Bravo, no run, a late-rising delivery, defended down on the back foot

26.2

Harmison to Bravo, no run, bent down leg, left alone down there

26.3

Harmison to Bravo, no run, good line, just outside off, bending back into the right hander who stands firm to punch down a defensive shot

26.4

Harmison to Bravo, FOUR, a hook didn't quite go where he was expecting - which was square - instead it went forward through long-on; he didn't get hold of that short one properly

26.5

Harmison to Bravo, no run, rising delivery, snorting past the nose, as Bravo sways away

26.6

Harmison to Bravo, no run, right on a good length and line, defended into short midwicket - they set off, but get back as Harmison throws from a sitting position towards the striker's end

A big cheer for guess who? Panesar on at the Finchale End.

End of over 27 (4 runs) West Indies 81/4
DJ Bravo    8* (34b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    7-0-27-1
S Chanderpaul    33* (53b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-5-30-2

27.1

Panesar to Chanderpaul, no run, on the money straight away, cries of "Catch. It." as the ball turns back into Chanderpaul - he didn't get bat on it

27.2

Panesar to Chanderpaul, no run, defended on the back foot into the off-side

27.3

Panesar to Chanderpaul, 1 run, turns into the left hander who rolls his wrists, gently, into the leg-side

27.4

Panesar to Bravo, 3 runs, gets the edge this time - outside edge, Harmison doing very well at wide third man to slide-and-save

27.5

Panesar to Chanderpaul, no run, defended forward and Prior's quick to say "Get on that"

27.6

Panesar to Chanderpaul, no run, outside off, good flight, defended forward again

Now then, it's Collingwood into the attack.

End of over 28 (4 runs) West Indies 85/4
S Chanderpaul    34* (58b 6x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-4-0
DJ Bravo    11* (35b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    7-0-27-1

28.1

Collingwood to Bravo, 1 run, driven to mid-off where Harmison did well to tumble and stop the ball, but threw it straight over Vaughan's head at mid-on

28.2

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, driven out to the covers this time

28.3

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, planted on a decent enough length, driven out to mid-on

28.4

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, on middle-and-off, and on a length which demands a forward defensive

28.5

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, outside off, driven to mid-off where Vaughan does the fielding without fuss

28.6

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, outside off, stabbed down with some control, to third man

End of over 29 (3 runs) West Indies 88/4
S Chanderpaul    36* (63b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0
DJ Bravo    12* (36b 1x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-4-0

29.1

Panesar to Bravo, no run, outside off, padded up and over Bell who takes a catch over his head

29.2

Panesar to Bravo, no run, extra flight, up there, defended forward

29.3

Panesar to Bravo, 2 runs, a smidgeon outside off, rolls his wrists to a drive off the back foot through point

29.4

Panesar to Bravo, no run, on off again, defended on the back foot

29.5

Panesar to Bravo, no run, more accurate nag, Bravo comes forward and defends with a quick stab

29.6

Panesar to Bravo, no run, Bravo creeps forward for more defence

Last over before tea, now

End of over 30 (2 runs) West Indies 90/4
DJ Bravo    14* (42b 1x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-6-0
S Chanderpaul    36* (63b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0

30.1

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, straight, and defended into the off-side

30.2

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, on off, defended forward without fuss

30.3

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, on the front foot, the ball rushes on but he gets bat on it

30.4

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, on off, defended in front of point

30.5

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, 1 no ball, shouldered arms as a late call for no-ball comes from Umpire Bowden

30.5

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, outside off, dipping back into the left hander who defends crabbily

30.6

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, 1 run, on the front foot, drives past Bell at short leg - Prior cries "Catch it, Bell" rather oddly, but there was no chance - and Chanderpaul goes into tea intact

So that's tea on what's been England's session, no doubt. They'll be happy with four wickets, all to the pace bowlers, although latterly Chanderpaul and Bravo have brought out the glue and have been hastily applying it to the cracks. Join Will after the break for the final session.

End of over 31 (2 runs) West Indies 92/4
S Chanderpaul    37* (70b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-5-0
DJ Bravo    14* (42b 1x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-6-0

Hoggard's opening the bowling after tea. I bet he had coffee and croissants...

Hello winners. Will here. Just to remind you, play can go on until 7pm tonight. That's a whole lot of time. Where in the name of WG Grace are Will and Jen's coffee and croissants? Help the needy and feed us in W12.

31.1

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, 1 run, swinging down the leg side, Chanderpaul simply knocks it down to fine-leg

31.2

Hoggard to Bravo, 2 runs, lovely stroke from Bravo, flicking this off his pads

Hoggard's line and length has been left in the pavilion

31.3

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, that's better from Hoggard, outside Bravo's off stump and swinging away

There's a short mid-off in. Pietersen, I think

31.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, ooh this keeps low on Bravo who cuts and misses

Jen has resorted to shouting "what a shot!" to every delivery. It's going to be a long afternoon and evening

31.5

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, pushed wide of that short mid-off who leaps up like a Duracell bunny to field

Sidebottom is waving his arms furiously out in the deep, his hair revolving and whirling in the wind. He might take off, soon. Is there an airport nearby?

31.6

Hoggard to Bravo, FOUR, now that is a magnificent shot. Standing tall, Bravo clips this off his hip for four. Such elegance and timing. He really does have some class

End of over 32 (7 runs) West Indies 99/4
DJ Bravo    20* (47b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    11-3-29-1
S Chanderpaul    38* (71b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-5-0

Sidebottom's back into the attack

32.1

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, and he starts well, swinging this away from Chanderpaul's off stump, but the left-hander plays it neatly back to the bowler

That's Chanderpaul's 600th delivery that he has faced this series. That's an awful lot.

32.2

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, sweetly timed to short extra cover

32.3

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, chopped down outside the off stump. It goes nowhere

32.4

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, squirted off the front foot to gully. Very neatly guided

32.5

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, FOUR, lovely stroke, capitalising on this wider delivery, cutting it calmly behind square down to third man for four

32.6

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, full and swinging, he clips it to short extra cover

End of over 33 (4 runs) West Indies 103/4
S Chanderpaul    42* (77b 7x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-5-34-2
DJ Bravo    20* (47b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    11-3-29-1

Hoggard has that short mid-off again

"There is a strangely subdued atmosphere for the Saturday of a Test," gnotes Gnasher, "the well-packed stands are doing their best but it's just a little flat right now. An England wicket would perk it up."

33.1

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, swinging away from Bravo who punches it off the back foot

I nearly called Bravo "Barov" just then. Barov being Dwayne's Russian cousin of course

33.2

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, nudged to leg - the wrong line from Hoggard here

33.3

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, ooh a very, very good leave - at the last moment, too, leaving this well alone outside the off stump

The slips roar their approval at Hoggard's swing

33.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, back and across, Bravo stands tall to punch it nowhere

33.5

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, a dibbly dobbly awayswinger which is left alone

33.6

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, full and swinging, Bravo clamps down on it

Good, tight maiden that.

End of over 34 (maiden) West Indies 103/4
DJ Bravo    20* (53b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    12-4-29-1
S Chanderpaul    42* (77b 7x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-5-34-2

Here's Ryan...no, Steve Harmison it'll be who, I can tell you, has bowled an 87.4mph delivery today. Well done that man

34.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, a cracking ball, cutting away from Chanderpaul's crab-like prod. Kept low, too

34.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nudged off his legs

Ed Craig, one of The Wisden Cricketer's finest, alerts me that we're actually based in W14 not W12. Minor mistake. I wonder if there are hordes of Cricinfo groupies huddled around a bus stop in W12, armed with thousands of croissants. Head this way chaps...

34.3

Harmison to Bravo, no run, firmly defended on the front foot

34.4

Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, a cautious drive on the front foot - a check-drive if anything - out to cover

And there is the pair's 50 partnership from 107 balls

34.5

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, a reasonable appeal from Harmison, rapping Chanderpaul on the pad...but that, surely, is the ultimate epitome of optimism

34.6

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, the wrong line, on his legs, Chanderpaul nudges to leg

End of over 35 (2 runs) West Indies 105/4
S Chanderpaul    43* (81b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    8-0-29-1
DJ Bravo    21* (55b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    12-4-29-1

The light is a concern (the lack of it, obviously). It's looking very gloomy indeed, though there's only one bulb illuminated on the light-meter positioned on the scorecard

35.1

Hoggard to Bravo, FOUR, bravo Bravo, guiding this off the outside edge down to third man. Cleverly played

Ah, Gnasher tells me Aleem Dar was delivered the light meter at the end of the last over. So they're definitely worried

35.2

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, punched off the back foot to cover and they scamper for a single

35.3

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, the wrong line, wobbling this down the leg side. A "nothing" delivery

35.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, that's a good line in the corridor there, Bravo shuffling across to defend on the front foot. And he defends it solidly, too

What a cricketer Bravo is

35.5

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, Hoggard drops it a little shorter this time but Bravo's up to the task, playing back and defending

Sidebottom has moved in to a short mid-off. In fact he might have been there the previous five balls...sorry, I forgot to look

35.6

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, wide and swinging wider

End of over 36 (4 runs) West Indies 109/4
DJ Bravo    25* (61b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    13-4-33-1
S Chanderpaul    43* (81b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    8-0-29-1

36.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, 1 run, a full toss which Chanderpaul comes forward to, driving it to cover

36.2

Harmison to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off

36.3

Harmison to Bravo, no run, that's a cracker! He draws Bravo into an expansive drive, but he doesn't move his feet quick enough; it's a walking drive, if anything, and it booms past his bat, Prior taking it at head height

36.4

Harmison to Bravo, 3 runs, fabulous straight drive down the ground which nearly cleans up Billy Bowden

Did Harmison get a finger on that? Quite possibly

36.5

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, short and wide of the leg stump. Rubbish

36.6

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, defended off the back foot

End of over 37 (4 runs) West Indies 113/4
S Chanderpaul    44* (84b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    9-0-33-1
DJ Bravo    28* (64b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    13-4-33-1

37.1

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, swinging away from Bravo who rightly leaves it alone. No need to play that

37.2

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, another little tempter outside the off stump but Bravo's shouldering arms like a champion

37.3

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, ooh, full and straight - and it kept a little low. Bravo, rather exaggeratedly, crouches to defend

Is that a little nod to the umpires that Bravo isn't too happy with the light? Perhaps. It's very gloomy

37.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, an inch wider this time but again it keeps low, and again Bravo is firmly defending

I think I spotted the groundsman on the boundary edge, much like they lurk at Wimbledon when Alan whats-his-name is about to call the players off

37.5

Hoggard to Bravo, 1 run, punched to leg

37.6

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, a beauty, angling across Chanderpaul who plays and misses

End of over 38 (1 run) West Indies 114/4
S Chanderpaul    44* (85b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    14-4-34-1
DJ Bravo    29* (69b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    9-0-33-1

38.1

Harmison to Bravo, FOUR, a filthy bouncer which Bravo hooks, with Caribbean gusto, just behind square

Deep square leg didn't really see that

38.2

Harmison to Bravo, no run, ooh and again Bravo goes for an audacious hook but it's not short enough, and certainly too wide of the off stump. He misses

38.3

Harmison to Bravo, FOUR, very neatly played, guiding this down to third man

Sorry if we haven't read your emails. The email hamster seems to have kicked the bucket again, and we're off to the pet shop to replace him

38.4

Harmison to Bravo, no run, a huge step down the pitch from Bravo, shouldering arms to this indipper

38.5

Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, simply far too short. Bravo knocks it to leg for a single, as easy as pie

Pie. Now that's what I fancy right now

38.6

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, spearing down the leg side

End of over 39 (9 runs) West Indies 123/4
S Chanderpaul    44* (86b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    10-0-42-1
DJ Bravo    38* (74b 5x4)      MJ Hoggard    14-4-34-1

39.1

Hoggard to Bravo, 1 run, pushed out to cover without timing

39.2

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, 4 leg byes, Hoggard cries an anguished, strangled appeal but it bobbles off Chanderpaul's pads and down to fine-leg for four

39.3

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, and he angles this across Chanderpaul who leaves it alone

39.4

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, left alone outside off

39.5

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, and again the crab-like Chanderpaul shuffles across before shouldering arms

39.6

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, and Hoggard tries the inswinger this time but it's too short, Chanderpaul nudging to leg

End of over 40 (5 runs) West Indies 128/4
S Chanderpaul    44* (91b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    15-4-35-1
DJ Bravo    39* (75b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    10-0-42-1

"Jackets are going on in the crowd and umbrellas going up," notes Gnasher, rustling into his anorak and getting his brolly at the ready.

40.1

Harmison to Bravo, FOUR, beautiful stroke, driving it on the up through extra cover

40.2

Harmison to Bravo, no run, ooh and he plays and misses outside off. Excellent delivery, just cutting away from Bravo at the last moment

40.3

Harmison to Bravo, no run, too wide this time. Bravo leaves it alone with ease

Vaughan's looking pensive

40.4

Harmison to Bravo, no run, Harmison tears up to the crease this time, but Bravo leaves it well alone

6.00pm
That's it, the end of play has been called. England, then, have enjoyed the best part of the day, with four wickets, but Chanderpaul and Bravo are both closing in on half-centuries. Join us again tomorrow for the third day.

5.50pm
It's not looking good. The rain is falling, getting heavier by the minute, and the more covers are coming on. And it's getting darker. Chances are it'll be called off for the day I'm afraid.

And the umpires converge, in that slow funerial manner, to consult on the light. They don't like it, and it really is looking bleak out there. Yes - off they go. On come the covers, and that might well be the end of play today. Terrific, fighting partnership from this pair. We'll keep you updated on proceedings out in the middle.

Hello, guten morgen, bonjour and other languages to you all. Will here. England are in a huddle, chatting about the suffragettes movement and 1950s politics. Bravo and Chanderpaul walk out to the middle, and it'll be big Steve Harmison to complete his over.

10.55am Chris Shaw is wide awake with a brainscratching idea. "Why are there no thoughts to just play 30 hours' cricket for every Test and take the weather factor out of the final results?" I'm not sure that would be viable - there's so much cricket squeezed into the calendar, and also, the money men like to know how many days' play there are going to be. It's a nice thought, though, and in an ideal world... well, in an ideal world play wouldn't be washed out. Time to make Will do some work. Over to you, Willo.

10.45am There's been a touch of overnight rain, but the pitch has dried up. The forecast is for occasional showers. And Willo is in the house.

10.40am England have gone back into the dressing room to prepare, but West Indies' players are still practising with the bowlers going through their paces. West Indies will be hoping they won't be needed for a while...

10.30am Felix wants to know if it is swinging weather. Indeed it is. The cloud cover will please the England bowlers, although Matthew Hoggard said yesterday evening that the pitch was slightly slower than they expected which gave the batsmen more time to adjust to the swing.

10.20am Good morning, afternoon, or evening and welcome to what's technically the third day at Chester-le-Street. I'll recap for you; it is a Sunday after all: in the two sessions we've had so far England took four wickets in the swinging conditions but then Dwayne Bravo and, inevitably, Shiv Chanderpaul started the fightback for West Indies. They're now both approaching their fifties and their hundred stand.

Weather-wise, and indeed pitch-wise, it's dry at the moment. The cloud is high, and you'll be pleased that we're all set for an on-time start. The players are warming up on the outfield and the crowd is slowly building up. Well done everyone.

Not so well done Willo, though, who will be late because he left his wallet at home. Champion behaviour. Speaking of which, ie winnerdom, I had a dream about Brian Close and Ray Illingworth last night. I can safely assume I'm the only female twentysomething in London, nay the universe, who that happened to yesterday. My poor parents. (It's Jenny, by the way, in case you hadn't guessed. Hello.)

Any thoughts on the match? Send them here.

I'm now worried for Barry Miller's parents. "How weird. Last night I dreamt I was in a nightclub, you were the DJ and instead of playing music you were reading out cricket scores. Strange thing was everybody was dancing to it." What's wrong with us all?

40.5

Harmison to Bravo, no run, a good start to the day, if not the over, outside Bravo's off stump. It riles up on him and he leaves it alone

40.6

Harmison to Bravo, 1 run, a confident flick from Bravo off his pads to deep square leg

End of over 41 (5 runs) West Indies 133/4
DJ Bravo    44* (81b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    11-0-47-1
S Chanderpaul    44* (91b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    15-4-35-1

Now then, now then. Who will it be? It'll be Matthew Hoggard, that's who. Slightly cloudy out there at the moment, pretty cool too. Hoggard dries his hands on the sawdust and he has a very short mid-off

41.1

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, and it swings in and raps Bravo...in the nether regions. Cor, that hurts - and Bravo sinks to his knees. Chanderpaul is chuckling away finding the whole thing very amusing

No spray needed

41.2

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, the first sign of a hint of away-swing here, just angling away from Bravo who rightly ignores it

41.3

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, good line and length, in the channel (not The Channel obviously), but the ball doesn't carry too well to Prior who takes an ankle-scyther

41.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, very well bowled indeed, on middle-and-off squaring Bravo up. But to his credit, he blocked it out solidly enough - both feet pointing back to the bowler

41.5

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, just loses his line here Hoggard, drifting it on leg stump, Bravo whips it to mid-on. If Bravo'd missed it though, his leg stump would've gone a'tumblin'

41.6

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, and it's left alone outside off to end the over

End of over 42 (maiden) West Indies 133/4
DJ Bravo    44* (87b 6x4)      MJ Hoggard    16-5-35-1
S Chanderpaul    44* (91b 7x4)      SJ Harmison    11-0-47-1

Ah, Harmison's going to continue...not Sidebottom as I thought

42.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, it's another beauty down the leg side from Harmison. Chanderpaul leaves it alone

"Jo napot!" screams Daniel from Hungary who later informs us that it means G'day in Hungarian.

42.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, better line this time, Chanderpaul comes forward on off stump to work it to leg

42.3

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, good ball on middle-and-off, Chanderpaul comes tentatively forward to defend

A nudging defensive

42.4

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, lovely delivery this time, short of a length and bouncing on Chanderpaul who defends off the back foot, taking his bottom hand off the bat

42.5

Harmison to Chanderpaul, 1 run, down the leg side, Chanderpaul nurdles it for a single

42.6

Harmison to Bravo, no run, wide of the off stump, Bravo leaves it

Fairly innocuous stuff from Harmison so far, but it's not really "his" pitch. Yet.

End of over 43 (1 run) West Indies 134/4
DJ Bravo    44* (88b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    12-0-48-1
S Chanderpaul    45* (96b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    16-5-35-1

Hoggard, then, to continue. Two slips and a gully

43.1

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, no run, chopped to gully, or just wide of gully; Pietersen leaps across to field it on the bounce

43.2

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, FOUR, a beautiful, flowing extra cover drive from Chanderpaul - coming forward onto the front foot really quickly and threading it through the covers

43.3

Hoggard to Chanderpaul, 1 run, nudged off his legs to bring up his 43rd Test fifty

99 balls, eight fours and well played indeed. A rare West Indian rock

the very short mid-off comes in for Bravo, right in his eye line

43.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, lots of banana swing but it's wide enough for Bravo to ignore it

43.5

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, good ball on off stump which shapes away from Bravo who stays back to defend

43.6

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, and again Bravo leaves this alone

End of over 44 (5 runs) West Indies 139/4
DJ Bravo    44* (91b 6x4)      MJ Hoggard    17-5-40-1
S Chanderpaul    50* (99b 8x4)      SJ Harmison    12-0-48-1

Quiet start to the morning so far. "Goeie more!" is good morning in Afrikaans, according to Terence.

44.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, quite full, Chanderpaul nudges it to leg off the toe-end of the bat

44.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, that's a brute, a really nasty one on off stump which straightens off the pitch, bouncing on Chanderpaul who gets into a tangle in trying to defend.

Think it hit his glove. Oh by the way, there's a short-leg in for Chanderpaul here

44.3

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed off his pads to the aforementioned short-leg. It's Alastair Cook under the helmet, who took a great catch in the same position yesterday to dismiss Daren Ganga. First ball of the match, too

44.4

Harmison to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, a neat prod - nothing more than a prod down the ground

44.5

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed out to cover, but Monty's lurking there like a cheetah. You know what they say about Monty, don't you?

The same they said about Jonty, of course

44.6

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, a bouncer which Chanderpaul ducks underneath with style

End of over 45 (2 runs) West Indies 141/4
S Chanderpaul    52* (105b 8x4)      SJ Harmison    13-0-50-1
DJ Bravo    44* (91b 6x4)      MJ Hoggard    17-5-40-1

45.1

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, a perfect ball on off stump which curves away from Bravo who defends

Obviously, it wasn't a "perfect" delivery as that would constitute a wicket. Before any of you pedants write in

45.2

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, ooh this holds its line and takes the inside edge of Bravo's fishing bat, the ball falling short of Prior

And immediately Prior tells Vaughan's he's now going to stand up to the stumps. Which seems a bit of an over-reaction if you ask me...

45.3

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, left alone outside off, Prior takes it well

45.4

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, Bravo nudges to leg and takes off for a single, but Bell's ringing in the covers and dings in a throw to prevent the run

Good pressure tactics from England here

45.5

Hoggard to Bravo, no run, again a little tempter outside the off stump. Bravo leaves alone

Can Bravo cope? He's getting edgy...

45.6

Hoggard to Bravo, OUT, and the pressure gets to him! A touch shorter from Hoggard, Bravo tries to pull it extravagantly but drags it onto his stumps

DJ Bravo b Hoggard 44 (124m 97b 6x4 0x6) SR: 45.36

A really clever over from Hoggard, but Prior too. Excellent thinking from him to stand up to the stumps, cramping Bravo for room and the pressure has told

End of over 46 (wicket maiden) West Indies 141/5
     MJ Hoggard    18-6-40-2
S Chanderpaul    52* (105b 8x4)      SJ Harmison    13-0-50-1

Here's the vastly gifted Marlon Samuels. Hoggard receives applause down at fine-leg - oh and has also passed Alec Bedser in the number of wickets

46.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, another excellent stroke from Chanderpaul, taking advantage of this leg-stump delivery from Harmison and calmly stroking it out through midwicket

46.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, 1 run, stroked through cover

"Matthew Hoggard has moved sixth on his own in England's all-time wicket-taking list, now ahead of Alec Bedser," chirps Gnasher

46.3

Harmison to Samuels, no run, well bowled. In the channel, Samuels fishes at it but misses

46.4

Harmison to Samuels, no run, beaten for pace here I think as Samuels tries to nudge it to leg but it bobbles off his pad

Vaughan on the attack for Samuels; two slips, a fourth slip, gully, point, mid off, short leg, square leg and long leg

46.5

Harmison to Samuels, no run, wild and woolly, like a rebellious sheep on the mountain, down the leg side

46.6

Harmison to Samuels, 1 run, punched on the front foot to cover to get off the mark

End of over 47 (4 runs) West Indies 145/5
MN Samuels    1* (4b)      SJ Harmison    14-0-54-1
S Chanderpaul    55* (107b 8x4)      MJ Hoggard    18-6-40-2

Hoggard to continue. Prior's up to the stumps

47.1

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, left alone outside off, Prior whips off the bails...and then shouts "how was that?"

Superb work there. Samuels was very, very close to lifting his foot there

47.2

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, ooh very well bowled indeed, swinging away from Samuels who shuffles across to defend

47.3

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, beautifully bowled! A little tempter outside the off stump, Samuels goes for the drive but is beaten

Prior's exclamation this time is "Yaw-oooh"

47.4

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, firmly defended this time, head right over the ball

47.5

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, a bit of a leg-side drifter here which Samuels can't do anything with

Prior shouts "catch it" like the madman he is

47.6

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, very good ball to end the over, Samuels pushing it out to cover

End of over 48 (maiden) West Indies 145/5
MN Samuels    1* (10b)      MJ Hoggard    19-7-40-2
S Chanderpaul    55* (107b 8x4)      SJ Harmison    14-0-54-1

48.1

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, for a moment I thought this had crept through, but in the end it was a filthy full toss which Chanderpaul dug out with that enormous spade of his

You can't really "dig" a full toss out, can you? You know what I mean

48.2

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul jumps up to defend this off the back foot

48.3

Harmison to Chanderpaul, 4 leg byes, oh, dear. It's down the leg side, wobbles off Chanderpaul's pads and Prior - for once - can't stop it

"Early Sunday morning, everyone's still settling in with cups of coffee and bacon sandwiches" says Gnasher. Bacon sandwiches are god's gift to, well, me. I am absolutely starving now

48.4

Harmison to Chanderpaul, FOUR, another cracking delivery miles down the leg side which Chanderpaul picks off for four down to fine-leg

48.5

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, an innocuous bouncer which comes down with a sprinkling of snow on it

48.6

Harmison to Chanderpaul, no run, another pointless short ball outside the off stump

Time for a change, I think...time for Sidebottom to replace Harmison

End of over 49 (8 runs) West Indies 153/5
S Chanderpaul    59* (113b 9x4)      SJ Harmison    15-0-58-1
MN Samuels    1* (10b)      MJ Hoggard    19-7-40-2

Ah, Sidebottom's going through a warm-up routine

49.1

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, another cracking delivery from Hoggard whose length this morning has been absolutely spot on. Almost a fast leg-break here, Samuels defending it cautiously

Sidebottom's whirling his arms around in manic fashion

49.2

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, more swing for Hoggard, but more cautious defence from the batsman

49.3

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, Samuels comes confidently forward, defending it out to cover

Neatly played here. Bear in mind Samuels was a late call-up and this is his first outing of the tour. On a Durham seamer

Silly point comes in

49.4

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, what a cracker! That's a corker, drawing Samuels forward who is beaten by the swing

Mere millimetres away from edging that. And I could've sworn he did get an edge on the replays

49.5

Hoggard to Samuels, no run, pushed back to the bowler

49.6

Hoggard to Samuels, 1 run, but he loses his line here and Samuels is quick to nudge it to leg

End of over 50 (1 run) West Indies 154/5
MN Samuels    2* (16b)      MJ Hoggard    20-7-41-2
S Chanderpaul    59* (113b 9x4)      SJ Harmison    15-0-58-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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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Jun 19, 2007

Kevin Pietersen of England and Paul Collingwood celebrate victory after day five of the Fourth Test match between England and the West Indies at the Riverside Ground on June 19, 2007 in Chester-le-Street, Durham, England

Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood celebrate the series victory

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Jun 19, 2007

Kevin Pietersen and Geoffrey Boycott have a laugh during the post-match presentation, England v West Indies, 4th Test, Riverside, 5th Day, June 19, 2007

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