West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2007 / Commentary

West Indies in England T20I Series - 1st T20I

England v West Indies

West Indies won by 15 runs

Chris Gayle and Devon Smith to open for West Indies. And it's going to be a belter, I feel. David Lloyd's already utterly lost the plot, talking about rock-and-roll - but we're quite happy about that, being the rockers that we are

Loads of empty seats despite the 23,000 tickets all being sold. Tight security and people arriving straight from work, so at the last minute, and being hit with ICC security means many are queuing outside.

Here come the players, Collingwood leading England out for the first time. Cloudy in south London, but we should be fine for play - and it looks like Ryan Sidebottom will take the new ball. Poor bloke.

"I think Paul Collingwood might take exception to having his accent described as 'Geordie', seeing as he's from Shotley Bridge, County Durham," writes Chris Christmas. "If anything, that would make him a Mackem surely?" Yes, you're probably right. In fact you're spot on. Have an apple as a prize. However, I am geographically ignorant: I told my global editor (hello Sambit, who's at The Oval...no doubt enjoying the claret) that Nottingham was four hours away from London.

"Whose hair is heavier: Malinga or Sidebottom?" asks Ricky. "I would say Malinga." Certainly not any of the balding editorial team (and Jenny is really worried about a receding hairline).

Nicole emails: "My dad closed my Sky Sports so now I cannot watch the match. I'm probably the most unluckiest kid in the world because I'm the biggest fan in the world." Adults, eh? They're no fun. Follow the game here and then see if you can swap him tomorrow. Stay with us, though - we're much more fun.

Incidentally, a competition for you and five copies of Penguins Stopped Play, the superb book from Harry Thompson, if you can tell us the answer to the following head-scratcher. Who hit the first ever hundred in England's domestic Twenty20 competition, and from how many balls? Email your answers in the subject, and don't forget to include your name and address. We'll keep it running for West Indies and England's Twenty20 today and tomorrow. Good luck!

Jenny Thompson is winging her way to the ground, looking far too smart truth be told, and we're expecting a torrent of abuse colourful comments from her shortly.

Now then. Even though Twenty20 has matured somewhat since its inception, clearly some of you don't think so. The first email to land this evening, from John, says "Whose hair is heavier: Malinga or Sidebottom?" Moving (very) swiftly on...

If you have any thoughts - and why wouldn't you? - drop us a line. Trott, who is making his debut today, is apparently neither a nurdler or a six-hitter, which rather puts him in no-man's land. However he is, according to his former captain Nick Knight, an extreme talent - fascinating to see how he does today and, if selected, for the one-day series.

Martin Williamson, today on the bulletin, has made a good point regarding the timing of Twenty20s. Many of the 23,000 will be coming from work - they're probably shuffling down the stairwells and corridors of London's offices as we speak - but, with the added security for internationals these days, the poor old white-collars might miss half of it.

Dimitri Mascarenhas and Jonathan Trott will make their international debuts for England, who line up as follows:

A Cook, M Prior (wkt), IJ Trott, K Pietersen, P Collingwood (capt), O Shah, D Mascarenhas, M Yardy, R Sidebottom, S Broad, J Anderson.

Here's the toss, Paul Collingwood flinging the coin for the first time, but Chris Gayle has won the toss and West Indies will bat. Team news: Dwayne Bravo is fit to play; not fit to bowl. "All new stuff but a great feeling," Collingwood says. He's up for it, and apparently "all the boys are really looking forward to it." He adds, in his Geordie twang, that tonight "is going to be mayhem." We could've told you that

23,000 fans are heaving their way into The Oval as we speak (tickets have been sold out since well before Christmas, remarkably)

Good evening and a barnstorming hello to you all. Will Luke here and, together with Andrew Miller - aided by a sprinkling of Jenny Thompson, our girl at the ground - will be bringing you live coverage of today's Twenty20 between England and West Indies.

0.1

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, in the channel outside Gayle's off stump who, as though playing a Test, shoulders arms

A touch of swing away from the left-hander here

Bit of movement behind the bowler's arm which holds up play...but Sidebottom gets the green light, eventually

0.2

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, and again Gayle leaves this alone outside the off stump

"Playing for the draw," the rarely-spotted Travis Basevi, who built this marvellous website, mutters

0.3

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, and again, well - is Gayle quite certain what game he's playing? It's left alone outside the off stump

"Is this a protest?" asks one of Cricinfo's finest.

0.4

Sidebottom to Gayle, 1 run, clunked on the front foot and, at last, West Indies are away. A diving stop at short extra cover parries the ball, and they steal a well-run single

Two slips for Smith

0.5

Sidebottom to DS Smith, FOUR, ooh, close, a lovely ball swinging away from Smith who edges, warily, edging the ball to where third slip might've been.

A fourth slip - or wide third - comes in

0.6

Sidebottom to DS Smith, FOUR, oh and he's absolutely laced this, Smith, climbing into it and hammering it square for four. Bang

End of over 1 (9 runs) West Indies 9/0 (RR: 9.00)
DS Smith    8* (2b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-9-0
CH Gayle    1* (4b)     

Here's James Anderson

The first tier at the Vauxhall End is almost empty, as it was for the county game last Friday. We are told that all seats are sold, but it seems this is where Cricinfo's favourite beast, the corporate entertainer, lives. They only turn up when they can be bothered and if the weather is warm.

"If Nicole thinks she is having trouble watching the match try being in the United States," says the States-side Paul Herbert. "I can get 20 channels of men playing professional rounders using large gloves to catch a ball in the field ... makes the likes of Collingwood look even more amazing with his field work."

1.1

Anderson to Gayle, no run, cutting away from Gayle who comes forward, attempting to drive, but plays and misses

1.2

Anderson to Gayle, no run, ooh well bowled - pace and bounce there from Anderson. That spat up on Gayle who thought about pulling but the bounce beat him

1.3

Anderson to Gayle, FOUR, and Gayle's on top of this - stepping down the pitch (marching, in fact) to slap him over long-on for four

Immense, ugly power there from Gayle

1.4

Anderson to Gayle, OUT, bowled him! Pitched it up, Anderson, and Gayle stepped outside leg to crack him square of the wicket and inside-edged that into his stumps

CH Gayle b Anderson 5 (6m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Anderson's loving it

Here's Chanderpaul

1.5

Anderson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, and immediately - typically Chanderpaul - he nudges it behind square to get off the mark

Poor old Gayle. He looks might peeved, sitting in the dug-out

1.6

Anderson to DS Smith, 1 wide, and he's been wided - bit unfair, actually, and the crowd roar their disapproval

Some loon called Tim emails with this "drivel", as he not inaccurately describes it. "A Cook, realising he had a Prior engagement, decided to Trott off with K - Pieter's son. Going via Colling Wood they met the Shah who told them that A Mascaren was at the Yardy. That's too Broad they said we'll stay on-Side. "Bottom" exclaimed Ander's Son!" Oh dear

1.6

Anderson to DS Smith, FOUR, what a shot. A short-arm pull through midwicket, and he's timed it quite brilliantly

End of over 2 (10 runs) West Indies 19/1 (RR: 9.50)
DS Smith    12* (3b 3x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-10-1
S Chanderpaul    1* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-9-0

"If they got rid of the curfew Gayle would be much happier," notes Travis Statsguru

2.1

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, no run, excellent ball from Sidebottom, spearing into the left-hander who punches it to mid-off, but they can't steal a single

Terrific line here

Two slips, point, third man, cover, mid-off, mid-on, square leg and fine leg. "Prior's chirping out there - he's up for this," chirps Jenny, safely ensconced in the press box

2.2

Sidebottom to Chanderpaul, 1 run, loses his line here this time and it's sponged off his pads behind square for a single

2.3

Sidebottom to DS Smith, FOUR, poor ball - lost his line again, firing this down the leg side and he whips him powerfully through midwicket for four more

2.4

Sidebottom to DS Smith, SIX, short, wide and uppercut down to Anderson at third man who's underneath it. But no, he hasn't a hope of catching that and it sails over his head for the first six of the day

"The clouds are high, so it should be fine," notes Jenny. "As my grandad used to say, "If it stays fine, we might get a game." Insightful as anything was old Grandpa T.

2.5

Sidebottom to DS Smith, no run, good comeback from Sidebottom, pitching it up on off stump. Smith, for once, defends

2.6

Sidebottom to DS Smith, no run, and again, nicely bowled from Sidebottom, Smith just hammering this back to him

End of over 3 (11 runs) West Indies 30/1 (RR: 10.00)
DS Smith    22* (7b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-20-0
S Chanderpaul    2* (3b)      JM Anderson    1-0-10-1

3.1

Anderson to Chanderpaul, FOUR, that really is outrageous. On, or just outside his off stump, he whips it down to fine leg for another four. Disgracefully inventive

"A procession of fours," Martin Williamson, of Esher, notes

Cody emails "The only thing I dislike about the Twenty20 format is that reading the Cricinfo commentary only gets me through three hours of work!" The non-stop format means that we have smoke coming out of our keyboards trying to keep up ...

3.2

Anderson to Chanderpaul, FOUR, oooh close! Very, very close indeed, Chanderpaul inside-edging it a hair's width away from his off stump

3.3

Anderson to Chanderpaul, FOUR, bang: too short from Anderson and Chanderpaul steps outside his off stump, pulling it down to fine leg - lifting it, if you like

3.4

Anderson to Chanderpaul, no run, and a swing and a miss from Chanderpaul this time. Had he connected with that, the hoardings at extra cover would be reverberating by now

3.5

Anderson to Chanderpaul, FOUR, oh that's brilliant from Chanderpaul, but not too smart from Anderson who again pitches it too short, the left-hander premeditatedly steps outside off and again flings it down to fine-leg

Outrageous but brilliant, and the West Indies are loving it in the dug out

Anderson's going around the wicket. Third man goes up; long leg's gone back. Anderson's going back over the wicket. I don't know what's going on, frankly

3.6

Anderson to Chanderpaul, 1 run, and a single! That deserved an exclamation purely for the uniqueness of it, Chanderpaul nudging to leg

End of over 4 (17 runs) West Indies 47/1 (RR: 11.75)
S Chanderpaul    19* (9b 4x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-27-1
DS Smith    22* (7b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-20-0

Stuart Broad into the attack

4.1

Broad to Chanderpaul, 3 runs, and he flicks this in the air, casually - it's ballooning out to Cook at deep square leg who dives but can't quite make the ground

4.2

Broad to DS Smith, 1 leg bye, ooh well bowled, pitching it up and it wobbles off the left-hander's pads

4.3

Broad to Chanderpaul, no run, clunked on the front foot to mid-on. Ugly stroke, but they grab a single

"Fantastic eh," says the sarcastically pessimistic Chris Mitchell. "Only three-and-a-bit overs in and its game over. There is no-one in this England team who can play like this (bet anyone a tenner KP scores less than 20) and where on earth is the variation in our attack?"

4.4

Broad to Chanderpaul, FOUR, superb stroke - just so inventive - turning this around the corner for four. Brilliant shot - the third time he's done it this evening

West Indies are alive, here; alive and alert

"Just planting it on a good line, as his former England Under-19 teammate Tom Smith was doing so well for Lanky last night," notes Jenny in lieu of the flu-ridden Gnasher, Lancashire's No 1 fan

4.5

Broad to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, oh that's out, is it? No, but a spoony, fishy shot from Chanderpaul mis-cracking it over Broad's head, and Sidebottom can't quite make the ground. Good comeback from Broad though

4.6

Broad to Chanderpaul, no run, clever bowling, dropping it short and a little wider. Chanderpaul tries to crack it square but plays and misses

End of over 5 (10 runs) West Indies 57/1 (RR: 11.40)
S Chanderpaul    28* (14b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-9-0
DS Smith    22* (8b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    2-0-27-1

Good grief this is hard work. He's Andrew Miller. Well hello everyone. Cheers, Will you big splitter. You've only landed me with a chuffing spinner. It's Miiiiiiiichael Yardy

5.1

Yardy to DS Smith, no run, looped laviciously onto a length, and defended in front of off stump. Good start

5.2

Yardy to DS Smith, FOUR, whoops, that's much too much width, and chopped down to third man for another boundary

5.3

Yardy to DS Smith, no run, better length, clipped out to midwicket

5.4

Yardy to DS Smith, no run, turned into the leg side again, decent flight and loop

5.5

Yardy to DS Smith, 1 run, fuller and straighter, turned square

5.6

Yardy to Chanderpaul, no run, full and right on a length, driven calmly to mid-on and that's an excellent over

That's the end of the fielding restrictions as well, and England will be immensely grateful for that.

End of over 6 (5 runs) West Indies 62/1 (RR: 10.33)
S Chanderpaul    28* (15b 5x4)      MH Yardy    1-0-5-0
DS Smith    27* (13b 5x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    1-0-9-0

"Captain Collingwood is pointing his fielders into place," says Jennifer from the press box. "If you can judge a skipper on the strength of their point - like a man and his handshake - then Colly's your man."

6.1

Broad to DS Smith, FOUR, too short and straight, shovelled for another boundary via a desperate parry on the edge of the rope

Huge, almost Panesarian, applause for Dmitri Mascarenhas's fielding efforts, there

6.2

Broad to DS Smith, SIX, banged in and walloped over the top of Anderson at third man. Smith is just riding this extra bounce in the pitch. Wonderful batting

6.3

Broad to DS Smith, 1 run, fuller and straighter, clipped behind square

6.4

Broad to Chanderpaul, 1 run, at least it's only a single this time. Much tighter line

"Outrageous but brilliant, and the West Indies are loving it in the dugout ... man, this is not baseball," emails Joey. No, there really is a dugout, a plastic see-through thing. It's on the edge of the pitch so players don't waste time trudging all the way from the pavilion.

6.5

Broad to DS Smith, no run, a dot ball! Joy and rapture from the England fielders. Naive bowling, mutter the Sky commentary crew

6.6

Broad to DS Smith, 1 leg bye, full and flicked off the pad, another single to complete the over

Gayle, still in his pads, has a thunderous look about him at the moment

End of over 7 (13 runs) West Indies 75/1 (RR: 10.71)
DS Smith    38* (18b 6x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    2-0-21-0
S Chanderpaul    29* (16b 5x4)      MH Yardy    1-0-5-0

7.1

Yardy to DS Smith, no run

7.2

Yardy to DS Smith, 1 run, down the track and driven firmly down to long-on. Good teasing flight from Yardy

7.3

Yardy to Chanderpaul, 1 run, a touch shorter and swung into the leg-side, Big intentions, low returns. Spinners rule in Twenty20s. It's official

7.4

Yardy to DS Smith, no run, a hint of width, but Smith misses out with his slash outside off stump. A let-off

7.5

Yardy to DS Smith, 2 runs, speared down the leg-side, and turned away fine. Good variety from Yardy

7.6

Yardy to DS Smith, 2 runs, excellent running between the wickets gets two, as that one is clipped into the deep on the leg-side

But a fine over nonetheless. The handbrake has been applied, relatively speaking. Now then, here comes the new boy. It's Dimitri time. What can the debutant Mascarenhas pull off?

End of over 8 (6 runs) West Indies 81/1 (RR: 10.12)
DS Smith    43* (23b 6x4 2x6)      MH Yardy    2-0-11-0
S Chanderpaul    30* (17b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-21-0

8.1

Mascarenhas to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, not a bad start. Good lift off a decent length, and Chanderpaul nudges that down to third man

Mascarenhas holds a record for the most maidens in Twenty20 cricket. Err... four

8.2

Mascarenhas to Chanderpaul, 1 run, swung into the leg-side, big swish from a transformed Chanderpaul, who has unleashed his inner beast since his paint-drying batting in the Tests

8.3

Mascarenhas to DS Smith, 2 runs, big swish into the off side, gets underneath it a touch, but it lands safe

8.4

Mascarenhas to DS Smith, 1 run, nurdled away to rotate the strike

"Man, this is not baseball," Joey reminds us. Thanks.

8.5

Mascarenhas to Chanderpaul, 1 run, heaved around the corner by the purposeful blade of Chanderpaul

8.6

Mascarenhas to DS Smith, no run, off stump line, pushed out to complete a tidy debut over

End of over 9 (7 runs) West Indies 88/1 (RR: 9.77)
DS Smith    46* (26b 6x4 2x6)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-7-0
S Chanderpaul    34* (20b 5x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-11-0

9.1

Yardy to Chanderpaul, no run, big appeal as Chanderpaul goes down on the sweep, but outside the line

9.2

Yardy to Chanderpaul, FOUR, smacked through the leg-side once again, just a modicum too short and there's no stopping that

9.3

Yardy to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, makes room to steer into the off side, can't beat the fielder though

9.4

Yardy to Chanderpaul, no run, good response, tighter to the stumps, and a big "ooh" as this one can't be got away from the popping crease

9.5

Yardy to Chanderpaul, 1 run, clipped into the leg-side, England will accept this run-rate any day

9.6

Yardy to DS Smith, 2 runs, swished into the leg-side once again. The fielder goes down in a heap, but it's effectively cut off somehow

End of over 10 (9 runs) West Indies 97/1 (RR: 9.70)
DS Smith    48* (27b 6x4 2x6)      MH Yardy    3-0-20-0
S Chanderpaul    41* (25b 6x4)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-7-0

10.1

Mascarenhas to Chanderpaul, OUT, a maiden international wicket for Mascarenhas, and it's Mr Immoveable himself! Chanderpaul went for the big swing into the leg-side, the shot was on as the ball was short, but Cook dived forward superbly and belied his reputation for ropey fielding with a fine take. Another fine innings comes to an end

S Chanderpaul c Cook b Mascarenhas 41 (34m 26b 6x4 0x6) SR: 157.69

Here's Marlon

10.2

Mascarenhas to DS Smith, no run, pushed out to gully, good line

10.3

Mascarenhas to DS Smith, 1 run, hint of outswing to the left-hander, pushed away into the off side

74mph, 76mph, 75mph. The last three deliveries

10.4

Mascarenhas to Samuels, 1 run, clipped square

10.5

Mascarenhas to DS Smith, 2 runs, turned off the hip and a quick sprint for two, the throw comes in from fine leg, but is just a fraction too wide for Prior to pull off the run-out

That's 50 for Devon Smith, and jolly well done too

10.6

Mascarenhas to DS Smith, SIX, right in the arc, went back in his crease to free his arms, and that's clobbered

Enough of this for the mo, I'm off to run my fingers under a tap. Here's Will

End of over 11 (10 runs) West Indies 107/2 (RR: 9.72)
DS Smith    57* (31b 6x4 3x6)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-17-1
MN Samuels    1* (1b)      MH Yardy    3-0-20-0

Thanks Andrew. Here's Anderson.

11.1

Anderson to Samuels, 2 runs, short and wide of the off stump, Samuels clumps it baseball-style over mid-on

11.2

Anderson to Samuels, no run, full and straight, Samuels pings it straight to mid-off who threatens to throw down the stumps. But doesn't. Excellent ball

11.3

Anderson to Samuels, no run, outside off, Samuels tries to smack this into The Thames but swings and misses

Encouraging bounce, again

11.4

Anderson to Samuels, 1 run, pinged out to cover on the front foot, and that's well run

Super running, in fact

11.5

Anderson to DS Smith, FOUR, bang: there's four. Smith has laced this. A short-arm pull, almost pulling it on the front foot, and it shoots through midwicket for four

11.6

Anderson to DS Smith, 1 leg bye, good comeback from Anderson here, full and straight and Smith is beaten, the ball wobbling out to cover off his pads. But they steal a single

End of over 12 (8 runs) West Indies 115/2 (RR: 9.58)
DS Smith    61* (33b 7x4 3x6)      JM Anderson    3-0-34-1
MN Samuels    4* (5b)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-17-1

12.1

Mascarenhas to DS Smith, OUT, ohh it's up in the air, Smith trying to smack this over long-on but he's mistimed it and Yardy's running to his left from long-on...he dives forward and takes an excellent catch

DS Smith c Yardy b Mascarenhas 61 (49m 34b 7x4 3x6) SR: 179.41

That was travelling. Terrific catch. Here's Bravo

12.2

Mascarenhas to Samuels, SIX, what a shot! Absolutely no feet movement - there didn't need to be - and Samuels just slotted him over long-off for six. Pure timing

12.3

Mascarenhas to Samuels, no run, a slower ball outside the off stump which Samuels pads to cover. Pats, in fact...not pads

12.4

Mascarenhas to Samuels, 1 run, another slower ball, he steps back and cracks it off the back foot but can't time it. Cook is quick to skip round the boundary (not really - he sprinted) and save four

12.5

Mascarenhas to Bravo, 1 run, cracking ball which takes the outside edge, flying down to third man

No slips in place, remember

12.6

Mascarenhas to Samuels, 1 run, an ugly, slower-ball-bouncer which he tries to pull through midwicket, but can't time it. Collingwood is gazelle-like at mid-off and shies at the stumps

End of over 13 (9 runs) West Indies 124/3 (RR: 9.53)
MN Samuels    12* (9b 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-26-2
DJ Bravo    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    3-0-34-1

It's Yardy back into the attack, and he's going round the wicket

13.1

Yardy to Samuels, 1 run, an ugly full toss which takes the right-hander by surprise, clumping it around the corner but mistiming it completely

13.2

Yardy to Bravo, 5 wides, a wide which Samuels tries to sweep, poor ball down the leg-side and really it got what it deserved

13.2

Yardy to Bravo, no run, fuller this time but again on his legs, he steps further outside the leg stump to time it down the ground

13.3

Yardy to Bravo, 1 wide, OUT, got him this time! Fired down the leg side again by Yardy, Bravo tries to flick him over the top but is beaten by a touch of spin. Prior skips to his right and stumps him slickly and easily

DJ Bravo st †Prior b Yardy 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Stumped off a wide

13.3

Yardy to Ramdin, 1 leg bye, sliding down the leg side, it's sponged to midwicket

13.4

Yardy to Samuels, 1 wide, another wide - Yardy's trying to bowl straight here but his line is all wrong

13.4

Yardy to Samuels, 2 runs, a filthy full toss - at least it was on off stump - which is carved behind point

13.5

Yardy to Samuels, FOUR, poor ball. Far too short, far too straight, it sat up and was pulled down to fine leg. Clever batting; silly bowling

13.6

Yardy to Samuels, 1 run, cracked down the ground for a single

16 from the over. And a wicket

End of over 14 (16 runs) West Indies 140/4 (RR: 10.00)
MN Samuels    20* (13b 1x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    4-0-35-1
D Ramdin    0* (1b)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-26-2

"Broad, at long-on, is giving unsubtle hints to Collingwood - fresh-air bowling," notes Jenny in the press box. "He could, of course, have been asked to warm back up. Either way, expect him to come back on soon. Just not this over, though"

14.1

Mascarenhas to Samuels, FOUR, marvellous stroke from Samuels - only slightly short from the bowler, but Samuels stands tall to flick it through midwicket for four

Not unlike Pietersen there, from Samuels

14.2

Mascarenhas to Samuels, 1 run, fuller from Mascherenas this time, pushed out to cover by Samuels

Excellent batting

14.3

Mascarenhas to Ramdin, 2 runs, too straight, it's cheekily spooned - or lifted, or swept, or something - up and over the wicketkeeper's head

14.4

Mascarenhas to Ramdin, (no ball) 1 run, punched down the ground, but not great timing

Oh dear. Collingwood only had three in the ring, not four. Tough lesson for the new England captain who will be sweating like mad out there

14.4

Mascarenhas to Samuels, no run, again a bit too short, crashed off the back foot

14.5

Mascarenhas to Samuels, no run, ooh great ball, a slower ball which swings into Samuels who is yorked. Prior takes it quite brilliantly, flicking off the bails as he stands up - all in one fluid motion. But has Samuels' foot left the ground? Replays say no.

Impressive work from Prior who's been superb today

14.6

Mascarenhas to Samuels, FOUR, oh what a shot. He just waited and waited for this, cracking it square for four. A despairing dive from the man at deep point

End of over 15 (13 runs) West Indies 153/4 (RR: 10.20)
MN Samuels    29* (18b 3x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    4-0-39-2
D Ramdin    3* (3b)      MH Yardy    4-0-35-1

"Someone has snuck in a sneaky horn!" Jenny says. "Well done that sneaky hornman." Talking of nothing, here's the skipper into the attack

15.1

Collingwood to Ramdin, 2 runs, short, wide of the off stump, it's chipped in the air over point for two

15.2

Collingwood to Ramdin, SIX, shot of the day! It wasn't even that short outside his off stump but Ramdin just planted his foot, opened the blade and flanged it over point for six

Extreme stroke and England are missing Panesar here

15.3

Collingwood to Ramdin, 1 run, pushed to midwicket

There's Monty, by the hoardings, smiling away as ever

15.4

Collingwood to Samuels, SIX, another superb strike from Samuels here, pinging Collingwood straight over his head for six. In fact, it took an age to get over the rope and probably came down with a sprinkling of snow on it, such was its height

15.5

Collingwood to Samuels, no run, pushed out to cover, but straight to cover

15.6

Collingwood to Samuels, 2 runs, banged down to Anderson at long-off who again fumbles

He's been poor in the outfield a few times today Anderson. In fact, England's outfielding hasn't been crash hot

End of over 16 (17 runs) West Indies 170/4 (RR: 10.62)
MN Samuels    37* (21b 3x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-17-0
D Ramdin    12* (6b 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    4-0-39-2

Here's Sidebottom and his huge tonnage of hair. Four overs to go

16.1

Sidebottom to Ramdin, 1 run, ooh well bowled! A yorker, albeit outside his leg stump, which almost knocks the batsman off his feet. Nevertheless he manages to dig it out to fine leg for a cheeky single

Great cricket all round

16.2

Sidebottom to Samuels, SIX, that is quite simply massive. Outside his leg stump, Samuels just flicked it - nothing more than a flick over midwicket, over the stands and into the road! That was quite enormous - the timing brilliant

Slight delay while they replace the ball, which is probably rolling down the street towards the tube station

16.3

Sidebottom to Samuels, 1 run, full toss this time which is smacked to mid-on

"Loads of fans on their feet, there; everyone loving this - and how can you not?" asks Jen

16.4

Sidebottom to Ramdin, FOUR, deft, delicate and delicious batting here from Ramdin, stepping outside leg and paddles it over fine leg for four. This is quite brilliant

51 from 22 deliveries

16.5

Sidebottom to Ramdin, FOUR, marvellous stroke again, back cutting it for four down past third man. The placement, timing both perfect

16.6

Sidebottom to Ramdin, 1 run, slapped to a wide long-on to end a riotous over

End of over 17 (17 runs) West Indies 187/4 (RR: 11.00)
D Ramdin    22* (10b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-37-0
MN Samuels    44* (23b 3x4 3x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-17-0

19 fours and two sixes so far. Breathless cricket. And here's Stuart Broad...poor bloke, but he's looking reasonably confident

17.1

Broad to Ramdin, 1 wide, oh dear, too wide and swinging a little wider - it's rightly wided

Ramdin's doing all sorts of stretches, grimacing while he does so

17.1

Broad to Ramdin, 2 runs, slapped down the ground, but there's no timing in that stroke and they only manage two.

Anderson fields - cleanly, for once

17.2

Broad to Ramdin, no run, short, wide, and he tries to uppercut this over third man for six but misses

17.3

Broad to Ramdin, OUT, ah but he tries it again and well bowled Broad. Again short, again wide and Ramdin falls for the trap, uppercutting it...but straight down to Mascarenhas at third man who shuffled to his right to swallow a simple catch

D Ramdin c Mascarenhas b Broad 24 (1m 13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 184.61

59 from 4.1 overs, Martin reminds us

17.4

Broad to Samuels, 1 run, a yorker this time, well bowled indeed which he digs out to mid-on

17.5

Broad to DR Smith, 1 run, short-arm pull, what a shot - he's absolutely nailed that. Or not...it falls just short of deep midwicket

Superbly struck even if he didn't place it

17.6

Broad to Samuels, SIX, and he's flayed this over long-off for another six. Fantastic shot, and it sails several rows back

50 from 25 deliveries - an electric, thrilling innings from Samuels

End of over 18 (11 runs) West Indies 198/5 (RR: 11.00)
MN Samuels    51* (25b 3x4 4x6)      SCJ Broad    3-0-32-1
DR Smith    1* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-37-0

18.1

Sidebottom to DR Smith, 1 run, full and straight, it's punched down the ground

18.2

Sidebottom to Samuels, OUT, a touch of swing into Samuels' pads cracks this aerially down to long-on, but he's timed it too well and Mascarenhas jogs to his left, taking a very fine running catch - juggling it as he does so

MN Samuels c Mascarenhas b Sidebottom 51 (14m 26b 3x4 4x6) SR: 196.15

Kevin Pietersen gives Samuels a pat on the back

18.3

Sidebottom to DR Smith, FOUR, oh, that's a backyard shot - an ugly, powerful smite over deep midwicket which just evades the fielder

And there's the 200

"Gayle's still got his pads on," notes Jenny, before her press box colleague Richard Sydenham adds: "To keep warm, probably." The crowd aren't noticing the cold, although they have got their beer coats on.

18.4

Sidebottom to DR Smith, no run, ooh well bowled, a slower ball which he tries to pat down to third man but misses

Light fading at The Oval here, just darkening ever so slightly

18.5

Sidebottom to DR Smith, 1 leg bye, oh well bowled Sidebottom, a yorker which is nudged around the corner off his pads

18.6

Sidebottom to Morton, OUT, he's absolutely hammered this but straight into the non-striker's stumps. The ball ricochets a metre or so from Sidebottom who walks over and lifts out the stumps, one by one. How unlucky can you get?

DR Smith run out 6 (3m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

So did they cross? Morton trudges off but it looks like they did cross...and eventually Morton is called back by the umpires, and it's Smith who makes his way back

End of over 19 (6 runs) West Indies 204/7 (RR: 10.73)
RS Morton    0* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-42-1
     SCJ Broad    3-0-32-1

19.1

Anderson to Sammy, 1 run, full but wide, it's pinged out to cover

19.2

Anderson to Morton, 1 run, clobbered down the ground and they run for one, desperately seeking two

"Desperately seeking two" sounds like a film. Or something

19.3

Anderson to Sammy, OUT, goddim! Swinging into Sammy who tries to hit this into France, but completely misses it and loses his off stump

DJG Sammy b Anderson 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

19.4

Anderson to Rampaul, 1 bye, beaten for pace, and a full toss, Prior collects but they scamper through for a single. Prior shies at the stumps, misses; Anderson then tries to kick the non-striker's stumps down and also misses

Village

19.5

Anderson to Morton, no run, another full toss, wide of the off stump and he swings and misses

19.6

Anderson to Morton, 1 run, he's flayed this dead straight, and again Morton fires it into the non-striker's stumps and they pick up a single

Well, what an innings from West Indies. That was thrilling and entertaining - Samuels and Smith cracking the ball all over the shop. A bit of a break now - not sure how long, but probably three minutes or something - but join us for England's chase of 209 shortly where the ever rocktastic Andrew will take you through proceedings. Time for tea.

"Middle stump flattened; unfortunately for England, at the wrong end," notes the rarely droll Jennifer

End of over 20 (4 runs) West Indies 208/8
RS Morton    2* (4b)      JM Anderson    4-0-37-2
R Rampaul    0* (1b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-42-1
Series Results
England v West Indies at The Oval - Jun 29, 2007
England won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
England v West Indies at The Oval - Jun 28, 2007
West Indies won by 15 runs
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Jun 28, 2007

A collage of Kevin Pietersen landing heavily, hurting his knee and being run out for 16, England v West Indies, Twenty20, The Oval, June 28, 2007

A collage of Kevin Pietersen landing heavily, hurting his knee and being run out for 16

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Jun 28, 2007

Paul Collingwood hammers one through the leg side, England v West Indies, Twenty20, The Oval, June 28, 2007

Paul Collingwood hammers one through the leg side

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