West Indies tour of England and Ireland, 2nd T20I: England v West Indies at The Oval, Jun 29, 2007
England won by 5 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
29 June 2007 (20-over match)

5.30pm But now it's time for a change in the commentary. Thanks Martin. Hello gang, Jennifer here.

Here's Will with something slightly mysterious. "Ryan Sidebottom is warming up, drying his hair on the outfield. Not literally of course; he's bowling a few balls on the practice wicket. Plenty of noise, and here come the players." No, I didn't understand half of that, either. I think Will's just excited about another Twenty20.

5.25pm We are about to start ...Ryan Sidebottom from the Pavilion End to Chris Gayle. If this isn't cricket's Groundhog Day then I don't know what is ...

5.15pm "There are two turquoise covers straddling the main pitch," Will, our weatherman at the ground today, "purely as a precautionary measure. It's breezy with fast-moving clouds, but we should be fine for play. Should..."

5.10pm Chris Gayle wins the toss and bats "We set a standard yesterday," he says. Shiv Chanderpaul (sore knee) and Devon Smith (thigh strain) out injured and Austin Richards and Lendl Simmons in. Paul Collingwood has a here-we-go-again expression as he says "hopefully our plan B will go better tonight". And to underline the point, he leads an unchanged side. Getting a bit cloudy but no rain ... the ground is filling.

Just to let you know, in case any of you were wondering, that Kevin Pietersen is fit to play tonight. He looked to have hurt his knee diving back into his crease last night.

Here's some info on Austin Richards. 4.45pm England name the same side which lost last night. No Panesar, then. "No Monty?," says Ben. "Have they brought back Duncan Fletcher and not told us?"

4.35pm Andrew Miller is in the bowels of the OCS Stand for an ICC media conference that was due to start an hour ago. Still no sign of our leaders though. Perhaps, he ponders, they are cutting things fine so they don't have to answer tricky questions. Perish the thought.

While we wait for Malcolm Speed to finish his tea, send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest. . 4.30pm Good afternoon and welcome to London. I won't bother to tell you the weather as it's changing about as quickly as Kylie's costumes at a concert. It started with a monsoon, then an hour of sun, then another downpour ... and now it's sunny again. Another 23,000 sell-out expected for the second match, and we are honoured to have the great and the good (and a few others) from the ICC present as well. They'll be easy to spot as they are the only ones allowed to bring in their only drinks ... in bottles. And they will be the ones in suits, but because it's Twenty20, expect the wilder among them to take their ties off.

The covers are on -purely precautionary - and we should be OK. Not such good news for Sunday's first ODI at Lord's where up to two inches of rain is forecast on Saturday night and the following morning.


Sidebottom to Gayle, FOUR, well, it's not Groundhog Day - yesterday he started with three dots. Great start for Gayle, though, a lovely, well-timed extra-cover drive from a regulation half-volley


Sidebottom to Gayle, 3 runs, another brilliant cover drive from Gayle, merely leaning into that and Broad chases down inside the boundary

"A distant, weak but audible sound of conch-shells greets the first four, nevertheless drowned out by shouting and jeering," says Will


Sidebottom to Simmons, no run, across the righthander, shape in the air, hits a good length and holds its straight line through to Prior

A lesser-spotted dot


Sidebottom to Simmons, no run, a pair of dots now, as Sidebottom bowls slightly wider across him, and he leaves the ball alone

"Unlikely and raucous applause for a dot ball"


Sidebottom to Simmons, no run, shot for none by Simmonds that, early on to the front foot and pushing into the covers

Collingwood's at extra cover, by the way, rather than his habitual backward point spot; you can captain better from cover


Sidebottom to Simmons, no run, driven on the up to cover, where it's picked up easily

Anderson now to open up

End of over 1 (7 runs) West Indies 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • LMP Simmons 0 (4b)
    • CH Gayle 7 (2b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-7-0

Anderson to Gayle, no run, left alone outside off; a tidy start for Anderson


Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, on leg, tucked off the hips to square for a quick single


Anderson to Simmons, no run, backs away and tries to lash a cut off the back foot - the ball sailed right over middle stick and he was well outside the line down leg


Anderson to Simmons, no run, backs away again and tries to hit the cover off it - lashes only air, though, and the ball slides into his leg, way outside leg once more

Gayle comes down for a word


Anderson to Simmons, no run, comes down the track this time, and once more misses out - the aggression isn't working


Anderson to Simmons, no run, flash outside the off stump, Simmonds misses out once more and walks down the pitch to have a word with his captain, shaking his head

"Knowledgeable crowd in this evening," Willo notes, "that last ball greeted with a cacophony of 'oooh'."

End of over 2 (1 run) West Indies 8/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • LMP Simmons 0 (8b)
    • CH Gayle 8 (4b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-1-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-7-0

Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, down leg and chased round

Sidebottom and his hair bounce back to the mark


Sidebottom to Gayle, no run, driven to midwicket

"The clouds are definitely thinkening," says Cricinfo's harbinger of doom, "but not enough to dampen the crowd's enthusiasm for Anderson's last over. Harbinger, nice word, that. Doom... not so good.


Sidebottom to Gayle, FOUR, slower ball, picked, and that was nearly the first six of the day over midwicket. Instead it's a one-bounce four


Sidebottom to Gayle, 2 runs, in the air and goes over cover with a huge thick edge; chased down by Collingwood and also Pietersen, who wins the race


Sidebottom to Gayle, FOUR, width outside off and smashed with a delicious cover drive that runs all the way


Sidebottom to Gayle, 1 run, outside off, turned just in front of square

Plenty of CEOs in the crowd, don't you know - representations from, among other countries, Vanuatu, Botswana and Namibia.

End of over 3 (11 runs) West Indies 19/0 (RR: 6.33)

    • CH Gayle 19 (10b 3x4)
    • LMP Simmons 0 (8b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-18-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-1-0

Anderson to Gayle, FOUR, outside off, another well-smote shot, this one a forceful cut off the back foot, with plenty of wristing

Gayle... storm... etc. We're loving this


Anderson to Gayle, FOUR, flicked off the hips, leg up a la Lara, to bring up another boundary in two balls

What was that about Plan B, Mr Collingwood?


Anderson to Gayle, FOUR, outside off, driven straight through mid-off, beating Mascarenhas

The dug out are on their feet. Rather, the players in the dug out are.

The noise among the crowd is only matched by the noise of the ball cracking off Gayle's bat," Willo mumbles. "It really is making a beautiful clunky noise."


Anderson to Gayle, no run, good change of pace


Anderson to Gayle, 1 wide, wide, down leg, greeted by boos from the crowd

Boos chorus around the ground to greet that wide. Local crowd in, then


Anderson to Gayle, no run, rushed into the pads on leg, Gayle too early with the shot


Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, yorker, dug out to mid-on to steal the strike - that will please Sidebottom I don't think... or in fact Stuart Broad.

Jimmy Adams has just called him Chris Broad, twice. Same fire, father and son, but Stuart's just a slightly better bowler...

End of over 4 (14 runs) West Indies 33/0 (RR: 8.25)

    • CH Gayle 32 (16b 6x4)
    • LMP Simmons 0 (8b)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-15-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-18-0

Broad to Gayle, 1 run, on leg, wristed down to Mascarenhas at short fine leg who tidies up sharply


Broad to Simmons, 1 run, attempts a wristy flick through mid-off, gets an inside edge... and a single


Broad to Gayle, FOUR, slower ball, on off, Gayle doesn't get hold of it... but it still races away through midwicket

Shake of the head from Broad... Where to bowl to Gayle? Pietersen has some ideas.


Broad to Gayle, no run, moves back to give himself room - exposes the stumps, but gets something on it

"I feel good," Will says, presumabely in reference to the song which blared out after that boundary. We knew that he would.


Broad to Gayle, 1 run, driven straight to mid-on


Broad to Simmons, FOUR, disgustingly good from Simmons - flicking a hook through fine leg. Nice

"Lendl Simmons, eh," ehs Adam Barnes. "I've spent 45 seconds thinking about other cricketers with tennis-star first names. And I've managed Evert(on) Weekes and Murray Goodwin." Right.

End of over 5 (11 runs) West Indies 44/0 (RR: 8.80)

    • LMP Simmons 5 (10b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 38 (20b 7x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-11-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-15-0

Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, quick single from a push


Anderson to Simmons, FOUR, half-volley smashed on the up over cover

That was more like a tee shot - so well struck, standing up


Anderson to Simmons, OUT, backed away, trying to repeat the aerial stuff, but he picks out the fielder over at third man where Broad takes a good catch

LMP Simmons c Broad b Anderson 9 (22m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Austin Richards is in now, left-handed batsman


Anderson to Richards, no run, doesn't time that one, driving to mid-on

"The brilliantly named Austin Conroy Lenroy Richards is here, making his debut. Son of Austin Richards, the former match referee," Will geeks (or checks up on his player page)


Anderson to Richards, 1 wide, short, straight bouncer, well swayed and well pouched by Prior


Anderson to Richards, no run, slower ball, better thinking, Richards pulling up on the shot, defended forward


Anderson to Richards, no run, full delivery ends a decent over, and it's defended down

England are bowling fuller today; they've obviously learnt from yesterday - not that it's affecting Gayle's progress too much...

Broad's now just thinking about his field...

End of over 6 (6 runs) West Indies 50/1 (RR: 8.33)

    • ACL Richards 0 (3b)
    • CH Gayle 39 (21b 7x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-21-1
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-11-0

Broad to Gayle, no run, ooh, slunk through but just missed the leg stump - Gayle backing well away to try to launch through wide mid-on

Someone tell Jimmy Adams Stuart's name's not Chris


Broad to Gayle, 1 run, rushed at that one outside off


Broad to Richards, no run, fuller, eased to Pietersen at backward point

Liam Plunkett, I am not making this up, is wearing a false moustache, nose and glasses. You couldn't make it up. You don't have to.


Broad to Richards, no run, good bowling, Richards not able to get that away


Broad to Richards, no run, straight delivery, nipping up sharpish, Richards pouncing to defend the ball down off the back foot

The sun's desperately trying to creep out before it goes to sleep for the night. In fact, yes, it's out


Broad to Richards, 1 run, driven to long-off for an easy single

Hey...Mascarenhas is coming into the attack

End of over 7 (2 runs) West Indies 52/1 (RR: 7.42)

    • ACL Richards 1 (7b)
    • CH Gayle 40 (23b 7x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-13-0
    • JM Anderson 3-0-21-1

Mascarenhas to Richards, 1 wide, starts with a wide, shooting that way across the lefthander


Mascarenhas to Richards, 1 run, on leg, tucked off the hips to square


Mascarenhas to Gayle, 1 run, slower ball, clever, Gayle waits and dabs down to gully

"Get on with it," roars a drunken (and unnamed) office worker, happy with his lot. Or perhaps just very, very merry.


Mascarenhas to Richards, 1 run, up and over, a huge outside edge falls way short of Sidebottom at third man


Mascarenhas to Gayle, no run, left alone outside off


Mascarenhas to Gayle, 1 run, slower ball, worked to leg and it's Prior's first "Get-on-that" of the day


Mascarenhas to Richards, 1 run, slower delivery, driven into the covers

Mascarenhas isn't afraid to mix things up; good stuff. Warm applause for a fine over.

End of over 8 (6 runs) West Indies 58/1 (RR: 7.25)

    • ACL Richards 4 (10b)
    • CH Gayle 42 (26b 7x4)
    • AD Mascarenhas 1-0-6-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-13-0

Broad to Richards, no run, hopeful shout for lbw, as that pitches on (possibly outside) leg, and wouldn't have hit leg, anyway


Broad to Richards, no run, straight, on a good length, defended into the covers


Broad to Richards, 2 runs, slapped down the ground over long-on


Broad to Richards, FOUR, big shot, strong through midwicket


Broad to Richards, OUT, full and straight and that's a much better appeal... on line at least. Sounded like an inside edge

ACL Richards lbw b Broad 10 (12m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

"I could hear an inside-edge from here!" pipes up Andrew Miller from the hermetically sealed media centre

Will reckons he heard an inside edge, too. The sun's out, though. No it's not, it's gone in again. Marlon Samuels, though, is definitely in


Broad to Samuels, no run, backs away, tries to flat-bat cut straight, on the back foot, to mid-on

Already the field retreats for Samuels

End of over 9 (6 runs) West Indies 64/2 (RR: 7.11)

    • MN Samuels 0 (1b)
    • CH Gayle 42 (26b 7x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-19-1
    • AD Mascarenhas 1-0-6-0

Mascarenhas to Gayle, FOUR, width, and cut away

"Actually Willo and I are sat in the overflow seating with the riff-raff," corrects Andrew Riffraff Miller. "Much more atmosphericsome."


Mascarenhas to Gayle, 1 run, worked into short midwicket


Mascarenhas to Samuels, 2 runs, wide, outside off, and dabbed well off the back foot through point for a comfortable two


Mascarenhas to Samuels, 1 leg bye, on leg, waits, looks to work round and in the end leaves it too late to connect properly


Mascarenhas to Gayle, SIX, slower ball, but Gayle doesn't miss out - thwacking a fat six over midwicket to bring up his 50 from 28 deliveries


Mascarenhas to Gayle, no run, on a good length, wide outside off, waits and cuts over the ball

End of over 10 (14 runs) West Indies 78/2 (RR: 7.80)

    • CH Gayle 53 (30b 8x4 1x6)
    • MN Samuels 2 (3b)
    • AD Mascarenhas 2-0-19-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-19-1

Broad to Samuels, SIX, a huge straight six off the bottom of the bat, a full-length delivery, just smashed

Love it


Broad to Samuels, 1 wide, outside off, wide


Broad to Samuels, no run, wide outside off again

"The C in SJC Broad stands for Christopher. His father's name was actually Brian Christopher Broad," opines Ben Gundry. "So if his father could be called Chris, why can't Stuart?" Erm, could it be because he's known as Stuart, unlike his dad?


Broad to Samuels, 1 run, played almost on the run, driving on the up to mid-off for a quick'n


Broad to Gayle, 2 runs, late crouching cut, which we liked, great commitment from Anderson, saving a boundary, which we also liked

Will's noticed something very important, as the sun comes out. "James Anderson walks like a penguin. Feet splayed." Technically, Will just got paid for that observation.


Broad to Gayle, 1 run, bunched off the hips behind square


Broad to Samuels, 1 run, What a catch! Ah, not a catch. Clean, diving forward effort from Pietersen at long-on... but it just bounced in front of him

"Pietersen got down well to that one. No worries about his knee," notes Will.

It's Yardy into the attack now

End of over 11 (12 runs) West Indies 90/2 (RR: 8.18)

    • MN Samuels 10 (7b 1x6)
    • CH Gayle 56 (32b 8x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-31-1
    • AD Mascarenhas 2-0-19-0

Yardy to Samuels, 1 run, had to adjust to the flight, the ball coming into him tighter than expected, and he squeezes out to mid-on


Yardy to Gayle, 1 run, over the wicket, pushed to midwicket, and it's "Get on that" time from Prior

Back round the wicket


Yardy to Samuels, 1 run, Broad sprawls to his left to get on that


Yardy to Gayle, 1 run, on off, driven on the up, safely, towards Anderson who nearly bowls the ball back in


Yardy to Samuels, SIX, ah yes, down the ground, huge straight six over the sightscreen and nearly into the media box


Yardy to Samuels, FOUR, goes up and over extra cover

Samuels changes his bat - has he broken his other one? Does he want a heavier one? All I can see from here is that he's switched a yellow-handled one for an orange handle... and that won't make any difference. (Technically, I just got paid for that uselessness...)

It's Collingwood now.

End of over 12 (14 runs) West Indies 104/2 (RR: 8.66)

    • MN Samuels 22 (11b 1x4 2x6)
    • CH Gayle 58 (34b 8x4 1x6)
    • MH Yardy 1-0-14-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-31-1

Collingwood to Gayle, 2 runs, slower delivery, worked into the on-side

Broken news. It was the toe-end of the bat wot was broken.


Collingwood to Gayle, 1 run, quick single this time to rotate the strike


Collingwood to Samuels, 1 run, slower delivery

"Bowling, Colly," fingerwags Cricinfo's resident winner, Jonathan Hungin


Collingwood to Gayle, OUT, a top-edge up in the air to short fine leg where Broad clings on with palms upwards, Aussie-style

CH Gayle c Broad b Collingwood 61 (55m 37b 8x4 1x6) SR: 164.86

Collingwood's guile with the ball has worked - another slower delivery.

"Excellent catch;" says Willo, inserting his own semi-colon, "could hear a pin drop while he was steadying himself."


Collingwood to Samuels, FOUR, outside off, chopped through third man. He's really got his eye in... again


Collingwood to Samuels, 1 run, driven to mid-off to pinch the strike

Yardy's out of the attack. Mascarenhas comes back in. The sun comes out. It's like the Hokey Cokey, only not

End of over 13 (9 runs) West Indies 113/3 (RR: 8.69)

    • MN Samuels 28 (14b 2x4 2x6)
    • D Ramdin 0 (0b)
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-9-1
    • MH Yardy 1-0-14-0

Mascarenhas to Samuels, 1 run, tries to launch down the ground and squirts the ball square


Mascarenhas to Ramdin, 1 run, pushed up there, poked back out


Mascarenhas to Samuels, 2 runs, pushed up there, tries to pull through midwicket, ends up sending it straight to long-on


Mascarenhas to Samuels, SIX, in the air - and the spectators become fielders; the fielders spectators. That was big, right off the back foot over long-off


Mascarenhas to Samuels, 1 run, good reply from Mascarenhas, shuffling a slower ball outside off, worked down to gully


Mascarenhas to Ramdin, 2 runs, slower ball, again, out of the back of the hand, ended up being a long hop, but it was cut off inside the rope

End of over 14 (13 runs) West Indies 126/3 (RR: 9.00)

    • D Ramdin 3 (2b)
    • MN Samuels 38 (18b 2x4 3x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 3-0-32-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-9-1

Collingwood to Samuels, FOUR, a touch of wobble away, but that's well climbed into with a late cut swiped well away

A pained Collingwood closes his eyes


Collingwood to Samuels, OUT, slower ball, more swing in the air, and that's a huge swept pull right up to Mascarenhas at wide long-on. Great catch by Mascarenhas, running in, but running back out to take the ball with fingers pointing up

MN Samuels c Mascarenhas b Collingwood 42 (23m 20b 3x4 3x6) SR: 210.00

Smashing innings from Samuels, as entertaining as yesterday. But West Indies don't have Chanderpaul or Devon Smith today remember - nevertheless, they do have Morton. And here he comes.


Collingwood to Ramdin, 2 runs, hoicked over to the extra cover boundary where Pietersen does his best to make a hash of things, but still keeps the ball inside the rope... somehow


Collingwood to Ramdin, FOUR, attempted offcutter, great improvisation, on his knees and flicking it round through fine leg, just eluding Anderson


Collingwood to Ramdin, 1 run, worked square, more good fielding from Anderson, making up for yesterday


Collingwood to Morton, 1 run, slower ball, driven to mid-off.

Stat flash. Collingwood's now the leading wicket taker in Twenty20 internationals, with a heady nine wickets. Can he make double figures?

End of over 15 (12 runs) West Indies 138/4 (RR: 9.20)

    • RS Morton 1 (1b)
    • D Ramdin 10 (5b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-21-2
    • AD Mascarenhas 3-0-32-0

Yardy to Morton, no run, good flight, quick single... and had to be with Prior underarming to the non-striker's end


Yardy to Morton, 2 runs, worked out to long-on where Sidebottom, like a curly-haired gazelle, gallops over to do the fielding honours


Yardy to Morton, no run, on one knee, waits... and defends


Yardy to Morton, 2 runs, shimmies down, to meet the ball and drive to mid-off


Yardy to Morton, 2 runs, straight drive to long-off, well driven


Yardy to Morton, no run, on leg, on one knee, tries to swish to fine leg... completely misses and the ball clatters into his body

Sidebottom back into the attack now

End of over 16 (6 runs) West Indies 144/4 (RR: 9.00)

    • RS Morton 7 (7b)
    • D Ramdin 10 (5b 1x4)
    • MH Yardy 2-0-20-0
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-21-2

Sidebottom to Ramdin, no run, outside off, a huge heave, connects only with air


Sidebottom to Ramdin, 1 leg bye, outside off, misses again


Sidebottom to Morton, 1 run, slower delivery, down leg, chipped away for an easy single


Sidebottom to Ramdin, OUT, soft dismissal, flicked up to mid-off for a fairly simple catch over his shoulder

D Ramdin c Collingwood b Sidebottom 10 (14m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00


Sidebottom to Morton, no run, yorker outside leg, nutmegs him, Prior tidies up

(yorker... nutmeg...) What would any aliens reading the commentary think? Do write to us if you're a Martian


Sidebottom to Morton, 1 run, driven to mid-off

End of over 17 (3 runs) West Indies 147/5 (RR: 8.64)

    • RS Morton 9 (10b)
    • DR Smith 0 (0b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-20-1
    • MH Yardy 2-0-20-0

Yardy to Morton, no run, pushed up there, intelligent, defended


Yardy to Morton, no run, another yorker, dug out again


Yardy to Morton, SIX, leg-side full toss... you can guess - a huge six over midwicket


Yardy to Morton, 1 run, flatter delivery, but another full toss, this one on off, swatted straight towards mid-off


Yardy to Smith, 1 run, tucked off the toes to midwicket for a quick single


Yardy to Morton, 2 runs, right up there, driven on the back foot to long-off, where a Pietersen misfield allows the two

End of over 18 (10 runs) West Indies 157/5 (RR: 8.72)

    • RS Morton 18 (15b 1x6)
    • DR Smith 1 (1b)
    • MH Yardy 3-0-30-0
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-20-1

Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, outside off, drilled off the back foot to Pietersen who makes no mistake at long-off


Sidebottom to Morton, OUT, outside leg, slower ball, clever and Sidebottom smiles as he takes the ball over his shoulder. Morton was completely deceived there

RS Morton c & b Sidebottom 18 (12m 16b 0x4 1x6) SR: 112.50

"They're definitely lagered up now," spots Will. "The crowd, not the players."


Sidebottom to Smith, 2 runs, worked into midwicket this time


Sidebottom to Smith, 1 run, OUT, yorker, swatted out to long-off - a good shot but Pietersen did really well at long-off, picking up the ball, steadying himself, and swishing in to Prior who does the rest

DR Smith run out 5 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00


Sidebottom to Sammy, 1 run, slower ball, waited, jabbed down... Sidebottom cannons into Bravo there and falls over... smiles, and pretends to have done his hamstring.

Hit-and-giggle stuff... although Bravo may have tried to barge him a touch out of the way


Sidebottom to Bravo, no run, pushed up there, defended

Anderson to take the last over

End of over 19 (5 runs) West Indies 162/7 (RR: 8.52)

    • DJ Bravo 0 (1b)
    • DJG Sammy 1 (1b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-0-25-2
    • MH Yardy 3-0-30-0

Anderson to Sammy, no run, good ball, on a decent length, cut over on the back foot


Anderson to Sammy, 2 runs, outside off, driven off the back foot through cover where Trott does some good fielding on the boundary


Anderson to Sammy, 2 runs, outside off, cut on the back foot through cover and there was a mix-up as Trott returns from deep cover, but it's well picked up


Anderson to Sammy, 2 runs, on the money, driven out and there's another tight one - Ian Gould asking for the replay this time

Replays show he was well win with the full-stretch slide. Jaws music, and the verdict, is greeted with a boo from the cheery crowd. You can't argue with the decision, though


Anderson to Sammy, no run, great reply, bouncer and Sammy is all over the place, laughing as he manages to get his bat back into the crease


Anderson to Sammy, 1 bye, another run out chance... but into his crease well

Welcome back to The Oval for the second half of the slogathon. England have a more reasonable target and so we should have a better game than yesterday. Don't Stop Me Now blasts out over the PA. All together ... "I'm a rocket ship on my way to Mars ..."

Much better from England today; they seem to have learned quickly from yesterday.

Sorry to be a big splitter, but I'm off. Something about heading up north to rescue my fiancé from his mother-in-law-to-be. He loves being spoilt, really. I will leave you in the capable hands of your friend and mine, Martin Williamson

End of over 20 (7 runs) West Indies 169/7

    • DJG Sammy 7 (7b)
    • DJ Bravo 0 (1b)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-27-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-0-25-2





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