ICC World Cup, 28th Match, Super Eights: England v Ireland at Providence, Mar 30, 2007
ICC World Cup - 28th match, Super Eights
England won by 48 runs
Played at Providence Stadium, Guyana (neutral venue)
30 March 2007 (50-over match)

Here comes Ed Joyce (opening for England in case any of you are confused), with Michael Vaughan. Two very serious faces there. Lovely day out there, bright and sunny and it'll be Dave Langford-Smith to open the attack. There aren't a lot of Daves in world cricket, but here's one of them.

09.25 Five short minutes to go until we get underway. It's all thoroughly exciting. Andrew McGlashan, seated on my left, will be providing regular updates in his bulletin. And we'll have photos and all sorts shortly.

09.00 Michael Vaughan has won the toss and England will bat first. No bowling first and knocking them over cheaply, then...

Ravi Bopara retains his place and, for Ireland, their captain Trent Johnston is back

08.50 Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo. Indeed, welcome to Guyana for this super Super Eight clash between England and Ireland. Without wishing to demean Ireland, who would have thought they would be in the next round at the expense of India and Pakistan? Ireland deserve to be here; a banana skin of unmatched slippery proportions, England will have to be much, much more clinical today than they were against Canada and New Zealand. As Andrew Miller said in his preview, Ireland simply have nothing to lose.

News of the toss, news of the weather, the players and everything else coming soon. Oh - I'm Will Luke, by the way, and Martin Williamson will also be here shortly. Crack on - news when we get it.

0.1

Langford-Smith to Joyce, 1 no ball, ooh and straight past Joyce's outside edge - Joyce feeling for it outside off. Not much movement, but enough to beat his tentative forward poke. No ball, though...

0.1

Langford-Smith to Joyce, no run, wide of the off stump, just shaping away a touch further and Joyce leaves this one alone

0.2

Langford-Smith to Joyce, no run, swinging into leg stump this time, Joyce clips it neatly but straight to midwicket, before roaring a "no" to Vaughan

0.3

Langford-Smith to Joyce, 1 run, nicely played by Joyce, coming forward and angling this fuller delivery down to third man - just opening the face, playing it with soft hands

First runs off the bat

0.4

Langford-Smith to Vaughan, FOUR, Vaughan greets his first ball with a delicious clip off his toes. Poor ball, but he just leaned on it, timing it beautifully through midwicket for four

0.5

Langford-Smith to Vaughan, no run, another fine shot, Vaughan cover-driving on the up but smacks it straight to cover

0.6

Langford-Smith to Vaughan, no run, play-and-a-miss, nice outswing from Dave there and Vaughan goes for an expansive drive but is easily beaten

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • MP Vaughan 4 (3b 1x4)
    • EC Joyce 1 (4b)
    • D Langford-Smith 1-0-6-0

It'll be the very lanky, very impressive Boyd Rankin from the other end. Six foot seven of him.

1.1

Rankin to Joyce, OUT, and he's gone! He's shouldered arms and back goes his off stump! A terrific ball, just cutting back in to Joyce who watches his stump flatten. It almost kept a little low, too, and Rankin receives congratulatory slaps from all his team-mates

EC Joyce b Rankin 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Dreadful misjudgement there. What was he thinking? Here's Ian Bell - the new, always-pulling-up-his-sleeves Ian Bell

1.2

Rankin to Bell, no run, just wide of the off stump and it's left alone by Bell

1.3

Rankin to Bell, no run, just a touch short and wide, allowing Bell to have another sighter

1.4

Rankin to Bell, 1 wide, too wide of the off stump, swinging wider and it's left alone once more

Rankin needs to sort his line out here; make Bell play

1.4

Rankin to Bell, 1 wide, another wide...

1.4

Rankin to Bell, no run, that's a belter, angling into Bell before cutting away. Bell remains in his crease, prods forward and is beaten

There's the line...

1.5

Rankin to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, though the ball cuts back quite markedly this time

Much more happening off the pitch than was first suspected

1.6

Rankin to Bell, no run, Bell comes chirpily down the track - a half skip - before prodding it defensively into the covers

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 8/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • IR Bell 0 (5b)
    • MP Vaughan 4 (3b 1x4)
    • WB Rankin 1-0-2-1
    • D Langford-Smith 1-0-6-0
2.1

Langford-Smith to Vaughan, 1 run, down the leg side and Vaughan whips it calmly behind square

2.2

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, ooh well bowled, squaring up Bell here who again took a step down the pitch and defended to cover

2.3

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, cracking ball, swinging away from Bell who drove, without moving his feet - pushing at it meekly. Not far away at all, and very well bowled indeed

2.4

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, just a little wide of the off stump this time, left alone by Bell

2.5

Langford-Smith to Bell, 1 no ball, blimey, that's hugely wide - only just makes the cut strip, and the wicketkeeper dives in front of first slip to retrieve

2.5

Langford-Smith to Bell, 1 run, neat stroke, coming forward and flicking it through midwicket

2.6

Langford-Smith to Vaughan, 1 run, outside edge, squared up by a beauty which left him at the last minute and it flies down to third man

England are making it look like a minefield out there. Or, rather, Ireland are causing a lot of problems.

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 12/1 (RR: 4.00)

    • MP Vaughan 6 (5b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 1 (10b)
    • D Langford-Smith 2-0-10-0
    • WB Rankin 1-0-2-1

Here comes Rankin

3.1

Rankin to Vaughan, no run, excellent ball on off stump, cutting back into the batsman who is watchful in defence; solidly forward and defending it on the front foot

3.2

Rankin to Vaughan, no run, good pace, left alone outside off

3.3

Rankin to Vaughan, no run, excellent line once more, just short of a length, Vaughan is forward in defence and roars a "no" to Bell

3.4

Rankin to Vaughan, no run, well bowled once more, Vaughan again refuses to flash outside off, just shouldering arms and watching it fly through

3.5

Rankin to Vaughan, no run, a little too wide from Rankin, really, and Vaughan is not tempted

3.6

Rankin to Vaughan, no run, and that's a touch shorter still, rising on Vaughan who punches it to cover

"Now that England have ruined Ed Joyce," emails Pete Hobbs from Sydney, "can we give him back to the Irish?"

End of over 4 (maiden) England 12/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • MP Vaughan 6 (11b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 1 (10b)
    • WB Rankin 2-1-2-1
    • D Langford-Smith 2-0-10-0
4.1

Langford-Smith to Bell, FOUR, a gift; too wide, and the most juicy of half-volleys which is crunched through extra cover for four. Textbook stuff

Dave's not happy. "Fiddlesticks," he utters

4.2

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, good pace from Dave - anger at gifting Bell such an easy four the previous ball. And it's left alone - good carry to the 'keeper

4.3

Langford-Smith to Bell, 1 wide, that'll be another wide, drifting down the leg side

4.3

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump, it's left well alone

4.4

Langford-Smith to Bell, 1 wide, and again, down the leg side - Langford-Smith has lost his line here

Botham's off on one about Vaughan and his lack of hundreds. He has a point, I suppose, but we've heard it all before. Next...

4.4

Langford-Smith to Bell, (no ball) 2 runs, and he oversteps, this time, the batsman punching him through midwicket for a single. Oh, they're coming back for two and that's excellent running

4.4

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, this time it's wide of the off stump. Not wide-wide, but still wide

4.5

Langford-Smith to Bell, 1 run, errant line on leg stump, Bell sees it, nudging it down to fine leg

4.6

Langford-Smith to Vaughan, no run, very full - in fact, yorker length but wide of the off stump, Vaughan plays-and-misses and his face rather suggests he can't believe he missed it

Here's Rankin

End of over 5 (10 runs) England 22/1 (RR: 4.40)

    • MP Vaughan 6 (12b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 8 (16b 1x4)
    • D Langford-Smith 3-0-20-0
    • WB Rankin 2-1-2-1
5.1

Rankin to Bell, 1 run, straight and short, Bell has plenty of time to drop this calmly into the leg side and pick up a single

5.2

Rankin to Vaughan, OUT, terrific bowling - the perfect length from Rankin, bouncing a touch on Vaughan who played the most meek of shots, coming forward and hanging his bat out like a piece of limp lettuce. A thick outside edge hands the wicketkeeper a simple chance to his right

MP Vaughan c †NJ O'Brien b Rankin 6 (27m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 46.15

Here comes the best one-day batsman in the world, Kevin Pietersen. Not my words, it's official

5.3

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, immediately he hammers it, but straight to cover

Such a village shot from Vaughan

5.4

Rankin to Pietersen, 2 runs, a push past cover - just a gentle push, but they pick up two quite easily

5.5

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, short and wide, Pietersen leaves it well alone

5.6

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

Ed Joyce doesn't seem to enjoy playing against his former team-mates - the first time he faced them, at Stormont last June, he made just 10. Another pointless fact from that game...only four of the England players from the Stormont match are playing today - Joyce, Collingwood, Bell and Mahmood. That stattage courtesy of Gnasher McGlashan.

End of over 6 (3 runs) England 25/2 (RR: 4.16)

    • KP Pietersen 2 (4b)
    • IR Bell 9 (17b 1x4)
    • WB Rankin 3-1-5-2
    • D Langford-Smith 3-0-20-0
6.1

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, firmly defended by Bell on off stump

6.2

Langford-Smith to Bell, 1 wide, and again Dave loses his line; again it's a wide

6.2

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, how on earth did that not bowl him? I don't know, but I'll do my best to explain. Almost yorker length, swinging into Bell who dug it out, the ball somehow bouncing over leg stump. Mighty close

Vaughan has a hang-me expression on the balcony

6.3

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, nearly - very nearly bowled once more as Bell steps across his stump, displaying the middle and leg stumps, and even a touch of the off stump. But Langford-Smith drifts it wide of the leg stump, much to his annoyance

6.4

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, well timed this time from Bell, straight to mid-off

6.5

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, cripes, that's kept low - wide of the off stump, as is the bowler's wont though

6.6

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, no no no, too wide. Mind you, not called a wide. Perhaps the umpire's arms are aching

End of over 7 (1 run) England 26/2 (RR: 3.71)

    • IR Bell 9 (23b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2 (4b)
    • D Langford-Smith 4-0-21-0
    • WB Rankin 3-1-5-2
7.1

Rankin to Pietersen, 1 wide, and that's wide, too, down the leg side

To be fair, Rankin has been the tighter of the two bowlers

7.1

Rankin to Pietersen, 1 wide, oh dear, another one down the leg side

7.1

Rankin to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped off his legs to deep midwicket

7.2

Rankin to Bell, FOUR, quick, rising on Bell who fends at it - wishy, washy waft outside off, in fact - past second slip and down to third man for four

Dreadful shot. Sorry - but he just was not in control

7.3

Rankin to Bell, no run, on the front foot and it's defended back to the bowler

7.4

Rankin to Bell, no run

7.5

Rankin to Bell, 3 runs, well, too short from Rankin and Bell has plenty of time to paddle it off the back foot, to mid-on's left, but he can't quite time it

7.6

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, pushed to mid-on but there's no run on offer there

End of over 8 (10 runs) England 36/2 (RR: 4.50)

    • KP Pietersen 3 (6b)
    • IR Bell 16 (27b 2x4)
    • WB Rankin 4-1-15-2
    • D Langford-Smith 4-0-21-0

Langford-Smith to continue...

8.1

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

8.2

Langford-Smith to Bell, 1 run, down the leg side, a neat clip off his legs down to fine leg

8.3

Langford-Smith to Pietersen, no run, slower ball, but Pietersen picks it and it's timed to mid-on

8.4

Langford-Smith to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen charges Langford-Smith - who's only holding cash today - and it's pinged back to the bowler who threatens to throw down the stumps

Come on. Whack it.

8.5

Langford-Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, that's more like it. Terrible slashing shot, but at least there was some intent. It flies down wide of third man who jogs to his right to field

8.6

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, ooh, deliciously straight drive - but too straight, in fact, back to the bowler who fields well

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 38/2 (RR: 4.22)

    • IR Bell 17 (30b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 4 (9b)
    • D Langford-Smith 5-0-23-0
    • WB Rankin 4-1-15-2

"I see the blatant anti-English bias is in full effect again on your site commentary," writes Colin Cook. "Joyce ruined by England, Pietersen being described as an ego-maniac, etc. It's astonishing that you can even be bothered to commentate at all on England games." Well, the two English commentators will be taken to task. Sure it's not sour grapes at England's poor start, Colin? And, one thing ... Joyce and Pietersen are not quite fully blown Anglo Saxons, as our feedback so often tell us ...

9.1

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, on off stump, Pietersen can't quite time it and it bobbles out meekly to midwicket

9.2

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, outrageously whipped to leg

9.3

Rankin to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

9.4

Rankin to Pietersen, FOUR, magnificent shot. That was almost hit with baseball ugliness - a swat; a fierce smack over midwicket, and certainly not a pull

9.5

Rankin to Pietersen, 3 runs, flamingo-flicked off his toes - a fine shot, really timing it beautifully but it just can't make it over the line for four

9.6

Rankin to Bell, no run, full and straight and it's defended

"Come on, Will - bring it on," cries the boyishly enthusiastic Martin Williamson, whose stint it is now

End of over 10 (7 runs) England 45/2 (RR: 4.50)

    • IR Bell 17 (31b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 11 (14b 1x4)
    • WB Rankin 5-1-22-2
    • D Langford-Smith 5-0-23-0

Thanks, Will. For those who have been emailing claiming that Will is biased in favour of the Irish and so he must have been born there, he is in fact half Welsh (nobody is sure what the other half is). And it's the second Powerplay<,/B> as well ... and Kevin O'Brien has gone and got a helmet as he is preparing to stand up

10.1

Langford-Smith to Pietersen, FOUR, full and straight, Pietersen nonchalantly flicks the ball wide of mid-on, sweetly timed and it races away, seemingly gathering pace all the way to the rope

10.2

Langford-Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, turned into the leg side, an attempted yorker, and the pair scurry a single

10.3

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, good-length delivery, Bell watches it pass

10.4

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, fullish and on middle stump, Bell pushes it tamely to mid-on

10.5

Langford-Smith to Bell, 2 runs, full, wide and swinging wider, Bell reaches and times that well wide of cover point, not with enough oomph to reach the rope, but well timed anyhow

10.6

Langford-Smith to Bell, no run, Bell into line and prods the ball back to the bowler

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 52/2 (RR: 4.72)

    • IR Bell 19 (35b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 16 (16b 2x4)
    • D Langford-Smith 6-0-30-0
    • WB Rankin 5-1-22-2

Trent Johnston brings himself on in place of Rankin

11.1

Johnston to Pietersen, FOUR, very loose start, short and wide, and Pietersen dismissively swats that through the covers

11.2

Johnston to Pietersen, FOUR, wide and full this time, and that's just too easy for someone of Pietersen's calibre, he reaches and cracks that squarer

11.3

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, much better, on the off stump and with a bit of a kick, Pietersen back and a bit surprised by the lift but he keeps it under control

11.4

Johnston to Pietersen, 2 runs, a typically wristy whip off middle stump through square leg. Hard to bowl to someone when they are in this kind of mood ...

11.5

Johnston to Pietersen, FOUR, sublime ... full, driven like a thunderbolt all along the ground under Johnston and straight enough to beat the dive of mid-off, who was fairly straight to start with

11.6

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, again all wrist, this time midwicket in quickly to prevent a single

A torrid start for the captain, 14 off the over ...

End of over 12 (14 runs) England 66/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • KP Pietersen 30 (22b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 19 (35b 2x4)
    • DT Johnston 1-0-14-0
    • D Langford-Smith 6-0-30-0

Andre Botha on in a double change.

12.1

Botha to Bell, no run, straight and accurate, Bell plays it on merit

12.2

Botha to Bell, 1 run, a bit too short, Bell pushes it to the right of Botha and, once past him, it's an easy strolled single as long-on rushes in

How will Botha contain Pietersen?

12.3

Botha to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen waits for the slower ball and pushes to wide midwicket

12.4

Botha to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen turns slightly square and the ball squirts into the covers

12.5

Botha to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss, driven firmly to long-on. O'Brien in full chirrup mode behind the stumps ...

12.6

Botha to Bell, no run, Bell angles the bat and gently steers to point, but the fielder has anticipated the shot and is in quickly to prevent the run

End of over 13 (2 runs) England 68/2 (RR: 5.23)

    • IR Bell 20 (38b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 31 (25b 5x4)
    • AC Botha 1-0-2-0
    • DT Johnston 1-0-14-0

Johnston took some tap in his first over ...

13.1

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, wide and Pietersen slashes it to third man, not quite timed or placed

13.2

Johnston to Bell, no run, outside off stump at 77mph, Bell takes a stride forward but keeps his bat out of harms way

13.3

Johnston to Bell, no run, Bell dead bats the ball into the off side, sets off for a single but Johnston carries on in his follow through and prevents the run

13.4

Johnston to Bell, no run, languid drive to a wide ball, well stopped in the covers

13.5

Johnston to Bell, no run, wide again, Johnston is happy with that line to Bell, and the batsman is clearly not going to nibble at this stage

13.6

Johnston to Bell, no run, Bell into line to block, a much better over from Johnston

End of over 14 (1 run) England 69/2 (RR: 4.92)

    • IR Bell 20 (43b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 32 (26b 5x4)
    • DT Johnston 2-0-15-0
    • AC Botha 1-0-2-0
14.1

Botha to Pietersen, 1 run, driven hard to the left of a scrambling mid-off, who stops the ball encouraged by a shout of "get down, get down, get down, " from Botha

14.2

Botha to Bell, 1 run, same shot but a tad less excitement from Botha as it's straighter

14.3

Botha to Pietersen, 1 run, on leg stump at 70mph, worked wide of midwicket for an ambled single

14.4

Botha to Bell, no run, Bell takes the pace off the ball but the cover cordon is in as one

14.5

Botha to Bell, no run, Bell back and a very correct backward defensive shot

14.6

Botha to Bell, 1 run, Bell punches the ball off the back foot to long-on

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 73/2 (RR: 4.86)

    • IR Bell 22 (47b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 34 (28b 5x4)
    • AC Botha 2-0-6-0
    • DT Johnston 2-0-15-0

It's drinks ... and refreshed by the liquids, Ireland take the final Powerplay

15.1

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, Bell takes a step, pushes to leg and scurries a single

That's clearly a move to get KP the strike. Sensible.

15.2

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen turns the bat almost square and pushes the ball off the face to wide third man

That looked easy but only a class batsman would even attempt it.

15.3

Johnston to Bell, no run, Bell fails to find the gap on the leg side

15.4

Johnston to Bell, no run, driven firmly back past Johnston and into the non-striker's off stump, and from there it bobbles to mid-off. Four becomes none ...

15.5

Johnston to Bell, no run, another straight drive, hit much harder, but Johnston equal to it, he drops a hand down to his right and makes a good stop

15.6

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, Bell drives, but this time slightly more to the off side, and that enables him to take the single to mid-off ... and so keep the strike. Not really what England want

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 76/2 (RR: 4.75)

    • IR Bell 24 (52b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 35 (29b 5x4)
    • DT Johnston 3-0-18-0
    • AC Botha 2-0-6-0

Pietersen has only faced seven balls in four overs ...

16.1

Botha to Bell, no run, Bell waits and pushes to cover but the fielders are looking for the quick single and are wise to it

16.2

Botha to Bell, 1 run, punched to long-on

16.3

Botha to Pietersen, 1 run, almost yorker length, Pietersen digs it out with power as well, and the ball races to long-on. He makes it look easy, Bell makes it seem like a perpetual struggle. It must be hell to bat with your partner looking in such wonderful touch ...

16.4

Botha to Bell, no run, Bell continues to be frustrated by tight bowling and zealous fielding

16.5

Botha to Bell, no run, Bell shapes for the run but once more the covers are in too quickly

16.6

Botha to Bell, 2 runs, flicked to long leg, and well enough placed to allow the second

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 80/2 (RR: 4.70)

    • IR Bell 27 (57b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 36 (30b 5x4)
    • AC Botha 3-0-10-0
    • DT Johnston 3-0-18-0
17.1

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, too full, but for once Pietersen mistimes a drive and the ball bobbles to extra cover

17.2

Johnston to Pietersen, no run, almost a yorker, and Pietersen overbalances as he tries to flick the ball through midwicket and he can only bobble it to a fielder

17.3

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, firm drive up the ground to long-on

Good, tight bowling has really put the brakes on the innings just as it seemed to be accelerating

17.4

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, pushed into the leg side, the placement more than the power enables the run

17.5

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, one foot in the air, flicked wide of mid-on who runs round to stop the ball but cannot prevent the run

17.6

Johnston to Bell, 1 run, punched drive to mid-off, who has dropped ten yards deeper as if to give the single and keep Bell on strike

"Vous faites un très bonne service parce que en France," dit Michèlle Bonnaud, "il n'y a pas des chaînes pour regarder le cricket. Merci beaucoup. Bonne journée et bon match!". Merci, merci Michelle.

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 84/2 (RR: 4.66)

    • IR Bell 29 (59b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 38 (34b 5x4)
    • DT Johnston 4-0-22-0
    • AC Botha 3-0-10-0
18.1

Botha to Bell, no run, mistimed drive off a ball that bounced more than expected

18.2

Botha to Bell, no run, Bell waits and pushed to cover, for once the fielding is poor as it bounces off the foot, but not far enough to allow the run

18.3

Botha to Bell, no run, enough inswing to make sure that Bell cannot get the ball away

18.4

Botha to Bell, no run, Bell looks to push to the off but gets a thick edge and it trundles to mid-on

18.5

Botha to Bell, no run, full, good line, and Bell can only push the ball back to a grateful Botha

18.6

Botha to Bell, no run, clipped to midwicket

A maiden over for Botha, tight and consistent. As my old club captain used to say to me, "get on with it or get out". I wonder of that thought is going through Vaughan's mind?

End of over 19 (maiden) England 84/2 (RR: 4.42)

    • IR Bell 29 (65b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 38 (34b 5x4)
    • AC Botha 4-1-10-0
    • DT Johnston 4-0-22-0
19.1

Johnston to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen plays an almost mockingly correct forward defensive, seems happy not to run, but spots mid-on is dawdling to the ball and so sprints a single. Bell responds quickly ...

19.2

Johnston to Bell, no run, driven to mid-on. Death by fielder here ...

19.3

Johnston to Bell, no run, Bell can do no more than dig the ball out

19.4

Johnston to Bell, no run, on off stump, punches to mid-on. He has almost single-handedly taken all the momentum out of the innings

19.5

Johnston to Bell, no run, pushed into the covers

And the fielders go slightly deeper to give him the single!

19.6

Johnston to Bell, no run, outside off stump at 78mph, Bell looks to cut but misses

And back to Will ... who you have to see to appreciate ... he has new contact lenses and is squinting and bumping into things ... it's like working with Mr Magoo. He thinks it makes him more appealing to ladies ...

End of over 20 (1 run) England 85/2 (RR: 4.25)

    • IR Bell 29 (70b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 39 (35b 5x4)
    • DT Johnston 5-0-23-0
    • AC Botha 4-1-10-0

Yeah, thanks Martin - who, I might point out, still wears glasses. But whatever - at least I can see. Sort of

20.1

Botha to Pietersen, no run, ooh a touch of swing there, and Pietersen tries to drive through cover but gets a thick inside edge

20.2

Botha to Pietersen, 1 run, good line, nice and straight and Pietersen stands tall, massively, punching it to mid-on

20.3

Botha to Bell, 1 run, a firm, elegant on-drive by Bell - reasonably well timed, but without the power needed and it runs to long-on

O'Brien is up to the stumps, by the way, in case I haven't told you

20.4

Botha to Pietersen, 1 run, punched, with fast hands, again down to long-on

England just ticking over here, but you can't help feeling they should be racing along...

20.5

Botha to Bell, 1 run, again, Bell is back onto his stumps, punching it to long-on and again they job through for a single

20.6

Botha to Pietersen, no run, whipped to midwicket, but no run on offer there

Here's the flame-haired Kevin O'Brien into the attack. His hair is very red.

"Anyone else think KP should try to run Bell out?," emails Dawsy. Well, me, Michael Vaughan, David Collier, most of England ...

Ah, there's Phil Simmons spotted in the crowd. Remember him? Of course you do. Almighty biffer he was.

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 89/2 (RR: 4.23)

    • KP Pietersen 41 (39b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 31 (72b 2x4)
    • AC Botha 5-1-14-0
    • DT Johnston 5-0-23-0
21.1

KJ O'Brien to Bell, no run, punched to cover on the front foot

21.2

KJ O'Brien to Bell, OUT, gone! Bell's turgid knock comes to a tame end, attempting to late-cut a straight one from O'Brien...but he could only deflect it straight into the wicketkeeper's gloves

IR Bell c †NJ O'Brien b KJ O'Brien 31 (92m 74b 2x4 0x6) SR: 41.89

Thank goodness that's over. No need for such pedestrian batting - ever. Ireland celebrate the wicket ... but not nearly as enthusiastically as almost all of England. I swear that Michael Vaughan was seen to leap up and high five Andrew Flintoff...

Here's Collingwood to salvage England's innings once again. Apologies for the sarcasm, but honestly, England's top-order has been village today

21.3

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, 1 wide, an ugly wide, Collingwood resists

21.3

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, 1 wide, another one, even wider if anything. Collingwood couldn't have reached that with two bats

21.3

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, that's better, O'Brien pitching it up and dragging Collingwood forward. His brother, behind the stumps, is "loving the line" apparently. And why not?

21.4

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, ooh, uppishly driven by Collingwood, to point - beaten by lack of pace, perhaps? Neatly bowled nevertheless

21.5

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, driven into the covers

21.6

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, 1 run, neatly driven once more into the covers

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 92/3 (RR: 4.18)

    • PD Collingwood 1 (4b)
    • KP Pietersen 41 (39b 5x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 1-0-3-1
    • AC Botha 5-1-14-0

Kyle McCallan into the attack

22.1

McCallan to Collingwood, FOUR, on off stump - ah, that's a lovely shot from Collingwood, merely stroking it past mid-off and it fairly zoots for four

22.2

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, punched back to the bowler - good line there, on middle-and-off

22.3

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, just outside off, no turn there but Collingwood is firmly behind

22.4

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, defends this quicker ball off the back foot, shuffling across his stumps

22.5

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, ooh - I could've sworn that was a wrong'un. Defended off the back foot

22.6

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, too straight this time and Collingwood is turning this round the corner for an easy single

End of over 23 (5 runs) England 97/3 (RR: 4.21)

    • PD Collingwood 6 (10b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 41 (39b 5x4)
    • WK McCallan 1-0-5-0
    • KJ O'Brien 1-0-3-1
23.1

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, pushed into the covers

23.2

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, a touch quicker, whipped to midwicket but he can't bisect the field

23.3

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, good length - wide of the off stump, tempting Collingwood to drive but there's a man at short extra cover who prevents a single

23.4

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, 1 run, a slower ball, Collingwood reads it and pumps one to mid-on. They do have to scamper to make their ground, though

Super scampering as the throw comes in. And they congratulate themselves on an immensely winnery piece of running

23.5

KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, 2 runs, close! Pietersen smacked it on the up, flaying it just past Eoin Morgan at short extra - great effort, diving to his right, but in fact he was some distance from it

23.6

KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, ooh and he's squared up a touch here, aiming to drive it straight but splodging it to cover

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 101/3 (RR: 4.20)

    • KP Pietersen 44 (41b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 7 (14b 1x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 2-0-7-1
    • WK McCallan 1-0-5-0
24.1

McCallan to Pietersen, 1 run, punched down the ground

24.2

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, on off stump, pushed back to him and the bowler skips to his right to field

24.3

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, the wrong'un, but Collingwood reads it and punches it to point

24.4

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, half a step down the pitch and he drives it to long-on

24.5

McCallan to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down the ground for another single

24.6

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, another skip down the pitch, but he can't do anything with it other than whip it to leg for a zero

Time for a drink out there, and it's time England got on with it now. 31 runs from the last ten overs

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 104/3 (RR: 4.16)

    • PD Collingwood 8 (18b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 46 (43b 5x4)
    • WK McCallan 2-0-8-0
    • KJ O'Brien 2-0-7-1
25.1

KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, very nearly splattered his stumps there, attempting to crash this through the covers but he got a thick inside edge, sending the ball fine

25.2

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, 1 run, whipped, aerially, to a deep square leg for another single. Neatly worked, albeit in the air

25.3

KJ O'Brien to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen looking to attack now, but again he can't time it, cross-batting it down to mid-on

25.4

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, no run, outside off, it's muffled to cover

25.5

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, FOUR, fine shot. O'Brien gives Collingwood width, and it's firmly cut in front of point for four

25.6

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, 1 run, again just short of a length but Collingwood turns it to leg this time, whipping it very neatly

End of over 26 (8 runs) England 112/3 (RR: 4.30)

    • PD Collingwood 14 (22b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 48 (45b 5x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 3-0-15-1
    • WK McCallan 2-0-8-0
26.1

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed out to extra cover

26.2

McCallan to Pietersen, no run, nicely bowled - just held that back a touch, and Pietersen is almost beaten in the flight before turning it to leg

26.3

McCallan to Pietersen, OUT, but he's gone now - a huge wicket, and another poor shot. Half a step down the pitch, it was whipped straight to William Porterfield at mid-on - no power in the stroke, and even less placement

KP Pietersen c Porterfield b McCallan 48 (91m 47b 5x4 0x6) SR: 102.12

England really are stuttering here

Here's the out-of-form Flintoff...

26.4

McCallan to Flintoff, FOUR, oh, shot! Fabulously driven on the up, crisply and authoritatively - much like Collingwood's first four, in fact - just past mid-off

That'll do him good. More, please

26.5

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, defended on the front foot by a cautious Flintoff

26.6

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, excellent line, good and straight - and a bit of drift - and Flintoff is firmly behind it

End of over 27 (5 runs) England 117/4 (RR: 4.33)

    • A Flintoff 4 (3b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 15 (23b 2x4)
    • WK McCallan 3-0-13-1
    • KJ O'Brien 3-0-15-1

Here's the big-man-Boyd into the attack

27.1

Rankin to Collingwood, no run, calmly pushed to leg

Good move, this, bringing Rankin in now. He was seriously impressive in his opening spell

27.2

Rankin to Collingwood, 1 run, but that's too short - the pitch is too slow for that - and Collingwood simply paddles this around the corner, to deep square leg

27.3

Rankin to Flintoff, no run, just short of a length, Flintoff comes forward massively to defend on the front foot - with high hands, as is his wont, but it was solidly blocked out

27.4

Rankin to Flintoff, 2 runs, very well played, just waiting for this shorter ball and back-cutting it past a diving gully

Too early to call, but the early signs are good for Flintoff here

27.5

Rankin to Flintoff, no run, on off stump, and a good length forcing Flintoff forward. "Waiting, no" is the call as it bobbles to cover

27.6

Rankin to Flintoff, 1 run, punched off the back foot behind point

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 121/4 (RR: 4.32)

    • A Flintoff 7 (7b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 16 (25b 2x4)
    • WB Rankin 6-1-26-2
    • WK McCallan 3-0-13-1
28.1

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, on leg stump, Flintoff is solidly forward, smothering the spin

28.2

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, well bowled - hurrying onto Flintoff who defends on the back foot

28.3

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, an extravagant forward defence

28.4

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, excellent length to Flintoff here - dragging him forward, but he's reaching for it...

28.5

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, and again Flintoff blocks this out, coming forward with a huge stride

Drop it a bit shorter, bit quicker for the final ball?

28.6

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 run, loses his line, drifting it down leg and Flintoff nudges it down to fine leg

End of over 29 (1 run) England 122/4 (RR: 4.20)

    • A Flintoff 8 (13b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 16 (25b 2x4)
    • WK McCallan 4-0-14-1
    • WB Rankin 6-1-26-2
29.1

Rankin to Flintoff, 1 leg bye, down the leg side again, but he can't connect with it and it bobbles out rather meekly for an easily jogged single

Rankin has cramp. He's laid flat, with one leg raised, and they're moving limbs and stretching things and all sorts. Time for a drink I think, and on comes the golf-buggy-cum-drinks-trolley

Rankin's recovered and he's back into bowl to Collingwood

29.2

Rankin to Collingwood, 1 run, punches this off the back foot - again too short

29.3

Rankin to Flintoff, no run, and it's defended on the front foot by the big man

29.4

Rankin to Flintoff, 1 run, too short, Flintoff guides it down to third man - cleverly played

"No excuse for these two [to build a big total]," says Mike Atherton. Well, quite

29.5

Rankin to Collingwood, no run, that's a much better length from Rankin - right up there, causing Collingwood slight indecision and hurrying him into defence

29.6

Rankin to Collingwood, no run, straight, and whipped to midwicket

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 125/4 (RR: 4.16)

    • PD Collingwood 17 (28b 2x4)
    • A Flintoff 9 (16b 1x4)
    • WB Rankin 7-1-28-2
    • WK McCallan 4-0-14-1
30.1

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 run, ooh, that's right in Flintoff's blockhole - you can half imagine him lofting it for six - but he calmly pumps it down the ground

30.2

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, rocks back and punches it off the back foot

30.3

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 run, too straight, too full, but they can only pick up a single with a drive to long-on

30.4

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

30.5

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood at last comes down the pitch but can only time it back to the bowler. Again.

30.6

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, smothered on the front foot to end a good over for Ireland

England look completely unable to get a move on. Ireland are bowling tidily, of course, but there are enough loose balls on offer which, as yet, are just not being dispatched. Hey ho, here's Dave into the attack

End of over 31 (3 runs) England 128/4 (RR: 4.12)

    • PD Collingwood 18 (32b 2x4)
    • A Flintoff 11 (18b 1x4)
    • WK McCallan 5-0-17-1
    • WB Rankin 7-1-28-2
31.1

Langford-Smith to Flintoff, FOUR, that's more like it, just hitting through the line and lofting it effortlessly over mid-off

Simple

31.2

Langford-Smith to Flintoff, FOUR, oh, shot - and a fine one to bring him past 3000 ODI runs. It was nothing more than a leg-side poke, a prod through midwicket and it was placed quite brilliantly

31.3

Langford-Smith to Flintoff, no run, but this is a good comeback from Langford-Smith, holding its line on off stump and Flintoff rather crouches into a defence

31.4

Langford-Smith to Flintoff, no run, on middle stump, Flintoff again defends with a crouch

31.5

Langford-Smith to Flintoff, no run, heavily hammered back to the bowler and, such was its sweet timing that Dave can't quite get a hand to it and he parries it to the man at mid-on

31.6

Langford-Smith to Flintoff, no run, on his toes, it's whipped to short midwicket

End of over 32 (8 runs) England 136/4 (RR: 4.25)

    • A Flintoff 19 (24b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 18 (32b 2x4)
    • D Langford-Smith 7-0-38-0
    • WK McCallan 5-0-17-1
32.1

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, on off stump, Collingwood comes forward and whips it to leg

32.2

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff comes forward, hugely - a really big stride, and still he has to reach for this short ball, knocking it into the covers

32.3

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, too short this time, and he rocks back before cutting it hard past point

32.4

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, solid forward defence with an exaggerated, well , defence

32.5

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, oh well bowled - a touch slower, and almost beating Flintoff

32.6

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, and it's blocked out once more

Here's Martin of Williamsonshire for another ten overs

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 139/4 (RR: 4.21)

    • A Flintoff 20 (28b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 20 (34b 2x4)
    • WK McCallan 6-0-20-1
    • D Langford-Smith 7-0-38-0

Change of bowling as well, Andrew White into the attack ...

33.1

White to Collingwood, 1 run, forward, pushed to point and an easy run

33.2

White to Flintoff, no run, flighted at 52mph, almost a leading edge as Flintoff shapes to flick to leg

White looked to race in off a short run but Flintoff was having none of it.

33.3

White to Flintoff, 1 run, full toss, hit firmly to long-on

33.4

White to Collingwood, 3 runs, neat off drive past extra cover, Morgan has a long way to spring round the boundary to stop the ball just inside the rope

33.5

White to Flintoff, no run, good line, tighter, and pushed to mid-on

33.6

White to Flintoff, no run, half volley, punched to extra cover

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 144/4 (RR: 4.23)

    • A Flintoff 21 (32b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 24 (36b 2x4)
    • AR White 1-0-5-0
    • WK McCallan 6-0-20-1

A burst of music and then we are off again. ICC approved music, of course, played through the correct brand of speakers ...

34.1

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, on the button, no run

34.2

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood uses his feet but only just gets to it as the ball drifts away from him.

34.3

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, footwork as well from Flintoff, but he just pats the ball back

34.4

McCallan to Flintoff, 3 wides, down the leg side, Flintoff looks to sweep, misses, and it also scoots past the keeper. He gave that extra pace to fool the batsman. but Flintoff, instead of coming down the track, stayed put

34.4

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, plopped into the leg side

34.5

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, two steps and an ugly heave from Flintoff, which he misses, and the ball thumps into his ample thighs

34.6

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 wide, he's struggling with Flintoff, almost paying for trying to out-think the batsman

34.6

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, well recovered, on the right spot and treated with the utmost respect by Flintoff

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 149/4 (RR: 4.25)

    • A Flintoff 21 (36b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 25 (38b 2x4)
    • WK McCallan 7-0-25-1
    • AR White 1-0-5-0
35.1

White to Collingwood, no run, full, Collingwood drives back at the bowler with no pace

35.2

White to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss, pushed up to long-on

35.3

White to Flintoff, no run, driven to mid-on who is in level with the stumps, he dives and there's no run

35.4

White to Flintoff, no run, punches to extra cover who dives and saves another one

35.5

White to Flintoff, 2 runs, driven square through the covers, Mooney's return from the deep is good, and had that hit then Flintoff was out ... in the time it took for the keeper to gather and whip off the bails, he had made a yard and was safe

a good throw, flat and right at the top of the stumps

35.6

White to Flintoff, no run, right up in the blockhole, dug out but no more than that

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 152/4 (RR: 4.22)

    • A Flintoff 23 (40b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 26 (40b 2x4)
    • AR White 2-0-8-0
    • WK McCallan 7-0-25-1

Mooney on for the crampin' Rankin.

36.1

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, right up in the groove again, super bowling

36.2

McCallan to Flintoff, FOUR, Flintoff frees his arms and lofts the ball over midwicket, it bounces a foot inside the rope

36.3

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 run, gently pushed into the leg side, midwicket's dive is not really that impressive, the ball goes under him and they run the single

36.4

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, this time midwicket does what he's there for

36.5

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, and again midwicket scrambles to his right to save the run

36.6

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood steps right back, waits, and then caresses the ball to long-on

Hugh emails: "Can I ask what brand of computer I should be reading the commentary from. I have a Dell, but I notice they are not one of the sponsors. Will I be sanctioned by the ICC?" Turn it off immediately and go and have a Coke .. er Pepsi ... Botha back on

End of over 37 (7 runs) England 159/4 (RR: 4.29)

    • PD Collingwood 28 (44b 2x4)
    • A Flintoff 28 (42b 4x4)
    • WK McCallan 8-0-32-1
    • AR White 2-0-8-0
37.1

Botha to Collingwood, no run, pushed, a bit uppishly, into the leg side, safe, however

37.2

Botha to Collingwood, no run, firm drive but a good diving stop by Morgan at extra cover

37.3

Botha to Collingwood, FOUR, swept - premeditated - from on off stump, up and over backward square leg, well timed and safe as he knew there was nobody out there

37.4

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, Botha drifts to leg and Collingwood helps the ball on its way to long leg

37.5

Botha to Flintoff, 1 run, tip and run into the off side

37.6

Botha to Collingwood, no run, upright and correct forward defensive

End of over 38 (6 runs) England 165/4 (RR: 4.34)

    • PD Collingwood 33 (49b 3x4)
    • A Flintoff 29 (43b 4x4)
    • AC Botha 6-1-20-0
    • WK McCallan 8-0-32-1
38.1

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, a big stride and a leg-side swipe ... and a leg-side miss

38.2

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 run, a cry of anguish from Botha as Flintoff edgily works that round the corner

38.3

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood does the same, but as he middles it it goes quicker to the fielder

38.4

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, much the same once again, but Collingwood places this wide of the man on the one

38.5

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, hard-handed push to extra cover

38.6

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff stands tall, waits and pushes the ball into space

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 168/4 (RR: 4.30)

    • A Flintoff 31 (47b 4x4)
    • PD Collingwood 34 (51b 3x4)
    • WK McCallan 9-0-35-1
    • AC Botha 6-1-20-0
39.1

Botha to Flintoff, no run, steered to short third man

39.2

Botha to Flintoff, 2 runs, fullish and driven up to long-on, the keeper sensed the fielder was slow and called "one run" but the batsmen were already on their way back for the second

39.3

Botha to Flintoff, no run, cut to point where it is well stopped

39.4

Botha to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff still trying to find the gap square on the off, but he's only finding fielders

39.5

Botha to Flintoff, 1 run, full on leg stump, Flintoff had to settle for working it to deep midwicket

39.6

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, clip-drive into space on the leg side, again the man in the deep in quickly to prevent the second

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 172/4 (RR: 4.30)

    • PD Collingwood 35 (52b 3x4)
    • A Flintoff 34 (52b 4x4)
    • AC Botha 7-1-24-0
    • WK McCallan 9-0-35-1
40.1

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, steps back, thumps the ball, and Morgan at cover cannot prevent the run but he made a good stop to save the second

40.2

McCallan to Flintoff, 1 run, placed into a big gap on the off side

Johnston happy to give ones at this point.

40.3

McCallan to Collingwood, no run, good line and length, pushed back to the bowler

40.4

McCallan to Collingwood, 1 run, turned wide of midwicket for the single

40.5

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff looks for the deft touch, but once more it's straight to short third man

40.6

McCallan to Flintoff, no run, firm drive, yet another good stop to his right by Morgan

The end of a really good spell, 1 for 38 which included the key wicket, that of Pietersen.

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 175/4 (RR: 4.26)

    • A Flintoff 35 (55b 4x4)
    • PD Collingwood 37 (55b 3x4)
    • WK McCallan 10-0-38-1
    • AC Botha 7-1-24-0

Johnston on for a second spell ...

41.1

Johnston to Collingwood, no run, turned off leg stump but right into the hands of midwicket

41.2

Johnston to Collingwood, FOUR, swept off middle stump, down on one knee very early and then hit high and sweetly to backward square leg

Johnston plugs the gap down there

41.3

Johnston to Collingwood, no run, mid-on in quickly to field

41.4

Johnston to Collingwood, no run, a sniff of inswing, full and pushed to extra cover

The umpires have decided they are not happy with the ball ... it looks fine, but it's almost become accepted that it is changed at this stage. We now go through the familiar ritual of a spare ball being brought out and earnestly examined by all concerned.

41.5

Johnston to Collingwood, 1 run, dribbled to long-on

41.6

Johnston to Flintoff, 1 run, a firm drive, the ball shoots across the outfield to long-off. No effort in the shot, but it went like a tracer bullet

Boyd Rankin, who has been off for some time with cramp, won't come back out, so we are told, and so Ireland need to find three overs that he would have bowled at the death

End of over 42 (6 runs) England 181/4 (RR: 4.30)

    • A Flintoff 36 (56b 4x4)
    • PD Collingwood 42 (60b 4x4)
    • DT Johnston 6-0-29-0
    • WK McCallan 10-0-38-1

"If we swapped Fletcher for Steve McClaren, do you think England would perform any better in either sport?" asks Ben Hendry. "So far I've not seen anything remotely interesting from this team in this World Cup..." Much of a muchness, but fewer booing here at least.

42.1

KJ O'Brien to Flintoff, 2 runs, hit high and hard into the deep, long-off has to move some way to his left to field

42.2

KJ O'Brien to Flintoff, 2 runs, leg-stump yorker, just about dug out but the ball races past the stumps at the striker's end ... how did he get so much power on that?

42.3

KJ O'Brien to Flintoff, 1 run, a swish to leg, but he didn't get hold of it and the ball just about reaches deep midwicket

42.4

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss - he was going for the off-stump yorker - driven up the ground to long-off

42.5

KJ O'Brien to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff leans back and cracks that to long-on. More effort but as it was not timed, it didn't have the power

42.6

KJ O'Brien to Collingwood, FOUR, ... but that one did ... Collingwood leans back and hammers that past the bowler - it was to his right but had it been straight, he would have been better off ducking

And for the final overs of the innings, it's back to Will Luke, eyes watering but game nevertheless ...

End of over 43 (11 runs) England 192/4 (RR: 4.46)

    • PD Collingwood 47 (62b 5x4)
    • A Flintoff 42 (60b 4x4)
    • KJ O'Brien 4-0-26-1
    • DT Johnston 6-0-29-0

Hello gluttons. I'm back.

43.1

Johnston to Flintoff, 1 run, clubbed down to long-on

43.2

Johnston to Collingwood, 1 run, neatly dabbed down to third man, cross-battedly

43.3

Johnston to Flintoff, OUT, oh dear. Flintoff attempts to late-cut the spinner, gets a thick inside edge as the ball canons into his off stump

A Flintoff b Johnston 43 (64m 62b 4x4 0x6) SR: 69.35

A big, vital breakthrough for Ireland at the perfect time - just when Flintoff and England were threatening (threatening) to break free

43.4

Johnston to Nixon, no run, on middle-and-leg, nudged back to the bowler who fields to his right

43.5

Johnston to Nixon, no run, poor, lazy stroke from Nixon, attempting to drive it through the covers but he didn't play nearly straight enough, the bat twisting in his hands and it flies through to the wicketkeeper

43.6

Johnston to Nixon, 1 run, better - hit straighter this time, down to long-off and he scampers through for a single

End of over 44 (3 runs) England 195/5 (RR: 4.43)

    • PA Nixon 1 (3b)
    • PD Collingwood 48 (63b 5x4)
    • DT Johnston 7-0-32-1
    • KJ O'Brien 4-0-26-1

Here's the miserly Andre Botha into the attack. Just 24 runs from his seven overs thus far

Is the low attendance to matches connected to the fact that two of the teams with the most fanatic support around the world are out of the competition?" asks Jayesh. Possibly it doesn't help. But the match between Ireland and Bangladesh is a sell-out ... because it should have been India against Pakistan!

44.1

Botha to Nixon, 1 run, and he starts on leg stump, allowing Nixon to easily turn it to leg for a well-judged single

44.2

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, well, that's very well bowled - holding back his pace, swinging it into the batsman who can't really time it and it runs tamely to mid-off

Tame. That really is the word to describe England's effort today (stolen from Patrick Kidd)

44.3

Botha to Nixon, 1 run, on leg stump, Nixon pulls it around the corner - just for a single

44.4

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, again Collingwood can't really get on top of it, just sponging it down to long-on. But he runs well to pick up two, and his fifty

15th one-day fifty, from 65 balls. A good anchoring innings - just a shame no one has played the contrasting, counter-attacking, barnstorming role

44.5

Botha to Nixon, 1 run, forward comes Nixon, whipping this with strong wrists in front of square

44.6

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, yorker length, Collingwood creams it pleasingly well, but straight to extra cover for a single

Another good over from Botha

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 201/5 (RR: 4.46)

    • PD Collingwood 51 (66b 5x4)
    • PA Nixon 4 (6b)
    • AC Botha 8-1-30-0
    • DT Johnston 7-0-32-1
45.1

Johnston to Collingwood, FOUR, clubbed over the top. Didn't quite get hold of it, and it sailed tantalisingly over mid-off's head - but cleared it with ease

45.2

Johnston to Collingwood, 1 run, quicker and straighter allowing him to work it to leg. Good fielding at midwicket prevents two

45.3

Johnston to Nixon, FOUR, down the pitch, giving himself room - the bowler follows him, but Nixon simply swings through the line, powering it over mid-on's head

Better. Much better

45.4

Johnston to Nixon, 1 run, a full toss outside the left hander's leg stump which rather takes him by surprise, and he pulls it powerfully but straight to the sweeper

I think the full toss is a much underused secret weapon. No one picks them

45.5

Johnston to Collingwood, FOUR, ah, that's quality from Collingwood, crisply slogging this well in front of square over midwicket. That was sweetly timed

45.6

Johnston to Collingwood, no run, well bowled! A slower ball outside off which completely foxes Collingwood who just found thin air and not a lot else

Excellent over for England there. Is it too late?

End of over 46 (14 runs) England 215/5 (RR: 4.67)

    • PD Collingwood 60 (70b 7x4)
    • PA Nixon 9 (8b 1x4)
    • DT Johnston 8-0-46-1
    • AC Botha 8-1-30-0
46.1

Botha to Nixon, 1 leg bye, a vast appeal from the wicketkeeper, O'Brien, to one which raps Nixon on the pads...way, way outside the leg stump. His appeal falls on deaf ears

"Low attendances due to India and Pakistan being knocked out?" emails Mark Kidger, a regular correspondent. "Who are you kidding ... very few fans attended from there, anyway. Sky high prices that the locals can't afford and a tournament held in peak season so that the hotel and flight prices are sky high too."

46.2

Botha to Collingwood, SIX, now that's big, right in Collingwood's blockhole and he simply swings it over midwicket for a very massive six

...which is superbly caught by the tubby man in sunglasses. In fact, brilliantly caught with an equally splendid celebration

46.3

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, worked around the corner for a single

46.4

Botha to Nixon, 1 run, whipped with a heavy bottom hand, but he can't beat long-on

46.5

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, ooh and he really hammers this, square, but without timing it. A sort of flat-batted cut on the front foot

46.6

Botha to Nixon, 1 run, well he's got hold of this, slogging it to William Porterfield at long-on who dives and gets his hands to it, does he? He's not sure - it's a terrific attempt, diving full stretch, but he admits he isn't too sure. Replays suggest the ball rocketed into his diving left hand, but slipped through

Henry Patram agrees with Mark K. "Having attended the games in Trinidad, I would say that low attendance at most matches is because of the cost. It has nothing to do with the games. Look at the attendance at the West Indies games."

End of over 47 (11 runs) England 226/5 (RR: 4.80)

    • PA Nixon 11 (11b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 68 (73b 7x4 1x6)
    • AC Botha 9-1-40-0
    • DT Johnston 8-0-46-1
47.1

Johnston to Nixon, 1 run, well, it's well timed - but the placement is poor, turning it straight to deep square leg

Up comes fine leg

Rankin still off with cramp by the way. They could do with him right now, too

47.2

Johnston to Collingwood, FOUR, full toss and he sweeps it behind square, along the ground, to deep square leg. That really is well played indeed

Poor ball, mind

47.3

Johnston to Collingwood, 1 run, ooh and it skies this down to third man - attempting to hit it over long-on - but it falls short of the man down there

England on the charge now, which is good to see after a tame effort earlier

47.4

Johnston to Nixon, 1 run, and now Nixon's skied one - well, not so much a skier as a mistimed splodge over mid-on. That too could've gone anywhere

47.5

Johnston to Collingwood, SIX, oh dear! Collingwood slog sweeps this wide of the man at long-on...who remains completely, rather embarrassingly static. He holds up his hands as if to say "what? Where?" as the balls just creeps over for six

47.6

Johnston to Collingwood, no run, ooh and he's squared up again, the ball ballooning back to the bowler who roars an appeal, but replays show he hit it into the ground. Ground-boot

End of over 48 (13 runs) England 239/5 (RR: 4.97)

    • PD Collingwood 79 (77b 8x4 2x6)
    • PA Nixon 13 (13b 1x4)
    • DT Johnston 9-0-59-1
    • AC Botha 9-1-40-0

Right then, here's Botha for his final over

48.1

Botha to Nixon, SIX, my word - shot of the day, I reckon. He has fairly shot that, flat, over long-on

Immense power in that stroke and pleasingly uncomplicated

48.2

Botha to Nixon, OUT, but it doesn't come off this time, as he attempts the same shot but skies it to mid-on; Eoin Morgan sprints in and almost misjudges it, requiring a dive, but he gets his hands to it to take a fine catch

PA Nixon c Morgan b Botha 19 (23m 15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 126.66

A flood of feedback on the attendances issue. The consensus seems to be that India and Pakistan's elimination will not help, but the main reason the grounds aren't full is a combination of high ticket prices, high food prices, daft rules re bringing in drinks, and a general ban on music and other traditional Caribbean entertainment. Aside from that, the organisers have just about got everything spot on, which is why they keeping insisting all is well. Sheldon gets the last word - "One of my friends commented yesterday that he felt like he was in jail, not a cricket match."

Almost squashing his nose flat in the process. Really good catch from Morgan - and a decent, brisk knock from Nixon

48.3

Botha to Collingwood, 2 runs, worked through midwicket and they'll only get one here. Oh - excellent running from Bopara and they sprint through for two as deep midwicket is rather slow to respond

48.4

Botha to Collingwood, 1 run, slogged over midwicket this time - hesitation from the pair there, but he races through for a single

48.5

Botha to Bopara, 1 run, a slower ball which he works behind square, calmly

48.6

Botha to Collingwood, SIX, high, high, high and handsome. That came down with snow on it - a terrific, free-flowing loft over long-on

Last five overs have brought 60 runs - super effort, that

End of over 49 (16 runs) England 255/6 (RR: 5.20)

    • PD Collingwood 88 (80b 8x4 3x6)
    • RS Bopara 1 (1b)
    • AC Botha 10-1-56-1
    • DT Johnston 9-0-59-1

Okay, the final over of the innings What can Bopara do?

49.1

Johnston to Bopara, 1 run, he can pump it to long-on to give Collingwood the strike, that's what

12 for his hundred. Go on, son, have a go

"I must agree with comments about cost," emails Mike Butterworth from the USA. "We , four couples, were all set to go to the CWC from the USA. From a US point of view, tickets were cheap, in fact we have tickets to three matches, but traveling and accommodation cost skyrocketed. A one-week break would have cost over $20 000 for the eight of us. A little too steep and we pulled out. We have pretty tickets in hand which may be framed and put above the bar, but no World Cup."

49.2

Johnston to Collingwood, 2 runs, full, very full, and Collingwood digs it out to long-on once more

49.3

Johnston to Collingwood, OUT, pulls it to mid-on and they scamper through for a single. In comes the throw - Collingwood's going to be short here, and Johnston collects with his left hand before shattering the stumps

PD Collingwood run out 90 (118m 82b 8x4 3x6) SR: 109.75

Excellent knock - a real Collingwood innings. Calm and controlled at the beginning, before breaking out into some terrific free-flowing shots at the end. Classic one-day innings really

Here's Saj Mahmood but it'll be Bopara on strike

49.4

Johnston to Bopara, 2 runs, full toss which Bopara swings through midwicket, but just for two

Two to go...good over for Ireland so far

49.5

Johnston to Bopara, 2 runs, ah, well bowled - a slower ball and he just can't get hold of it, clubbing it meekly to long-off and they come back for two. The throw was fierce and powerful, but too wide - leaving the wicketkeeper, O'Brien too much to do

49.6

Johnston to Bopara, FOUR, shot! The most elegant of lofted drives to end England's innings, just lifting it over the bowler's head for four - and it very nearly fell for six

Welcome back - here come the Ireland batsman, following the England fielders who are swinging their arms out in the middle. It'll be Anderson to Bray. Two slips in place

Apparently the interval will be 15 minutes shorter than usual. No idea why, I'm afraid, but will let you know when we know. Either way, join us for Ireland's run-chase shortly.

Is that enough? Probably. It was a timid effort from England's top order, with Pietersen and Bell both making starts before gifting their wickets. Flintoff looked in good nick, if not quite back to his barnstorming best, but the innings revolved around Collingwood. Once again. A really fine innings

End of over 50 (11 runs) England 266/7

    • RS Bopara 10 (5b 1x4)
    • SI Mahmood 0 (0b)
    • DT Johnston 10-0-70-1
    • AC Botha 10-1-56-1
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