ICC World Cup, 48th Match, Super Eights: West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Apr 21, 2007
ICC World Cup - 48th match, Super Eights
England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
21 April 2007 (50-over match)

James Anderson to take the new ball. "Let's play" says Rudi

9.25am Out come the players and officials to a packed crowd. What an atmosphere it is out there, in scorching sunshine. Can sunshine be scorching? Well, you know the sentiment.

9.15am Just fifteen minutes to go and we're all thoroughly excited. And as one giant leaves the game, another - Stuart Broad, all 6ft 8in of him - will be hoping to make an impact in just his sixth one-dayer. Young, raw and very promising.

The two teams are:

West Indies 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Devon Smith, 3 Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Ramnaresh Sarwan, 6 Brian Lara (capt), 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Denesh Ramdin, 9 Corey Collymore, 10 Daren Powell, Jerome Taylor

England 1 Michael Vaughan (capt), 2 Andrew Strauss, 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Jamie Dalrymple, 8 Paul Nixon (wk), Liam Plunkett, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

"Sir Brian Charles Lara will score 200 in [today's] ODI," screams Paul Misir In New York, from New York. Lara has yet to be knighted by Liz, but otherwise a fine sentiment.

On this, his final match, Lara said: "Next Saturday would've been better. I've had a really wonderful time playing cricket, and it's a fitting place to end my career in the Caribbean." He's had a special relationship with the Caribbean people; does he have one last special performance for them? "Well, England want to win it for Duncan Fletcher but I just want my team to win it for West Indies cricket," he said, "so we can go to England on a high. This game is for the people."

Pitch looks a belter by the way. Not my words, but those of Brian Charles Lara.

9.00am Lara and Vaughan are at the toss and England have won the toss and chosen to bowl, a decision which receives a big cheer from the crowd and ironic smile from Vaughan who, incidentally, has just forgotten which team he's picked. Luckily Atherton reminds him that it's Ian Bell who is one of the dropped triplet.

How often will we Brian Lara's middle name be trotted out today? Bob Willis began it in 1994 after his 375, and latterly Mark Nicholas - known as Nicco at Cricinfo HQ - can't resist himself. "Brian Charles Lara: what a man". I'm going for a Brian Charles count in excess of nine.

Poor Sky and their commentators; what a tough, blood-sweat-and-tears life they've had in the past six weeks. Gower, Knight and Adams are pictured in their ridiculously picturesque villa in the Caribbean with their legs dangling in the pool. We're not jealous, and nor should you be.

Now then. What else can I tell you? Not an awful lot just now, so hang tight and drop us an email if you so wish.

Martin is in the house after watching Surrey and Yorkshire at The Oval. And he reminds us that, at long last - after 47 matches - the ICC have finally reduced the extortionate $100 price of the tickets to a much fairer $25. Better late than never.

8.45am All change for England: Ian Bell, Sajid Mahmood and Monty Panesar are out and in come Stuart Broad, Jamie Dalrymple, Liam Plunkett and Ravi Bopara are in - Bopara to bat at No. 3 (which he fully deserves, to be frank).

8.40am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 48th match of the World Cup. It's a day of "lasts", with England and West Indies playing their final match of the tournament, and we also say farewell to England's coach, Duncan Fletcher, and a little-known West Indian batsman: Brian Lara. For the first time this tournament, today's match is expected to be a sell-out, with thousands of home fans expected to fill Bridgetown to watch Lara's final knock. A meaningless match in terms of the tournament, then, but with plenty of intrigue to keep us glued to proceedings. Can Lara produce one last, magical, memorable innings against his old foes? I'm Will Luke and will shortly be joined by Martin Williamson to take you through all the action. It's massive. And we have team news for you in two shakes of a bee's knee.

0.1

Anderson to Gayle, no run, and a good one from Anderson to start with, on a tight line and shaping just across the batsman who, in his defence, just hid the bat behind the pad

0.2

Anderson to Gayle, 2 runs, but inevitably Anderson strays down the leg side, Gayle very deftly flicking it down to fine leg: Stuart Broad makes excellent ground to his left, in three galloping strides, to prevent four

0.3

Anderson to Gayle, 1 wide, oh no, Anderson's radar has run out of batteries already. This is wide of the off stump and rightly wided

0.3

Anderson to Gayle, no run, Anderson follows up a wide with an absolute jaffer, as is his wont, just cutting away from Gayle's fishy waft

0.4

Anderson to Gayle, 1 wide, good grief, that's almost a Harmy: Nixon takes it in front of first slip

0.4

Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, much better, on middle-and-off - yorker length, too, but Gayle just digs it out into the off side and scampers through for a single

Come on Gayle. Time to fire

0.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 wide, drifting down the leg side this time and Anderson again hands West Indies another run

He's not happy with that decision is young James. No point bleating: umpire's decision is final

0.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, better line this time just outside the off stump, swinging into the left hander who is shouldering arms outside off

0.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, ooh at last, the right line and length. It's only taken him seven balls. This pitches just outside off stump and swings into the left hander who leaves it alone and very nearly loses his off bail

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

    • DS Smith 0 (2b)
    • CH Gayle 3 (4b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-6-0

Liam Plunkett into the attack from the Joel Garner end

1.1

Plunkett to Gayle, no run, Good grief that was wide but not wided by the umpire

1.2

Plunkett to Gayle, 1 wide, but that will be a wide as he drifts it down the leg side at 82mph

1.2

Plunkett to Gayle, no run, and Plunkett finds his line this time, swinging this into Gayle off stump who digs it out, just pushing it out into the off side

1.3

Plunkett to Gayle, 1 wide, a swing and a miss from Gayle but another horrible delivery from Plunkett, albeit quicker at 84mph, well wide of the off stump

1.3

Plunkett to Gayle, 1 run, a full toss now which Gayle bangs past point, with absolutely no movement of the feet

Mikey Holding notes that Gayle is looking a trifle nervous. Hard to tell with that laid back look

1.4

Plunkett to Smith, no run, banged into the covers with sweet timing off the front foot but Bopara is cheetah-like at cover, diving to his left to prevent a run

1.5

Plunkett to Smith, no run, ah, now then, that's Plunkett's length, Smith jabbing this down on the front foot. Touch of swing into the batsman too

1.6

Plunkett to Smith, FOUR, what a shot. A poor ball to end a disappointing, nervous first over from Plunkett, Smith crunching him on the front foot square of the wicket. No one moved.

End of over 2 (7 runs) West Indies 13/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • DS Smith 4 (5b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 4 (7b)
    • LE Plunkett 1-0-7-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-6-0
2.1

Anderson to Gayle, no run, a tighter line from Anderson, just outside the off stump and bending back in with the swing. Gayle is right back in his crease but takes a tentative step forward to defend

Just two slips in at the moment

2.2

Anderson to Gayle, FOUR, but a good ball is once again followed by a poor one, drifting it down Gayle's leg side who whips it in front of square leg. Broad races round from fine leg and dives, parrying the ball over the rope

I say rope. I mean the horrible, plastic advertising thing which marks the boundary these days. "In my day," etc

2.3

Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, cracked into the covers

2.4

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, pushed firmly, on the front foot, straight to mid-off who is quick to throw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, but they're safely through for a single

2.5

Anderson to Gayle, no run, left alone outside off

2.6

Anderson to Gayle, no run, absolutely no feet movement to one just short of a length, an ugly smite across the line brings him nothing and Anderson picks it up on his follow through

End of over 3 (6 runs) West Indies 19/0 (RR: 6.33)

    • CH Gayle 9 (12b 1x4)
    • DS Smith 5 (6b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-12-0
    • LE Plunkett 1-0-7-0
3.1

Plunkett to Smith, no run, much better start to his second over, Plunkett pitching this on middle and it's cautiously defended off the back foot

3.2

Plunkett to Smith, no run, that's a good one, 83.9mph and just rising on Smith, albeit too wide of the off stump to really trouble him. Plunkett's slips roar their approval, as do the crowd

3.3

Plunkett to Smith, 1 wide, that'll be another wide as Plunkett loses his line, wobbling it down the leg side

3.3

Plunkett to Smith, 1 run, pushed out to cover and they set off for a very quick single. In comes Pietersen, I think it was, who sends in a quick throw but it's wide

3.4

Plunkett to Gayle, no run, oh very well bowled, angling across the left hander before holding its line just a touch. Gayle is concrete-like in the crease, aware of the movement off the pitch but he wafts at it ungainly

3.5

Plunkett to Gayle, SIX, good grief, that's Gayle at his best, just driving through the line and timing it magnificently over long-on for six. Absolutely no movement of the feet, as is his wont, just playing it on length alone

3.6

Plunkett to Gayle, no run, and Gayle hammers this off the back foot into the covers but can't find the gap - that six might have woken the beast

End of over 4 (8 runs) West Indies 27/0 (RR: 6.75)

    • CH Gayle 15 (15b 1x4 1x6)
    • DS Smith 6 (9b 1x4)
    • LE Plunkett 2-0-15-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-12-0

Ah, now then, here's Stuart Broad into the attack

4.1

Broad to Smith, no run, good one to start with, showing his two more experienced bowlers the length to bowl and Smith wafts at it ungainly outside the off stump

No great bounce for that first delivery

4.2

Broad to Smith, 2 runs, too full from Broad this time and Smith cracks it, the ball zinging through the covers. Elegantly, confidently driven

4.3

Broad to Smith, no run, a much better delivery on middle stump which is worked off his hip and Broad takes a giant step to his left to prevent a single

4.4

Broad to Smith, 1 run, a morale victory for the bowler, hurrying the batsman who angles it down past the slips

4.5

Broad to Gayle, FOUR, just too short, on a pitch not offering much pace and Gayle pulls it with savagery through midwicket

4.6

Broad to Gayle, FOUR, audacity defined. This could be Gayle's day as he launches one over the covers, smashing it for four. It wasn't even that short but Gayle is determined not to let this young tyke settle

End of over 5 (11 runs) West Indies 38/0 (RR: 7.60)

    • CH Gayle 23 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • DS Smith 9 (13b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-11-0
    • LE Plunkett 2-0-15-0
5.1

Plunkett to Smith, no run, a filthy delivery wide of the off stump which Smith tries to flay over the slips but misses

"That was an atrocious delivery," Michael Holding says. And he's right. It was village.

5.2

Plunkett to Smith, no run, better this time, on off stump and swinging back into the batsman who is forced to defend

5.3

Plunkett to Smith, no run, much better. A jaffa, in fact, cutting across the batsman's indecisive forward poke. Nixon claps his hands, seal-like

5.4

Plunkett to Smith, 1 no ball, and a no-ball which might as well have been a wide. Six of one, half a dozen of the other and so on. Smith tried to crash it over the covers but his bat was about four feet too short in length

5.4

Plunkett to Smith, no run, oh magnificently driven. Smith really does have a touch of class, of lazy elegance, absolutely creaming it to Vaughan at short extra who fields it very smartly

Not that he actually had a choice, such was the ferocity of Smith's hit

5.5

Plunkett to Smith, no run, clunked back to Plunkett who fields in his follow through

5.6

Plunkett to Smith, no run, slightly wider and it's elegantly guided down past point for a single

End of over 6 (1 run) West Indies 39/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • DS Smith 9 (20b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 23 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • LE Plunkett 3-0-16-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-11-0

West Indies are off to a stormer here. England...less so storming. About as storming as Stormin' Norman.

6.1

Broad to Gayle, no run, and Gayle premeditatedly tries to pull Broad but it's a little too full, and it hammers into his boot

Gayle is going to tear Broad apart here. Or try to...

6.2

Broad to Gayle, no run, good response from the young bowler here, on a very good line just outside the off stump and Gayle defends

6.3

Broad to Gayle, 1 run, very neatly bowled indeed, almost taking Gayle by surprise. Just outside off stump but it jagged up on Gayle a touch who angles it at the last moment down to third man

6.4

Broad to Smith, no run, yes, Broad has found his length here. An excellent ball on middle, spitting up at the batsman who is very quick to jab it away into the off side

Good comeback from Broad here

6.5

Broad to Smith, no run, ooh nearly. Smith is fed up with this defending malarkey, eyes up this shorter delivery but is beaten by the bounce

Nixon took that above his head. Good pace and encouragingly steep bounce from Broad

6.6

Broad to Smith, no run, and he tries to smack this through the covers, the bat twisting in his hand and it's hammered into his boot

Very well bowled from Broad, adjusting his length and maintaining his line - something Anderson struggled to do earlier.

End of over 7 (1 run) West Indies 40/0 (RR: 5.71)

    • DS Smith 9 (23b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 24 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-12-0
    • LE Plunkett 3-0-16-0

Right then here's Plunkett

7.1

Plunkett to Gayle, 1 run, good length, but Gayle just angles it down to third man

"Cor. It's been a long time since there were two Leicestershire players in the same team," chirps Gnasher. Super chirping, too

7.2

Plunkett to Smith, 1 run, but Plunkett lands this on leg, allowing Smith to just pluck it down to fine leg for an easy single

7.3

Plunkett to Gayle, FOUR, good grief, that is absolutely hammered by Gayle. It was a terrible delivery from Plunkett - short and wide - and Gayle just smacked it through extra cover

7.4

Plunkett to Gayle, FOUR, how on earth has he done that? Gayle gave himself room outside leg; Plunkett followed him, and it's shorter, and Gayle deliberately plays it over the slips down for four. Extraordinary shot

50 from 47 balls

7.5

Plunkett to Gayle, SIX, and this has gone! Gayle's blowing in like a storm here, just lofting this with tremendous power over long-off

7.6

Plunkett to Gayle, SIX, and again! Gayle plants his feet, swings through the line and absolutely creams Plunkett over long-on for a quite enormous six into the Walcott stand, bouncing into the concrete steps and bouncing further into the stand

Monstrous power. This is what we like. And that's Gayle's highest score of the tournament. 22 runs from that over

End of over 8 (22 runs) West Indies 62/0 (RR: 7.75)

    • CH Gayle 45 (25b 5x4 3x6)
    • DS Smith 10 (24b 1x4)
    • LE Plunkett 4-0-38-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-12-0
8.1

Broad to Smith, no run, Smith tries to match Gayle's boundary-lust but misses out here, trying to cut but beaten by the bounce

8.2

Broad to Smith, no run, extremely well bowled. This is an impressive line from Broad, just short of a length and rising up into Smith who defends it at stomach level off the back foot

8.3

Broad to Smith, 1 wide, oh but he loses his line and it's wided down the leg side

The seventh wobbling wide by England so far today

8.3

Broad to Smith, no run, that's better, Smith forced to defend off the back foot out into the covers

Nixon: "I'm a horrible man." No, we don't know what he's on about either. Does anyone?

8.4

Broad to Smith, 1 run, just tucked calmly off his hip

brace yourselves. Gayle back on strike

8.5

Broad to Gayle, 1 run, a slow full toss which Gayle doesn't quite pick up, pushing it into the covers for Bopara to field

8.6

Broad to Smith, no run, this jumps up a touch on Smith who plays it expertly, riding the bounce and angling to point

End of over 9 (3 runs) West Indies 65/0 (RR: 7.22)

    • DS Smith 11 (29b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 46 (26b 5x4 3x6)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-15-0
    • LE Plunkett 4-0-38-0

Right then. Surely it's time to replace Plunkett...indeed it is, as Flintoff is into the attack to restore some sense. And he's going around the wicket

9.1

Flintoff to Gayle, 1 run, immediately finds the right length, Gayle just punches it to cover and sets off for a single

9.2

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, ah, beautifully cut - a powerful late cut, in fact, falling over to the leg side as he plays it and it fielded by third man

9.3

Flintoff to Gayle, 1 run, touch too wide from Flintoff, no great pace either as this one is guided down to third man for another single

Over the wicket now

9.4

Flintoff to Smith, no run, fuller and straighter, clonked into the covers but he can't find the gap

9.5

Flintoff to Smith, no run, ooh, that only fell just short of the man at point. Uppishly angled, if you like

9.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, driven on the up to backward point

"We're ready, " Martin screams, "we're ready to roll." Brace yourselves. Here he is...

End of over 10 (3 runs) West Indies 68/0 (RR: 6.80)

    • DS Smith 12 (33b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 48 (28b 5x4 3x6)
    • A Flintoff 1-0-3-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-15-0

Thanks Will. An interesting opening ten overs. England have done just about everything to bowl these two back into form, and Chris Gayle is really on fire. If they hadn't turned in such a dire display against South Africa, you could say they had saved their worst till last. And England have not taken the Powerplay and he brings on Jamie Dalrymple ... which might slow the scoring rate down ... just might

10.1

Dalrymple to Gayle, FOUR, outside off and hammered through point for four, all along the ground, and that's his fifty and he raises his bat and gives a massive toothy grin

29 balls, 6 fours and three sixes

10.2

Dalrymple to Gayle, 1 run, opens the face and runs behind square on the off

10.3

Dalrymple to Smith, FOUR, short, cut late past the man on the 45, superbly timed and that raced across the turf. Dalrymple is dropping it too short ...

10.4

Dalrymple to Smith, 2 runs, angled down the leg side, a big swing, a loud appeal, but it came off glove-pad and a single

10.5

Dalrymple to Smith, 1 run, again too leg-stumpish, turned into the gap and an ambled run

10.6

Dalrymple to Gayle, no run, an almost mockingly correct forward defensive block from Gayle to end another productive over

End of over 11 (12 runs) West Indies 80/0 (RR: 7.27)

    • CH Gayle 53 (31b 6x4 3x6)
    • DS Smith 19 (36b 2x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 1-0-12-0
    • A Flintoff 1-0-3-0

Almost a full house now ... and even the horns and shells have been allowed in. Still no Powerplay as Vaughan turns to Paul Collingwood. Flintoff off after one over for three runs

11.1

Collingwood to Smith, 2 runs, squeezed down to third man, Smith ran that like a hare and got back for the second while many would have settled for the single. Gayle never broke sweat!

11.2

Collingwood to Smith, 1 run, clipped off his legs past short midwicket

Collingwood looking very ginger today as he now has stubble to match his hair.

11.3

Collingwood to Gayle, FOUR, driven straight and very hard, both bowler and umpire were in danger there but neither had the time to duck as that flew past them. Taufel's evasive action was too late had it been on target

11.4

Collingwood to Gayle, 1 run, into the covers, Bopara dives but cannot prevent the run

11.5

Collingwood to Smith, no run, leg stump, it kept very low and skidded into Smith's pads. Collingwood appeals but it pitched well outside leg

11.6

Collingwood to Smith, no run, slower ball - at 64mph that was Panesar speed - and Smith cautiously defends

End of over 12 (8 runs) West Indies 88/0 (RR: 7.33)

    • DS Smith 22 (40b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 58 (33b 7x4 3x6)
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-8-0
    • JWM Dalrymple 1-0-12-0
12.1

Dalrymple to Gayle, 1 run, loopy and leggy, Gayle turns it to midwicket

12.2

Dalrymple to Smith, no run, Gayle takes a big stride down the track and has to dig out one at his feet

12.3

Dalrymple to Smith, no run, misread that one, pad-bat, a loud shout but the umpire remains unmoved

12.4

Dalrymple to Smith, 1 wide, down the leg side, an easy call for the umpire

12.4

Dalrymple to Smith, no run, short, Smith leans back but doesn't time the pull and midwicket stops with ease

12.5

Dalrymple to Smith, no run, again Dalrymple troubles Smith who misses with his defensive prod, another loud shout but that was going over the top

12.6

Dalrymple to Smith, no run, no shot, the ball goes fine and the batsmen run the single before the umpire signals a dead ball

End of over 13 (2 runs) West Indies 90/0 (RR: 6.92)

    • DS Smith 22 (45b 2x4)
    • CH Gayle 59 (34b 7x4 3x6)
    • JWM Dalrymple 2-0-14-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-8-0
13.1

Collingwood to Gayle, FOUR, it's in the slot and Gayle slams that straight back from where it came. Jimmy Anderson at long-off only has a few yards to cover but he has no chance

13.2

Collingwood to Gayle, no run, firm drive to mid-off

13.3

Collingwood to Gayle, no run, middle-and-leg and Gayle can only turn it to midwicket, "Yeh, Colly," chirps Nixon

13.4

Collingwood to Gayle, 1 run, confidently flicked wide of midwicket, the man in the deep fields and an easy one

13.5

Collingwood to Smith, 1 run, tip-and-run push to cover, Gayle up for it, and no problems. "One bad shot now, Colly," says Nixon

13.6

Collingwood to Gayle, 1 wide, down the leg side, Nixon whips off the bails but wide all the way

13.6

Collingwood to Gayle, no run, Gayle misses with a nonchalant swish to leg, Nixon gets momentarily excited as it hits the pad before strangling his appeal as it pitched well outside the line

End of over 14 (7 runs) West Indies 97/0 (RR: 6.92)

    • CH Gayle 64 (39b 8x4 3x6)
    • DS Smith 23 (46b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-15-0
    • JWM Dalrymple 2-0-14-0
14.1

Dalrymple to Smith, no run, solid block, good line from Dalrymple

"I think the organisers lost the plot," says Ian Botham of the tournament until the last week

14.2

Dalrymple to Smith, no run, again on the spot, defended

14.3

Dalrymple to Smith, FOUR, short, cut behind square, Plunkett on the rope dives to stop, flicks the ball up and heads it over the boundary. Classy

14.4

Dalrymple to Smith, no run, pushed into the covers for an easy single

14.5

Dalrymple to Smith, 1 run, same shot, another quick run but slightly tighter

14.6

Dalrymple to Gayle, no run, Gayle opens the face as he blocks but straight to point so no hat-trick of quick singles

End of over 15 (5 runs) West Indies 102/0 (RR: 6.80)

    • CH Gayle 64 (40b 8x4 3x6)
    • DS Smith 28 (51b 3x4)
    • JWM Dalrymple 3-0-19-0
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-15-0

England have pegged the rate back below seven-an-over.

15.1

Collingwood to Smith, no run, on off stump, pushed to short extra cover

15.2

Collingwood to Smith, 1 run, a little too short, Smith flips it off his hips into the leg side

dropped into the leg side and good communication between the two batsmen means another run

15.3

Collingwood to Gayle, 1 run

15.4

Collingwood to Smith, no run, Smith pushes at one outside the off stump and misses. Off come the bails as Nixon makes the most of a rare ball that beats the bat ...

15.5

Collingwood to Smith, no run, again Smith misses outside off stump

15.6

Collingwood to Smith, 1 run, fuller, firm drive to long-off and a rather disproportionate cheer from the crowd

Simon Taufel's thirsty so he ushers on the drinks.

End of over 16 (3 runs) West Indies 105/0 (RR: 6.56)

    • DS Smith 30 (56b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 65 (41b 8x4 3x6)
    • PD Collingwood 3-0-18-0
    • JWM Dalrymple 3-0-19-0

It's amazing what a difference it makes when a match is played out in front of a full house. The noise and the colour is just what this tournament should have been about. Let's all hope that the ICC actually takes note - don't hold your breath - and relaxes some of it's money-at-all-costs policies and absurd restrictions on spectators. Sometimes money is not as important as the game, guys. Back to the cricket ... and Vaughan to bowl

16.1

Vaughan to Smith, no run, flighted, respected, no run

16.2

Vaughan to Smith, no run, good line and length, almost stopped it was so slow, but again blocked

16.3

Vaughan to Smith, no run, forward and pushed into the off side

16.4

Vaughan to Smith, no run, flighted and once more blocked

16.5

Vaughan to Smith, no run, Smith back, the ball bounced and he ran it off the face of the bat to short third man

16.6

Vaughan to Smith, 1 run, cut to deep backward point for a single

A good start for Vaughan. Is this his last ODI? Could be ...

End of over 17 (1 run) West Indies 106/0 (RR: 6.23)

    • DS Smith 31 (62b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 65 (41b 8x4 3x6)
    • MP Vaughan 1-0-1-0
    • PD Collingwood 3-0-18-0
17.1

Collingwood to Smith, no run, full, slight drift away from the left-hander, prodded to cover

17.2

Collingwood to Smith, no run, crisp drive to cover. Collingwood has done a good job of stemming the flow ... famous last words ...

17.3

Collingwood to Smith, 1 run, turned to mid-on, wide enough for the run, but he was a bit cramped playing that shot and that's why he didn't get any power into it

17.4

Collingwood to Gayle, 1 run, Gayle waits and deliberately steers the ball down to third man

17.5

Collingwood to Smith, 1 run, Smith caught in two minds and is turned square ... and in the end it's all he can do to squeeze the ball to third man

17.6

Collingwood to Gayle, no run, short outside off, Gayle shapes to hammer it through midwicket but misses. He leans on his bat in a self-admonishing way

End of over 18 (3 runs) West Indies 109/0 (RR: 6.05)

    • CH Gayle 66 (43b 8x4 3x6)
    • DS Smith 33 (66b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 4-0-21-0
    • MP Vaughan 1-0-1-0
18.1

Vaughan to Smith, no run, loopy, flicked straight to midwicket

18.2

Vaughan to Smith, no run, that must have been the slowest ball of the tournament ...tossed up and Smith misses a leg-side swish

18.3

Vaughan to Smith, no run, patted into the covers

18.4

Vaughan to Smith, 1 run, full toss driven to the left of Dalrymple and up to deepish mid-on

18.5

Vaughan to Gayle, no run, off the pads and short fine leg fields

18.6

Vaughan to Gayle, no run, turned across Gayle and it beats his backward defensive push

A really good over - one off it - and Gayle is being starved of the strike which has reduced the scoring rate. He has faced six balls in five overs.

End of over 19 (1 run) West Indies 110/0 (RR: 5.78)

    • CH Gayle 66 (45b 8x4 3x6)
    • DS Smith 34 (70b 3x4)
    • MP Vaughan 2-0-2-0
    • PD Collingwood 4-0-21-0
19.1

Collingwood to Smith, 1 run, pushed to mid-off and a quick single as Flintoff a tad slow to set off to field

19.2

Collingwood to Gayle, FOUR, Gayle punches that wide of midwicket - no power, all timing - and what looked like a single earned him four as it scorches across the outfield

19.3

Collingwood to Gayle, 1 run, slammed drive back past Collinwgood, not quite timed and Flintoff slides at long-off to prevent a brace of fours

19.4

Collingwood to Smith, no run, Smith drives but utterly mistimes and short extra cover fields

Nixon mockingly urges the bowler to keep Smith on strike. Cruel but fair.

19.5

Collingwood to Smith, no run, Smith blocks a good-length delivery

19.6

Collingwood to Smith, no run, Smith punches to Vaughan at cover. He really is struggling to find any gaps and in doing so is frustrating Gayle's desire to get on with it

And now back from a lie down and a cigarette, it's young Will Luke

End of over 20 (6 runs) West Indies 116/0 (RR: 5.80)

    • DS Smith 35 (74b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 71 (47b 9x4 3x6)
    • PD Collingwood 5-0-27-0
    • MP Vaughan 2-0-2-0

Hello everyone. Well done everyone.

20.1

Vaughan to Gayle, 1 run, tossed up wide of the off stump, clattered off the back foot but straight into the ground

20.2

Vaughan to Smith, no run, nicely flighted from Vaughan, absolutely dead straight and it's padded away by Smith

20.3

Vaughan to Smith, no run, on middle-and-leg this time, just slightly flatter, but Smith again can't get it away

20.4

Vaughan to Smith, 2 runs, late cut past point, very deftly played indeed

20.5

Vaughan to Smith, 1 run, too short and wide, Smith rocks back and cuts it hard to deep extra

20.6

Vaughan to Gayle, 1 run, again just short of a length, Gayle punches it to cover for another sublime single

"In fairness to the ICC, they don't set the match fees, they only issue a recommendation," emails Alan. "It is the local organisers who have charged the ludicrous prices to the fans, and should be ashamed of themselves." How about we blame them both?

End of over 21 (5 runs) West Indies 121/0 (RR: 5.76)

    • CH Gayle 73 (49b 9x4 3x6)
    • DS Smith 38 (78b 3x4)
    • MP Vaughan 3-0-7-0
    • PD Collingwood 5-0-27-0

So here's Andrew Flintoff wheeled back into the attack, and he's around the wicket

21.1

Flintoff to Gayle, 1 run, slashed through the covers, without much timing

21.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, nicely bowled, just short of a length. Smith defends it out to cover

He just cannot get away, Smith. Stuck in the mud

Back over the wicket

21.3

Flintoff to Smith, no run, and very well bowled, angling it across Smith who tried to break the shackles by smashing him through cover. Inevitably, he missed

55th dot ball for Smith

21.4

Flintoff to Smith, no run, angled out to point

Brian Lara is still not padded up so he won't be in first man down

21.5

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, and he comes forward, guiding this down to third man to get Gayle back on strike...

...but Gayle only has one ball in which to try and retain the strike

Around the wicket to Gayle

21.6

Flintoff to Gayle, no run, full, fast, spearing into his off stump and Gayle is forced to defend it on the back foot. No single on offer there

End of over 22 (2 runs) West Indies 123/0 (RR: 5.59)

    • CH Gayle 74 (51b 9x4 3x6)
    • DS Smith 39 (82b 3x4)
    • A Flintoff 2-0-5-0
    • MP Vaughan 3-0-7-0

And, with my best Brian Blessed impersonation resonating around the office, it's another Powerplay. Oh dear. Look who it is...it's Jimmy Anderson

22.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, but Anderson starts well, full and straight, and it's defended - or rather dug out - to mid-off

22.2

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, just short of half-volley-length but Smith drives it elegantly, comfortably through the covers, although didn't quite time it as well as he might

Time for an Anderson half-volley now I think

22.3

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, but no, it's full...but a touch too wide and angled down to third man

22.4

Anderson to Gayle, no run, oh very well bowled. A ball which Mick Jaggered away from Gayle who squirted it out to cover

22.5

Anderson to Gayle, 1 run, where's this gone? It's slashed high down to third man...Plunkett makes excellent ground to his left but is one stride too short, and the ball slips through his hands as he dives

Truly awful, but very amusing, running from Gayle there. Amusing in the sense he didn't run.

22.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, cracked out to cover

End of over 23 (4 runs) West Indies 127/0 (RR: 5.52)

    • DS Smith 42 (86b 3x4)
    • CH Gayle 75 (53b 9x4 3x6)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-16-0
    • A Flintoff 2-0-5-0

Here's Flintoff and he's fine-legless. Around the wicket, too

A regular Hampshire-based emailer sends us this inside story from Grenada. "The Sri Lankans went for a sail from Semaj's dock the other morning. Half an hour later they returned to drop off a somewhat green Jayasuriya. Semaj then gave Jayasuriya a glass of water and a lift back to his hotel. "Don't worry Sanath" he said. "Sailing isn't for everyone".

23.1

Flintoff to Gayle, no run, starts well, cutting back into Gayle who pushes it calmly out to cover

23.2

Flintoff to Gayle, FOUR, typical Gayle. It was a perfectly good delivery, full and straight - just a touch too short and he lofted it over long-off. A magnificently timed stroke

For anyone in that area of Grenada there's a party there tonight where, we are told, the plan is to set up a bungy-running competition whereby you are harnessed to elastic cords and have to struggle as far down the beach as you can.

No one in the deep on the leg side

23.3

Flintoff to Gayle, no run, he has absolutely laced this on the front foot! Immense power and timing, but very little placement as it whacks into Collingwood

It's really getting very noisy out there now; a great atmosphere

23.4

Flintoff to Gayle, no run, angling into Gayle who defends

Mexican wave time. I thought they were banned?

23.5

Flintoff to Gayle, OUT, gone! Very well caught Stuart Broad who was brought in a few yards at third man a few moments ago. It was slashed uppishly to him but he had to dive to make the final few metres...to take a very good catch

CH Gayle c Broad b Flintoff 79 (105m 58b 10x4 3x6) SR: 136.20

Out goes Gayle - in comes Brian Charles Lara for his final international innings. England give him a guard of honour, clapping him all the way through, and Smith shakes Lara's hand. The atmosphere is quite electric out there now; a standing ovation, conches blowing, drums banging. Two mentions of Brian Charles Lara from Nasser Hussain. The BCL count has reached four so far

23.6

Flintoff to Lara, no run, and as ever Lara skips across to the off side, defending it with an extravagant swish of the bat

End of over 24 (4 runs) West Indies 131/1 (RR: 5.45)

    • BC Lara 0 (1b)
    • DS Smith 42 (86b 3x4)
    • A Flintoff 3-0-9-1
    • JM Anderson 3-0-16-0

I do hate the expression I'm about to use, but there's nothing else for it. The stage really is set for Lara here. A smiling Lara, I might add, who's having a laugh and a chat with Rudi.

24.1

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, edged, deliberately (I think) down past Nixon through the vacant slips for four

24.2

Anderson to Smith, 1 wide, filthy. Down the leg side

Anderson has been very poor indeed today. Spraying it around like a wonky sprinkler

24.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, better this time, clunked out on the front foot to cover

Oh no. It's a banned Mexican Wave. You can imagine stressed ICC officials desperately trying to remain cool and not summon to Happy Police to kick them all out. And ironically, the Happy Police are among the saddest individuals around, metaphorically and otherwise

24.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, good ball on off stump which is firmly defended

24.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, again, swinging into Smith who again can't get it away. An improvement from Anderson here. Can he maintain it?

24.5

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, late cut down to third man

24.6

Anderson to Smith, 1 wide, why is he bowling on a leg stump line? I don't know. Nor does the umpire who raises his arms - oh, he's signalling a wide...

24.6

Anderson to Smith, 1 wide, well, Anderson really is having a nightmare now. This is well wide of the leg stump; had it been to right-hander it'd have been wided I reckon

HR Gopalakrishna emails to tell us that the three figure stand between Chris Gayle and Devon Smith in today's game is the best stand for the opening wicket by West Indies in this tournament. The only other stand of note was 73 between Chanderpaul and Gayle against the might of Zimbabwe in Jamaica.

24.6

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, full and straight, cracked to mid-off and they grab a single

End of over 25 (10 runs) West Indies 141/1 (RR: 5.64)

    • DS Smith 49 (92b 4x4)
    • BC Lara 0 (1b)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-26-0
    • A Flintoff 3-0-9-1

"Surely a wonkly sprinkler doesn't spray it around, as the whole idea of a sprinkler is to spray it. A wonky sprinkler would deposit water in a puddle," emails P Thrower of Gardeners' Question Time, otherwise known as Martin Williamson. Pedants. Damn all pedants

25.1

Flintoff to Smith, no run, just a touch wider and it's driven smoothly to cover

25.2

Flintoff to Smith, no run, driven with greater flourish this time but again he just cannot break through

25.3

Flintoff to Smith, 1 no ball, excellent ball cutting back into the batsman. But it's a no-ball

25.3

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, Smith comes forward to angle it down to third man for his fifty

96 very long balls for that fifty. It seems to have taken him for ever to get there. Gayle, in contrast, took 29 balls for his

Flintoff around the wicket to Lara

25.4

Flintoff to Lara, 1 run, drops this into the leg side and he scampers for a single

Back over the wicket to Smith

25.5

Flintoff to Smith, no run, short of a length. In fact, it's bouncer-length, but Smith's attempted flash finds just thin air

25.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, beautifully driven on the front foot, but hit with too much power. It finds cover in a second, and there's no chance of a single

Smith really is showing his inexperience here. Time to watch the master, Brian Charles Lara, at the art of dropping-and-running

End of over 26 (3 runs) West Indies 144/1 (RR: 5.53)

    • DS Smith 50 (98b 4x4)
    • BC Lara 1 (2b)
    • A Flintoff 4-0-12-1
    • JM Anderson 4-0-26-0
26.1

Anderson to Lara, no run, what a delivery from Anderson! Lara moved across his stumps, almost displaying all three, and Lara's plays inside the line and is comprehensively beaten

That's his best ball of the World Cup, wryly comments Lancashire's biggest fan, Andrew Gnasher McGlashan.

26.2

Anderson to Lara, no run, punched to mid-on

26.3

Anderson to Lara, 1 run, down the leg side and Lara just turns his wrists to steal a single

26.4

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, onto the front foot, Smith drives this just wide of mid-off who skips to his right and dives to his right to field

26.5

Anderson to Lara, 1 run, wide enough of the off stump and Lara just rocks back, angles it fine down to third man

26.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, too short, but Smith's struggles continue as he tries to pull, but it comes off the toe end of the bat

End of over 27 (3 runs) West Indies 147/1 (RR: 5.44)

    • DS Smith 51 (100b 4x4)
    • BC Lara 3 (6b)
    • JM Anderson 5-0-29-0
    • A Flintoff 4-0-12-1

Here's Flintoff around the wicket

Another Powerplay has been taken. After three; one, two Powerplay

27.1

Flintoff to Lara, no run, Lara is back and across, guiding this out to point

27.2

Flintoff to Lara, FOUR, ah, classical Lara. Just short of a length, hammered on the up square of the wicket, timed brilliantly

27.3

Flintoff to Lara, no run, quicker ball which Lara ducks underneath; Simon Taufel indicates that'll be Flintoff's one for the over

Vaughan's off the field. Strauss is in charge

27.4

Flintoff to Lara, 1 run, oh well bowled - well thought, Flintoff. Lara comes miles across his stumps and Flintoff angles this into his leg stump. Dug out, but only just...

Flintoff's over the wicket now. I wish he'd make up his mind, the great winner

27.5

Flintoff to Smith, FOUR, Smith has a boundary! A not altogether convincing stroke, slashing this shorter delivery over point

27.6

Flintoff to Smith, no run, driven back to Flintoff who sticks his right paw

End of over 28 (9 runs) West Indies 156/1 (RR: 5.57)

    • DS Smith 55 (102b 5x4)
    • BC Lara 8 (10b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 5-0-21-1
    • JM Anderson 5-0-29-0
28.1

Anderson to Lara, FOUR, down the leg side. Flicked for four. You just do not and cannot bowl there to anyone, ever.

28.2

Anderson to Lara, 1 run, classically cover-driven but without the timing or power Lara usually shows

28.3

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, very fine shot, a clubbing, agricultural smite on the front foot through mid-off

28.4

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, Anderson drops this a foot shorter and half a foot wider; Smith late cuts down to third man very deftly

28.5

Anderson to Lara, no run, cut to point but straight to point. A touch more bounce there for Anderson

28.6

Anderson to Lara, no run, pushed out into the off side to end the over

End of over 29 (10 runs) West Indies 166/1 (RR: 5.72)

    • BC Lara 13 (14b 2x4)
    • DS Smith 60 (104b 6x4)
    • JM Anderson 6-0-39-0
    • A Flintoff 5-0-21-1
29.1

Flintoff to Smith, 1 run, slashed without due concern for its uppishness down to third man

Around the wicket

29.2

Flintoff to Lara, 1 run, typical Lara; with so much time, he just rocks back and guides it down to third man. It all looks so easy

Over the wicket

29.3

Flintoff to Smith, OUT, what a catch - a remarkable, gravity-defying catch! Smith slashed seemingly over Paul Collingwood at backward point who sprung up, swivelling as he did so, taking the ball high in the air. A quite brilliant example of athleticism and hand-eye co-ordination

DS Smith c Collingwood b Flintoff 61 (135m 106b 6x4 0x6) SR: 57.54

Very similar to the leaping catch he took to dismiss Hayden off Harmison in 2005 but he had more ground to make in this one today. Breathless stuff

And it's drinks out in the middle

29.4

Flintoff to Samuels, 1 leg bye, swinging into the new batsman, the right-handed Samuels who is rapped on the pad and Flintoff appeals, but it's going down leg

Flintoff around the wicket to Lara

29.5

Flintoff to Lara, FOUR, ooh close! A touch of bounce from Flintoff, Lara opening the face of the bat and guiding it through Nixon and Strauss at a wide second slip who dived to his right but it was too wide

29.6

Flintoff to Lara, no run, left alone outside off

Right here's Martin Williamson

End of over 30 (7 runs) West Indies 173/2 (RR: 5.76)

    • BC Lara 18 (17b 3x4)
    • MN Samuels 0 (1b)
    • A Flintoff 6-0-27-2
    • JM Anderson 6-0-39-0

Thanks Will. He's had a haircut and it shows the world that under his mop, he is actually going bald. At 25. We are now in the twilight zone that is so often the middle stages of an ODI innings. The presence of Lara gives proceedings a bit more zest, however.

30.1

Broad to Samuels, no run, on off stump, blocked into the covers

30.2

Broad to Samuels, no run, wide and smashed straight at cover. At 68mph - the slower ball - he's too slow to offer that kind of width

30.3

Broad to Samuels, no run, Samuels back and into line to block

30.4

Broad to Samuels, no run, blocked - good over from Braod so far, and the pressure is on

30.5

Broad to Samuels, OUT, what a desperate way to bring down the curtain on Lara's career. Samuels pushed the ball to mid-on, called for the run, Lara answered and almost immediately Samuels changed his mind, leaving Lara stranded.

BC Lara run out 18 (39m 17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 105.88

A huge and warm reception from crowd and players as Lara headed off but he was clearly unhappy - as well he might be - and he wasted no time in heading off. Samuels sold him down the river and Lara never had a chance to get back once Pietersen had picked up cleanly ... all he had to do was amble in and underarm the ball into the stumps from four yards.

30.6

Broad to Samuels, no run, Samuels defends and stays where he is ... he has learnt his lesson but at what a cost ...

End of over 31 (wicket maiden) West Indies 173/3 (RR: 5.58)

    • MN Samuels 0 (7b)
    • RR Sarwan 0 (0b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-15-0
    • A Flintoff 6-0-27-2

All a bit flat now inside the ground, quite understandably

31.1

Plunkett to Sarwan, no run, driven into the covers where Collingwood slithers to stop the ball

31.2

Plunkett to Sarwan, no run, outside off, left alone

31.3

Plunkett to Sarwan, no run, pushed into the off side

31.4

Plunkett to Sarwan, 1 run, too wide and Sarwan cuts to the left of point and a small cheer as that gets him off the mark

31.5

Plunkett to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels back, takes it on the gloves, Sarwan calls him through for a single as it plopped into space on the leg side

Watching the replays of the Lara run-out, Pietersen looks slightly too delighted for slightly too long. But it was a key wicket, even if it wasn't what the script needed

31.6

Plunkett to Sarwan, 1 run, A Collingwood misfield in the covers. He's allowed one or two of those, given how many runs his fielding he's saved for England

End of over 32 (3 runs) West Indies 176/3 (RR: 5.50)

    • RR Sarwan 2 (5b)
    • MN Samuels 1 (8b)
    • LE Plunkett 5-0-41-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-15-0
32.1

Broad to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan waits and plays the ball late, running it down to third man

32.2

Broad to Samuels, no run, Samuels plays defensively. That run-out has clearly affected him, but he won't want to be heading back to the dressing-room until Lara has had a chance to calm down

32.3

Broad to Samuels, no run, Samuels pushed into the leg side, but midwicket in quickly

32.4

Broad to Samuels, 2 runs, short, Samuels goes to pull but makes a hash of it and the ball lobs over the keeper off the top edge via his shoulder. All very messy, but two runs nevertheless

32.5

Broad to Samuels, 1 run, placed wide of midwicket and mid-on ambles round to field

32.6

Broad to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan back and squeezes the ball to backward point

End of over 33 (4 runs) West Indies 180/3 (RR: 5.45)

    • RR Sarwan 3 (7b)
    • MN Samuels 4 (12b)
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-19-0
    • LE Plunkett 5-0-41-0
33.1

Plunkett to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels stands tall and punches that to mid-off - not a good shot as his feet were nowhere near the pitch of it and he had to reach for the ball

33.2

Plunkett to Sarwan, OUT, short outside off stump, a little extra bounce, Sarwan got a thin top edge to his cut and Nixon held a routine catch

RR Sarwan c †Nixon b Plunkett 3 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

33.3

Plunkett to Chanderpaul, 1 wide, down the leg side, arrow straight, a wide all the way

33.3

Plunkett to Chanderpaul, FOUR, a similar line - Plunkett 's not readjusted for the left-hander - and Chaderpaul plays a subtle glance very fine

33.4

Plunkett to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed into the covers

33.5

Plunkett to Chanderpaul, no run, good riposte from Plunkett, Chanderpaul turned square by a good ball on off stump

33.6

Plunkett to Chanderpaul, no run, into line to defend

As England wheeze their way out of the World Cup, another group of huffing puffers will embarrass the lazy Londoners by running around the city for the annual marathon. Among them is Adam Hollioake raising funds for the CHASE Ben Hollioake Fund following his brother's death. They've raised over £14,000 so far...offer your donations here.

End of over 34 (6 runs) West Indies 186/4 (RR: 5.47)

    • S Chanderpaul 4 (4b 1x4)
    • MN Samuels 5 (13b)
    • LE Plunkett 6-0-47-1
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-19-0
34.1

Broad to Samuels, FOUR, short and wide, smashed in the air through the covers for four ...never a chance even thought it was uppish

34.2

Broad to Samuels, FOUR, and again ... this time hit straighter, he came to meet and and gave himself some room, and it was up and over

Long-off has been sent back onto the rope

34.3

Broad to Samuels, no run, shorter but on target, Samuels back to defend on his toes

34.4

Broad to Samuels, 2 runs, heaved into the leg side, deep midwicket fields. Samuels has clearly changed tactics this over

34.5

Broad to Samuels, 2 runs, short, pulled between midwicket and mid-on, not timed and it struggled to make it two-thirds of the way to the rope. Broad's inexperience showing in this over ... but he'll learn

34.6

Broad to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels waits and steers the ball behind square on the off, Flintoff at third man trots round to field

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End of over 35 (13 runs) West Indies 199/4 (RR: 5.68)

    • MN Samuels 18 (19b 2x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 4 (4b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-32-0
    • LE Plunkett 6-0-47-1
35.1

Plunkett to Samuels, SIX, superb village-green hitting, Samuels steps to leg and hammers that back over the bowler, hit with real power and six all the way

35.2

Plunkett to Samuels, 1 run, slower ball, Samuels waits and pats it into the off side and strolls the single

35.3

Plunkett to Chanderpaul, no run, outside off, Chanderpaul leaves it alone

"Bowling, bowling," booms Nixon, unaware that on TV Ian Botham is savaging his technique

35.4

Plunkett to Chanderpaul, 3 runs, opens the face of the bat and steers that between fielders in the covers, pulled up a yard inside the rope. Class

35.5

Plunkett to Samuels, 1 wide, loopy slower ball, looping all the way down the leg side and taken on the second bounce by Nixon

35.5

Plunkett to Samuels, (no ball) FOUR, and a no-ball to follow, Samuels steps to leg and cracks that through straight midwicket and Flintoff's dive is to no avail as the ball still trickles over the rope

35.5

Plunkett to Samuels, FOUR, poor ball, short, and Samuels pulls that through midwicket and again the ball just has enough legs to beat the fielder

35.6

Plunkett to Samuels, FOUR, a hat-trick of fours, and that's the best of the lot - he gave himself room and cut that through point, classic text-book stuff and four all the way

Twenty four off the over. And that's about what the bowling deserved.

End of over 36 (24 runs) West Indies 223/4 (RR: 6.19)

    • MN Samuels 37 (24b 5x4 1x6)
    • S Chanderpaul 7 (6b 1x4)
    • LE Plunkett 7-0-71-1
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-32-0

Vaughan brings himself on to try to slow things down for the second time

36.1

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul forward, misses, Vaughan appeals but not with any expectation

36.2

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed back to the bowler

36.3

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, flicked round the corner, Pietersen at short fine leg onto it quickly

36.4

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul looks to turn it round the corner but it plops off his pads and goes no more than a yard

36.5

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, pushed into the covers and finally he gets his single

36.6

Vaughan to Samuels, no run, flighted at 41mph and Samuels respectfully pats it back to the bowler

Much better for England, only one off that over.

End of over 37 (1 run) West Indies 224/4 (RR: 6.05)

    • MN Samuels 37 (25b 5x4 1x6)
    • S Chanderpaul 8 (11b 1x4)
    • MP Vaughan 4-0-8-0
    • LE Plunkett 7-0-71-1

Andrew Flintoff back for his third spell from the Joel Garner End.

37.1

Flintoff to Chanderpaul, FOUR, Slashed by Chanderpaul through second slip and it races to the rope. In fairness, Flintoff bowled that too wide so he can't feel too hard done by

37.2

Flintoff to Chanderpaul, 1 run, better line, but Chanderpaul still cuts past a diving Collingwood at backward point and third man round to retrieve

37.3

Flintoff to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels walks to leg and squirts a yorker-length delivery to long-on

37.4

Flintoff to Chanderpaul, 2 runs, Chanderpaul leans into the drive through extra cover, classy shot but there's a man in the deep to prevent too much damage

37.5

Flintoff to Chanderpaul, no run, good line and length - 85mph - and Chanderpaul defends

37.6

Flintoff to Chanderpaul, FOUR, Flintoff shakes his head, hands on knees, as Chanderpaul opens the face, albeit with a slightly edgy feel, and steers the ball fine to third man, too fine for the man down there to have any chance of stopping it

End of over 38 (12 runs) West Indies 236/4 (RR: 6.21)

    • S Chanderpaul 19 (16b 3x4)
    • MN Samuels 38 (26b 5x4 1x6)
    • A Flintoff 7-0-39-2
    • MP Vaughan 4-0-8-0
38.1

Vaughan to Samuels, no run, good flight, defended. He will go for this very soon, it's too tempting

38.2

Vaughan to Samuels, 1 run, driven with some power to deep cover, well hit and had he been able to place it five yards either side of the man out on the rope he would have got four

38.3

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, turned to short fine leg, Samuels had to scurry back at the bowler's end as he had come some way when Chanderpaul called "no"

38.4

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, FOUR, smashed through square leg - Taufel had to take emergency avoidance measures to avoid become a soprano

38.5

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, pushed to leg for a more sedate run

38.6

Vaughan to Samuels, 1 run, placed into space on the off side

End of over 39 (7 runs) West Indies 243/4 (RR: 6.23)

    • MN Samuels 40 (29b 5x4 1x6)
    • S Chanderpaul 24 (19b 4x4)
    • MP Vaughan 5-0-15-0
    • A Flintoff 7-0-39-2
39.1

Flintoff to Samuels, FOUR, almost a yorker, and Samuels somehow plays that between his legs - not quite what he intended - and the ball just beat Bopara's desperate dive

39.2

Flintoff to Samuels, 1 run, jabbed down the ground to long-on

39.3

Flintoff to Chanderpaul, no run, swished to midwicket where Vaughan makes a really good diving stop

39.4

Flintoff to Chanderpaul, no run, Chanderpaul surprised by a bit more bounce, the ball smacks him on the hands and plops into the off side

A slight delay as Chanderpaul checks all five fingers are the right shape ...

39.5

Flintoff to Chanderpaul, 1 run, turned off middle-and-leg into the on side

The Barmy Army start singing ...

39.6

Flintoff to Samuels, 1 run, Samuels slashes, all very heave-ho, and a top edge arcs down to third man

And for the final bish-bash-bosh, the far from hirsute Will Luke.

End of over 40 (7 runs) West Indies 250/4 (RR: 6.25)

    • MN Samuels 46 (32b 6x4 1x6)
    • S Chanderpaul 25 (22b 4x4)
    • A Flintoff 8-0-46-2
    • MP Vaughan 5-0-15-0

Whatever. Hello everyone

40.1

Vaughan to Samuels, 1 run, pinged down the ground to long-off for a single

40.2

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, on leg stump, Chanderpaul just flicks it fine but it can't beat the short fine-leg

40.3

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, neatly turned to leg with a flick of the wrists

40.4

Vaughan to Samuels, no run, fuller and pushed to out to cover

40.5

Vaughan to Samuels, 1 run, timed past point for a single

40.6

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, a big shout from Vaughan but Chanderpaul seemed to get an inside edge. And replays show it was a fairly massive inside edge in fact. Apart from that, it was dead, Michael...

End of over 41 (3 runs) West Indies 253/4 (RR: 6.17)

    • S Chanderpaul 26 (25b 4x4)
    • MN Samuels 48 (35b 6x4 1x6)
    • MP Vaughan 6-0-18-0
    • A Flintoff 8-0-46-2

Paul Collingwood into the attack to try and keep them down to singles. But Samuels has the bit between his teeth, and a point to prove

41.1

Collingwood to Samuels, 1 run, a slower ball wobbling on on leg stump which he works away to midwicket for a single, and he's looking for two, is he? No, he can't get his fifty and is right sent back

41.2

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, that's nicely bowled, on off stump and Chanderpaul is watchful in defence

41.3

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, 1 run, a good line but it's too short - only fractionally so - and Chanderpaul just angles it off the face of the bat. Samuels cries "yeah yeah" and they scamper through

Samuels on 49

41.4

Collingwood to Samuels, 1 run, cracked on the front foot and there's a really excellent half-century, his second fifty of the World Cup

Just 37 balls for that fifty. Have the crowd forgiven him for running out Lara? Just about, I'd say...

41.5

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, cut off the back foot and they fly through for a single. No they don't..Samuels sends Chanderpaul back

Nixon is up to the stumps by the way. But you got that, I'm sure, what with Collingwood taking the pace off the ball

41.6

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, a dibbly dobbler which is defended back to the bowler

End of over 42 (3 runs) West Indies 256/4 (RR: 6.09)

    • S Chanderpaul 27 (29b 4x4)
    • MN Samuels 50 (37b 6x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 6-0-30-0
    • MP Vaughan 6-0-18-0

So here's Vaughan once more

42.1

Vaughan to Samuels, 1 run, fuller and straighter, it's pushed down all along the ground to long-on

42.2

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, nicely bowled, just tossing this up and giving it a little bit more air. Chanderpaul pushes it to the off side

42.3

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, no run, tries to sweep but can't get hold of it

42.4

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, but he does get hold of the sweep this time, fast hands timing the ball neatly to deep backward square leg

42.5

Vaughan to Samuels, OUT, oh, a tame dismissal from Samuels really. A leg-side drifter but Samuels couldn't lift it over Collingwood at short midwicket who held on to a stinger

MN Samuels c Collingwood b Vaughan 51 (59m 39b 6x4 1x6) SR: 130.76

Sena from the United States takes a different look at Lara's run-out.. "I believe this is a different generation of cricketers than what some of us are used to. Remember, when Wally Grout reused to remove the bails to run out Titmus when he was stranded after colliding with the bowler, Hawke. A similar action is too much to expect from present day players, especially Peterson." Sorry Sena, this isn't a charity match and it wasn't England's fault that Marlon Samuels sold Lara a dummy.

Vaughan's doing the biz for England here. Rather worrying that he's England's best bowler, mind...

42.6

Vaughan to Bravo, 1 run, too short from Vaughan and pulled around the corner

End of over 43 (3 runs) West Indies 259/5 (RR: 6.02)

    • DJ Bravo 1 (1b)
    • S Chanderpaul 28 (32b 4x4)
    • MP Vaughan 7-0-21-1
    • PD Collingwood 6-0-30-0

Nasser Hussain makes a very valid point about the general dopiness of West Indies, citing Samuels and Gayle as two of the most dopey. It's fair comment; they are both undoubtedly gifted, brilliant at times, but lack a "mongrel" spirit. The running, the awareness, the unpredictability...

43.1

Collingwood to Bravo, 2 runs, pushed through midwicket for a couple

43.2

Collingwood to Bravo, 1 run, late cut down to third man for a cheeky single

43.3

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, that's well bowled on off stump and Chanderpaul defends

43.4

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, again it's defended on the off stump. Good, tight bowling here on a very good length

43.5

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, FOUR, oh, that's ridiculously well played. Sublime. A check-driven four - nothing more than a defensive prod - which bisected the infield and left the two in the outfield, arrowing in from opposite directions, look a little lazy. The timing was quite remarkable there

43.6

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, no run, pushed out to cover

End of over 44 (7 runs) West Indies 266/5 (RR: 6.04)

    • S Chanderpaul 32 (36b 5x4)
    • DJ Bravo 4 (3b)
    • PD Collingwood 7-0-37-0
    • MP Vaughan 7-0-21-1
44.1

Vaughan to Bravo, no run, defended back to Vaughan

44.2

Vaughan to Bravo, FOUR, Vaughan sees him dancing down the pitch and drops it a bit shorter but he's quick enough to react, is Bravo, and flings it down to fine leg for four

Couple of silicone bouncers in the crowd has got Gnasher all excited. They were rather enormous, it must be said

44.3

Vaughan to Bravo, 2 runs, cut out to extra cover

44.4

Vaughan to Bravo, 1 run, on leg stump and it's timed through midwicket with a flick of the wrists

44.5

Vaughan to Chanderpaul, 1 run, swept quite neatly through midwicket

44.6

Vaughan to Bravo, no run, ah well bowled - fuller and flatter and straighter, Bravo can only dig it back out to the bowler

End of over 45 (8 runs) West Indies 274/5 (RR: 6.08)

    • DJ Bravo 11 (8b 1x4)
    • S Chanderpaul 33 (37b 5x4)
    • MP Vaughan 8-0-29-1
    • PD Collingwood 7-0-37-0

Here's Collingwood

I was at The Oval this morning and Matthew Hoggard, who took four wickets before lunch, looked in good form, so it's not all doom and gloom. Darren Gough also grabbed a couple, but he's slightly more padded than of old and even he seems to have accepted that his twilights days will be spent on the county circuit.

45.1

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, 1 run, oh and he's gone for it, slashing it high over extra cover but it falls short of Bopara at deep extra cover and they just pick up a single

Their running has been atrocious today.

45.2

Collingwood to Bravo, 1 run, flicked off his pads, aerially, and a deep and wideish mid-on runs in to field

NS emails: "No doubt Pietersen was completely right to run Lara out - any suggestions to the contrary are, quite frankly, stupid. Nonetheless, as you observed, his celebrations did go on a little too long. He could have shown a little more respect, in my opinion." Pietersen ... respect ... hmm.

45.3

Collingwood to Chanderpaul, OUT, sloppy, lazy shot from Chanderpaul, trying to loft it over the bowler's head for six. Very well bowled from Collingwood though, a little off-cutter which Chanderpaul spooned to long-on who only had to run in a metre or so, taking the ball in his lap

S Chanderpaul c Plunkett b Collingwood 34 (52m 39b 5x4 0x6) SR: 87.17

Just 24 runs scored in the last five overs

45.4

Collingwood to Bravo, 1 run, delicately late cut, just using the pace of the ball, but it brings him just a single

West Indies really do need to get a hurry on here. We want boundaries

45.5

Collingwood to Ramdin, no run, swinging into the right hander who is rapped on the pads, but he got a thick inside edge in fact. I just didn't hear it. Good job I'm not an umpire really

45.6

Collingwood to Ramdin, no run, on the front foot it's squirted out to point but again they can't break the infield

End of over 46 (3 runs) West Indies 277/6 (RR: 6.02)

    • D Ramdin 0 (2b)
    • DJ Bravo 13 (10b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 8-0-40-1
    • MP Vaughan 8-0-29-1
46.1

Vaughan to Bravo, OUT, Vaughan gets another: Bravo came down the pitch, trying to slog him over midwicket but he couldn't get on top of it, mistiming it and skying it to Dalrymple at deep midwicket who took a simple catch

DJ Bravo c Dalrymple b Vaughan 13 (16m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 118.18

West Indies have lost 24 for 3 in the last five overs. Mind you, this total could well be more than enough for them what with England's pithy performances so far

Sera, the guy who suggested England should not have run Lara out and clearly a man who backs his own views, fires back: "I beg to disagree. This may not be a charity match, but what will either team gain from this game; both have lost enough games -- pride perhaps. You must be an English supporter in contrast to some of us who support the game." A cutting riposte ... we assume you would also have expected England to lob up a series of full tosses so Lara could score a hundred, and then kick down their own stumps so he could finish with a five-for as well. Oh dear ...

46.2

Vaughan to Ramdin, FOUR, a poor ball this time: a very ugly leg-side full toss which Ramdin just picked up over Collingwood at short-midwicket

46.3

Vaughan to Ramdin, no run, with quick feet he rocks back and cuts this wider delivery to short third man

46.4

Vaughan to Ramdin, 1 run, nudged off his legs for a single

46.5

Vaughan to Taylor, no run, nicely flighted, clunked back to Vaughan

46.6

Vaughan to Taylor, 1 run, nurdled off his pads for another quick single

Another excellent over (bar the filthy full bunger) from Vaughan.

End of over 47 (6 runs) West Indies 283/7 (RR: 6.02)

    • JE Taylor 1 (2b)
    • D Ramdin 5 (5b 1x4)
    • MP Vaughan 9-0-35-2
    • PD Collingwood 8-0-40-1

Flintoff back into the attack with two overs left in his allocation, so he'll bowl the 50th over too. Well done that man

47.1

Flintoff to Taylor, 2 runs, an inswinging yorker - well, he attempted a yorker anyway - which is just timed on the full behind square

47.2

Flintoff to Taylor, 2 runs, drifting down leg again - Flintoff not controlling the reverse swing here - and smudged through the midwicket region for another couple

47.3

Flintoff to Taylor, FOUR, fabulous shot - excellent hands from Taylor, flaying this with a flourish and opening the face of the bat to send it zinging past point

47.4

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, good comeback from Flintoff! A bouncer rearing up at the bowler, cutting back into him too

The crowd "oooooh" and "ahhh" and generally roar their approval. Da chin music is appreciated over here

47.5

Flintoff to Taylor, 2 runs, lofted elegantly over extra cover. That really was classily played

47.6

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, and a good one with which to finish the over, swinging into his off stump and threatening to ruin it. It's solidly defended

End of over 48 (10 runs) West Indies 293/7 (RR: 6.10)

    • JE Taylor 11 (8b 1x4)
    • D Ramdin 5 (5b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 9-0-56-2
    • MP Vaughan 9-0-35-2
48.1

Vaughan to Ramdin, no run, he sweeps, misses, the ball ballooning off his pad and Nixon dives to his left to take the "catch" which Vaughan appeals for. Absolutely nowhere near hitting that

48.2

Vaughan to Ramdin, 1 run, fuller and flatter, clunked to a deep mid-on

48.3

Vaughan to Taylor, 1 run, oh and he's gone for it this time, bashing this full bunger into cow corner at deep midwicket. Plunkett's grazing is interrupted and he fields neatly

48.4

Vaughan to Ramdin, 1 run, down the pitch he tries to send this over the covers but can't quite time it

48.5

Vaughan to Taylor, OUT, gone this time though. Again he comes down the pitch and tries to slog it over midwicket, but he doesn't get all of it and skies it to Dalyrmple who steadies himself and takes an easy catch at deep midwicket

JE Taylor c Dalrymple b Vaughan 12 (9m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

48.6

Vaughan to Ramdin, 1 run, and it's pushed down the ground for a quick single

Well bowled Michael Vaughan. This is the first time since the 2004 Champions Trophy semi-final against Australia at Edgbaston that Vaughan has bowled his full 10 overs in an ODI - and those are his second-best figures in one-dayers. That fine piece of stattage courtesy of The Gnasher

End of over 49 (4 runs) West Indies 297/8 (RR: 6.06)

    • D Ramdin 8 (9b 1x4)
    • DBL Powell 0 (0b)
    • MP Vaughan 10-0-39-3
    • A Flintoff 9-0-56-2

Flintoff to bowl the final over

49.1

Flintoff to Ramdin, 1 run, and he goes for an absolutely enormous heave ho, but smudges it just wide of mid-on

I love last overs in one-dayers. They rip up what's left of the rule book and make everyone look a bit daft

49.2

Flintoff to Powell, OUT, goddim! A good yorker which was dug out, deadening the ball...Powell wants a single but Ramdin most certainly does not...and Preston's finest kicks the ball onto the stumps

DBL Powell run out 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here's Collymore, who has twice hit sixes off the last ball of an innings

49.3

Flintoff to Collymore, 1 run, cracked out into the covers

49.4

Flintoff to Ramdin, 1 run, pushed through midwicket

49.5

Flintoff to Collymore, OUT, ah nicely bowled, an excellent yorker which bobbles off his pads. Collymore's going for a run regardless, but Flintoff scoops up the ball and throws down the stumps with casual disdain. Slick piece of work to end the innings

CD Collymore run out 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

1.40pm Right, Collier has finished ... even Gower battled to stay awake. But back to the action ... Lara has led West Indies out and England's openers are on their way. It's Martin Williamson to take you through the first ten overs of the innings. Corey Collymore from the Malcolm Marshall End ...

1.35pm Meanwhile, on TV, ECB chief executive David Collier, still wearing a tie despite being on the beach, is talking lots of words but not actually saying anything. He's also going rather red as the heat is getting to him. If this goes on much longer he might explode. Notice that David Gower is in the shade and remaining cool while Collier is left to turn beetroot.

Collier has a remarkable knack of being able to speak without a single word sticking in your mind. It's incredible. He would make a great politician. Twenty minutes in and he has become a monotone drone ... When you need a ten-minute lunch break, you get a full-length one.

1.25pmAnd as spectators sip their approved water and nibble their approved snacks, Malcolm Speed is out in the middle making a presentation to Clive Lloyd on the occasion of him stepping down as a match referee. So that's why there's a sell-out crowd in here today. "A nice gold watch to help you with your timing," says Tony Cozier who's also on the podium. "Shame the ICC don't have the same sense of timing," chips in Andrew Miller as he looks on.

End of innings Pretty good effort from the West Indies to reach 300, though England's opening bowlers were truly awful right from the start. It was Vaughan and Collingwood - and Flintoff, to be fair - who pulled things back for England but, with their batsmen showing such unconvincing form, it is a huge ask. We'll be back for their run-chase in about 35 minutes; join us then.

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