Player of the Match
Player of the Match

And as Brian Lara walks round the boundary on a one-man lap of honour - he's vaulted the hoardings and is touching hands with as many people as he can - we sign off for the night. A great match to end the Super Eights - and at times this stage seemed as infinite as outer space - and now it's the semi-finals on Tuesday and Wednesday. Join us then. From me, Martin Williamson, and Will Luke, good night.

Presentations Michael Atherton is the MC and Wes Hall is with him. Vaughan - "A great game, nice to get a victory and nice to have a fantastic crowd in ... but we have to be realistic and say we haven't played well throughout the tournament."

Kevin Pietersen is named Man of the Match for his ton. "I'm just pleased for Fletch and Dean Conway we got them a victory. It's been emotional and yet fantastic for everyone." And praise for Paul Nixon as well for his part in the whole winter.

And finally Brian Lara steps up to loud applause. "Things didn't work out as planned but it was a very good cricket game. I thought it was a good effort by all 22 players. I've had a tremendous time playing for West Indies ... my dream was to see West Indies cricket stay on top and not doing that has been the most disappointing thing.

"Did I entertain?" Lara asks the crowd, and the cheers answer that ... and for the final time, Lara steps down from the podium.

England win by one wicket Well, West Indies might not have given Lara the send-off he wanted, but what a game to bow out on, and at least Duncan Fletcher will be a happy man tonight. Amazing and at long last we have had a real and rare humdinger ...

Bravo to Broad, 2 runs, Broad leans back and hits that high over the covers ... there's nobody back and that's the winning runs. Broad grins and embraces Anderson as the crowd erupts. A grim-looking Lara shakes hands with friends and foes and has a long handshake and exchange with Koertzen. The crowd stand as he heads off ahead of all the other players. He wipes a tear from his eye and shakes hands with the England side who have lined up on the boundary edge ... and then he disappears into the pavilion.

A long chat between the batsmen. They finish and then, and only then, Lara changes his field.

Nixon has been magnificent. On a day of farewells, perhaps that's the old boy's last hurrah in international cricket. But what a glorious one for someone who wasn't everyone's first choice to tour this winter.

Bravo to Nixon, OUT, anyone with a weak heart, turn off now. Slower ball fools Nixon who was on the walk as Bravo let go, he misses and it clips the top of his off stump

PA Nixon b Bravo 38 (83m 39b 4x4 0x6) SR: 97.43

Taylor looks on in disbelief. Had he missed it was out. As it is, it's six from nine balls.

Taylor to Nixon, FOUR runs, on leg stump, almost a yorker, Nixon flicks it off his feet and the ball shoots past the man behind square on the leg
Collymore to Nixon, FOUR runs, a great shot, he came down the pitch and hit that, with mainly bottom hand, into the same area as the previous two fours but that was really clobbered and it sailed first bounce over the rope

Lara spending an age resetting his field. Boos from the crowd as they reckon he is wasting time. Quite probably he is.

The old man is battling ... 21 runs off 15 balls.

Collymore to Nixon, FOUR runs, Nixon again heaves that over midwicket - he did well to fetch that from off stump - and Bravo cannot get round in time from long-on
Collymore to Nixon, FOUR runs, slower ball ... but a full toss ... Nixon on it quickly and he cracks that over midwicket and there's a big gap out there

The crowd go wild, including the sizable England contingent ...

Taylor to Plunkett, OUT, slower ball - 71mph - Plunkett underclubs and Bravo, five yards in from the long-on boundary, waits and takes a good catch above his head

LE Plunkett c Bravo b Taylor 2 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Really superb response from Taylor and that has tilted the game in favour of West Indies. You rather suspect that if England were to win, Pietersen had to be there. It's down to Nixon and the tail.

Taylor to Pietersen, OUT, another big heave, but Taylor fire in a full delivery on and it crashes into the leg stump

KP Pietersen b Taylor 100 (144m 91b 10x4 1x6) SR: 109.89

Steve Bucknor comes out with a box of balls. The old one is still travelling so we believe ... that was his first six of the day and what a time to hit it.

England have never won when KP has scored a ton ...

Taylor to Pietersen, SIX runs, a decent enough delivery, Pietersen steps to leg and hammers the ball into orbit over long-on. What a way to bring up his fifth ODI hundred and the crowd stand to applaud.

38 runs from 24 balls. Still West Indies on top but it's going to be close. Jerome Taylor is the man who will have to bowl very well at this stage ... and he has Pietersen on 94.

That won't make Gayle feel any better.

Collymore to Pietersen, FOUR runs, slower ball, Pietersen launches that over midwicket and the man in the deep can't get round in time
Bravo to Pietersen, FOUR runs, very wide of the off stump and Pietersen scrabbles desperately at it, somehow reaching it and getting enough on it to send it down to third man

2000 one-day runs for Pietersen

Taylor to Pietersen, FOUR runs, oh dear, don't bowl down the leg side to Pietersen. It's just flicked for four past the short fine leg
Taylor to Pietersen, FOUR runs, that is stunning from Pietersen - just so clever. A firm lunge onto the front foot and he just guides it off the outside edge down to third man for four

Bravo not very happy

Bravo to Pietersen, FOUR runs, Bravo is furious with himself here, sending down a full toss to which Pietersen throws his hands and gets a very thick (and deliberate) outside edge down to third man for four

Back over the wicket

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR runs, fantastic shot from him here, on-driving it - a straight flaming-flick is probably more accurate - past the bowler for four

All eyes turn to Pietersen again. He's probably just waiting until the 40th; he likes to give himself a bit of a challenge, after all

Powell to Pietersen, FOUR runs, there we go. A crunching, crashing drive; half a step outside leg and he just cracked it through covers, threading the gap expertly
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England 2nd innings Partnerships

1st11MP VaughanAJ Strauss
2nd90MP VaughanRS Bopara
3rd53MP VaughanKP Pietersen
4th8PD CollingwoodKP Pietersen
5th23A FlintoffKP Pietersen
6th4KP PietersenJWM Dalrymple
7th80PA NixonKP Pietersen
8th2PA NixonLE Plunkett
9th27PA NixonSCJ Broad
10th3JM AndersonSCJ Broad

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