result
1st Final (D/N), Melbourne, Feb 9 2007, Commonwealth Bank Series
(49.3/50 ov)253/6
England won by 4 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

Well blow me down and rewrite history. England, yes, England!, have won the first final of the CB Series by four wickets, thanks to a monumental unbeaten 120 from 133 balls from Paul Collingwood!

An unbiased view from Rick Johnson who emails: "Ned Kelly, Robert Menzies, David Campese, Kylie Minogue, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, Ian Thorpe, Yvonne Goolagong, Mel Gibson ... your boys took a hell of a beating"

The dressing-room has just spontaneously combusted, with Andrew Flintoff leading some monstrous bear-hugs. This has been a remarkable evening at Melbourne. The team that, two weeks ago, could sink no lower has just bounced back in remarkable style!

That's it from us today. No prizes for guessing the Man of the Match. I've been Andrew Miller, and from my colleagues, Martin Williamson and Andrew McGlashan, it's goodbye, and join us again on Sunday at 3.15am GMT for the second final at Sydney. It's been emotional and I need a cuppa ...

49.3
1
Bracken to PD Collingwood, 1 run

There it is! And it's Paul Collingwood with the winning runs through midwicket!

49.2
1
Bracken to Nixon, 1 run

tip and run and the scores are level! Chipped to mid-on and Nixon is too quick for the fielder

Everyone is in the circle

49.1
2
Bracken to Nixon, 2 runs

full-length from around the wicket, Nixon whips it fine again, and he's found space as well!

end of over 499 runs
ENG: 249/6CRR: 5.08 RRR: 4.00 • Need 4 runs from 6b
Paul Collingwood119 (132)
Paul Nixon8 (8)
Glenn McGrath10-0-53-0
Shane Watson8-0-51-1

If this is a tie, it automatically goes to a third final ... In the meantime, it's Nathan Bracken to defend four runs in this final over ...

Hell of a day to give up barbiturates ...

48.6
McGrath to PD Collingwood, no run

full-toss, back to McGrath. A single threatened, but wisely turned down

Deep cover comes in. Ponting has to stop the singles

48.5
4
McGrath to PD Collingwood, FOUR runs

drilled down the ground! That's a massive strike! Great quick feet from Collingwood, and McGrath couldn't cut it off!

48.4
1
McGrath to Nixon, 1 run

low full-toss, clipped to the mid-off fielder in the ring, but another quick single ...

48.3
2
McGrath to Nixon, 2 runs

great cricket from Nixon. Big gaps on the leg side, and he worked it expertly off his toes into the gap. England need a run a ball again ...

48.2
McGrath to Nixon, no run

Nixon charges, McGrath intercepts a checked drive above his head, the crowd think it's a catch, but in fact it's a dot ball!

48.1
2
McGrath to Nixon, 2 runs

full-length, whipped through the leg side, England run two to fine leg, and it's 11 off 11!

end of over 4812 runs
ENG: 240/6CRR: 5.00 RRR: 6.50 • Need 13 runs from 12b
Paul Nixon3 (4)
Paul Collingwood115 (130)
Shane Watson8-0-51-1
Glenn McGrath9-0-44-0

Crikey. Just as well I don't have a hangover today ... Talking of hangovers, here's the long-suffering McGrath for his final surge. Round the wicket

47.6
1
Watson to Nixon, 1 run

slower ball, clubbed down the ground, through long-off! 13 from 12 ...

47.5
1
Watson to PD Collingwood, 1 run

would have been out if it had hit! Collingwood looked for the sweep, played to mid-on instead and Nixon was late setting off. The shy missed by a whisker!

47.4
1
Watson to Nixon, 1 run

excellent cricket from Nixon. On off stump, tip and run into the off side. Collingwood back on strike ...

47.3
1
Watson to PD Collingwood, 1 run

wider line, and Collingwood picks the gap in the covers. England need almost a run a ball

(no ball as well ...)

47.2
4
Watson to PD Collingwood, FOUR runs

two fours in two balls, and that was an even better shot! Slower ball from Watson, and Collingwood scooped that up and over McGrath at fine leg!

47.1
4
Watson to PD Collingwood, FOUR runs

full-toss, and that's a vital boundary for England! Collingwood down on the sweep, picks his spot perfectly just behind square, and Brad Hodge's despairing dive can't cut it off!

end of over 473 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 228/6CRR: 4.85 RRR: 8.33 • Need 25 runs from 18b
Paul Nixon1 (2)
Paul Collingwood105 (126)
Glenn McGrath9-0-44-0
Shane Watson7-0-39-1
46.6
McGrath to Nixon, no run

massive shout! But McGrath is coming around the wicket, and umpire Harper believes that's sliding down. Hawkeye doesn't agree! Lucky break for Nixon who shuffled right across his stumps

46.5
1
McGrath to PD Collingwood, 1 run

wide outside off stump, pushed confidently back past the bowler, and tidied up at long-off

46.4
1
McGrath to Nixon, 1 run

a risk-free single nudged down to long-on

Nixon to face his first ball ... 27 from 21 ... Four inside the circle, plenty of gaps. McGrath around the wicket to the left-hander

46.3
1
McGrath to PD Collingwood, 1 run

bit of width, pushed into the covers, that's another single ...

46.2
McGrath to PD Collingwood, no run

brilliant fielding by Ponting at mid-on! Dived full-stretch to cut off the run!

Here comes Paul Nixon. Mostly mouth, no trousers this series so far ... What next?

46.1
W
McGrath to Dalrymple, OUT

McGrath's made the difference! Inswinging low full-toss, an excellent ball in the circumstances, squirted out to point, and Clark's return to the bowler is pinpoint! Dalrymple was late setting off and was never in the frame ...

Jamie Dalrymple run out (Clarke/McGrath) 3 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60