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3rd Test, Bridgetown, May 1 - 3 2015, England tour of West Indies
257 & 123
(62.4 ov, target 192)189 & 194/5
West Indies won by 5 wickets
player of the match
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• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Bravo and Blackwood secure shared series

West Indies turned what looked likely to be a nail-biting chase into a canter over the line as the evening shadows enveloped Kensington Oval to secure a hugely notable shared series

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
England257/10(96.3 overs)1st INNINGS
Alastair Cook105 (266)
Moeen Ali58 (130)
Jerome Taylor3/36(18.3)
Jason Holder2/34(16)
West Indies189/10(49.4 overs)1st INNINGS
England123/10(42.1 overs)2nd INNINGS
Jos Buttler*35 (42)
Ben Stokes32 (48)
Jerome Taylor3/33(11.1)
West Indies194/5(62.4 overs)2nd INNINGS

6.05pm: England have actually retained the Wisden Trophy, though Alastair Cook looked as if he'd been asked to accept a sack of mouldy spuds from WICB president Dave "Dave" Cameron. Well, whatever he thinks, it's been fun. England were the better side in Antigua but couldn't finish things off; West Indies tossed away their hard work during a daft couple of hours in Grenada; then the hosts came bouncing back from behind the eight ball here to level things. Sadly, that's it for England in the West Indies, but we'll be returning for more before you know it. England play an ODI against Ireland on Friday (good luck there) and then host New Zealand, starting with two Tests at the end of May (good luck there). West Indies have a month off and then contest the Frank Worrell Trophy with Australia. Join us for all the thrills and spills - but, from Alan, Gnasher and Alex, it's goodbye for now. Goodbye!

5.50pm: Here we go with the presentations... Jermaine Blackwood is the Man of the Match: "I always try to play my natural game, adapt to the situation. Way I get out sometimes is playing my natural game, so I'm not really worried. [First innings] Definitely, tried go out there and play my shots and it came out very well. I saw Bravo, he said stay positive and we'll get there, we did that, so well played to him as well. Each Test series I'm learning so it's good for me."

James Anderson is named Man of the Series: "Definitely, played some good cricket and to get a first-innings lead, we thought we were in a good position. There were periods when we thought we were in with a chance but Bravo and Blackwood played very well. We've played well, I fell like I've bowled well and contributed, so very disappointed we didn't get over the line. [Breaking Botham's record] I've had a purple patch since then and a bit of luck. It might be my last time to come here, if we have to wait another six years, but we've enjoyed every minute of it."

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin: [Barbados pitch?] "It was a quite tricky one, but it turned out well for us. Batters didn't quite do as we wanted in the first innings but young Bravo and Blackwood came out for us today. We needed to get wickets in the second innings and those five wickets [on day two] put us in a commanding position. We played some good cricket, the bowling line-up was a good one, we let it slip in Grenada but I'm really glad we beat them today. [Performances from young players] Young blood, Shai Hope as well, sure he will go from strength to strength."

England captain Alastair Cook: [Wanted series win?] "We came here after Grenada with the opportunity to do it, played a lot of good cricket in the first day and a half. It's a bit of both, 250 wasn't enough, probably 300 was par, and then obviously 120 was disappointing. We have to take it on the chin, credit to West Indies, they bowled well and put us under pressure. When you're defending 190 you need to take your chances, even 80 for 4 we had them under pressure. The bottom line is we haven't done enough to win the series. Every series we play we try to win, we'll take it on the chin. The support we've had in Antigua, Grenada and Barbados has been fantastic. I can't fault the lads but the last 20 overs we weren't good enough. The squad will talk about things but we need to go and deliver."

5.35pm: A brilliant, brilliant win for West Indies, denies England the series and means their fans can proudly rally round the flag tonight. They showed reserves many doubted they had, fighting back from losing the toss and a significant first-innings deficit; Phil Simmons is among those heading out to congratulate Jermaine Blackwood, who has shown immense promise in this series, while Darren Bravo finally played the sort of knock his talent demands. Kensington Oval may have England flags draped all over it but there's no doubting who's patch it is right now. That defeat means England still haven't won overseas since India in 2012 and extends their parched run in the West Indies, which stretches back a decade.

"Well played, West Indies - especially Bravo, Blackwood, Holder and Taylor," says Nic. "I hope Colin Graves is rethinking his judgement of them as 'mediocre'." Yes, it's certainly a statement that irked West Indies and can only have stoked the Babylonian fires. Will there be repercussions for the likes of Alastair Cook and Peter Moores? We'll find out soon enough, I'm sure... Better to focus on the winning side here, West Indies have matched England, ranked five places above them, and barring a crazy session in Grenada that cost them the game, might have claimed another scalp for the mantelpiece. There's talent, no doubt, the task for Simmons now is to inspire a fearsome collective will. Maybe they can do England a favour and rattle the Aussies as well?

Anyway, however you slice it, that was a cracking Test match. More of these, please!

62.4
4
Ali to Blackwood, FOUR runs

full length and this time he makes no mistake, leaps out and chips it over mid-on and away for the winning runs, giving West Indies victory by five wickets and meaning they level the series at 1-1

62.3
Ali to Blackwood, no run

floated up and drilled into the covers

62.2
2
Ali to Blackwood, 2 runs

tossed up and he gives it the tally-ho! charge but manages to slice a big edge wide of slip, Stokes gives chase from backward point

62.1
Ali to Blackwood, no run

length ball spinning in from outside off, taps it to the leg side

Denesh Ramdin has to come out to see things home, WI need just four more...

end of over 629 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 188/5CRR: 3.03 
Jermaine Blackwood41 (100)
Ben Stokes5-0-25-1
Moeen Ali12-1-48-1
61.6
W
Stokes to Bravo, OUT

full toss from Stokes, opens the shoulders... and slaps it to mid-off! Broad catches it and throws the ball back, Bravo doesn't seem to believe it, there's actually a bit of discussion on the pitch before he realises he has to go. He'll get an ovation from the crowd, at least, it's been a wonderful innings

Darren Bravo c Broad b Stokes 82 (211m 148b 7x4 3x6) SR: 55.4
61.5
2
Stokes to Bravo, 2 runs

slightly full and now there's a Lara-esque drive over the covers, flowing stroke but it sticks in the outfield

61.4
4
Stokes to Bravo, FOUR runs

slightly full and that's wristily flicked away for four more over midwicket. Bravo showing some panache to follow the bucketloads of grit

61.3
Stokes to Bravo, no run

short of a length and defended in front of the stumps

61.2
2
Stokes to Bravo, 2 runs

dug in, sits back in the crease and runs a couple more through backward point

61.1
1
Stokes to Blackwood, 1 run

short and at the body, nudged away through square - cheers for the hundred partnership now, and a hug between the two batsmen

Here's Chris in Taunton: "Looks as if England are dragging another defeat from the jaws of a win. Oh well, we've got used to this....."

end of over 6112 runs
WI: 179/4CRR: 2.93 
Darren Bravo74 (143)
Jermaine Blackwood40 (99)
Moeen Ali12-1-48-1
Ben Stokes4-0-16-0
60.6
6
Ali to Bravo, SIX runs

gives it the treatment again, h-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-g-h over long-on, clinical swing of the bat from Bravo - they might not need the extra half hour

60.5
Ali to Bravo, no run

pushed through outside off, opens the face and steers towards backward point

60.4
1
Ali to Blackwood, 1 run

on the stumps, closes the face and turns one more into the leg side

60.3
4
Ali to Blackwood, FOUR runs

full outside off, Blackwood skips out and drills the ball through the covers, super shot - 20 to win now

60.2
Ali to Blackwood, no run

on the stumps, played back down the track

60.1
1
Ali to Bravo, 1 run

tossed up and worked away into the on side for one

end of over 603 runs
WI: 167/4CRR: 2.78 
Jermaine Blackwood35 (96)
Darren Bravo67 (140)
Ben Stokes4-0-16-0
Moeen Ali11-1-36-1

Bruce Oxenford has just told Darren Bravo that they can ask for the extra half hour at 5.30pm

59.6
Stokes to Blackwood, no run

full toss, bunted into the covers

59.5
2
Stokes to Blackwood, 2 runs

full and straight and whipped away through midwicket, they hustle back for a second, even though there's a direct hit at the non-striker's end

59.4
Stokes to Blackwood, no run

drops back and keeps on top of a short delivery

59.3
Stokes to Blackwood, no run

very full outside off, almost a wide yorker and Blackwood flashes at it, there's half an appeal from the cordon, though Buttler didn't have the energy to get involved

Best performances - batters
Alastair Cook portrait
AN Cook
105 runs (266)
12 fours
0 six
Control93%
Productive shot
pull
28 runs
5 fours
0 six
128624325117
Jermaine Blackwood player portrait
J Blackwood
85 runs (88)
11 fours
4 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
pull
23 runs
4 fours
1 six
08195721727
Best performances - bowlers
James Anderson, player portrait
JM Anderson
O
12.4
M
5
R
42
W
6
ECO
3.31
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
3W1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Jason Holder
JO Holder
O
9
M
3
R
15
W
3
ECO
1.66
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of West Indies
Season2015
Player Of The Match
Jermaine Blackwood
Jermaine Blackwood
Player Of The Series
James Anderson
James Anderson
Series result3-match series drawn 1-1
Match numberTest no. 2160
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days1,2,3 May 2015 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Shai Hope
Shai Hope
Umpires
New Zealand Image
Billy Bowden
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Steve Davis
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Gregory Brathwaite
Match Referee
Zimbabwe Image
Andy Pycroft