RESULT
1st T20I (D/N), Gros Islet, March 05, 2019, England tour of West Indies
(18.5/20 ov, T:161) 161/6

England won by 4 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

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7.34pm So, that's a wrap from Beausejour. Not quite clinical from England, but effective enough. We'll be back on Friday for the penultimate leg of the tour, the second T20I in St Kitts. See you then.

Eoin Morgan: "I thought Adil did an incredible job today, he's proven he has the ability to come on at any stage and threaten both sides of the bat, he's a huge asset to fall back on. Jordan's experience in T20 is vast ... it was a case of going with TC in the final over, his slower ball to guys who'd just come in was the way to go."

Jonny Bairstow is Player of the Match: "Great fun, a quick turnaround, get to play with a lot of freedom. A few guys not playing in this series, so an opportunity to carry on from the one-day series. Good fun having the gloves, not as many to catch as in the Tests so when the ball comes it's a bit of a surprise."

7.29pm Time for some presentations. Jason Holder: "We were a bit scrappy in the field and the wicket was a bit two-paced. Too many extras in the field. There's a massive wind factor at this ground. Pooran is a very explosive player, and the guys were able to bat around him as well."

7.25pm It's been a lively night in the Champions League tonight as well. Spurs are through to the last eight, but that's not the big story of the night...

7.18pm So, as four-wicket wins go, that was sufficiently dominant from England. West Indies looked to have posted a competitive total, but a combination of Jonny Bairstow's belligerence and a poor evening in the field wrecked their chances of defending it. Sheldon Cottrell kept things interesting, as he tends to do, but it was a stroll for the second ten overs, to be honest.

Jon: "Damian: Denly and Billings did what was needed. Got out going for a big shot when the game was as good as won." Yep. Can't argue with that

David - aka sle: "One can't help but feel that the 20 extras conceded have played a big part here" There is that, though England actually served up more wides

Callum: "Why not a four off last delivery, thought it hit the rope?" They presumably completed the single before the ball got to the rope. Dumb rule

George Macphers: "Only 3 6's in this innings from England is woeful. We could have use the top half of our order to chase 161. England could have turn a few of those 1's into 6's which would have made the difference in the chase to allow England to get to 161 with a few overs to spare. " George, I think you've forgotten your tablets again. Nurse!

18.5
1
Cottrell to Tom Curran, 1 run

slammed through long-on and that's a comprehensive win!

Damian: "Not particularly convincing from denly or billings" Both innings would have looked better as not outs... they had no need to play any differently thanks to Bairstow

18.4
1
Cottrell to Willey, 1 run

slower ball again, tucked to the leg side and the scores are level

18.3
4b
Cottrell to Willey, 4 byes

short, sharp, bursts through the keeper's gloves, and that's wrecked the suspense! Oh well, it was intriguing while it lasted

18.2
1
Cottrell to Tom Curran, 1 run

full length, tapped into the off side to get off the mark with a calm single

18.1
W
Cottrell to Billings, OUT

full, straight and bowled! A loopingly slow cutter, Billings is drawn into a wild glory-seeking hack, and off come his bails! Another day when Billings has come to the party, then left it rather drunkenly after necking the tequila when the dancefloor was at his mercy

Sam Billings b Cottrell 18 (16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.5

Cottrell returns. He's been West Indies' likeliest source of wickets on this leg of the tour...

end of over 183 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 154/5CRR: 8.55 RRR: 3.50
David Willey0 (1b)
Sam Billings18 (15b 1x4)
Jason Holder 4-0-26-1
Carlos Brathwaite 4-0-33-1
17.6
Holder to Willey, no run

an effort ball to end it ... he's made the breakthrough, but it's come too late you sense

17.5
1
Holder to Billings, 1 run

smashed out to deep square leg, and dropped! A brain-fade from Billings, hitting into the breeze and for some reason Thomas only goes for it with one hand. Worried about the proximity of the rope, but that could have been interesting!

So, Denly won't be seeing this one home, though he's played his part. Here's David Willey, to win it in one hit!

17.4
W
Holder to Denly, OUT

short, and hoisted up, up and away, but into the breeze and into deep square leg's hands!

Joe Denly c Pooran b Holder 30 (29b 4x4 0x6) SR: 103.44
17.3
Holder to Denly, no run

doesn't get up as intended this time

17.2
1
Holder to Billings, 1 run

sharp delivery! Raps the gloves on a tight off-stump line, and Billings rides it as if we're back in the Test series! But there's another single into the vacant cordon

17.1
1
Holder to Denly, 1 run

full toss, on the pads, tapped to long-on

end of over 1710 runs
ENG: 151/4CRR: 8.88 RRR: 3.33
Joe Denly29 (26b 4x4)
Sam Billings16 (13b 1x4)
Carlos Brathwaite 4-0-33-1
Jason Holder 3-0-23-0
16.6
1lb
Brathwaite to Denly, 1 leg bye

angled into the pads, lifting off the deck, good ball, but that's another single. Just 10 to get now

Richard Hirst: "Plenty of other sports he could still take up in his second prime - as a Yorkshireman, Crown green bowling, for example." Or ferret hoarding

16.5
2lb
Brathwaite to Denly, 2 leg byes

angled into the pads, tapped into space in front of square leg, and there's no-one to cut that off

16.4
1
Brathwaite to Billings, 1 run

back of a length, pulled to wide long-on. England are walking this one home

16.3
2
Brathwaite to Billings, 2 runs

full toss, bashed on the up to deep cover

16.3
1w
Brathwaite to Billings, 1 wide

wrong line once more, the requirement dips again

16.3
1w
Brathwaite to Billings, 1 wide

wide on the crease, and wide of the batsman too

Priyadaka Conwa: "Two men of England have got their top t20I scores in this game, YJB and OJD (er, old Jo Denly?) " Err, yes... I guess eight years on the England sidelines takes it out of a man!

16.2
1
Brathwaite to Denly, 1 run

open-faced glide to deep point

Jack: "Sam Billings is from the same hospital as my brother, and they are both proud Kentish Men! " That sounds definitive

16.1
1
Brathwaite to Billings, 1 run

over-pitched outside off, pounded out to cover

end of over 168 runs
ENG: 141/4CRR: 8.81 RRR: 5.00
Sam Billings12 (10b 1x4)
Joe Denly28 (23b 4x4)
Jason Holder 3-0-23-0
Sheldon Cottrell 3-0-26-2
15.6
1
Holder to Billings, 1 run

back of a length, dabbed down to third man as Billings settles once more for the strike-rotating single

 
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