low full toss, thumped out to extra cover, and that's the end of that. Flintoff was simply too good in the final analysis
So, a bit of a flaccid finish to what promised to be an intriguing run-chase. Much like Trinidad in yesterday's encounter, the minnows promised much, but lacked the firepower to chase down a meagre total.
Anyway, those are the warm-ups out of the way. Tomorrow, the tournament gets interesting, as Trinidad and Middlesex slug it out for a US$400,000 prize pool. On the evidence of the past two matches, it should be a closely-fought encounter. Thanks for tuning in. I've been Andrew Miller, and I'm still staggered by Andrew Strauss's dropped catch ...
clipped to midwicket, and no way through there either
flicked off the pads, but only boundaries will win it now
Our servers have keeled over amid the excitement, but I assure you there was no surprise finish. England have won this contest by 12 runs
nothing doing there either. Full and straight again
that is superb bowling at this stage of a match. He knew what was coming - a full, fast, straight delivery - but he still couldn't make anything of it
speared into the toes, and flicked to deep midwicket
went for the glory shot over mid-off, but couldn't quite get enough bat on it. Bell steadied himself inside the rope, and claimed one of the few comfortable chances of this match. That could be curtains for Middlesex
another big wind-up, but this time it's an inside-edge to fine leg
flogged up and over the covers! Bounces just inside the rope, but that's useful hitting
Malan steps across his stumps, and Anderson gets away with a near-wide
Anderson responds by going round the wicket
width outside off stump, and that's a valuable boundary, square-driven past backward point. Valiant batting, but is it too late?
full length, and no way through there. Driven back to the bowler
Excellent death bowling, and now the requirement is a stiff one. Still, Anderson has been known to go round the park
right up to the bat again, and there can only be a single down to third man
a low full toss - that was the scoring opportunity - but the shot was hurried and Collingwood at point dived to save the run
full and straight again, and nurdled down to third man
full length once again, and squirted out to deep point. Flintoff is superb at this stage of an innings because he bowls a naturally full length
right up in the blockhole, and muscled out to extra cover
puts bat on ball, and jogs through for a single
Here comes Flintoff, and this is crucial
twirled onto a good length and belted out to deep midwicket. Middlesex aren't out of this yet ...
Stanford Super Series 2008-09
Not the spectacle that Stanford envisaged
Bowlers spare England's blushes
|DJ Malan||not out||41||33|
|NJ Dexter||not out||4||3|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 5, nb 1, w 1)|
|Total||109(4 wkts; 20 ovs)|