result
1st Test, Lord's, May 17 - 21 2007, West Indies tour of England and Ireland
553/5d & 284/8d
(22 ov, target 401)437 & 89/0
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
alastair-cook
14y
• Cricinfo staff

Rain washes out England's hopes

A mere 20 overs were possible on the final day at Lord's as West Indies and England were frustrated by a depressing combination of drizzle and murky light, leaving the series wide open with three Tests to play

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Scorecard summary
England553/5(142 overs)1st INNINGS
Matt Prior*126 (128)
Daren Powell2/113(37)
Dwayne Bravo1/106(32)
West Indies437/10(116.1 overs)1st INNINGS
England284/8(66.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
Kevin Pietersen109 (138)
Alastair Cook65 (125)
Chris Gayle3/66(20.5)
West Indies89/0(22 overs)2nd INNINGS
end of over 226 runs
WI: 89/0CRR: 4.04 
Chris Gayle47 (64)
Daren Ganga31 (69)
Liam Plunkett 11-1-48-0
Monty Panesar 3-0-13-0

5.50pm The umpires are out in the middle, light meters agogo. They're pondering, and pondering some more - and they've shaken hands, so the game is officially a draw.

"That nonsense was utterly pointless and makes cricket look daft," chunters a colleague.

Alastair Cook is man of the match, well done him.

Thanks so much for bearing with us, as we bore with them, and do rejoin us on Friday for the second Test at Headingley.

Meanwhile, please do tune in to find out how Ireland are going in their defence of the Intercontinental Cup against Canada at Leicester (or head down if you can).

5.40pm We're still here, are you? It's still murky, but they've not yet called play off.

5.00pm It seems the ECB has given up too - they're already looking ahead to the next Test (who isn't, though?), alerting us to the fact that the side for Headingley this Friday will be announced tomorrow.

4.50pm As Simon Barnes has just put it: "In the immortal words of Stalky and Co, this is piffling, let's go and shoot bunnies."

Craig Poppett has just pedanted in to point out Matt Hayden is the holder of the fastest century in World Cups. We know that, Craig, but that doesn't alter the fact that Davison has held the record in the past, nor that he is brilliantly entertaining to watch.

4.40pm Just had a word with a nice chap at Grace Road who tells me that the Cup Final is free entry. Free entry! To continue the theme over the last few days of what represents good sporting event value, then I reckon getting to see the Pakistan-destroying Ireland team and Canada's John Davison, he of the fastest-World-Cup-century, for free is jolly good value indeed. So if you're in Leicester tomorrow, or for the rest of the week, then get yourselves down there.

4.35pm It may be bleak at Lord's, but tomorrow in Leicester there's a final on. If you can get to Grace Road, do, for the Intercontinental Cup final between Ireland and Canada. We'll be there to swell the crowds, and the forecast's good so we hope there's an icecream man there.

4.30pm As the day goes downhill, so does our songfest. Now Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights gets a savaging. "Straussy, it's me, it's KP, I want to bowl, I'm so cold, just standing in the outfield, so cold, Straussy, it's me, it's KP I want to go home, I want to bowl to my buddy Chris Gayle, otherwise I am heading inside for my ale." Dear me, Herschel Gutman.

4.25pm Hello everyone, Martin's had enough for the day, so you're back with me, Jenny. May I say how lovely my flowers were, I suspect Martin's jealous. "Am I too late with the classic "Relight my Prior"?" wonders Mark Barrow. No...

4.15pm The umpires now decide that the light has got worse and so again we go through the pantomime of head shaking and light-meter reading. Time for a Test match mercy killing. Everyone heads off and there seems little chance of them coming back on. It's grim and, to be honest, there's nothing to play for other than personal statistics.

21.6
Plunkett to Gayle, no run

Angled into Gayle who blocks

Plunkett round the wicket.

21.5
Plunkett to Gayle, no run

Gayle back but doesn't time another attempted heave through mid-off

That's the issue with the speed gun. That was as quick as most 80mph+ balls from Plunkett but because it pitched shorter it registered at 71mph.

21.4
Plunkett to Gayle, no run

short, so much so that's it's over Gayle's head

21.3
2
Plunkett to Gayle, 2 runs

Gayle back and aims to pull high and hard, it's not timed and the ball comes off the top edge and arcs some way over Shah hurrying back at mid-off

21.2
4
Plunkett to Gayle, FOUR runs

short outside off, Gayle leans back and helps it on its way over the slips and it's a one-bounce four over wide third man

21.1
Plunkett to Gayle, no run

Gayle upright and into line to block

end of over 216 runs
WI: 83/0CRR: 3.95 
Daren Ganga31 (69)
Chris Gayle41 (58)
Monty Panesar 3-0-13-0
Liam Plunkett 10-1-42-0

TV cameras show that it's darker now than when the umpires took the players off on the first day.

20.6
4
Panesar to Ganga, FOUR runs

tossed up but too full, Ganga drove that with real power through a small gap between extra cover and mid-off

20.5
Panesar to Ganga, no run

more solid defence

20.4
Panesar to Ganga, no run

defensively pushed past silly point, along the ground despite the theatrical dive

20.3
Panesar to Ganga, no run

flighted a bit more, careful defence from Ganga

20.2
Panesar to Ganga, no run

blocked, Prior yelps as if he has been stung

20.1
2
Panesar to Ganga, 2 runs

turned into the on side to the man in the deep

end of over 206 runs
WI: 77/0CRR: 3.85 
Chris Gayle41 (58)
Daren Ganga25 (63)
Liam Plunkett 10-1-42-0
Monty Panesar 2-0-7-0

With his minimal footwork that's the delivery he needs to probing away with.

19.6
Plunkett to Gayle, no run

his best ball of the day, angled across Gayle and leaving him, he had to play and it beat the edge - 87mph

19.5
2
Plunkett to Gayle, 2 runs

and for variety Plunkett digs one in, this time Gayle does hook and Panesar hurtles round from long leg to make a diving stop on the soggy outfield

19.4
Plunkett to Gayle, no run

another bouncer, once again too short, and Gayle hardly has to twitch to avoid it

19.3
Plunkett to Gayle, no run

dug in, too short and Gayle ducks

19.2
Plunkett to Gayle, no run

Gayle shapes to hook but doesn't get hold of it and it loops up safely on the leg side via thigh

19.1
4
Plunkett to Gayle, FOUR runs

half-volley effortlessly driven straight back past Plunkett and into the pavilion. Minimal aggression, maximum result

end of over 191 run
WI: 71/0CRR: 3.73 
Daren Ganga25 (63)
Chris Gayle35 (52)
Monty Panesar 2-0-7-0
Liam Plunkett 9-1-36-0

Jenny has just has flowers delivered. They are petrol-station quality but she's cooing like a dove in a bed of Trill.

18.6
Panesar to Ganga, no run

floated up and defended

Remorseless chatter from Prior. Almost makes you pine for Nixon

18.5
Panesar to Ganga, no run

too full, driven to mid-on

Best performances - batters
Matt Prior portrait
MJ Prior ENG
126 runs (128)
19 fours
0 six
Control88%
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
36 runs
8 fours
0 six
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Paul Collingwood portrait
PD Collingwood ENG
111 runs (209)
14 fours
0 six
Control86%
Productive shot
leg glance
34 runs
3 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Monty Panesar portrait
MS Panesar ENG
O
36.1
M
3
R
129
W
6
ECO
3.56
Chris Gayle portrait
CH Gayle WI
O
20.5
M
4
R
66
W
3
ECO
3.16
Match details
Lord's, London
TossWest Indies, elected to field first
SeriesWest Indies tour of England and Ireland
Season2007
Player Of The Match
Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook
Series result4-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1831
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 1.00-1.40pm, Tea 3.40-4.00pm, Close 6.30pm
Match days17,18,19,20,21 May 2007 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Matt Prior
Matt Prior
Umpires
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Asad Rauf
South Africa Image
Rudi Koertzen
TV Umpire
England Image
Nigel Llong
Reserve Umpire
England Image
Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee
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Alan Hurst