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England v West Indies – live!

INNINGS BREAK Who needs KP when you’ve got Ian Bell, eh? England could have struggled to an underwhelming total – a Tino-style Finn century aside – without his contribution. Who would have thought Bell was capable of scoring a century with a rearranged jaw when he was cowering away during the 2005 Ashes?

On another note, if you want to get your hands on a bat signed by Sachin Tendulkar, or a shirt signed by Sir Garry Sobers for that matter,why not enter this charity auction (you can get the Sobers one for only £16). All proceeds go to help orphans in Belize. We’re doing the orphans in Costa Rica next week. Oh, and don’t outbid me on the Mike Skinner book.

50th over: England 288-6 (Kieswetter 38, Broad 18) Bravo bowls the final over. The first ball is a slow one, which Kieswetter totally midjudges and gets nowhere near. The second Kieswetter runs around before flicking the ball to fine leg for two. Then a yorker, from which England scurry a single. This puts broad on strike, and he thumps the fourth ball through point for four, and the last two for pairs. A partnership of 43 from 34 gives England a pretty decent tally in the circumstances, certainly enough for England’s bowling line-up to feel reasonably confident of defending. Tom Lutz will be with you shortly to take you through England’s reply.

49th over: England 277-6 (Kieswetter 35, Broad 12) At the end of the 48th over Rampaul trudged straight off the field, perhaps as a result of that caught-and-bowled chance. Kieswetter hits Narine’s second ball nicely through midwicket for four. Seven off the over.

48th over: England 270-6 (Kieswetter 30, Broad 12) Kieswetter presents Rampaul with a caught-and-bowled chance, although it’s more of a caught-and-decapitated chance, given the speed at which it flew at his hands. He doesn’t catch it, but was never likely to. It’s a better over for England, and a couple of balls later they have a boundary, thrashed straight down the ground by Kieswetter, and it gets better still as Broad bludgeons the last ball over Dwayne Smith’s head for six.

47th over: England 255-6 (Kieswetter 21, Broad 6) Four runs scored, all singles. England find themselves in a potentially decisive rut at the minute and badly need to hit themselves out of it.

46th over: England 251-6 (Kieswetter 19, Broad 4) England bring up 250, but they’re feeding off crumbs at the moment, scoring in ones and twos. There were five ones in that over, and there has been one boundary in the last six.

45th over: England 246-6 (Kieswetter 17, Broad 1) Just two runs off Samuels’ over, and England after a good start risk running out of batsmen.

WICKET! Bresnan run out (Smith) 20 A lovely, swift, sharp throw from Dwayne Smith at square leg as England attempt an optimistic second is too good for a lumbering, stretching and rather surprised Bresnan.

44th over: England 244-5 (Kieswetter 17, Bresnan 20) Bresnan thunders the fifth ball back over the umpire’s head and away for four. “Almost hurricane force David?” squeals Tony Whitley. “I’m living in Vanuatu where we call them cyclones and if one was ‘nearly’ there the umps wouldnt just be holding on to their hats, there would be no umps nor anyone else out there to be wearing hats. Does that sound a bit pompous? Not meant to but come, come David.”

43rd over: England 236-5 (Kieswetter 16, Bresnan 11) Kieswetter smacks the ball deep over midwicket, but the ball drops 10 yards inside the boundary, which is at its longest there, and he only gets two runs – and then he doesn’t even get those as it turns out the bales had been blown off again and the umpire had called a dead ball before the shot was played. And Kieswetter’s bad luck nearly gets worse on the final ball of the over, which he very nearly hits back into the diving Samuels’ hands, but it flicks his fingertips and trundles to safety, and England run a single.

42nd over: England 232-5 (Kieswetter 15, Bresnan 10) Another decent over from Bravo, who has enough variety of pace to keep the batsmen on their toes. Six runs off it: three singles, a pair and a wide.

41st over: England 226-5 (Kieswetter 14, Bresnan 6) “It’s almost hurricane force isn’t it,” says Gower of the wind, as Kieswetter cleverly scoops the ball behind him and scurries a couple of runs. Is it, though? Hurricane force? Really?

40th over: England 220-5 (Kieswetter 10, Bresnan 4) Bresnan slams the final ball for four, stopping Bravo from celebrating what would have been a wicket maiden. Uncannily, not only was Bell’s only previous ODI century also scored at this ground, but it was also ended with him on 126 (albeit not out that time).

WICKET! England 216-5 (Bell c Ramdin b Bravo 126) Bell misjudges a slower ball and sends it high into the air, giving Ramdin plenty of time to get underneath it. And thus ends an excellent innings that should end miserable talk about Kevin Pietersen for a while at least. Well, until the next match.

39th over: England 216-4 (Bell 126, Kieswetter 10) An expensive over from Rampaul, featuring two more Bell boundaries and not a single dot ball. “I think I might be wearing a scowl if I had a fractured jaw and twelve stitches in my face!” writes Terry Locke. Indeed, if Bell is finding it too painful to smile it’s no laughing matter.

38th over: England 203-4 (Bell 114, Kieswetter 9) England reach the 200 mark with Kieswetter’s prodded single, and there are three further singles before the over’s out.

37th over: England 199-4 (Bell 112, Kieswetter 7) The umpires are being forced to quite literally hold on to their hats as the wind continues to buffet the south of England, with the bails at one point deciding that they’d had enough of this nonsense and flying off. Kieswetter isn’t distracted, and produces a lovely hook for four. Eight from the over.

36th over: England 191-4 (Bell 111, Kieswetter 0) Losing a batsman who had seemed set fair for a bit of a runfest off the last ball before the powerplay was far from ideal. His replacement fails to score from his first two deliveries, but by then Bell had bagged a few.

35th over: England 187-4 (Bell 109, Kieswetter 0) Everything seemed to be going swimmingly after four singles off the first four balls, but then came a dot ball and a wicket and England go into the batting power play with a new man at the crease.

WICKET! England 187-4 (Morgan b Samuels 21) Morgan misjudges a slightly quicker ball and chops it onto his stumps.

34th over: England 183-3 (Bell 107, Morgan 19) Russell gets his run-up wrong, leading to a no-ball and a free hit, which Bell thumps straight to the man at extra cover. Then the wind, which continues to rage, blows the hat off the head of one of the umpires, Kumar Dharmasena.

33rd over: England 174-3 (Bell 104, Morgan 14) And Bell does indeed complete his century, which is something of a relief for me in the circumstances, by pushing the ball through mid off for a couple. “Your picture of Bell celebrating doesn’t look very celebratory,” writes Robin Hazlehurst (picture reprinted left just in case I change it later). “That’s quite the scowl he’s got while pointing at someone who has annoyed him. It looks like he should be saying ‘Oi, you touch my pint?’, though being Bell it seems more like he’s saying ‘Er, scuse me, did you touch my glass of lemonade?'”

32nd over: England 167-3 (Bell 99, Morgan 13) In 108 previous ODIs Bell has scored a single century – against India at this very ground in August 2007. After a quick drinks break, a second century awaits.

31st over: England 166-3 (Bell 97, Morgan 13) Another three singles, and Bell moves within three runs of an excellent century.

30th over: England 163-3 (Bell 94, Morgan 12) Andre Russell, who has been in hiding since Bell gave his third over a, er, hiding, makes his long-awaited (by the England batsmen at least) comeback. This time there’s no heavy treatment, and just three singles. “Is there really room for five dibbly dobblers in an ODI side? Surely Fidel in for Russell next game,” posits Eamonn Maloney. No, there isn’t really room for five dibbly dobblers, though if West Indies knock off all the runs England will accumulate as a result they might just stick with it.

29th over: England 160-3 (Bell 93, Morgan 11) Morgan’s fine (fine as in the angle, not in the quality, although it was fine in that way too) sweep trundles away for four, and forces Sammy to move a fielder to stop such easy run-accumulation. Bell steers another boundary past square leg.

28th over: England 149-3 (Bell 87, Morgan 6) Rampaul, whose previous spell started with three wicked deliveries and the wicket of Alastair Cook, comes back into the attack. This time (from the other end, so into the wind) Morgan dismisses his first delivery for four, and gets a single off the second, allowing Bell to score a pair and a four – Samuels’ desperate dive only just failing to save it. That first over of the match went for one run; this one went for 12.

27th over: England 136-3 (Bell 80, Morgan 1) In comes Morgan, who in four ODIs at this ground has scored two centuries and been out once, for an average of 254 runs.

WICKET! England 136-3 (Bopara c Ramdin b Samuels 8) Bopara misjudges a slightly quicker ball, which again flies off the edge straight into Ramdin’s gloves.

26th over: England 134-2 (Bell 80, Bopara 6) Bell hooks a slow and weak delivery from Sammy for an emphatic four, and a couple of balls later hooks an even slower and weaker one, though this one doesn’t make it to the boundary.

25th over: England 126-2 (Bell 73, Bopara 5) Marlon Samuels bowls for the first time, and Bell produces a reverse flick to give England a boundary.

24th over: England 120-2 (Bell 68, Bopara 4) The diet of singles continued, four of them this time. Since Trott’s dismissal 12 runs have been scored, and England have needed 11 shots to score them.

23rd over: England 116-2 (Bell 66, Bopara 2) Three singles off Narine’s over, all of them run at slow jogging pace.

22nd over: England 113-2 (Bell 64, Bopara 1) West Indies started this match as bookies’ favourites, but less than half-way through England’s innings, having won the toss, Nasser Hussain is criticising their attack for being “a little bit one-paced”. The batsmen have been only very occasionally discomforted by anything other than the raging wind.

21st over: England 109-2 (Bell 60, Bopara 1) West Indies needed that – England were looking much too comfortable there. And the game needed a bit of tension and uncertainty.

WICKET! England 108-2 (Trott c Ramdin b Narine 42) Very little movement, but Trott, looking to chop the ball away on the off side, gets a thick edge which nestles in the wicket-keeper’s gloves.

20th over: England 107-1 (Bell 59, Trott 42) Some more dismal fielding from West Indies. There was some poor luck in it as well, the ball taking an awkward bounce to leave the fielder leaden-footed, but that looked pretty ugly. That’s the most spin we’ve seen.

19th over: England 101-1 (Bell 56, Trott 39) Simultaneous applause for a tremendous effort from Bravo to deny Trott a four (he banks three instead) and for England – and this partnership – reaching triple figures. “The revelation that Tom Bryant has a hairdressing business on the side leads me to wonder what the rest of you do when ‘moonlighting’,” writes Phil Withall. “Mainly what it is that Smyth gets up to in search of an extra pound, actually probably best not…” As Donald Rumsfeld said, there are known knowns – things we know that we know; there are known unknowns – things we know we don’t know; there are unknown unknowns – things we don’t know we don’t know; and there are stay the feck unknowns – things we could find out but think it’s better for our sanity that we don’t.

18th over: England 95-1 (Bell 54, Trott 35) Bell isn’t getting everything right – he completely mistimes a hook shot off Bravo’s first ball, barely gets his bat to it and propels the ball perhaps three yards along the ground. Four singles off the over.

17th over: England 91-1 (Bell 52, Trott 34) Bell completes his 50 with a shot that zips through extra cover before slowing and eventually trickling onto the boundary rope. “His range of shots has been glorious to watch,” enthuses David Gower, and he has indeed been quite the stand-in following Kevin wotsisface’s departure from the one-day game. Trott also gets in the boundary habit, with a delicate reverse sleep.

16th over: England 81-1 (Bell 47, Trott 29) West Indies call a powerplay, but there’s no bowling change. Bravo continues, the highlight being Trott’s flick through square leg for four. And there’ll be a drinks break.

15th over: England 76-1 (Bell 47, Trott 24) The over contains four singles, a two and a lovely four from Bell off the last ball. Having disposed of England’s captain for no runs in the first over, they would want to be somewhere better than this at this stage.

14th over: England 66-1 (Bell 41, Trott 20) Some comedy fielding hands England a bonus run – an overthrow, some fairly cowardly, ball-avoiding backing-up, all followed by what very nearly became another horrible overthrow.

13th over: England 59-1 (Bell 35, Trott 19) Happily the BBC’s Southampton weather forecast, a little worrying an hour ago, has been revised to show the possibility of rain only after 5pm. I was a bit distracted during that over as The Guardian’s own Tom Bryant revealed that he has a hairdressing business on the side. Quite a smart central London barber shop, I’m told.

12th over: England 56-1 (Bell 34, Trott 17) Dwayne Bravo replaces Narine at the other end. Trott, who after a promising start has pretty much stopped scoring, fails to make the most of a couple of loose-ish deliveries.

11th over: England 53-1 (Bell 32, Trott 16) Darren Sammy gives himself the ball. Four runs off the over.

10th over: England 49-1 (Bell 31, Trott 13) England asked for the boundary rope to be pushed to the very edge of the stands, which has left them with a lot of running to do. A nicely-run two off Narine’s first ball shows how important that’s likely to be today.

9th over: England 45-1 (Bell 28, Trott 12) Rampaul’s first ball tempts Bell into playing and apparently missing. West Indies celebrate en masse; Bell doesn’t move; the umpire shakes his head. No appeal, and anyway no edge. And Bell punishes Rampaul a few deliveries later when, without so much as moving his feet, he thrashes the ball through cover for four.

8th over: England 40-1 (Bell 23, Trott 12) A change of bowling, unsurprisingly given what Bell did to Russell in his last over. Sunil Narine’s spin represents a considerable change for Bell to deal with, and he copes pretty well (one inside edge that bounced across his wicket and away to safety apart).

7th over: England 38-1 (Bell 22, Trott 12) Trott is finding Rampaul considerably harder to hit than Bell and Russell. He does scamper a couple of twos. Meanwhile, John Starbuck is reminiscing about Sir Wesley Hall: “One of the real innovations (which may have led to the later pace quartet set-up) of Windies Test cricket was Hall and Griffiths bowling the entire day unchanged,” he writes. “It worked.”

6th over: England 34-1 (Bell 22, Trott 8) England double their score in a single over! It starts with the first six of the day, smashed down the ground by Bell. “What a shot by the Bellmeister!” enthuses Shane Warne. Russell’s very next ball is speared over point for a four, and then after a single-delivery breather he hooks the next past square leg for four, and delivery number five disappears through the covers for another. Four super shots there from the, er, Bellmeister.

5th over: England 16-1 (Bell 4, Trott 8) A few minutes ago I saw the hippo. It’s gone now. “Morning Simon,” writes Simon McMahon. “What with all this football lark going on, it’s nice to get back to some proper OBOing with all the subtleties, random mutterings and ebb and flow that only the king of sports can provide. Football is a quick fumble behind the bike sheds compared to the lifelong love affair that is cricket.” Delighted to be here for you, Simon

4th over: England 13-1 (Bell 3, Trott 6) Russell’s second over ends with Trott pushing the ball away through midwicket for the game’s first four. The other cricketing news from West Indies this morning is that Wes Hall has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list. For those who never saw him play (such as myself), Sir Wesley, as he will henceforth be known, was a demon pace bowler in the 1960s, the first West Indian to take a Test hat-trick, and later went into politics in his native Barbados. He’s now 74. Watch this for a 90-second career summary, if you like.

3rd over: England 9-1 (Bell 3, Trott 2) The ball clips something on its way through, and West Indies appeal heartily. The umpire shakes his head, and their one appeal is already gone – but the decision is sound: it was just the pad.

2nd over: England 7-1 (Bell 3, Trott 1) Andre Russell bowls the second over, and unlike Rampaul his aim is not immediately true – two of his first three deliveries are called wide. Bell scores England’s first runs off the bat with a three through extra cover.

1st over: England 1-1 (Bell 0, Trott 0) Ravi Rampaul’s first over is excellent, with one wide the only blemish.

Trott survives! The ball would have clipped leg stump, but only just – the original not out decision stands and West Indies’ one review for the innings has gone.

West Indies are reviewing an lbw call against Trott!

WICKET! England 0-1 (Cook c Ramdin b Rampaul 0) The captain lasts three balls! He left the first two alone as they whistled past the bat. But Cook found the third a little too tempting and got no more than a thin edge to it as it flew to the keeper.

10.44am: Flags are flapping and snapping in the wind as the players take to the field. Ian Bell is coming out to show us his Kevin Pietersen impression.

10.35am: The toss has taken place. West Indies won it and will bowl, hoping to make use of the cloud cover (though that isn’t likely to go anywhere). Gayle has a stress fraction to the tibia bone in his left leg. Alastair Cook admits he also would have opted to bowl had he won the toss.

England team: Cook, Bell, Trott, Bopara, Morgan, Kieswetter, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Finn, Anderson.
West Indies team: Smith, Simmons, DM Bravo, Samuels, Pollard, DJ Bravo, Ramdin, Russell, Sammy, Rampaul, Narine.

Morning world! Some early team news, and it’s the tale of a chin and a shin.

First, Ian Bell is going to play despite sustaining “a possible non-displaced fracture of the mandibular condyle” in a nets session yesterday. A condyle, for the poorly-educated oiks who don’t know (I looked it up) is the rounded projection on the articulating end of a bone, such as the ball portion of a ball-and-socket joint. The mandibular condyle, specifically, is the condyle of the ramus of the mandible that articulates with the skull. Bell, in layman’s terms, has had a serious knock to the temporomandibular joint.

Right, now we’ve got that sorted out, let’s get on with the other big news:
Chris Gayle isn’t playing! He’s only got an injured shin!

Weather update: rain is forecast for this afternoon, but it’s only a single drop of rain with a sun poking out from behind the cloud, so we might get away with it. You can check on the latest weather in the Southampton area at any time by logging on to the Marwell Wildlife pygmy hippo cam. As I write it’s grey and windy, and – most disappointingly of all – there are no pygmy hippos to be seen.

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