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    Originally posted by Piquet View Post
    West Indies win by four wickets.
    I think holder is an impressive player. Great composure. Archer and Ward were causing Dowrich and Blackwood a lot of trouble, then Holder is in and looks to have so much time. Delighted for the WI. Only a 3 Match series, if the Windows can win the toss at the next match, they might nick the series.
    Stand up for the Ulcer men

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      The two reviews from Bess were crucial- particularly the one before lunch. Both very very close, and a different on field decision would have resulted in the loss of the wickets even after review. Blackwood’s uncharacteristically responsible innings was crucial. A good test to re-start high level cricket.

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        England reached 469 for 9 ( Sibley 120, Stokes 160 , 260 for the fourth wicket) give their bowlers an hour or so at the West Indies openers.

        WI were 32 for 1 at the close.

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          England declared at 129 for 3, leaving the West Indies to get 312 to win.

          At Lunch, they are 25 for 3.

          74 overs left. It's looking good for England, although in the First Test, WI were 35 for 3. They were only chasing 200 then, though.

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            25 overs left, 7 wickets down. Be a miracle if WI can scramble a draw.
            Stand up for the Ulcer men

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              All out for 198. England win by 113.

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                Originally posted by Piquet View Post
                All out for 198. England win by 113.
                Stokes playing superman again- he’s really quite extraordinary...1-1 and another one to come starting Friday- selections will be interesting.

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                  Windies doomed now, too brittle to chase the runs they'll need. Best hope is weather saves them.
                  Stand up for the Ulcer men

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                    Originally posted by tippete7trees View Post
                    Windies doomed now, too brittle to chase the runs they'll need. Best hope is weather saves them.
                    Too soon to say, 3 quick wickets in the morning and the story changes. As it is England have the upper hand, Pope playing very well- but very strange decision by Windies to bat first.

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                      Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post

                      Too soon to say, 3 quick wickets in the morning and the story changes. As it is England have the upper hand, Pope playing very well- but very strange decision by Windies to bat first.
                      Even if there is a bit of a collapse with the new ball, likely I'd say, they'll still get 300 or so. Old Trafford wickets traditionally seam and swing and just cannot see the WI getting even 300. Was a bizarre decision to bowl........highlight of what I saw was Cornwall's catch - you won't see better.
                      Stand up for the Ulcer men

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                        Originally posted by tippete7trees View Post

                        Even if there is a bit of a collapse with the new ball, likely I'd say, they'll still get 300 or so. Old Trafford wickets traditionally seam and swing and just cannot see the WI getting even 300. Was a bizarre decision to bowl........highlight of what I saw was Cornwall's catch - you won't see better.
                        Second highlight just now- Cornwall dropping one that went into that considerable breadbasket.

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                          Originally posted by jagawayagain View Post

                          Second highlight just now- Cornwall dropping one that went into that considerable breadbasket.
                          Clearly can't be arsed with the easy ones.
                          Stand up for the Ulcer men

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                            Windies heading for a spanking here.
                            Should have had the guts to bat first.
                            Stand up for the Ulcer men

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                              Originally posted by tippete7trees View Post
                              Windies heading for a spanking here.
                              Should have had the guts to bat first.
                              It’s looking like it- the put them in decision also made no sense given how little rotation possibility they have with their bowling.

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                                137 for 6 at Stumps. Another 33 needed to avoid the Follow on.

                                Not a particularly successful insertion.

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