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    England v West Indies: first cricket Test, day one – live

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    32nd over: England 154-3 (Brook 0, Root 6) The physio stretches out Joseph and does a fine job because he’s back bowling, conceding just one.

    Uh oh. Shamar Joseph is down on the ground after bowling one ball, requiring some treatment from the physio.

    31st over: England 153-3 (Brook 0, Root 5) The half-centurions are gone as Harry Brook joins Joe Root. The man sat next to me in the press box sends me his latest findings.

    Zak Crawley has five scores between 70-79 and no hundreds in his last 12 Test innings. If anything, he’s too consistent

    — Ben Gardner (@Ben_Wisden) July 10, 2024

    WICKET! Crawley b Seales 76 (England 153-3)

    Crawley’s joy continues, pulling Seales away for four … never mind he’s bowled next ball! Terrific from Seales, thundering in a yorker that knocks over leg stump. Crawley’s conversion struggles continue but, once again, he’s entertained.

    30th over: England 148-2 (Crawley 72, Root 5) Crawley flicks delightfully through midwicket for four and then has a bit of luck, finding a gap in the slip cordon with an edge to bring himself another boundary. Alzarri Joseph oversteps to extend his over and Crawley’s dance with the devil continues as he sends the ball past the diving man in the cordon for another boundary to move into the 70s. Time for drinks.

    29th over: England 135-2 (Crawley 60, Root 5) Jayden Seales is back in the mix, taking over from Holder at the Nursery End. Root has his first boundary, cutting behind point with ease. Seales straightens up his line with the next delivery.

    28th over: England 130-2 (Crawley 59, Root 1) Beautiful from Zak Crawley, with a cross-bat thump through the covers for four after Alzarri Joseph pitches it on a good length. A nice leg-side flick brings him one from the next delivery. Root then leaves a ball just narrowly outside off stump.

    27th over: England 125-2 (Crawley 54, Root 1) Crawley finishes Holder’s over with a cover drive, which is well stopped by a diving Kraigg Brathwaite at mid-off. England have lost a wicket but have a first-innings lead.

    WICKET! Pope lbw Holder 57 (England 123-2)

    Holder fires in a yorker, Pope misses and the finger goes up. The batter reviews … is it going down the leg side? Nope. It’s hitting leg stump. Three reds and time for Joe Root.

    The ball ends up behind the bat and between the feet of England’s Ollie Pope. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters
    And Jason Holder celebrates dismissing Pope for lbw. Photograph: Andrew Boyers/Action Images/Reuters
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    Half-centuries for Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope!

    26th over: England 119-1 (Crawley 53, Pope 53) Alzarri Joseph is back at the Pavilion End, clocking in at 89.5mph as Pope fails to get the desired connection on a pull shot. Pope then gets to 50 with a drive behind point for four, coming off 70 balls. He’s been very aggressive but calmed down after a hyper start. Crawley then raises his bat with a pull for four. England are cruising and close to building a lead.

    25th over: England 108-1 (Crawley 49, Pope 46) The sun emerges at Lord’s as Crawley remains stationed on 49, Holder conceding just one off Pope’s bat.

    24th over: England 107-1 (Crawley 49, Pope 45) Four leg-byes down the leg side kicks off Shamar Joseph’s sixth over before Crawley plays a lovely shot, waiting on the fuller, swinging delivery which he drives through point for four.

    23rd over: England 96-1 (Crawley 43, Pope 45) Holder gets Crawley’s outside edge … but the ball stays low as it runs away to third man for four. Half-centuries are in sight for the two batters.

    22nd over: England 92-1 (Crawley 39, Pope 45) Shamar Joseph goes full as Pope flicks away nicely for a couple.

    21st over: England 90-1 (Crawley 39, Pope 43) Crawley and Pope exchange singles … as we return to our convoluted connections with cricketers.

    Here’s Bill Hargreaves.

    On the subject of stories, my friend Tim Stokes once managed a country estate for the local lord of the manor. Come the village fête, they put on a cricket match to entertain the locals and raise money, stopping the combines and sheep shearing to don whites for the day. The noble Sir Richard Hadley came along to provide the viewers with something to watch, and Tim was tossed the cherry to get things underway. ‘I’ll bowl him a yorker first off’, thought Tim. Golden duck. Not flavour of the month after that.

    I was told that I once sat on Sir Garfield Sobers’ lap as an infant when he played for Notts and visited my father’s team in Colston Bassett, but alas have no memory of the event.

    20th over: England 88-1 (Crawley 38, Pope 42) And we’re back, with the light a little better as Shamar Joseph nearly cuts Pope in half with a sharp nipbacker.

    Emma Hartfield weighs in:

    I once met Adam Hollioake (with Mark Butcher) at The Drink nightclub in Guildford (a place as dreadful as it sounds – it was also where Cheryl Cole punched a toilet attendant). He couldn’t give me a good answer as to why he had bowled Ian Salisbury for the final over and lost the game for Surrey the day before…

    As does Damian Clarke, who has gone slightly off our original topic.

    1984. My cricket mad girlfriend had a poster of Gower on the wall over her bed.

    I could never look up to the fellow.

    A break from the convoluted nonsense as Sean Clayton offers us some poetry.

    There once was a lad named Ben Duckett

    Who wore a hat shaped like a bucket

    He occasionally tried

    To leave on the off side

    But ended up just saying “F… actually, I’m quite happy with that shot because that’s the brand of Bazballing cricket we want to play out there”

    Here’s Robert Petty:

    Before play at Bradford Park Avenue cricket ground, WG Grace picked my granddad (a teenager) out of the crowd to lob some balls at him for a knock-up. The first was dead straight and WG missed it completely. My granddad ever after boasted that he’d bowled out the famous Dr Grace.

    And Neil Parkes:

    My claim to homeopathic fame is that my mother-in-law’s rheumatologist is Alastair Cook’s uncle. He often mentioned him, I’m told, when he was doing well for England.

    Bad light stops play

    Ah, annoying. It’s a little too dark now, and the players have been sent off. A few West Indies players are still waiting around on the outfield but England’s batters have disappeared from view.

    The pesky clouds that have sent the players off. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Shutterstock
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    19th over: England 88-1 (Crawley 38, Pope 42) Gorgeous from Holder, moving the ball away from Crawley to square up the right-hander. Crawley gets back at him, though, seizing upon a fuller delivery to drive behind point for four. West Indies then go upstairs, thinking they have Crawley leg-before … but the ball is shown to be going down the leg-side.

    Susan Perry writes:

    Steven Finn went to my school. Admittedly he is several years younger than me, but I have met him since and bored him senseless about it.

    18th over: England 84-1 (Crawley 34, Pope 42) It’s quite dark at Lord’s now, with the lights on. Pope, channelling a bit of Springsteen, keeps on moving, guiding Shamar Joseph behind point on the off side for yet another four. Joseph gets one threatening the top of off as the right-hander leaves. He then sends in a pearler, moving the ball away from the outside edge.

    17th over: England 79-1 (Crawley 33, Pope 38) Pope thrashes Holder through point for four – he’s refusing to relent despite that lbw reprieve. And then a fuller, swinging delivery from Holder, with the West Indies fielders going up in celebration, hoping they’ve got Pope’s faint outside edge. The finger doesn’t go up, and they don’t bother reviewing it.

    Michael Duggan writes:

    My Godmother was Muriel Lowe (https://www.espncricinfo.com/cricketers/muriel-lowe-53806), who my father met playing golf or cricket in Winchester where she ran a travel agency. Apparently as well as the three tests she played, she was selected for a tour to Australia but couldn’t afford to go. Sadly, she died when I was only 5 so I never really knew her.

    16th over: England 75-1 (Crawley 33, Pope 34) Crawley drives Shamar Joseph through the covers for three as Pope nearly drags one onto his stumps with a loose swing outside off.

    15th over: England 71-1 (Crawley 30, Pope 33) Jason Holder gets the ball but Pope is into him quickly, delivering a flair on-drive for his seventh boundary of the innings. But then the finger goes up! It’s angled in at the pads, and Pope misses playing across the line. It looks plumb but Pope reviews … silly me, it’s projected to be going down the leg side! Time for yours truly to head to the opticians.

    14th over: England 67-1 (Crawley 30, Pope 29) This is exciting: Shamar Joseph continues his fairytale story, taking the ball at the Pavilion End. And he gets Pope to play and miss outside off with his first ball, clocked at 83.6mph. Fourth ball, Joseph goes full, wide, with a bit of swing away from Pope, who throws the bat at it. The ball just about evades the cordon and runs away for four; Pope survives and moves to 28. Crawley closes the over with a back-foot punch through cover for four more.

    13th over: England 58-1 (Crawley 26, Pope 24) Alzarri Joseph bangs in a bumper that Pope easily pulls away behind square on the leg side for four. England’s No 3 has had a rollicking start here. Crawley plays-and-misses with a cover drive and is struggling to rediscover the rhythm he had before the break.

    12th over: England 52-1 (Crawley 26, Pope 19) Crawley finally moves off 24, where he was at tea, with an offside punch for two. He then fails to make contact with an attempted pull.

    “In late 1980s Kolkata, my great-aunt taught high school chemistry to Dona Ganguly, Sourav Ganguly’s girlfriend (now wife),” writes Kishalay Banerjee.

    “My uncles tell me Sourav used to sometimes come and pick her up from their house in the evenings. It was a bit of an occasion even then since he was already creating a sizeable reputation as a club cricketer at that point.”

    11th over: England 49-1 (Crawley 24, Pope 18) Alzarri Joseph continues – I thought Brathwaite would have made a change by now – but the quick keeps Crawley quiet, delivering a maiden.

    Richard O’Hagan is back: “To follow on from Gareth Owen, I once kept wicket in a game where my slip cordon was Dan Norcross and Aatif Nawaz. I have honestly not laughed as much on a cricket pitch before or since. It was well worth the eye infection (and resulting eye condition) that I ended up with that day (no blame on any TMS commentators for that).”

    10th over: England 49-1 (Crawley 24, Pope 18) Pope’s authoritative start continues with a well-controlled pull off Seales for four more.

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    9th over: England 43-1 (Crawley 24, Pope 14) Pope is on the move, pressing forward to cut behind point for four before a fine off-drive gets him another boundary. Moments later, there’s a delicious cover drive – Pope moves to 13 off just six.

    OK, keep the convoluted nonsense coming but let’s get back to the cricket, too. Pope is on strike as Alzarri Joseph continues from the Nursery End.



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