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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Great ball of fire

England 7/289 (90 ov, R Bopara 118*, F Edwards 4/93) v West Indies: T#1 D1 at Lord's.

Fidel Edwards' first ball to Kevin Pietersen seemed to be going down the leg side but it pitched and moved away, touching the edge of the bat as it went through to keeper Ramdin, who had changed course in the nanosecond after this pic (which I took from a TV replay).

Not perhaps quite as good as the famous Warne delivery to Gatting, but pretty good nevertheless. Look out for footage on TV and/or YouTube.




For me this was the highlight of a day in which England, after being sent in by the West Indies, made 7/289 from 90 overs. This is not to overlook Ravi Bopara's 118*, which may well turn out to be the highlight of the match and perhaps, if he continues in similar vein, of the summer .

Fidel Edwards carried the West Indies bowling but was badly supported in the field - at least six catches, few of them difficult, went down in the latter part of the day.

On paper the match looks even but conditions favour the bowlers, so if England can add a few more runs they should be well situated.

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