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England tour of West Indies, 1st T20I: West Indies v England at Gros Islet, Mar 5, 2019

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West Indies 160/8

England 161/6 (18.5/20 ov)

England won by 4 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

Batsman R B S.R
Jonny Bairstow (rhb) 68 40 170.00
Joe Denly (rhb) 30 29 103.44
Bowller O M R W Econ
Sheldon Cottrell (lfm) 3.5 0 29 3 7.56
Jason Holder (lfm) 4.0 0 26 1 6.50
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7.34pm So, that’s a wrap from Beausejour. Not quite clinical from England, but effective enough. We’ll be back on Friday for the penultimate leg of the tour, the second T20I in St Kitts. See you then.

Eoin Morgan: “I thought Adil did an incredible job today, he’s proven he has the ability to come on at any stage and threaten both sides of the bat, he’s a huge asset to fall back on. Jordan’s experience in T20 is vast … it was a case of going with TC in the final over, his slower ball to guys who’d just come in was the way to go.”

Jonny Bairstow is Player of the Match: “Great fun, a quick turnaround, get to play with a lot of freedom. A few guys not playing in this series, so an opportunity to carry on from the one-day series. Good fun having the gloves, not as many to catch as in the Tests so when the ball comes it’s a bit of a surprise.”

7.29pm Time for some presentations. Jason Holder: “We were a bit scrappy in the field and the wicket was a bit two-paced. Too many extras in the field. There’s a massive wind factor at this ground. Pooran is a very explosive player, and the guys were able to bat around him as well.”

7.25pm It’s been a lively night in the Champions League tonight as well. Spurs are through to the last eight, but that’s not the big story of the night…

7.18pm So, as four-wicket wins go, that was sufficiently dominant from England. West Indies looked to have posted a competitive total, but a combination of Jonny Bairstow’s belligerence and a poor evening in the field wrecked their chances of defending it. Sheldon Cottrell kept things interesting, as he tends to do, but it was a stroll for the second ten overs, to be honest.

Jon: “Damian: Denly and Billings did what was needed. Got out going for a big shot when the game was as good as won.” Yep. Can’t argue with that

David – aka sle: “One can’t help but feel that the 20 extras conceded have played a big part here” There is that, though England actually served up more wides

Callum: “Why not a four off last delivery, thought it hit the rope?” They presumably completed the single before the ball got to the rope. Dumb rule

George Macphers: “Only 3 6’s in this innings from England is woeful. We could have use the top half of our order to chase 161. England could have turn a few of those 1’s into 6’s which would have made the difference in the chase to allow England to get to 161 with a few overs to spare. ” George, I think you’ve forgotten your tablets again. Nurse!

18.5 1 Cottrell to Curran slammed through long-on and that’s a comprehensive win! 1 run

Damian: “Not particularly convincing from denly or billings” Both innings would have looked better as not outs… they had no need to play any differently thanks to Bairstow

18.4 1 Cottrell to Willey slower ball again, tucked to the leg side and the scores are level 1 run
18.3 4 Cottrell to Willey short, sharp, bursts through the keeper’s gloves, and that’s wrecked the suspense! Oh well, it was intriguing while it lasted 4 byes
18.2 1 Cottrell to Curran full length, tapped into the off side to get off the mark with a calm single 1 run
18.1 W Cottrell to Billings full, straight and bowled! A loopingly slow cutter, Billings is drawn into a wild glory-seeking hack, and off come his bails! Another day when Billings has come to the party, then left it rather drunkenly after necking the tequila when the dancefloor was at his mercy OUT
SW Billings b Cottrell 18 (16b 1×4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Cottrell returns. He’s been West Indies’ likeliest source of wickets on this leg of the tour…

End of Over No.18 England 154/5 This Over (3 runs)

17.6 0 Holder to Willey an effort ball to end it … he’s made the breakthrough, but it’s come too late you sense no run
17.5 1 Holder to Billings smashed out to deep square leg, and dropped! A brain-fade from Billings, hitting into the breeze and for some reason Thomas only goes for it with one hand. Worried about the proximity of the rope, but that could have been interesting! 1 run

So, Denly won’t be seeing this one home, though he’s played his part. Here’s David Willey, to win it in one hit!

17.4 W Holder to Denly short, and hoisted up, up and away, but into the breeze and into deep square leg’s hands! OUT
JL Denly c Pooran b Holder 30 (29b 4×4 0x6) SR: 103.44
17.3 0 Holder to Denly doesn’t get up as intended this time no run
17.2 1 Holder to Billings sharp delivery! Raps the gloves on a tight off-stump line, and Billings rides it as if we’re back in the Test series! But there’s another single into the vacant cordon 1 run
17.1 1 Holder to Denly full toss, on the pads, tapped to long-on 1 run

End of Over No.17 England 151/4 This Over (10 runs)

16.6 1 Brathwaite to Denly angled into the pads, lifting off the deck, good ball, but that’s another single. Just 10 to get now 1 leg bye

Richard Hirst: “Plenty of other sports he could still take up in his second prime – as a Yorkshireman, Crown green bowling, for example.” Or ferret hoarding

16.5 2 Brathwaite to Denly angled into the pads, tapped into space in front of square leg, and there’s no-one to cut that off 2 leg byes
16.4 1 Brathwaite to Billings back of a length, pulled to wide long-on. England are walking this one home 1 run
16.3 2 Brathwaite to Billings full toss, bashed on the up to deep cover 2 runs
16.3 1 Brathwaite to Billings wrong line once more, the requirement dips again 1 wide
16.3 1 Brathwaite to Billings wide on the crease, and wide of the batsman too 1 wide

Priyadaka Conwa: “Two men of England have got their top t20I scores in this game, YJB and OJD (er, old Jo Denly?) ” Err, yes… I guess eight years on the England sidelines takes it out of a man!

16.2 1 Brathwaite to Denly open-faced glide to deep point 1 run

Jack: “Sam Billings is from the same hospital as my brother, and they are both proud Kentish Men! ” That sounds definitive

16.1 1 Brathwaite to Billings over-pitched outside off, pounded out to cover 1 run

End of Over No.16 England 141/4 This Over (8 runs)

15.6 1 Holder to Billings back of a length, dabbed down to third man as Billings settles once more for the strike-rotating single 1 run
15.5 1 Holder to Denly much fuller, defended into the leg side 1 run
15.4 4 Holder to Denly down the track, flat-batted over the bowler’s head! Short again from Holder, but Denly’s mind was made up, pirouetting on a good length as he tennis-smashed another boundary FOUR

Andy J: “Difficulty for Root when it comes to T20 is that it’s where the money is in cricket. He doesn’t want to be left behind as it’s such a money spinner. But from an English perspective I’d rather him concentrate on his Test batting.” I don’t think he does too badly out of the ECB… but yes, you only live once as a sportsman in your prime

15.3 0 Holder to Denly short and sharp, whistling through as Denly has a wipe no run
15.2 2 Holder to Denly flashed into the covers from back in the crease. More good contact 2 runs
15.1 0 Holder to Denly more tricksy bounce…back of a length and skipping through no run

Five to go. This could end quickly unless a few quick wickets come out of the bag… here’s Holder. Gayle tries to sneak himself in at slip to avoid running, but the skipper sends him packing to the outfield!

End of Over No.15 England 133/4 This Over (11 runs)

14.6 4 Cottrell to Billings squeezed in front of third man, and that’s another woeful bit of fielding on the rope! Hustled by the expectation of them coming back for two, he ended up ushering it over the rope for four! FOUR
14.5 1 Cottrell to Denly back of a length, very straight line, but Denly is once again batting outside leg, and can open his face to pinch the single to third man 1 run
14.4 0 Cottrell to Denly keeps low outside off, and Denly is beaten on the drive no run
14.3 4 Cottrell to Denly too short, and carved with intent past point! Hanging leg-side, and climbing into the hint of width. The sweeper sprints round but can’t get close! FOUR
14.2 0 Cottrell to Denly good line and length outside off, an urgent flog into the off side, no contact this time no run

Score Cards

  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    SS Cottrell 3.5 0 29 3 7.56 (3w)
    O Thomas 2 0 18 0 9.00 (1w)
    AR Nurse 4 0 32 1 8.00
    JO Holder 4 0 26 1 6.50 (2w)
    CR Brathwaite 4 0 33 1 8.25 (2w)
    FA Allen 1 0 8 0 8.00
  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 17 AD Hales 11 JM Bairstow 1
    2nd 15 JE Root 0 JM Bairstow 14
    3rd 51 EJG Morgan 8 JM Bairstow 36
    4th 20 JM Bairstow 17 JL Denly 3
    5th 50 JL Denly 27 SW Billings 17
    6th 1 SW Billings 1 DJ Willey 0
    7th 7* DJ Willey 1 TK Curran 2
  • Batting R B 4 6
    AD Hales bowled 11 5 1 1
    JM Bairstow caught 68 40 9 2
    JE Root lbw 0 2 0 0
    EJG Morgan caught 8 16 1 0
    JL Denly caught 30 29 4 0
    SW Billings bowled 18 16 1 0
    DJ Willey not out 1 3 0 0
    TK Curran not out 2 2 0 0
    LE Plunkett
    CJ Jordan
    AU Rashid
    Extras (b 8, lb 7, w 8) 23
    Total (6 wkts; 18.5 ovs) 161
  • Summary

    Sports Event
    1st T20I West Indies vs England

    Location

    Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia,
    Gros Islet,Gros Islet,WI
    Starting on
    Mar 5, 2019
    Ending on
    Mar 5, 2019
    Description
    England tour of West Indies, 1st T20I: West Indies v England at Gros Islet, Mar 5, 2019.

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