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West Indies v England 1st Test

First Test, Kingston (day four):
West Indies 392 bt England 318 & 51 by an innings and 23 runs

By Jamie Lillywhite

Kevin Pietersen
Pietersen was beaten all ends up by an inspired spell from Taylor

England collapsed to a demoralising defeat by an innings and 23 runs on day four of the first Test in Jamaica.

West Indies added 40 to their overnight score to make 392, a first-innings lead of 74, Stuart Broad's maiden Test five-wicket haul England's one bright note.

But the tourists capitulated to 26-7 within 20 overs either side of lunch.

Andrew Flintoff took them beyond their lowest score of 45 and was the only man to reach double figures, but Jerome Taylor captured 5-11 in a total of 51.

England had half an hour to negotiate before the luncheon interval, but lost Alastair Cook to a juggling catch at second slip in the third over.

Ian Bell's detractors would have been sharpening their knives at the sight of the under-fire batsman getting a bottom edge to a cut shot in the final over of the morning session.

Three balls after the resumption came the prize wicket of Kevin Pietersen, who saw his off-stump uprooted by a stunning swinging yorker from Taylor.

With the score at 15-3, the dire predicament for captain Andrew Strauss was summed up when a ball pitching halfway down the wicket from Sulieman Benn shot right along the ground, fortunately for the batsman wide of off-stump.

But that was an isolated incident and there is no way the pitch could be used as a factor for the horrific demise.

45 v Australia, Sydney, Jan 1887
46 v West Indies, Port of Spain, Mar 1994
51 v West Indies, Kingston, Feb 2009
52 v Australia, The Oval, Aug 1948
53 v Australia, Lord's, Jul 1888
Strauss edged behind after taking 50 balls to score nine, and Paul Collingwood was so disorientated by the situation he was still running for a bye when his leg bail had been removed by the effervescent Taylor.

At this stage the record books were being anxiously scrutinised, and New Zealanders following the contest would have had genuine hope of finally losing their unwanted tag of lowest ever Test total, 26, set back in 1955.

As the crowd basked in a state of slightly bewildered euphoria, the wickets continued to fall, and Taylor produced a stunning slower ball, an off-cutter that came back to deceive Matt Prior and bowl him through the gate.

The excellent giant left-arm spinner Benn took the seventh wicket, having earlier continued a fine match with a cameo 23, hooking Broad for six followed by a thumping cover drive as key extra runs were added.

Australian-born left-hander Brendan Nash, gritty rather than pretty, nevertheless played the kind of role suited to the delicate match situation and on his home debut continued a run of scoring fifties in each of his first three Tests.

There was even time for more referral controversy to end the Windies innings.

Daren Powell was given out caught down the leg-side by umpire Tony Hill, who will not have fond memories of this Test, given a spate of decisions proved incorrect following reviews by replay.

This time it was third umpire Daryl Harper who was seen as more culpable, however, failing to inform his colleague of the clear space between bat and ball that should have seen the verdict overturned.

But that decision hardly proved significant to the outcome of the match as the panic in the England batting set in, and Benn had a dumfounded Broad smartly caught at short-leg.

Flintoff, no doubt wondering quite how to go about things, cut the first boundary of the innings in the 28th over, to take England past Australia's lowest Test total of 36.

He succumbed to a wild shot and was the penultimate wicket to fall, but the die had been cast and the West Indies were soon celebrating a famous victory, their first against England for 16 Tests dating back to Edgbaston in 2000.

see also
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