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England win after farcical finish

First one-day international, Guyana: England 270-7 beat West Indies 244-7 by one run (Duckworth-Lewis regulations)

By Oliver Brett

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood battled a migraine to hit a valuable 69 from 77 balls

England won the first one-dayer after a calamitous misreading of the rain regulations by the West Indies coach.

Australian John Dyson waved his batsmen in when they were offered the light with 27 needed from 22 balls in Guyana.

But Stuart Broad's dismissal of Denesh Ramdin made the difference as England's total of 270-7 gave them a one-run win under Duckworth-Lewis rules.

The hosts finished on 244-7 and England's first win of the winter was confirmed after a 10-minute delay.

West Indies were ahead of the "par" score under the Duckworth-Lewis system when the 47th over began - and the umpires hovered over their light meters.

But after Broad had sent down a wide and two legitimate deliveries - the second of which trapped Denesh Ramdin lbw - the batsmen were offered the light, and Dyson beckoned his batsmen into the pavilion.

The England team's initial confusion at the hosts' decision turned to smiles as their calculations told them they had won the match, while the West Indies' celebrations were quickly put on hold as they hastily examined the Duckworth-Lewis scoring system.

A confusing interlude ensued before a winner was declared - as Dyson approached the match officials with his set of rules.

But the Australian, who has been linked with the England coaching job, appeared to have forgotten to take into account the wicket of Ramdin which turned a West Indies win into an English one.

Stuart Broad removes Chris Gayle
Stuart Broad, who bowled well throughout, removes Chris Gayle

Paul Collingwood (69) and Owais Shah (62) did the bulk of the scoring for England after they had won an important toss on a slow wicket in Guyana.

England's bowlers generally did a fine job in defending the total, although a single Steve Harmison over which Shivnarine Chanderpaul smashed for 26 at a crucial late stage nearly undid so much of the good work.

Once Broad had removed Chris Gayle early on - lbw to a ball that straightened off the wicket - England had an obvious initiative.

And despite the best efforts of Ramnaresh Sarwan (57) and Lendl Simmons (62), the required run rate climbed to 7.22 towards the end of a 125-run stand which soaked up 27 overs.

Simmons rode his luck at times. He should have been run out by Ravi Bopara on 36, and after he had added a further 10 Broad badly misjudged a catch in the deep.

In between there were some terrific shots, including a straight six off Gareth Batty and another big hit off Dimitri Mascarenhas which almost cleared the longest boundary on the ground.

But of the two, it was Sarwan who was first to fall, tamely caught at short midwicket as he mistimed a flick off Collingwood.

The arrival of Chanderpaul - who made 46 off just 30 balls - triggered a fast-scoring period, but West Indies were again stalled when Simmons finally fell, to the spin of Batty - James Anderson holding the catch at deep square leg.

West Indies had one final chance, the five-over batting powerplay which they took with 98 runs wanted off 12 overs - a required rated of 8.17.

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TA generally tight first over from Broad was ended with a big Keiron Pollard six, before Chanderpaul launched his stunning assault on Harmison. He took the experienced paceman for a six and five fours, and in an instant England had gone from favourites to underdogs.

However, the excellent Broad crucially removed Chanderpaul in the next over - caught at square leg - and new man Dwayne Bravo cut Anderson to point.

Pollard continued to blaze away, and was badly dropped by Harmison off Batty before the Durham man made amends with a successful catch to give Anderson a second wicket.

Then the weather had its say, robbing the spectators of a thrilling finish but giving England the victory they desperately needed after a tough winter.

England showed two changes from the team soundly beaten in the Twenty20 international, with Harmison and Matt Prior replacing Amjad Khan and Steve Davies.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit Steve Harmison for 26 runs in one over

An experimental batting order threw up captain Andrew Strauss and Bopara as its openers, and that plan backfired as Strauss departed in the seventh over, flapping at a ball he could barely reach outside the off-stump and hitting it to point.

Kevin Pietersen hit one booming straight six off Bravo but lobbed a catch to mid-on off the next ball, and the first partnership of note came when Bopara and Shah added 53.

After Bopara had fallen lbw to Nikita Miller's left-arm spin, Collingwood and Shah nurdled England to a really strong position of 206-3 from 40 overs.

They took the final powerplay at that point, but far from unleashing a string of boundaries, England found themselves constrained by some accurate bowling from Bravo and Powell.

Shah spooned a catch to the wicketkeeper, Collingwood lost his rhythm and just 17 runs came from the five overs. Thankfully, all was not lost; when the fielders went back to the ropes, the boundaries started coming again.

Collingwood was finally caught in the deep but an eye-catching tussle between Bravo and Prior ended in the batsman's favour, with the Sussex wicketkeeper clobbering an unbeaten 26 from 21 balls.



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