England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord’s, 2nd day

England, your task today is simple. Rack up at least 450, then bowl West Indies out for under 200. Weather is set fair so we should be in for a full day’s play. West Indies were quite dreadful yesterday, their bowlers lacking discipline and form. England just cruised along…

Leave your thoughts in the comments, if you so wish

England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord’s, 1st day

It’s not chucking it down. That’s the good news. But it is drizzling, so we might be in for a delayed start and a stop-start kind of day. Looks like Flintoff will miss out.

Keep an eye on the commentary and leave your thoughts below.

Live chat: Australia v South Africa, 2nd semi-final, St Lucia

So much for essay writing, this is going to be far more interesting. The two, of course, haven’t played since the group stages, and Australia still haven’t lost a game. Will this be the one? South Africa have won the toss, and elected to bat.

Catch Will, and the scorecard, over here. In the meantime, chat away!

England v West Indies, Super Eights, Barbados

It’s a day of last hurrahs. England’s final match; West Indies last game; Duncan Fletcher’s and Brian Lara’s last in international cricket and, apart from those departing, it’s an utterly meaningless encounter. Due to Fletcher’s retirement, England are apparently now up for the match (which is nice). All we want is a Lara hundred though, don’t we?

Leave your wibblings below and keep an eye on the scorecard.

Live chat: West Indies v Bangladesh, Super Eights, Barbados

It seems like Bangladesh have had a good World Cup after bashing a couple giants, but find themselves languishing at the footer of the Super Eights table. The West Indies have been highly disappointing in the second stanza having breezed through their pool grouping but they’re also stuck low on two points. As Dileep Premachandran over at CricInfo writes:

It will have escaped no one’s attention that West Indies are currently level on points with Bangladesh and Ireland, an unacceptable state of affairs in a region that dominated the game for nearly two decades.

It’s statement time. Brian Lara is in the final breath of his cricketing career and one might hope that the embattled West Indies could dig a couple specials out to end in a way he might deserve. Bangladesh can foil that and go a long way to secure themselves a final six finish. That would be a grand achievement for the nation.

Check the scorecard and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Live chat: England v South Africa, Super Eights, Barbados

I can’t believe it’s come to this. South Africa were the No. 1 ranked team in the world a fortnight ago, mixing brilliance and audacity with complacency and bottling. England really could make the last four, like it or lump it. Do they deserve to be there? Do they heck. But it would shake things up and give them genuine belief they can make the final.

With Pietersen facing the country of his birth, today’s match ought to be a real firecracker. Check the scorecard and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

New Zealand v South Africa, Super Eights, Grenada

Something’s wrong in the universe when Craig McMillan can take three South African wickets. I’m not watching it, and have only just switched on the radio – ensconced in Devon and magnetised to the beach and the outdoors. But it’s clouded over with a sea fog here and it’s high time for a drink and to keep my eye on this match. South Africa are wobbling, to say the least. Incidentally my hosters were switching things today and apparently the site was buggered earlier. Apologies for that. All seems fine again now – if painfully slow.

Anyhoo, here’s a photo

Minehead

And here’s the scorecard.

Australia v Ireland, Super Eights, Barbados

Very late on this one- Ponting showing no sense of adventure, sent Ireland in and as I write they are 84 for 9. All in all a brave effort by the Irish so far, and some of Australia’s fielding will cause Ponting some concern. But the luck of the Irish isn’t in Barbados today.

Scorecard

New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Super Eights, Grenada

This could be the match of the tournament so far, at least in terms of form, although Australia vs South Africa was right up there as well. That old war-horse Chaminda Vaas has a couple of wickets already and in the 6th over, New Zealand are 4 for 2.

Scorecard

Oh dear. They’re now four down…

England v Bangladesh, Super Eights, Barbados

Do Bangladesh deserve the label minnows, or the tag of a “banana skin” any longer? India were first to trip up, then South Africa blindly faffed their way to defeat. And England, in such unconvincing form, are the next side to try and tame the Tigers.

Scorecard here. Chat away like the rantings fans that you are.