3rd over: England 25-0 (Dunkley 4, Wyatt 9) Thakur, a neat figure with a white grip on her left arm, sprints inside. It seems Dunkley is constantly in two minds – she takes a leg bye and another ball misses both Dunkley preparing for the swipe, and the goalkeeper, to roll down to the rope.
2nd over: England 19-0 (Dunkley 4, Wyatt 8) This isn’t going to get boring. Vastrakar’s first ball flies to the rope for byes, and Wyatt kisses the fourth through the covers. Oh dear and this seems like a nasty injury in the circle for Radha who throws herself after the ball but then remains motionless on the ground. The physio runs on and escorts her off the field, holding her right shoulder.
1st over: England 6-0 (Dunkley 4, Wyatt 0) I have no idea how Dunkley survived that! Thakur on the money from the first: an inside edge, a wicket from a no-ball, a play and miss, another, a tickle just didn’t slip and then a knock to the ground for four.
Not much time to browse your dinner! The players are back on the field and here we go again.
20th over: India 132-7 (Sharma 29, Rana 2) Ecclestone and England’s last over, and it goes to 12 as Sharma beats the field twice, with a full swing at the last ball merrily over the rope. Not an earth-shattering score, but just about respectable, as Mel and Kim would say, on a damp outfield and chilly evening.
It’s time for me to have a quick vegetarian sausage dish in five hours.
19th over: India 120-7 (Sharma 19, Rana 0) Four byes from Davies cheer up India and despite the sloppy running they get ten out of the over.
India runs on the miss-field, but Kemp recovers well, throws vigorously and Vastrakar forgets to ground her bat before Davies declines bail.
18th over: India 110-6 (Sharma 14, Vastrakar 2) India wrings the dish towel and squeezes five out of Ecclestone – while today Jones erases her writing for the first time by dropping a sharp shot on Vastrakar’s pads.
17th over: India 106-6 (Sharma 12, Vastrakar 0) Amy Jones loses her second review of the evening, with Glenn’s lbw appeal against Sharma falling to her knee to swipe – but misses. But it’s pitching outside. But Glenn gets her reward two balls later: four for 23, very nicely done.
A first international four-fer for Glenn! Navgire goes for a shootout, but singles out Wyatt who takes it with both hands at midwicket.
16th over: India 103-5 (Navgire 6, Sharma 10) Kemp keeps it tight and India can squeeze only two of the 16th, England strangles them to death here.
15th over: India 101-5 (Navgire 5, Sharma 9) Bell proved relatively easy to pick in her first two overs, leaking eight here as well. Only the only limit though, a beauty when Sharma opens the face and kisses the ball to the rope.
14th over: India 94-5 (Navgire 3, Sharma 4) Dib and dab Smith, but India needs borders.
13th over: India 89 -5 ( Navgire 1, Sharma 1) Five from the over and Kaur’s crucial wicket. On the radio they talk about Navgire – a find from this spring’s T20 Women’s Challenge. She doesn’t usually hang out.
oof. Kaur may find it a bit difficult there. Glenn’s delivery remains low, tickling from the stump just below his ankle.
12th over: India 83-4 (Kaur 19, Navgire 0) Time for Kaur to take Davies to the fine leg before the in-touch Ghosh goes out. India can’t quite get away from this – smart bowling through England.
In an effort to speed up the train, Ghosh waves, straight to long.
11th over: India 78 -3 (Kaur 11, Ghosh 16) Ghosh plays a delightful little soft-handed guide from Ecclestone to a short third to four, then shifts gears and sweeps her full throttle for six.
10th over: India 65 -3 (Kaur 11, Ghosh 4) Another change of personnel as the Kemp of Southern Brave takes over. Kaur tickles her first ball around the corner for four and a few more flings improve the score halfway through.
“Hello,” James writes in Rochdale. “I wonder if any of the players are going to watch the Great North Run tomorrow. Does the route go anywhere near the riverbank?”
That, James, I don’t know. Are there any readers who have an idea?
9th over: India 56-3 (Kaur 5, Ghosh 1) England’s spinners tighten, tighten the web. Hemalantha’s resignation was a bit messy and went for the hoick.
Caught on the back foot straight as an arrow.
8th over: India 51-2 ( Hemalatha 8, Kaur 4) If the English men are heavy with ginger, English women are the queens of the blond ponytail – when Sophie Eccelestone, the fourth of the five bowlers to take the ball today, comes on the attack. A girl. Naturally.
7th over: India 51-2 ( Hemalatha 8, Kaur 4) It’s all action at The Riverside. First Glenn crushes a run-out opportunity from Verma, then Verma drops to her knees and hammers Glenn to the ground where it slams the soggy outfield and the fielder against the rope. Then the wicket, before Kaur celebrates her second ball.
A merry thump across the ground where Smith makes no mistake.
6th over: India 41-1 (Verma 13, Hemalatha 3) A clever handiwork behind my Jones’ stumps as she snips Verma’s stirrups and then gathers sweetly on the jump of a wide from Davies. Between Sophia Dunkley dropping Verma into the covers, she seemed to be moving sweetly to gather, but the ball hit her hand and fell to the floor.
5th over: India 36-1 (Verma 11, Hemalatha 1) A whack-a-mole boundary through the ground by Verma at Freya Kemp, much to the delight of the crowd – who are packed quite tightly in the stands around the pavilion.
4th over: India 30-1 (Verma 6) Time for Mandhana to pick up one more line before Smith gets her wife.
Another review, but this time Mandhana appeals to the referee’s raised finger on the pitch. She gets on one knee to sweep, fog and that’s that.
Always an optimistic lbw scream from Bryony Smith floating down the legs.
A first test of Jones’ review skills. Not out, says the referee on the field…
3rd over: India 24-0 (Mandhana 18, Verma 5) Thirteen of Bell’s left while Mandhana through long-off, then midwicket, for four swooshes. Finally Verma rises from the ground.
Raf is my go-to for women’s cricket:
If Sciver is a reluctant captain, it was a very bad idea to give it to her. A player has to embrace it – what a burden otherwise.
2nd over: India 11-0 (Mandhana 9, Verma 1) A decent gear from Freya Davies as she rushes to the crease, her first ball is a leg side wide. Verma singles with a dab in the off-side, then a missfield in the covers gives Mandhana a pair. She milks three more.
1st over: India 4-0 (Mandhana 4, Verma 0) Lauren Bell, on T20 debut, takes over the former. She slips into her delivery pass and her first ball slides slightly wide. Mandhana is out of the goal with a shimmy and a lofted off drive for four.
God protect the king – I think that could be a recording, we didn’t get to see the singer – and a few suppressed giggles, and that’s exactly what forced solemnity does.
The teams stand shoulder shoulder to shoulder as the crowd stands to observe a minute of silence. Perfectly maintained.
Here come the match officials, down the pavilion steps and through the guard of honour, followed by both teams wearing black armbands.
Nice picture! Very excited about the red kit.
Lauren Bell makes her IT20 debut as England chubby for three seamen in a seamy paradise, with rain along the ground. India is running rough, with only Renuka and Vastrakar to make the most of the conditions. No Goswami, who rests until the ODIs.
England: Danni Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Alice Capsey, Amy Jones (Captain and Week), Bryony Smith, Maia Bouchier, Sophie Ecclestone, Freya Kemp, Sarah Glenn, Freya Davies, Lauren Bell.
India: Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Dayalan Hemalatha, Richa Ghosh (wk), Kiran Navgire, Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh
A very green and lush looking Chester-le-Streetalmost fluorescent under lights, with two of the commentators in fleeces, and Lydia Greenway in a turtleneck.
Ah! We have television pictures from Chester le Street, where England warms up in tracksuits. Here’s debutant captain Amy Jones duly winning her first toss and going to bowl.
Give me a call if you twiddle your thumbs either @tjaldred or firstname.lastname@example.org. What do you expect from the next six games, with a new England (Knight, Brunt and Sciver on the sidelines) and India without the recovering Jemimah Rodrigues, and the magnificent Jhulan Goswami on her swan song?
Like at The Oval for the gentlemen Test, both teams will wear black armbands in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II. There will be a guard of honor made up of children, a minute of silence and a rendition of God Save the King. Feeling for newbies today – it must have been quite overwhelming for Harry Brook.
Not the most surprising news of the day. They throw at 7pm and when it stops raining, the game continues 20 overs per side.
Good evening! It’s been a damp old age in Durham, but they’re mopping urgently, so fingers crossed. It was optimistic to head to The Riverside at 7pm in September to begin this series – blankets and thermoses at the gate?
This is the first of six autumn matches against India, the Commonwealth Games silver medalists who also defeated England in the semi-finals. Three T20s (today the second T20 in Derby on September 13 and the third in Bristol on September 15) followed by three ODIs (September 18, Hove; September 21, Canterbury and September 24, Lord’s)
Nat Sciver, who would lead England while Heather Knight was absent after hip surgery, withdrew on Thursday to prioritize her mental health. She had also previously moved away from leading Trent Rockets in the Hundred. Amy Jones will lead England instead, while Harmanpreet Kaur captains India