The Sports Matrix: Saturday 21 May 2012


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England set for nervy run-chase after early wickets

England face a test of nerve on today's final day against the West Indies at Lord's if they are to begin their Test summer with victory. The tourists enjoyed a good day at the crease yesterday, eventually being bowled out for 345 to set England 191 for victory.

Andrew Strauss' side began their reply in terrible fashion, the captain departing for 1 off Kemar Roach and the night-watchman, James Anderson, following him back to the pavilion after being dismissed by the same bowler for 6 to leave England 10 for 2. Jonathan Trott was then reprieved by HawkEye, over an lbw decision.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, above, had proved the bane of England bowlers, scoring 91 to extend West Indies' lead, before being trapped lbw by Graeme Swann and missing out on a century once again. MORE

Lampard: Cup is merely the start

Frank Lampard has told Chelsea fans that the European Cup final triumph is the start of new era rather than the end of one. "The big thing is to move on," he said. "The owner has the desire, the players want to keep going – no one wants to settle for one win." MORE

Allardyce sets his sights on stadium

After clinching promotion, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has called on the club to tie up a move to Stratford. "I know fans would like to stay where we are," he said. "But the way forward is a venue like that. It would be like playing at Wembley every week." MORE

Lancs save face with Horton ton

A century from Paul Horton helped Lancashire achieve a draw at Warwickshire that returned the hosts to top spot. The Australian, 29, struck an unbeaten 137 during a final day curtailed by the weather, as the champions avoided a fourth loss in six matches. MORE

Leinster rewrite the record books

Leinster broke all kinds of records in thrashing Ulster in the Hein-eken Cup final – scoring the most points, most tries and securing the biggest winning margin in the 17-year history, with the best performance since Brive routed Leicester over 10 years ago. MORE

Pressure kept up on leaders Wigan

Warrington and the Catalan Dragons maintained the pressure on leaders Wigan with ultimately comfortable wins over lowly opponents. Wakefield pushed Warrington before going down 42-12, while Widnes kept pace with Catalans before losing 42-34. MORE

Ennis a step ahead but a jump short

Jessica Ennis was left disappointed in Manchester after a mishap by Great City Games organisers caused her personal best in the 100m hurdles to be struck off. Kelly Sotherton tweeted there was one hurdle too few, leading to the result being voided. MORE