The maverick that is Jermaine Blackwood drove West Indies to a famous victory; he also flicked and cut impishly in pursuit of the 200 runs that were required while hitting a magnificent 95.
As a consequence Jason Holder’s tenacious team, who seem to be bonded ever closer by the lockdown experience rather than driven to distraction, prevailed by four wickets in a game that got better and better as the days went by.
For those following from afar the intensity and commitment of the players of both sides made for a fine contest.
Given the weirdness of the preparations there were bound to be aberrations, caused by rustiness along the way.
Yet the event was a clear success for the England and Wales Cricket Board, notwithstanding the outcome.
How West Indies deserved their win; they were resolute, disciplined and skilful throughout. We knew they could bowl but their batsmen came up with the goods under pressure, with Blackwood a surprising hero.
(Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jul/12/west-indies-beat-england-by-four-wickets-in-thrilling-first-test)