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Finn seals win on day five Published: 31 May 2010

In his first Test match at Lord's, Middlesex's Steve Finn takes five wickets to help England clinch victory against Bangladesh.

The day had a unique feel about it. With the fifth day of a Test match falling on a Bank Holiday Monday MCC slashed ticket prices to just £10 and promised those that came the chance to perambulate (walk) on the famous Lord's outfield.

There were queues around the block as people flocked to the Home of Cricket. The stands filled up rapidly.

Bangladesh's captain Shakib Al Hasan and Zunaed Siddique resumed on 328-5, a lead of 105. They looked determined to suck up time and edge their way towards a lead of 200 and an outside chance of victory.

Finn in the wickets

England opened with James Anderson and Tim Bresnan and the batsmen bedded in, more than willing to block away anything bar the loosest deliveries.

Strauss knew England had to get on with it and uproot the batsmen before the bedded in. After just two overs Strauss replaced Bresnan with Finn.

Almost immediately the young seamer made the difference. Shakib drilled a catch to Eoin Morgan at point, who held on at the second attempt.

Shortly afterwards the other well-set batsman, Siddique, rather gave away his wicket popping a catch up to a leaping Tim Bresnan.

By then Finn had four wickets to his name and, after being stranded on a four-for in the first innings once again he scented a place on the Lord's Honours Boards.

He wasn't to be denied this time, adding his fifth wicket in a wonderful spell, removing Mushfiqur, caught behind by Matt Prior.

Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain tried to frustrate England's bowlers, creeping towards a defendable target.

Bresnan returned, perhaps stung by being removed earlier, and he picked up the final two wickets - Rubel caught low down in the slips and Mahmudullah caught by Prior, another victim to a rash stroke.

Run chase & perambulation

That last wicket hastened the lunch interval and arguably the most memorable moment of the day - perambulation.

Thousands of spectators swarmed onto the outfield, marshalled by stewards and volunteering MCC staff to make it happen. The wicket was cordoned off by lots of people stopped to take a rare close-up look at a Test pitch, many more taking their chance to bat, bowl and catch on the famous Lord's turf.

The spectators left the field in good order and England took up their bats again.

Andrew Strauss looked like a man in a hurry, initially thrashing the ball around with a clutch of boundaries.

Shakib rotated through almost his entire bowling battery inside the first seven overs, desperately seeking the wickets that may spark a few butterflies for England.

It was another borderline decision from umpire Asoka Da Silva that gave them a breakthrough - Alastair Cook given out LBW for the second time in the match.

With Strauss joined by Trott the scoring late slowed momentarily but the captain still knocked off his second half-century of the match.

Tick-tock 'til teatime

As England's target to win got smaller and smaller. The only thing that seemed likely to get in their way was the Tea interval.

Shakib was bowling in tandem with Mahmudullah and Bangladesh's own 'spin twins' were slowing the rate enough to raise doubts whether England could beat the clock to Tea. Perhaps the Tigers' had one eye on another luxurious Lord's teatime treat?

The captain's had reason to smile at one another as Shakib took Strauss' wicket, caught behind, as the England man tried to hurry the pace.

Out came Kevin Pietersen, to a mighty Lord's roar. The crowd expected Pietersen's trademark batting to take on the clock.

With barely minutes left it almost became a game within the game - Bangladesh's fielders closing in and Pietersen unable to pick the gaps - to much amusement on both sides.

The crowd clapped in every delivery stride of the bowlers; Pietersen added two rapid boundaries and England needed just one run to win.

With one over until Tea was due, Shakib bowled a hugely entertaining maiden over. The crowd sighed but umpire Billy Bowden (on the receiving end of some 'boos' during the frustrating rain and light delays earlier in the match) seemed to 'forget' to check his watch and one more over was squeezed in with the clock showing 3:42pm.

Jonathan Trott obliged the gesture with a well struck four, cheered every inch of the way as it rolled to the boundary. England sealed victory by eight wickets.

Busy day at MCC

It will be a busy few days at MCC this week, not least for the sign writer of the Lord's Honours Boards who has no fewer than four new names to add - including the first Bangladeshis.

MCC Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw also received BBC Test Match Special's 'Brian Johnston Champagne Moment Award' for the decision to allow perambulation at Lord's for the first time in many, many years.

There was champagne too for another Lord's 'resident' - Finn's nine-wicket haul earned him the npower man-of-the-match award.

No champagne perhaps for the Bangladesh team but their valiant efforts, not least with the bat, earned them plenty of friends at Lord's.


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