Commonwealth Bank Series, 2006/07 / Commentary

Commonwealth Bank Series - 3rd match

England v New Zealand

England won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

We're nearly ready. Just waiting for the players (always useful to have some players out there). Ah, here come England and it'll be Jon Lewis to open. Stunning day out there; clear blue skies.

9.45 New Zealand have won the toss and will bat. Now go and read Brydon Coverdale's bulletin, updated regularly.

9.35am If you're bored - and why wouldn't you be? You've probably in an office hiding from your boss, your forehead creased in a vain attempt to look busy, pretending to use Google for research but secretly keeping an eye on Cricinfo (as you should) - check out the rest of the site. Herschelle Gibbs has been banned for a couple of Tests; Australia want to humiliate England six times, not five. And there's our photo gallery and all sorts.

9.25am How revealing. We've had a few emails in from fervent New Zealand fans all egging their side on. None from any England fans. Yes, quite. Well, I'm up for it; neither side has a hope of beating Australia, so they at least stand a chance of beating one another today. News from the ground in 15 very short minutes.

9.15am Bonjour, buenas tardes and guten abend to all. Welcome to our coverage of the third match in this CB Series. I'm Will Luke, and will be taking you through proceedings, along with Andrew McGlashan whenever he decides to get in. No news from the ground yet I'm afraid, but conditions in the office are decidedly gloomy and humid; neither the lights or air conditioning are working and, as for the pitch, it needs hoovering.

We'll have news from the ground shortly. In the meantime, send us an email if you like.

0.1

Lewis to McCullum, no run, right on the money and it's firmly defended

0.2

Lewis to McCullum, SIX, smack! Just short of a length, but it's too wide and McCullum flays it over extra cover for a huge six

0.3

Lewis to McCullum, no run, better line outside off and it's left alone

0.4

Lewis to McCullum, FOUR, on his leg stump and oh no! Oh dear oh dear, what a complete shambles from Anderson at fine leg. He ran in and was foxed by the spin, the ball fizzing past him. Hilarity

0.5

Lewis to McCullum, no run, close! Trapped in the crease, it nipped back but didn't come back quite enough

0.6

Lewis to McCullum, 2 runs, big step down the pitch and he flicks it, Pietersen-style, down to Anderson at fine leg who, this time, fields it cleanly

End of over 1 (12 runs) New Zealand 12/0 (RR: 12.00)
BB McCullum    12* (6b 1x4 1x6)      J Lewis    1-0-12-0
NJ Astle    0* (0b)     

1.1

Anderson to Astle, no run, hit back to the bowler

1.2

Anderson to Astle, no run, wide of the off stump and smashed to cover

1.3

Anderson to Astle, no run, and he shoulders arms to this wider delivery

1.4

Anderson to Astle, no run, that's a good line from Anderson, right in the channel and it's defended off the back foot by Astle

1.5

Anderson to Astle, no run, ooh very well bowled, Anderson, cutting this back into Astle who defends

1.6

Anderson to Astle, 1 run, flicked to midwicket and a quick single there

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 13/0 (RR: 6.50)
NJ Astle    1* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
BB McCullum    12* (6b 1x4 1x6)      J Lewis    1-0-12-0

2.1

Lewis to Astle, no run, too wide of his off stump

2.2

Lewis to Astle, FOUR, oh dear, too wide and it's hammered on the up through extra cover for four

2.3

Lewis to Astle, no run, good length, defended solidly

2.4

Lewis to Astle, no run, again this cuts back and again it's well blocked out

2.5

Lewis to Astle, no run, firmly clunked back to the bowler

2.6

Lewis to Astle, no run, turned with a closed face of the bat but no run on offer there

End of over 3 (4 runs) New Zealand 17/0 (RR: 5.66)
NJ Astle    5* (12b 1x4)      J Lewis    2-0-16-0
BB McCullum    12* (6b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

3.1

Anderson to McCullum, no run, far too wide. Far, far too wide and he is very lucky not to be smashed for four. As it is, the batsman got a bottom edge trying to slash it over the slips

3.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run, ooh lovely ball this time, in the channel and it zings past a very wishy washy backward defence

3.3

Anderson to McCullum, no run, a swing and a miss outside off

3.4

Anderson to McCullum, no run, cut hard into the covers

3.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, excellent bowling; just short of a length and it cuts back into the batsman who is cramped for room

3.6

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, gorgeous shot, quite effortless. Drifting down the leg side and he just flicks it down to fine leg for four. Easy.

End of over 4 (4 runs) New Zealand 21/0 (RR: 5.25)
BB McCullum    16* (12b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    2-0-5-0
NJ Astle    5* (12b 1x4)      J Lewis    2-0-16-0

4.1

Lewis to Astle, no run, good line from Lewis, Astle gets a thick inside edge onto his pad

4.2

Lewis to Astle, no run, more good lines from Lewis, just outside off and cutting back; Astle looks a touch clueless here to the moving ball

4.3

Lewis to Astle, FOUR, but this one doesn't move...in fact, the only thing that moved were Astle's feet and his bat, smacking this over his head. Shot! It falls a foot inside the rope at long-off

4.4

Lewis to Astle, no run, worked to a short midwicket

Nixon up to the stumps. This could get noisy.

4.5

Lewis to Astle, no run, and it works immediately; short of a length, outside off and the batsman, wary of the keeper's position, remains in his crease but is beaten by the swing and Nixon collects

4.6

Lewis to Astle, no run, pushed to a wideish mid-off

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 25/0 (RR: 5.00)
NJ Astle    9* (18b 2x4)      J Lewis    3-0-20-0
BB McCullum    16* (12b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    2-0-5-0

5.1

Anderson to McCullum, no run, massively wide. A filthy delivery which deserves to go for four and the batsman misses out, gets a bottom edge

5.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run, a tighter line, but it's still wide of the off stump and causes a swing-and-a-miss from the batsman

5.3

Anderson to McCullum, 1 wide, just for variation, it's down the leg side this time

Rightly called a wide. Blimey. This could be a very long game...

5.3

Anderson to McCullum, OUT, gone! What a soft dismissal. McCullum tried to hit it over Anderson's head but skied it to Vaughan at mid-off. The moment he hit it, McCullum swung his bat in frustration

BB McCullum c Vaughan b Anderson 16 (28m 15b 2x4 1x6) SR: 106.66

5.4

Anderson to Fleming, 1 wide, oh and that's down the leg side

5.4

Anderson to Fleming, no run, ooh very well bowled, swinging into the left-hander who didn't really come forward enough, but got an inside edge into his pad

5.5

Anderson to Fleming, 1 run, defended out into the covers and Fleming's off the mark

5.6

Anderson to Astle, no run, hits him on the pad but it's going down leg

End of over 6 (3 runs) New Zealand 28/1 (RR: 4.66)
NJ Astle    9* (19b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-1
SP Fleming    1* (2b)      J Lewis    3-0-20-0

6.1

Lewis to Fleming, no run, left alone outside off

6.2

Lewis to Fleming, no run, again wide enough of the left-hander's off stump to leave alone

6.3

Lewis to Fleming, no run, better; fuller and straighter and defended on the front foot

6.4

Lewis to Fleming, 2 runs, a touch fuller this time, again too wide and Fleming cracks it through the coers, albeit without sufficient timing. Calmly played

Nixon up to the stumps

6.5

Lewis to Fleming, no run, swing and a miss from Fleming. Neatly taken by Nixon

6.6

Lewis to Fleming, no run, excellent ball, cutting back into Fleming who is quick to jab down on it

End of over 7 (2 runs) New Zealand 30/1 (RR: 4.28)
SP Fleming    3* (8b)      J Lewis    4-0-22-0
NJ Astle    9* (19b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-8-1

7.1

Anderson to Astle, no run, and an excellent delivery from Anderson this time, angling into Astle before cutting away off the pitch. Astle, stuck in the crease, fishes and misses

7.2

Anderson to Astle, FOUR

7.3

Anderson to Astle, no run, super line, that. Left alone with aplomb

7.4

Anderson to Astle, 1 run, Astle drives, with those concrete feet firmly stuck in the crease, and gets a thick outside edge past slip

7.5

Anderson to Fleming, no run

7.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, wide enough for Fleming to leave it alone

End of over 8 (5 runs) New Zealand 35/1 (RR: 4.37)
SP Fleming    3* (10b)      JM Anderson    4-0-13-1
NJ Astle    14* (23b 3x4)      J Lewis    4-0-22-0

Nixon up to the stumps

8.1

Lewis to Astle, 1 wide, down the leg side and Nixon shimmies to his left, taking the ball expertly. Still a wide, mind...

8.1

Lewis to Astle, no run, clunked on the front foot back to the bowler

8.2

Lewis to Astle, SIX, ping! In the slot, on middle stump and Astle just lifts it over long-on for six. Easily eased

8.3

Lewis to Astle, no run, cor that's close. Astle leaves this on off stump and it misses his off stump by a whisker

8.4

Lewis to Astle, no run, left alone outside his off stump and Nixon fumbles it

8.5

Lewis to Astle, no run, a touch of away swing but it's again too wide

England have been a complete mix bag this morning. Like that bastion of snackage, Bombay mix, you never quite know what you're going to get

8.6

Lewis to Astle, no run, a touch straighter but wide enough to be left alone

End of over 9 (7 runs) New Zealand 42/1 (RR: 4.66)
NJ Astle    20* (29b 3x4 1x6)      J Lewis    5-0-29-0
SP Fleming    3* (10b)      JM Anderson    4-0-13-1

"A flang is not a new word at all," Matt, from New Zealand, spits in disgust. "A flang is a miner's two pointed pick.... however I think it quite suitably describes a mistimed cricket stroke". So there. Thanks Matt.

9.1

Anderson to Fleming, no run, on leg stump, Fleming tries to flick this over midwicket but misses out

9.2

Anderson to Fleming, 1 wide, down the leg side; have another wide

9.2

Anderson to Fleming, no run, much better from Anderson - a fuller length, allowing the ball to swing, which it does, into Fleming's pads but it's down the leg side

Very close actually

9.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, on off stump this time - or middle-and-off - and Fleming defends

9.4

Anderson to Fleming, no run, struck on the pad once more but it's drifting down the leg side once more

9.5

Anderson to Fleming, no run, crashed straight into the pitch on the front foot, the ball bounces up high to Bell at cover who jumps up athletically to field

9.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, tries to drive this fluently, but with a closed face of the bat he rather mistimes it to midwicket

End of over 10 (1 run) New Zealand 43/1 (RR: 4.30)
SP Fleming    3* (16b)      JM Anderson    5-0-14-1
NJ Astle    20* (29b 3x4 1x6)      J Lewis    5-0-29-0

Andrew Flintoff into the attack. Come on Freddie; fling 'em down with gusto

10.1

Flintoff to Astle, no run, touch too short but Astle's cut finds point

10.2

Flintoff to Astle, no run, terrible shot. Wide of the off stump, Astle tries to hit it over long-on - taking a step down the pitch. Had he connected with it, it might have landed back in New Zealand but he was several feet away from connecting

10.3

Flintoff to Astle, no run, clunked into the covers off the back foot

10.4

Flintoff to Astle, no run, this cuts back into Astle who plays it off the back foot

10.5

Flintoff to Astle, 1 leg bye, and again Flintoff jags this back into the right hander who is rapped on the pad

10.6

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, Fleming tries to flick this leg-side-drifter, misses; the ball hits his pad and flies to Nixon dives to his right and saves four. Terrific work there

End of over 11 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 44/1 (RR: 4.00)
SP Fleming    3* (17b)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-0
NJ Astle    20* (34b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    5-0-14-1

11.1

Anderson to Astle, no run, jags back into Astle who is cramped for room and rapped on the pads

11.2

Anderson to Astle, 1 run, full and straight, going for the yorker and Astle digs it out to mid-on and they scamper a single

11.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, pitching on leg stump but swinging further down the leg side, preventing the umpire from raising his finger to Anderson's optimistic appeal

11.4

Anderson to Fleming, FOUR, ah, lovely shot. Fleming's been looking for that shot several times; short of a length, he plays his customary pick-up-and-flick behind square on the leg side

11.5

Anderson to Fleming, no run, too wide of the off stump, Fleming wisely ignores

An anagram of Stephen Fleming is "Fine phlegm nets". How unfortunate

11.6

Anderson to Fleming, no run, and he leaves this alone to end the over

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 49/1 (RR: 4.08)
SP Fleming    7* (21b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-19-1
NJ Astle    21* (36b 3x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-0

12.1

Flintoff to Astle, 1 run, angling into Astle's pads who plays it into midwicket

12.2

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, too wide of Fleming's off stump for him to be bothered doing anything with it

And who can blame him?

12.3

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, that's a good length from Flintoff, but well defended off the back foot by Fleming

12.4

Flintoff to Fleming, 3 runs, fuller and Fleming climbs into it, driving it with panache through cover - but not quite timing it as well as he might, and they pick up three

12.5

Flintoff to Astle, 1 run, straighter, allowing a flick to the leg side

12.6

Flintoff to Fleming, no run, cracking ball, on the left-hander's off stump and it cuts away from Fleming's forward poke

End of over 13 (5 runs) New Zealand 54/1 (RR: 4.15)
SP Fleming    10* (25b 1x4)      A Flintoff    2-1-5-0
NJ Astle    23* (38b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-0-19-1

"As a smug Aussie git," writes Honest Peter, "I reckon neither the Kiwi or the Poms are good enough to beat each other. It will be a draw."

13.1

Anderson to Astle, FOUR, shot! Clubbed down the ground, just over Anderson's head

Astle at his most clubbish

13.2

Anderson to Astle, 1 run, Astle again refuses to move his feet, whacking this off the back foot to the right of Ian Bell at point who makes a fine sprawling stop

13.3

Anderson to Fleming, no run, pushed off the back foot into the covers

13.4

Anderson to Fleming, no run, nice length here (as much as an inanimate thing like "length" can be nice) and it's cautiously defended on the back foot

13.5

Anderson to Fleming, 2 runs, an ugly closed-face-of-the-bat sponge past the bowler and, oh dear, and Flintoff complete mistimes his dive at long-on! Spectacularly messy fielding there

13.6

Anderson to Fleming, OUT, goddim! Full and wide, a thick inside edge from Fleming who tried to drive that through the covers but failed to move his feet

SP Fleming b Anderson 12 (39m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 41.37

Not a bad start this from England. Here's Ross Taylor. Not seen him bat yet but have heard good reports

End of over 14 (7 runs) New Zealand 61/2 (RR: 4.35)
     JM Anderson    7-0-26-2
NJ Astle    28* (40b 4x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    2-1-5-0

14.1

Flintoff to Astle, no run, nicely bowled, just outside off stump - quick, too, and it cuts back into Astle

14.2

Flintoff to Astle, FOUR, but Astle responds with a fabulous four through extra cover, driving this on the up with perfect time

Too wide, Fred. Don't bowl there.

14.3

Flintoff to Astle, 1 run, clunked to mid-off and they scamper a quick single

14.4

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, defended solidly on the front foot

14.5

Flintoff to Taylor, no run, very firmly worked to leg, with heavy bottom hand, but it's expertly stopped at short midwicket by the bloke whose name I can't quite see. Ah, it's Joyce

14.6

Flintoff to Taylor, 1 run, this spits up at Taylor who actually plays it very well, guiding it down to fine leg to retain the strike

End of over 15 (6 runs) New Zealand 67/2 (RR: 4.46)
LRPL Taylor    1* (3b)      A Flintoff    3-1-11-0
NJ Astle    33* (43b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-26-2

Anderson to continue

15.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, outside the off stump and Taylor shuffles across, defending it with a flourish

15.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, again Taylor comes forward to defend with a very straight bat

15.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, a touch fuller and Taylor drives, confidently and with an impressive follow through, but straight to mid-off

15.4

Anderson to Taylor, OUT, gone! Anderson has three! Short, rising on Taylor who tries to pull it, but it rushes on him and he skies it to Michael Vaughan at cover

LRPL Taylor c Vaughan b Anderson 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Vaughan must be the most unnatural fielder in history. He tried to take it in front of his nose, but ended up catching it with his hands behind his head. Anyway - more-or-less safely taken

15.5

Anderson to Fulton, 1 run, slower ball which is turned to midwicket

15.6

Anderson to Astle, no run, defended quite solidly on the front foot

End of over 16 (1 run) New Zealand 68/3 (RR: 4.25)
NJ Astle    33* (44b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-0-27-3
PG Fulton    1* (1b)      A Flintoff    3-1-11-0

16.1

Flintoff to Fulton, 2 runs, too straight and it's nicely played, working this through midwicket

16.2

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, nicely defended off the back foot with the straightest of bats. Too wide from Flintoff

16.3

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, firmly defended once more off the back foot

16.4

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, a touch fuller this time and he comes forward to block it out on the front foot

16.5

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, too wide - fortunate not to be called a wide, too

Filthy delivery

16.6

Flintoff to Fulton, no run, tighter line but it's left alone

End of over 17 (2 runs) New Zealand 70/3 (RR: 4.11)
PG Fulton    3* (7b)      A Flintoff    4-1-13-0
NJ Astle    33* (44b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-0-27-3

Jon Lewis, never knowingly underbowled, is back into the attack replacing Anderson

17.1

Lewis to Astle, 2 runs, deliberately late-cut, I think, down to third man

17.2

Lewis to Astle, no run, excellent line and length and it's blocked out on the front foot

17.3

Lewis to Astle, 1 run, too straight and it's whipped with a nod to Des Haynes down to fine leg

Monty Panesar fields at fine leg, receiving the biggest applause of the day

17.4

Lewis to Fulton, 1 run, opens the face of the bat, guiding this past point

17.5

Lewis to Astle, no run, bashed to mid-off

17.6

Lewis to Astle, 1 run, nicely bowled on middle stump, blocked out again

End of over 18 (5 runs) New Zealand 75/3 (RR: 4.16)
NJ Astle    37* (49b 5x4 1x6)      J Lewis    6-0-34-0
PG Fulton    4* (8b)      A Flintoff    4-1-13-0

18.1

Flintoff to Astle, no run, quick! That was fast from Flintoff, a good bouncer zinging over the batsman's head

18.2

Flintoff to Astle, no run, 88.9mph and it raps Astle's on the pad like a gangster rapper with gold bling dangling from his neck

18.3

Flintoff to Astle, no run, terrific bowling! Fast, short, Astle thinks about hooking before snapping his neck and head out of the way

Placid pitch, this, but Flintoff is steaming in

18.4

Flintoff to Astle, FOUR, what a shot, what a fine shot indeed from Astle; a short-arm paddle behind square

18.5

Flintoff to Astle, 1 wide, too wide; called a wide

18.5

Flintoff to Astle, 2 leg byes, ooh Astle is rapped on the pad, half an appeal, and the ball races past Nixon for a couple of byes

18.6

Flintoff to Astle, no run, left alone to end the over

End of over 19 (7 runs) New Zealand 82/3 (RR: 4.31)
NJ Astle    41* (55b 6x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    5-1-18-0
PG Fulton    4* (8b)      J Lewis    6-0-34-0

Still no sign of my colleague, Andrew McGlashan. And I badly need a cup of tea.

19.1

Lewis to Fulton, no run, excellent ball, on off stump and just swinging away a touch. But it's nicely played by the batsman, shuffling across and waiting for it on the back foot

19.2

Lewis to Fulton, 2 runs, smashed on the front foot, with immense power, and it falls a foot short of Flintoff - on the half-volley if you like - at mid-on. One of those nightmares for fielders

19.3

Lewis to Fulton, no run, left alone outside off

19.4

Lewis to Fulton, no run, on leg stump and worked through midwicket

19.5

Lewis to Fulton, no run, pushed just wide of cover

19.6

Lewis to Fulton, FOUR, lovely shot, just flicking this airily behind square

End of over 20 (6 runs) New Zealand 88/3 (RR: 4.40)
PG Fulton    10* (14b 1x4)      J Lewis    7-0-40-0
NJ Astle    41* (55b 6x4 1x6)      A Flintoff    5-1-18-0

Round the wicket to Astle

Here's Monty Panesar into the attack, who receives a massive round of applause

20.1

Panesar to Astle, no run, on off stump, a touch of turn and it's defended

20.1

Panesar to Astle, no run, defended on the front foot

20.2

Panesar to Astle, 1 run, too straight, swept to fine leg

20.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, cracking ball! Just outside the off stump, turning away from the batsman's meek forward defence

20.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, defended on the front foot

20.5

Panesar to Fulton, no run, on middle stump and it's blocked out

20.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, and it's defended to end the over

Nice start for Monty

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 89/3 (RR: 4.23)
PG Fulton    10* (18b 1x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-0
NJ Astle    42* (57b 6x4 1x6)      J Lewis    7-0-40-0

Now then. Here's Collingwood. Nixon up to the stumps

21.1

Collingwood to Astle, 1 run, clunked into the covers

21.2

Collingwood to Fulton, 1 run, too short and it's worked through a bizarrely vacant midwicket

21.3

Collingwood to Astle, 1 run, too short, too wide, but the batsman can't quite get hold it it, clubbing it cross-battedly through cover

21.4

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, nicely bowled from Collingwood; it's pushed back to him and he defends in his follow through

Flintoff is off the field. Not sure why but we'll let you know when we know

21.5

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, a touch of away swing, Fulton comes forward confidently and prods it into the covers

21.6

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, defended on the front foot to end the over

Not a bad over, but not particularly threatening

End of over 22 (3 runs) New Zealand 92/3 (RR: 4.18)
PG Fulton    11* (22b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0
NJ Astle    44* (59b 6x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-0

22.1

Panesar to Astle, 1 run, too short, cut past point

22.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, ah, lovely bowling. On off stump, turning away and the batsman comes forward

Panesar has a slip in place, by the way

22.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, ooh and he tries to sweep but completely mistimes it

22.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, too short from Monty, Fulton goes back to defend

22.5

Panesar to Fulton, 1 run, a quick single here as Fulton pings it past mid-off

Monty's lines have been excellent so far today

22.6

Panesar to Astle, no run, "gorgeous, Monty" says Nixon to this one on off stump

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 94/3 (RR: 4.08)
NJ Astle    45* (61b 6x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    2-0-3-0
PG Fulton    12* (26b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0

23.1

Collingwood to Fulton, 2 runs, clunked into the covers

There's a bloke in the crowd who looks like he's had a fight with an MCC can of paint. He is covered in yellow and red - even his socks. It takes all sorts...

23.2

Collingwood to Fulton, 1 run, defended on the front foot

23.3

Collingwood to Astle, no run, ooh well bowled, cutting this back into the batsman who has to jab down on it

New Zealand are struggling here...just not able to force the pace

23.4

Collingwood to Astle, OUT, got him! Sent it wider of Astle, tempting him - perhaps the slower ball too - and Astle tried to smack it through the covers but got a thick inside edge

NJ Astle b Collingwood 45 (106m 63b 6x4 1x6) SR: 71.42

That's an important wicket for England, a big blow to New Zealand

23.5

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, quicker ball to the new batsman who tried to leave it, but was stuck in two minds

23.6

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, defended to leg

Terrific over. New Zealand have been asphyxiated here

End of over 24 (3 runs) New Zealand 97/4 (RR: 4.04)
CD McMillan    0* (2b)      PD Collingwood    2-0-6-1
PG Fulton    15* (28b 1x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-3-0

Here's Monty once more

24.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, on middle-and-off, turning away and it's defended

24.2

Panesar to Fulton, no run, a touch shorter, clunked into the cover

Monty has a slip in place, in case I forgot to tell you

24.3

Panesar to Fulton, 3 runs, shorter still - and slower, this time - timed off the back foot past point to bring New Zealand's hundred up

24.4

Panesar to McMillan, no run, a touch too straight, on middle-and-leg, but the batsman plays it straight back down the pitch

24.5

Panesar to McMillan, no run, half-a-shout to one which hits him on the pad

Four men on the boundary. Where's the pressure from England? Bizarre field considering the state New Zealand are in, and their long tail

24.6

Panesar to McMillan, 1 run, straight and worked to leg

End of over 25 (4 runs) New Zealand 101/4 (RR: 4.04)
CD McMillan    1* (5b)      MS Panesar    3-0-7-0
PG Fulton    18* (31b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-6-1

25.1

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, swinging into the batsman who gets a thick outside edge, just wide of point who dives to field

25.2

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, that's better from Collingwood, forcing the defence from McMillan

25.3

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, swinging in again to the batsman who is cautiously forward, defending it very watchfully indeed

25.4

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, full and straight. McMillan still can't get this away

25.5

Collingwood to McMillan, FOUR, wide and McMillan slashes it over backward point. Fine shot and four

25.6

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, a slower ball which McMillan reads, can't digest and instead turns the page to enjoy the pictures

End of over 26 (4 runs) New Zealand 105/4 (RR: 4.03)
CD McMillan    5* (11b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-10-1
PG Fulton    18* (31b 1x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-7-0

26.1

Panesar to Fulton, no run, on off stump, Fulton is forward to defend albeit without much conviction

26.2

Panesar to Fulton, 1 run, too straight, worked to leg

26.3

Panesar to McMillan, no run, full and fast, pushed out to mid-off

26.4

Panesar to McMillan, 1 run, again full, again quick and it's timed into the covers

26.5

Panesar to Fulton, 1 run, stroked to long-off, neat stroke albeit without much power

26.6

Panesar to McMillan, 1 run, and again they pick up a single into the covers

Confusing, and plain wrong, field positions from Vaughan. They are simply too deep, and New Zealand are starting to milk Monty like greedy dairy farmers

End of over 27 (4 runs) New Zealand 109/4 (RR: 4.03)
CD McMillan    7* (14b 1x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-11-0
PG Fulton    20* (34b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-10-1

27.1

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, waits for this off the back foot, angling it to point

27.2

Collingwood to McMillan, 1 run, clunked to a wide mid-on

27.3

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, ooh, lovely bowling - a slower ball which just bends in the air slightly, but it's well defended by the batsman

27.4

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, nearly the fifth! Quicker this time and he gets an inside edge onto his left boot

27.5

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, defended on the front foot

27.6

Collingwood to Fulton, 1 run, another slower ball which foxes Fulton who plays it too early into the covers

End of over 28 (2 runs) New Zealand 111/4 (RR: 3.96)
PG Fulton    21* (38b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-12-1
CD McMillan    8* (16b 1x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-11-0

28.1

Panesar to Fulton, 1 run, neatly timed through midwicket with a flick of the wrists

28.2

Panesar to McMillan, 1 run, too straight from Panesar and it's flicked quite nicely through midwicket

28.3

Panesar to Fulton, no run, better line this time, on off stump and forcing the defence

28.4

Panesar to Fulton, no run, ooh and he goes for a sweep, but can't time it

Fulton (known as "two metre Peter") is not the world's most natural sweeper by any stretch of the imagination. I've seen Giraffes play it with more skill.

28.5

Panesar to Fulton, 2 runs, pushed out past point this time

28.6

Panesar to Fulton, no run, defended on the front foot

Well, England are bossing this game here. New Zealand's run rate has slipped below 4-per-over

End of over 29 (4 runs) New Zealand 115/4 (RR: 3.96)
PG Fulton    24* (43b 1x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-15-0
CD McMillan    9* (17b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-12-1

29.1

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, a schwing and a miss and Nixon cries in anguish

29.2

Collingwood to McMillan, 1 run, again a false shot, trying to force it square but he's cramped for room and gets an inside edge which could so easily have removed his off stump

29.3

Collingwood to Fulton, 2 leg byes, down the leg side and they steal a couple

29.4

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, outside off, the batsman stands tall and strokes it to mid-off but again can't find the gap

29.5

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, outside off and squirted to the bowlers left with a closed face of the bat. But no timing there

29.6

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, slower ball! Nicely bowled but it's defended on the front foot

End of over 30 (3 runs) New Zealand 118/4 (RR: 3.93)
PG Fulton    24* (47b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-13-1
CD McMillan    10* (19b 1x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-15-0

30.1

Panesar to McMillan, no run, oh and this is very well bowled; outside off, it spits up at the right-hander and evades the wicketkeeper

No slip in place...

30.2

Panesar to McMillan, FOUR, fine shot. That's broken the shackles at last for New Zealand, cutting it hard behind square

30.3

Panesar to McMillan, no run

30.4

Panesar to McMillan, no run, worked into the covers

"Top spin" suggests Nixon

30.5

Panesar to McMillan, 1 run, too straight and it's nurdled through midwicket for a single

30.6

Panesar to Fulton, 1 run, poor line, Fulton flicks it off his pads

End of over 31 (6 runs) New Zealand 124/4 (RR: 4.00)
PG Fulton    25* (48b 1x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-21-0
CD McMillan    15* (24b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-13-1

31.1

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, so close! Outside off, Fulton drives, misses, and falls over...didn't move his feet

31.2

Collingwood to Fulton, 1 run, and Fulton goes for the big one here, lofting it over the infield but without much power and it falls safe

31.3

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, he comes forward and times it to mid-off, but without much poewr

31.4

Collingwood to McMillan, 1 run, neat stroke, cut late behind square and Dalrymple fields it expertly before slipping and allowing a single

31.5

Collingwood to Fulton, 1 run, full, wide, and timed past extra cover

New Zealand just ticking along nicely here. They do need to up the ante quite soon though

31.6

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, and it's defended once again

Andrew Gnasher McGlashan is shortly about to arrive and I can finally escape the prison of the keyboard and have a cup of tea. Gasping, I am. Anyway, here's Flintoff replacing Panesar

End of over 32 (3 runs) New Zealand 127/4 (RR: 3.96)
CD McMillan    16* (27b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    6-0-16-1
PG Fulton    27* (51b 1x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-21-0

32.1

Flintoff to Fulton, OUT, gone! Two-metre-Peter tries to flick this over Michael Vaughan at short midwicket, but doesn't get enough height and it's well caught in the end by a jubilant England captain...his third catch today

PG Fulton c Vaughan b Flintoff 27 (65m 52b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.92

Super bowling change from Vaughan. So then, here's Vettori

32.2

Flintoff to Vettori, no run, wide of the left-handed Vettori who leaves it alone

32.3

Flintoff to Vettori, no run, fuller, tempting Vettori into a drive but he refuses to be lured and wisely leaves it alone

A slip, wideish gully and point

32.4

Flintoff to Vettori, no run, cut, quite expertly, very late, to a wideish gully

32.5

Flintoff to Vettori, 1 wide, wide, and called a wide eventually, and Vettori went after it, trying to glance this past slip but missed

32.5

Flintoff to Vettori, no run, left alone once more outside off

That might well have been called a wide, too...

Flintoff is steaming in here

32.6

Flintoff to Vettori, no run, just outside Vettori's off stump who defends off the back foot

End of over 33 (1 run) New Zealand 128/5 (RR: 3.87)
DL Vettori    0* (5b)      A Flintoff    6-1-19-1
CD McMillan    16* (27b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    6-0-16-1

33.1

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, on middle stump, worked to leg

33.2

Collingwood to McMillan, 1 run, cut off the back foot, but without much power

33.3

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, very neatly whipped off his legs, with an extravagant flick of his wrists, in front of square

33.4

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, and he's crashed this, very well timed indeed but just to Ian Bell's right at short extra, who fields very well

33.5

Collingwood to McMillan, 1 run, lovely late cut down to third man

Late cuts are delicious shots. Right up there with the on-drive, in my book

33.6

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, a slower ball which Vettori times to third man

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 132/5 (RR: 3.88)
DL Vettori    2* (7b)      PD Collingwood    7-0-20-1
CD McMillan    18* (31b 2x4)      A Flintoff    6-1-19-1

34.1

Flintoff to Vettori, FOUR, short, wide and square cut over the top - just over a sprawling gully - past third man for four

34.2

Flintoff to Vettori, 1 run, a touch fuller angling across Vettori again who late cuts

34.3

Flintoff to McMillan, no run, a stifled appeal as Flintoff raps McMillan on the pads. Bat first, though

34.4

Flintoff to McMillan, 1 run, cut down to third man, no great power in the stroke

34.5

Flintoff to Vettori, no run, struck on the pad, half a shout but it pitched outside leg

34.6

Flintoff to Vettori, 1 run, again angling across the left hander who times it down to third man

Drinks out in the middle. And Andrew McGlashan is in the house. One more over from me, then it'll be him to entertain and enthral you all

End of over 35 (7 runs) New Zealand 139/5 (RR: 3.97)
DL Vettori    8* (11b 1x4)      A Flintoff    7-1-26-1
CD McMillan    19* (33b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    7-0-20-1

35.1

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, another slower ball from Collingwood but it's safely blocked out

35.2

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, full and straight - too full, in fact - and Vettori times it to long-off

35.3

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, swinging into McMillan who defends

35.4

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, pushed to mid-off, but there's no power in the shot

New Zealand are completely, spectacularly static. They are batting in quicksand.

35.5

Collingwood to McMillan, 1 run, a touch shorter and it's cut hard to a deep point

Monty's back with four overs remaining

35.6

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, pushed into the covers

That's it from me. Here's Andrew for the remaining overs

End of over 36 (3 runs) New Zealand 142/5 (RR: 3.94)
DL Vettori    10* (14b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    8-0-23-1
CD McMillan    20* (36b 2x4)      A Flintoff    7-1-26-1

36.1

Panesar to Vettori, no run, full ball but Vettori misses his attempting flick to leg

36.2

Panesar to Vettori, 1 run, dabbed down to short third man and the two batsmen scamper through

36.3

Panesar to McMillan, 1 run, worked out through midwicket for a single, just working in ones at the moment, England will be quite happy about that

Silly point in for James Franklin and England have a real chance of bowling New Zealand out here

36.4

Panesar to Vettori, OUT, Monty makes the breakthrough with a full delivery which Vettori tries to sweep but is taken on the pad and umpire Rauf raises his finger. Vettori doesn't look happy and the replays suggest it could be drifting down leg.

DL Vettori lbw b Panesar 11 (21m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 64.70

36.5

Panesar to Franklin, 1 run, onto the front foot and pushed into the gap at cover to open his account straight away

36.6

Panesar to McMillan, 1 run, pushed down the ground to end a successful comeback over for Panesar and England right on top here. Not often we've been able to say that this winter.

End of over 37 (4 runs) New Zealand 146/6 (RR: 3.94)
CD McMillan    22* (38b 2x4)      MS Panesar    7-0-25-1
JEC Franklin    1* (1b)      PD Collingwood    8-0-23-1

37.1

Collingwood to McMillan, no run, comes forward and defends down the track back to Collingwood

37.2

Collingwood to McMillan, OUT, GONE! another one bites the dust for New Zealand who are sliding into a deep hole. A full, drivable ball from Collingwood, but McMillan plays a fraction early and sends it straight back to the bowler or pouches a low catch in his follow through. Continues an excellent spell from Collingwood, whose medium pace is ideally suited to this surface

CD McMillan c & b Collingwood 22 (59m 40b 2x4 0x6) SR: 55.00

37.3

Collingwood to Bond, no run, Bond offers the solid tailender's block to his first ball

37.4

Collingwood to Bond, no run, same again from Bond, who can't afford to give his wicket away with so many overs left

37.5

Collingwood to Bond, no run, slower ball from Collingwood and Bond plays and misses, but Collingwood isn't happy here and clearly has a problem with his leg or maybe the footholes

37.6

Collingwood to Bond, no run, solid defence to a typical Collingwood delivery and that completes a wicket maiden as England continue to turn the screw

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 146/7 (RR: 3.84)
SE Bond    0* (4b)      PD Collingwood    9-1-23-2
JEC Franklin    1* (1b)      MS Panesar    7-0-25-1

38.1

Panesar to Franklin, no run, outside off stump and Franklin puts bat and pad together as the ball dribbles past silly point

38.2

Panesar to Franklin, 2 runs, pushed down to mid on and Franklin sets off, Bond is a little slow starting but makes it and Nixon can't take the throw cleanly meaning the pair get a second run. Little sloppy from England there

38.3

Panesar to Franklin, 2 runs, tickled off his pads and short fine-leg can't stop them getting another brace

38.4

Panesar to Franklin, no run, nothing this time for Franklin as cover is quickly into to collect his forward push

38.5

Panesar to Franklin, no run, half-hearted appeal from Monty, but he isn't going to get that one from Rauf as Franklin was well outside off stump

38.6

Panesar to Franklin, 1 run, down the ground, comfortable run this time but nothing much happening for New Zealand in terms of runs

End of over 39 (5 runs) New Zealand 151/7 (RR: 3.87)
JEC Franklin    6* (7b)      MS Panesar    8-0-30-1
SE Bond    0* (4b)      PD Collingwood    9-1-23-2

39.1

Collingwood to Franklin, 1 run, deflected down to third man, the standard one-day shot for a batsman just trying to rotate the strike

39.2

Collingwood to Bond, no run, Bond can't connect with his attempted glide and Nixon collects

39.3

Collingwood to Bond, no run, another slower ball from Collingwood and Bond just props forward

39.4

Collingwood to Bond, no run, and again, Collingwood is really mixing up his pace well here - making the most of a slowish surface

39.5

Collingwood to Bond, 1 run, another off-cutter and this times it takes a thick inside edge and runs out through square leg

39.6

Collingwood to Franklin, no run, another scoreless delivery is patted out towards point and Collingwood completes a fine 10-over spell, which has allowed Michael Vaughan to maintain control over New Zealand's scoring rate

End of over 40 (2 runs) New Zealand 153/7 (RR: 3.82)
JEC Franklin    7* (9b)      PD Collingwood    10-1-25-2
SE Bond    1* (8b)      MS Panesar    8-0-30-1

40.1

Panesar to Bond, 1 run, turned towards square leg but there's man there to prevent the single

40.2

Panesar to Franklin, no run, hint of turn into Franklin who defends and ball rolls down by his foot

40.3

Panesar to Franklin, no run, Panesar keeping a tight off-stump line here as Franklin defends

40.4

Panesar to Franklin, no run, same again, England could probably afford a couple of close catchers with Franklin purely in defensive mode

40.5

Panesar to Franklin, no run, pushed out into the covers

40.5

Panesar to Franklin, no run, pushed out into the covers

40.6

Panesar to Franklin, no run, flicked to midwicket, superb over from Panesar

Time for England's second spinner now as Jamie Dalrymple takes the ball

40.6

Panesar to Franklin, no run, flicked to midwicket, superb over from Panesar

End of over 41 (1 run) New Zealand 154/7 (RR: 3.75)
JEC Franklin    7* (14b)      MS Panesar    9-0-31-1
SE Bond    2* (9b)      PD Collingwood    10-1-25-2

round the wicket to the left-handed Franklin

41.1

Dalrymple to Bond, 1 leg bye, tries a powerful sweep...but misses and the ball lobs into the off side for an extra

41.2

Dalrymple to Franklin, no run, slightly on the legs but turned straight to short fine-leg

41.3

Dalrymple to Franklin, 2 runs, very full this time and Franklin places it well out to deep midwicket

41.4

Dalrymple to Franklin, 2 runs, and does the same again with some sharp running bringing another couple to the total.

41.5

Dalrymple to Franklin, no run, glided to the captain at short third-man

41.6

Dalrymple to Franklin, 1 run, connects with a sweep and Panesar does the cleaning up at deep square-leg

All very economical from England but they want to make sure they are trying to bowl New Zealand out

End of over 42 (6 runs) New Zealand 160/7 (RR: 3.80)
JEC Franklin    12* (19b)      JWM Dalrymple    1-0-5-0
SE Bond    2* (10b)      MS Panesar    9-0-31-1

42.1

Panesar to Franklin, no run, comes forward and back to the bowler

42.2

Panesar to Franklin, no run

42.3

Panesar to Franklin, 4 wides, a rare poor ball from Panesar, who tries to fire in a quicker ball but it goes down the leg side and Nixon can't cover it. Fielder runs from short fine-leg to prevent a boundary

42.3

Panesar to Bond, 2 leg byes, well bowled this time and Bond is beaten, the ball takes the pad and runs away for a couple

42.4

Panesar to Bond, no run, well bowled, hint of turn and Bond is beaten

42.5

Panesar to Bond, no run, batsman is beaten again as Panesar skips in his follow through at the excitement

42.6

Panesar to Bond, 1 run, thumped down to long off. That completes a fine spell from Panesar and he can he satisfied with his day's work so far - he'll be hoping he doesn't have to bat

Jon Lewis, the one bowler not at his best today, is back into the attack

End of over 43 (7 runs) New Zealand 167/7 (RR: 3.88)
SE Bond    3* (14b)      MS Panesar    10-0-36-1
JEC Franklin    12* (21b)      JWM Dalrymple    1-0-5-0

43.1

Lewis to Bond, no run, starts with a full off-cutter

43.2

Lewis to Bond, 1 run, pushed into the covers, batsmen scamper a single, but the real drama is a limp from Michael Vaughan as he completes the fielding. Not a good sign for England, everyone is watching Vaughan's knee like a hawk

43.3

Lewis to Franklin, 1 run, worked into the covers

Vaughan not moving well at the moment

43.4

Lewis to Bond, no run, Lewis continues with a tight line and all Bond can do is defend

43.5

Lewis to Bond, no run, cuts back into Bond, well bowled

43.6

Lewis to Bond, no run, full on middle and Bond squirts it out to midwicket but can't get a run

Andrew Flintoff back onto bowl, he has three overs left and can finish off the innings

End of over 44 (2 runs) New Zealand 169/7 (RR: 3.84)
SE Bond    4* (19b)      J Lewis    8-0-42-0
JEC Franklin    13* (22b)      MS Panesar    10-0-36-1

44.1

Flintoff to Franklin, 2 runs, outside off stump and Franklin uses the extra pace on the ball to guide it past point

44.2

Flintoff to Franklin, no run, full pitched and a powerful drive, but straight to mid off

44.3

Flintoff to Franklin, 1 run, another one-day glide, bread-and-butter stuff

44.4

Flintoff to Bond, no run, Flintoff hits 90mph (144kph) with this one and all Bond can do is quickly get into line and defend out to cover

44.5

Flintoff to Bond, no run, the batsman again jumps into line as Flintoff hits that back-of-a-length area which is tough for the lower order

44.6

Flintoff to Bond, no run, another back-foot defensive effort from Bond as Flintoff makes an on-target return

End of over 45 (3 runs) New Zealand 172/7 (RR: 3.82)
SE Bond    4* (22b)      A Flintoff    8-1-29-1
JEC Franklin    16* (25b)      J Lewis    8-0-42-0

45.1

Lewis to Franklin, 1 run, that's a chance, but a tough one as Franklin slaps the delivery back towards Lewis but all the bowler can do is stick up his right hand and deflect the ball past the umpire

45.2

Lewis to Bond, 1 run, that's what Bond needs to do, give the strike back to Franklin with a solid push

45.3

Lewis to Franklin, 1 run, this time Franklin goes down the ground, still no boundaries coming

45.4

Lewis to Bond, 1 run, flashes hard at this one and it flies off the outside edge down to third man

45.5

Lewis to Franklin, 1 run, thumps down the ground to Ian Bell at long off

45.6

Lewis to Bond, FOUR, bonus boundary for New Zealand as Bond picks the delivery well, a full ball, and plants it over mid off who is up in the circle. The Kiwis are still on for 200 here...which would be game on with an out-of-form Enland batting line-up

End of over 46 (9 runs) New Zealand 181/7 (RR: 3.93)
SE Bond    10* (25b 1x4)      J Lewis    9-0-51-0
JEC Franklin    19* (28b)      A Flintoff    8-1-29-1

46.1

Flintoff to Franklin, 1 run, angled away to third man

just four men in the ring now

46.2

Flintoff to Bond, 2 runs, few more shots appearing now as Bond swings hard at a near-yorker and the ball flies off the inside edge out to deep square-leg

46.3

Flintoff to Bond, 1 run, short ball, off the bat onto the body and they scramble a single

46.4

Flintoff to Franklin, OUT, GONE! important wicket by Flintoff as Franklin tries to go down the ground but doesn't get enough distance on the ball and Collingwood takes a safe catch at long-off. That's New Zealand's main chance of some late boundaries heading back to the shed

JEC Franklin c Collingwood b Flintoff 20 (45m 30b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Batsmen crossed so Bond on strike

46.5

Flintoff to Bond, 1 run, full, hint of movement into the batsmen who pushed into the covers to bring the new man, Mark Gillespie, onto strike

46.6

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, short from Flintoff, and quick, takes the shoulder of the bat but loops into empty space between point running in and Paul Nixon running forward...very close to a third wicket for Flintoff

Anderson back, with three wickets under his belt from earlier

End of over 47 (5 runs) New Zealand 186/8 (RR: 3.95)
MR Gillespie    0* (1b)      A Flintoff    9-1-34-2
SE Bond    14* (28b 1x4)      J Lewis    9-0-51-0

47.1

Anderson to Bond, no run, outside off stump and Bond misses, decent pace from Anderson

47.2

Anderson to Bond, 1 run, lofted over Anderson's head but not timed and Bond loses the strike

47.3

Anderson to Gillespie, 2 runs, heaved out through midwicket

47.4

Anderson to Gillespie, FOUR, a real tail-ender's swing this time as the ball flies out to deep midwicket, valuable runs

47.5

Anderson to Gillespie, 2 runs, flurry of action as Bond plays an outrageous shot, tries to flick it over the keeper (like the Ryan Campbell ramp) but it flies down the third man and Monty Panesar slides like Jonty Rhodes to prevent a boundary. Great stuff all-round

47.6

Anderson to Gillespie, 1 run, down the ground

Two overs left, can New Zealand edge towards 210 - that would make it a good game

End of over 48 (10 runs) New Zealand 196/8 (RR: 4.08)
MR Gillespie    9* (5b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-37-3
SE Bond    15* (30b 1x4)      A Flintoff    9-1-34-2

48.1

Flintoff to Gillespie, no run, yorker, batsman backs away and the ball fires past leg stump

48.2

Flintoff to Gillespie, 1 leg bye, Gillespie not to keen on staying in line here, backs way and the ball takes his pad into the leg side

48.3

Flintoff to Bond, no run, superb yorker, through to Nixon

48.4

Flintoff to Bond, no run, short this time, good variety from Flintoff, and Bond swings and misses

48.5

Flintoff to Bond, 2 runs, connects this time, inside edge down to fine leg

48.6

Flintoff to Bond, 1 run, another fine yorker to end Flintoff's spell, Bond manages to thump it down the ground but Flintoff will be happy with his efforts

End of over 49 (4 runs) New Zealand 200/8 (RR: 4.08)
SE Bond    18* (34b 1x4)      A Flintoff    10-1-37-2
MR Gillespie    9* (7b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-37-3

49.1

Anderson to Bond, 1 run, carved through the covers, sweeper cleans up on the rope

49.2

Anderson to Gillespie, 1 run, yorker, Gillespie jabs down and completes a quick single

49.3

Anderson to Bond, 2 runs, sharp running from this pair as Bond goes down the ground, long off does the fielding but can't get the ball back to Anderson fast enough

49.4

Anderson to Bond, 1 run, opens up his stance, but the effort was more dramatic than the result as the ball goes into the covers

49.5

Anderson to Gillespie, no run, very strange...Bond walks across the crease towards the off side and Anderson follows him, which means the ball is well wide of the stumps but as the batsman had walked across there's no wide

49.6

Anderson to Gillespie, OUT, GONE! four for Anderson and a nice way finish. Gillespie, as he's done all innings, gives himself room but misses and the woodwork is rearranged

MR Gillespie b Anderson 10 (15m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of innings Overall that's an impressive effort from England considering all their recent problems. James Anderson led the way with four wickets, his best bowling of the tour, while Andrew Flintoff and Paul Collingwood produced tight 10-over bursts. Monty Panesar was also excellent as England chipped away at the New Zealand batting. However, the lower order has nudged the Kiwis over 200 and with the pitch getting slower and lower the spin pairing of Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel will have a vital role to play. England will need to make use of the fielding restrictions and not fall behind the asking rate. Join us again in about 40 minutes for the England chase and see if they can break their tour duck. For now this is Andrew McGlashan signing off.

End of over 50 (5 runs) New Zealand 205/9
     JM Anderson    10-0-42-4
SE Bond    22* (37b 1x4)      A Flintoff    10-1-37-2
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An ariel view of the Bellerive Oval, England v New Zealand, CB Series, 3rd match, Hobart, January 16, 2007

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Andrew Flintoff celebrates England's first win of 2007, England v New Zealand, CB Series, 3rd match, Hobart, January 16, 2007

Andrew Flintoff celebrates England's first win of 2007

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