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George Dobell at Trent Bridge
June 5, 2013
Ball of the day
So superb was the record of Martin Guptill - who had scored unbeaten centuries in his previous two ODI innings - and so grim the record of James Tredwell - who has not taken a first-class wicket this season - that it seemed an unequal battle when the latter was brought on to try and contain the former, who had enjoyed another fluent start. But Tredwell, gaining sharp turn from a perfect length, delivered the perfect off-break in his first over to defeat Guptill's forward push through the gate and bowl him. It was a delivery that would have made Graeme Swann, rested for this game, proud. Still, Guptill's recent ODI record - he has scored 330 runs in the series and currently averages 357 in ODI cricket against England in 2013 - will have provided some consolation.
Shot of the day
There were so many outrageous strokes in Jos Buttler's ferocious innings - he thrashed an unbeaten 47 from just 16 deliveries - that it is not easy to pick one above another. But if one shot summed up the invention, the audacity and the sheer un-Englishness of his assault, it was a reverse scoop off Kyle Mills that earned another four runs. Shaping to play the second scoop of the over towards fine leg, Buttler was instead forced to adapt to a slower delivery pushed some way outside off stump. But so fast are his hands and so quick his wits, that Buttler was able to scoop the ball over short third man. He took 22 off the over, including a six and three fours from the first four balls of the over and another four off the last.
Decision of the day
It is not just the players who feel nerves or work as a team. Tim Robinson, the former England opening batsman, was making his debut as an on-field international umpire on the ground which he called his home with Nottinghamshire for more than two decades. He was soon called upon to make an important decision, too. In the third over of the match Mitchell McClenaghan beat Alastair Cook and New Zealand appealed for leg before. Robinson gave it out but will have been understandably nervous when Cook called for a review. But replays vindicated the decision and the vastly experienced Aleem Dar, the other on-field umpire, come over to pat Robinson on the back.
Cheer of the day
England have their own method of starting their innings with the bat. While others sides have adapted to Powerplay regulations by taking the opportunity to score quick runs, England have opted for building foundations and accelerating in the later stages. But by any standards, their start to this game was sedate: after six overs they had scored just six runs. So it was an ironic cheer that went around Trent Bridge when Ian Bell, lofting Tim Southee just over cover, hit England's first boundary in the seventh over.
Moment of the day
Usually, entertainment in intervals arouses little interest. But here, it proved so engrossing that several members of the England squad - notably Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan - were drawn out of the dressing room and on to their balcony to applaud. The cause of the excitement was a fellow from Herefordshire named Chris Newell (no relation of Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, Mick Newell) who, from three successive deliveries, hit first three stumps, then two stumps and then a single stump to the increasing amusement of the all-but capacity crowd of 16,120. The feat won Mr Newell £50,000 courtesy of one of the sponsors, Stowford Press Cider, and the congratulations of the England players. "I'm originally from Yorkshire," Newell said afterwards. "So I guess there's a bit of the old Fred Truman in there somewhere."
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