England Under-19s v New Zealand Under-19s, 3rd ODI, Hove August 11, 2008

New Zealand denied win in tied thriller

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand Under-19s 237 (Bracewell 47, Dawson 5-39) tied with England Under-19s 237 (Hales 77, Wakely 64)

Alex Wakely cracked 64 in England's 237 during a thrilling match at Hove © Getty Images

New Zealand Under-19s were denied in their quest to level the three-match series against England, with a thrilling tie at Hove. Chasing 238, New Zealand appeared to be on course but Liam Dawson (5 for 39) caused mid-order panic before Luke Fletcher took the last wicket of the final ball.

Alex Wakely spearheaded England's 237, continuing his fine form with another fifty, and shared in a powerful opening partnership of 110 with Alex Hales. New Zealand's opening bowlers, Andrew Mathieson and Greg Morgan both leaked boundaries, though Mathieson recovered with Wakely's wicket - but not after he had crashed 64 from 47 balls.

New Zealand fought back strongly thereafter, with their two spinners - Nick Beard and George Worker - seven wickets apiece as England's innings fell away.

Like England, New Zealand's openers got off to a fine start in pursuit of 238 as Michael Bracewell (47) and Worker (41) put on 88, and there were useful contributions from Kane Williamson (28) and Fraser Colson (24). However, after William Beer broke through the top three, Dawson ran through the middle-order as New Zealand slipped to 185 for 8.

Beard (23) and Morgan (32) gave New Zealand genuine hope, however, with a bristling 51-run stand as the tourists inched closer. But Morgan fell with two runs needed before Fletcher bowled Beard with the scores level, to record a memorable tie.