New Zealand tour of England and Scotland, 1st Test: England v New Zealand at Lord's, May 15-19, 2008
Played at Lord's, London
15,16,17,18,19 May 2008 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

1.20pm Hurrah, the players are running out on to the field, and the England team huddle as Vaughan delivers the team talk. Spectators (scr)amble back to their seats for the first ball of the English Test summer. Still plenty of cloud cover but it's not raining, which is the crucial thing of course.

"That kit is alarmingly white," says Andrew Miller, reaching for his sunnies, and he's not wrong. "It's whiter-than-white, perma-grin, Dougie Howser MD-white." Dougie Howser, there's a blast. Anyway, it's Sidebtoom to start, over the wicket with three slips, a gully, short leg.

1.05pm Kit Boyes chips in: "Speaking as a Kiwi, I appreciate Jim Taylor's comparison of the New Zealand match with a Ferrari, but considering recent performances perhaps it would be more apt to say 65 quid is not not a bad price for a Series II Landrover, usually reliable, some work required."

"I am a friend of Paul Campton (12.30pm comment) and I think he may have overstated his beer consumption capabilities (two pints of Pimm's mid-game usually does the trick)." With friends like Tim Part, Paul Campton certainly doesn't need enemies.

OK, play really isn't very far away now, hearteningly. The England players are just getting a few last-minute warm-ups in.

1.00pm Some good news now, play is expected to start in 20 minutes. Martin writes in from Germany about Jim Taylor's Ferrari comparison. "Is Jim suggesting that cricket is a luxury product only available to the few who can afford it? Is this the direction we want Test cricket to go? If so, it will die out in a few years while IPL flourishes."

12.45pm The non-bleating Jim Taylor writes in. "I really wish people wouldn't bleat on about ticket prices, it's economics plain and simple. If Lord's couldn't sell tickets at £65, they'd have to put the prices down, so what you're really complaining about is the fact that people are willing to pay that much. This is one of only a few matches a year where they can make a decent amount of money, so why should they have to cater for a family of four? Perhaps Ferrari should also reduce their prices so we can all have one."

John Manison, a Warwickshire fan, writes in on something entirely random for which we salute him. "Thought I'd let everyone know what a nice guy Asif Din is, he once bought me and my mate an icecream when we were Junior Bears about 17 years ago. A 99 flake with hundreds and thousands if my memory serves me correctly."

12.35pm Here's our colleague over at the Guardian, Stephen Moss. "The price of tickets is an outrage - as Mike Selvey said recently, for a family of four it would cost £250 before you'd even thought about food, transport, etc. Lord's will no doubt be full of merchant bankers, MCC members and people on corporate beanos. The first Test I saw at Lord's was against the Aussies in 1975. I went on the off-chance of getting a ticket, paid about £1.50 for a field ticket and sat on the field - those were the days - in front of the tavern. In a thrilling morning session Snow reduced the Aussies to 81 for 7 before a remarkable (and, it has to be said, rather anti-climactic rearguard). Sixty quid to watch New Zealand on a damp day at Lord's in a re-run of a series we have just played. I loathe the IPL, but with this on offer as the alternative I fear the battle for "proper" cricket and for cultivating a new audience for the "real" game may already be lost."

12.30pm This from Andrew. "The Wisden Cricketer's diminutive sniffer, Daniel Brigham, reports that the Lord's lift was especially slow in bringing him up to his full height. Because it was held up by Beefy and Lamby, arguing about where to have their tapas tonight."

Paul Campton emails in. "I think a day's entertainment at £65 is rather a bargain. I suggest that the only problem is that the ticket is normally rather a small part of the cost of a day at the cricket. My beer is normally a slightly larger proportion of the cost."

12.15pm And after all that... I hate to tell you this, but it's raining again and an early lunch will be taken. The break will officially commence at 12.30pm.

Here's Ryan Cooper. "Julian has a point re: the cost of tickets. I went to every day of the Test at the Basin Reserve for less than the cost of one day at Lord's. It will be interesting to see how full the stands are." Well, they're "full enough" according to Mr Miller. "Probably 50% all told, but a decent spread of punters in all corners of the ground. Not bad, given everything."

11.55am BST England have won the toss and Michael Vaughan has sent New Zealand in, with the aim of using any swing that's around, while the pitch looks quite green and juicy. "We will try to get early wickets and get them under pressure," says Vaughan. "The team are excited, the preparations have been good, we're looking forward to a good performance."

Tim Southee is in the side for New Zealand. "We know if we get him onsong, he's a matchwinner," says his captain Daniel Vettori, who is back from his finger injury. "We just want to get out and enjoy the experience. It's just a fantastic ground. Our group of guys are excited and can't wait to get out there."

New Zealand have a new opening partnership in Aaron Redmond and Jamie How - Redmond having impressed in the warm-up matches over here recently - while Brendon McCullum has been pushed up the order. As expected, Iain O'Brien misses out.

Here's New Zealand's line-up. 1 Aaron Redmond, 2 Jamie How, 3 James Marshall, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Brendon McCullum (wk), 6 Daniel Flynn, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Chris Martin.

The pitch looks fine, with a touch of green, and is pretty hard but is a touch damp. It will be hard for the batsmen in the hour or so before lunch. Play will start at 12.20.

11.50am BST The toss should be in the next few minutes, so stay with us. Lunch will now be at 1.30, by the way.

11.45am BST The umpires are now out there, discussing with the groundsman Mick Hunt, who's wearing trousers today rather than his preferred shorts, so that tells you something about the weather. The rain's holding off for now so hopefully the toss will happen soon.

11.40am BST No news on New Zealand's team yet, that will be named at the toss which we hope won't be long. England are going through some bendy squats at the moment, which sounds a bit like a small place on this sceptre'd isle, the village of Bendy Squats. The New Zealand players also have long sleeves on and/or woolens on to go through their paces which is important. There's a touch of nip in the air.

Meanwhile, the surnameless Julian has a question. "'Tickets still available' and 'priced at £65'. I wonder if these two statements are somehow related?"

11.30am BST Andrew Miller is speaking our language. "Players are coming out to warm up, and the covers are coming off the square." We like the sound of that, indeed. "The Lord's hovercover is a jolly clever beast. Blowing lots of air underneath the tarpaulin to flap away the last of the moisture. Genius."

11.25am BST There will be another inspection in 20 minutes. However, while the rain may have ceased, it all remains rather gloomy alas, alack. Some work out on the covers to sweep away the standing water meantime. Anything crickety you want to get off your chest, do send us your thoughts here.

11.20am BST Some encouraging movements from the middle, where umpires Steve Bucknor and Simon Taufel are consulting. "It looks like the rain has stopped," notes Will, "and there are tentative steps by the groundsmen, with brooms and brushes, to mop up. We're still some way from play starting, however magical Lord's famous drainage system is." It is pretty sharp you have to say, remember how the deluge in the West Indies Test was absorbed in a jiffy.

11.10am BST The covers are still on, and on the England players' trousers we understand. You may have heard about the issue with official kit supplier adidas and the players' individual sponsors. "England will be wearing non-branded trousers for today's game, but they will all be the same and they will look like a team," said a spokesman. Anyway, the amicable solution for now is to wear the adidas trousers but with no branding. Weather-wise, Rihanna's Umbrella tune is echoing round my head, hope that's not going to be the summer anthem (again!). Does anyone else feel slightly cheated that the weather has been so good but now, come the first day of the Test summer, rain.

10.50am BST Tickets are still available for today, by the way, priced at £65 & £60 for adults and £20 for Under-16s from the North Gate Sales Point in Wellington Place. Or you can stay and follow the rain with us.

10.40am BST While we're waiting for more match-related news, time for a few quick plugs, this time non-video ones so easier to manipulate if you're at work. Firstly, you can vote for your favourite cricket commentator on TV in the Cricinfo Readers' Poll or also set up your fantasy teams here. A word of warning, though, it's just slightly too late to be in contention for the England-New Zealand first Test, though you will be able to score points from the second match. But there's plenty of time to get your brains whirring ahead of the West Indies-Australia series. It's all going on (well, except for cricket-wise; still no news on the start of play.)

10.10am BST Good morning everyone and welcome to coverage of the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord's. Sadly the weather forecast is correct so far - it's raining. "The covers are on and no news about the start of play, but it's still drizzling so very unlikely we'll be starting on time," says Will Luke. "Very grey, very damp. Gloomy."

Matthew Hoggard may be feeling a bit that way too after missing out on playing for England. As expected, England named an unchanged eleven for the third match running, while Andrew Flintoff's side strain ruled him out of contention.

So England look like this: 1 Andrew Strauss, 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Michael Vaughan (capt), 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Paul Collingwood, 7 Tim Ambrose (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Ryan Sidebottom, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar.

No news on New Zealand's team yet, but we'll bring you that as soon as we have it. We being myself Jenny Roesler and Brydon Coverdale, whom it's my pleasure to introduce on commentary for the first time. You will have read his work elsewhere on the site.

Without trying to harp on about the rain (but this is England) if the weathermen have got it right, there's more coming over the next few days. Yet to undampen our spirits, like a happy sponge, it's Andrew Miller - in video form, rather excitingly. His piece also segues into interviews with some West Indian greats, that's if you can manage to watch the videos covertly enough in your office...

0.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushes it across the batsman on a good length, prompting the forward defensive first up from the right-hander

0.2

Sidebottom to How, 2 runs, a touch straighter, in line with off this time, and as it swings back the batsman gets over it and nudges it well off the legs to get off the mark with an easy two

0.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, goes back further to the off side this time, just outside off, with a good length again, and the batsman presses forward, trapping the ball down easily

0.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, Sidebottom hits the same spot and gets the batsman to come forward once more in a defensive kind of way

Bell's short in, and he gives an encouraging clap

0.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, best ball of the over so far, beats the batsman who comes forward to offer a defensive prod , the ball pitching just outside off and deviates past him with some good swing, nearly caressing the outside edge

0.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, and a forgettable finish, Sidebottom firing it wide down off, the ball perhaps dying a touch as it goes on through - the batsman is quick to leave it

End of over 1 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0

    • JM How 2 (6b)
    • AJ Redmond 0 (0b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-2-0

James Anderson bowling now from the Pavilion End

1.1

Anderson to Redmond, no run, starts wide enough outside off for Redmond to make a deliberate leave

1.2

Anderson to Redmond, no run, plenty of zoom and no little zoom down the off side, the batsman lets it go through, shouldering arms as the ball goes down wide

1.3

Anderson to Redmond, no run, aims in on off and middle, and he is finally made to play, a defence on the front foot

1.4

Anderson to Redmond, no run, some fizz down off, prompts Redmond to think but he finally leaves it

Three slips in

1.5

Anderson to Redmond, OUT, squares him up outside off, but in a place where he had to play it, some swing away and it seams from back of a length, taking the edge fending in front of him. He didn't get in the line of it and there's a good catch for Cook low down to his right at third slip, around six inches off the turf

AJ Redmond c Cook b Anderson 0 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

A disconsolate Redmond walks off on debut

So, an early strike for England, Anderson using the swinging conditions well and in comes James Marshall early. Four slips now

1.6

Anderson to Marshall, no run, Anderson makes Marshall play his first ball, jumping back into the line and defending

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 2/1

    • JAH Marshall 0 (1b)
    • JM How 2 (6b)
    • JM Anderson 1-1-0-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 1-0-2-0
2.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, veering down leg, prodded down at it, but could have left the ball

2.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, defended on the front foot

2.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, in a line with off, the batsman comes forward and defends

Sidebottom bowling from over the wicket, just to reaffirm

2.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, some swing makes the ball drift a touch down the leg, How looks to turn it behind him, but in comes a strong call of "Wait!" from Marshall, which is advisable, as Ambrose was quickly on to it

2.5

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, some swing in at the righthander, who turns it off his legs to fine leg, and they squeeze through for the single

2.6

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, a fuller delivery, Marshall comes forward and doesn't quite get the full face of the bat on the ball, pushing out forward

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 3/1

    • JAH Marshall 0 (2b)
    • JM How 3 (11b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-3-0
    • JM Anderson 1-1-0-1
3.1

Anderson to How, no run, outside off, some swing away, How is very watchful as the ball goes past

3.2

Anderson to How, 1 run, shortish ball on off, the batsman climbs on to the back foot and glides without much power into the covers

Four slips and a gully, and a short leg

3.3

Anderson to Marshall, no run, good-length ball through the corridor, Marshall is not shy of leaving it

Vettori yawns on the balcony

3.4

Anderson to Marshall, 2 runs, overpitched a touch on off, and clipped well off the legs in front of midwicket, some good timing, the ball hardly making a noise as it slides off the blade

3.5

Anderson to Marshall, 3 runs, drags it a touch short outside off, allowing a steer down between Broad in the gully and the slips. He will claim that was a deliberate shot, and he would be around 95% right, the edge certainly was controlled along the floor

3.6

Anderson to How, no run, left outside off to round off an over which probed at times

End of over 4 (6 runs) New Zealand 9/1

    • JM How 4 (14b)
    • JAH Marshall 5 (5b)
    • JM Anderson 2-1-6-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 2-0-3-0
4.1

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, pushed a bit too wide down off, the batsman needs only a split second to decide to let it go

4.2

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, Sidebottom's unable to control the swing there as the ball wings off on its merry, but unthreatening, way outside off

Incidentally, here are the new session times: 1.20-4.30, 4.50-7.00

4.3

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, this one's also left, although it's tighter in on off this time

4.4

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, outside off, left alone once more

It's a big woolly sweater job for the New Zealand players camping on the balcony

4.5

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, the ball is swinging, that's not in doubt, but again Sidebottom is too wide down off for it to have any effect. Once more Marshall practises his leave

4.6

Sidebottom to Marshall, FOUR, overpitches outside off and Marshall makes no mistake in planting his front foot down, waiting a fraction and freeing his arms to drive hard and true through the covers. Elegant shot

End of over 5 (4 runs) New Zealand 13/1

    • JAH Marshall 9 (11b 1x4)
    • JM How 4 (14b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-7-0
    • JM Anderson 2-1-6-1

That four will just help to ease one or two nerves for this New Zealand pair

5.1

Anderson to How, 3 runs, waits outside off as the ball nips in a touch off the seam, on the front foot and forces a thick edge down through the gully region, the blade skewing a fraction

5.2

Anderson to Marshall, no run, more orthodox play this time, a regulation front foot affair in line with off

5.3

Anderson to Marshall, 1 no ball, out! Gone! No, not out - a no-ball. Anderson found a clear edge on the back foot, Marshall prodding forward, Ambrose snapping at hip height to his left, but Anderson had just strayed over the line

5.3

Anderson to Marshall, no run, a furious Anderson thunders in, forcing the ball towards the off stump, fuller this time and the batsman is solid in defence

You can't argue with Simon Taufel's call for the overstep, as Marshall sent the edge through having been surprised by some extra bounce

5.4

Anderson to Marshall, no run, defended on the front foot

5.5

Anderson to Marshall, no run, squared up in front of middle and off, the batsman goes delicately on to the back foot and controls the ball back down

5.6

Anderson to Marshall, 1 run, floats in a slightly slower ball, just short of yorker length, pushed wide of the covers, Panesar slides on his knees to the right and the ball goes past his hands. A fluff, he should have stopped that one

End of over 6 (5 runs) New Zealand 18/1

    • JAH Marshall 10 (17b 1x4)
    • JM How 7 (15b)
    • JM Anderson 3-1-11-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 3-0-7-0
6.1

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, outside off, pushed on the front foot in a defensive manner

Before the match Sidebottom was saying how he has been a bit leg-side this season with his line. The problem today is the opposite, too wide outside off.

6.2

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, ...and he illustrates the point perfectly with a forced one way outside off

6.3

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, he's closer this time, the ball a touch bouncy off the surface, but it eludes batsman's defence as it carries on down off

6.4

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, overcorrects now on leg, but the length is good and the batsman can't make enough room to squeeze out on to the legs

Sidebottom comes round the wicket now, a sign that he's not too happy

6.5

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, and he's too wide even with his new tactic. He's just not on it so far

6.6

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, some width outside off again, but the leave is a comfortable one

End of over 7 (maiden) New Zealand 18/1

    • JAH Marshall 10 (23b 1x4)
    • JM How 7 (15b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-1-7-0
    • JM Anderson 3-1-11-1
7.1

Anderson to How, no run, oh, good piece of fielding there from Bell, who's snappy at short leg as How turns the ball round the corner to him. No chance of a catch, but a good stop

7.2

Anderson to How, no run, Anderson nearly forces through the defences there, but his inside edge to one which is down off presses down just in front of him

7.3

Anderson to How, OUT, but Anderson's got him this time! How on his back foot falls to the probing line outside off, How plays at it away from his body fending through. He didn't have to play that one, Ambrose takes the edge and England celebrate once more

JM How c †Ambrose b Anderson 7 (34m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.88

New Zealand, suffice to say, are in some difficulty, Anderson causing all the problems so far in this session and he could have had a third had he not fractionally overstepped

Here's Ross Taylor, who's got a rescue act on his hands already

7.4

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, ...but he behaves like the score isn't 2 for not very many, then again the ball was something of a gift, a long hop down leg which he manoeuvres forcefully through midwicket

7.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, and there's an extravagant leave and a half, Pietersenesque, as the ball crashes wide down off, Anderson overcorrecting this time

7.6

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, ah, a dreadful mix-up as Taylor forces the ball forward, they finally run, Anderson runs and slides and shies well wide of the striker's stumps where Marshall is scrambling desperately. Anderson had all the time in the world then

Vaughan smiles wryly, Anderson had no idea he had plenty of time to

End of over 8 (5 runs) New Zealand 23/2

    • LRPL Taylor 5 (3b 1x4)
    • JAH Marshall 10 (23b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 4-1-16-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 4-1-7-0

Anderson explains to his team mates with a gesture that he wasn't aware of the situation

8.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, defended this time

8.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, forced forward on the front foot, with a defensive push into the covers

8.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, FOUR, a wild flash there from Taylor, booming a big edge as he throws his shoulders away from his body into a would-be drive which goes wide of the slip cordon

8.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, Taylor falls over as he tries to work a straight one into midwicket and is beaten

He's not looking comfortable, and the slash earlier this over looked a bit desperate. Some composure required here, it's only early days

8.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, defended on the front foot

Sidebottom, incidentally, is back over the wicket

8.6

Sidebottom to Taylor, 3 runs, pushed out to mid-on this time and they ease through untroubled

End of over 9 (7 runs) New Zealand 30/2

    • LRPL Taylor 12 (9b 2x4)
    • JAH Marshall 10 (23b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 5-1-14-0
    • JM Anderson 4-1-16-2

Three slips and a gully now

9.1

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, on the legs, Taylor tees up a steer into midwicket from outside off

9.2

Anderson to Marshall, no run, started short and wide outside off, at which point Marshall was tempted into the back-foot cut, but the ball deviated slightly wider by which time he was already committed to the shot. It carried through

9.3

Anderson to Marshall, no run, more straightforward this time, a regulation defence

9.4

Anderson to Marshall, FOUR, a strong shot from Marshall, a very deliberate back-foot cut top-edged hard in the region of Pietersen in the gully but it came (and went) very quickly. He didn't see it, so perhaps missed a chance there

9.5

Anderson to Marshall, no run, this one kept low a touch, the batsman stabs down defensively in line with off

9.6

Anderson to Marshall, no run, a regulation leave outside off this time

Now then, it's my pleasure to welcome Brydon Coverdale into the commentary chair for the first time. Take it away, Brydon

End of over 10 (5 runs) New Zealand 35/2

    • JAH Marshall 14 (28b 2x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 13 (10b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 5-1-21-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 5-1-14-0

Thanks Jenny, hello all. Stuart Broad replacing Ryan Sidebottom now after he struggled with his line

10.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, straight one first up from Broad, driven to mid off comfortably

10.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, defended again, not much movement yet for Broad

10.3

Broad to Taylor, FOUR, wider outside off this time and a hard slash from Taylor flies to the boundary at deep point, more convincing than some of his strokes so far

10.4

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, straight again from Broad and a comfortable nudge to midwicket

10.5

Broad to Marshall, no run, that one kept a bit low and Marshall's defence wasn't terribly convincing, a thickish inside edge though no danger of playing on

10.6

Broad to Marshall, no run, straightforward block from Marshall, Broad not getting the ball to do much just yet

End of over 11 (5 runs) New Zealand 40/2

    • JAH Marshall 14 (30b 2x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 18 (14b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0
    • JM Anderson 5-1-21-2
11.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, and Taylor has another swipe at a wide one outside off, but this time doesn't connect. That was not far from a thin edge

11.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, shortish ball that darts back and Taylor again not looking too comfortable, but manages to defend it down on the leg side

11.3

Anderson to Taylor, 1 run, pushed into the covers there and quick running from Taylor and Marshall

11.4

Anderson to Marshall, no run, not much movement, outside off and an easy leave for Marshall, who is being considerably more watchful than his partner

11.5

Anderson to Marshall, no run, more of the same, Marshall only playing when he needs to and with Anderson probing outside off, he doesn't need to offer a shot

11.6

Anderson to Marshall, no run, fuller length, a touch straighter and Marshall defends

End of over 12 (1 run) New Zealand 41/2

    • JAH Marshall 14 (33b 2x4)
    • LRPL Taylor 19 (17b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 6-1-22-2
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0

three slips and a slightly deep short leg, if that makes sense

12.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, tries to defend and it drops into the leg side

12.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, pushed into the midwicket region

12.3

Broad to Taylor, OUT, one wild shot too many from Taylor. He tries to pull Broad but all he manages is a thick top edge that flies over the slips, Collingwood runs back from the cordon and takes a pretty simple chance, by his standards

LRPL Taylor c Collingwood b Broad 19 (24m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 95.00

Brendon McCullum in his new No. 5 position now, and how will New Zealand's most dangerous batsman handle these tough conditions

12.4

Broad to Marshall, 1 run, the batsmen crossed though, so first it's Marshall, who nudges a little leg glance away to give McCullum the strike

12.5

Broad to McCullum, no run, outside off stump and McCullum is happy leave that and get his eye in

12.6

Broad to McCullum, no run, and he gets a cracker second up, seams away and beats the outside edge

End of over 13 (1 run) New Zealand 42/3

    • BB McCullum 0 (2b)
    • JAH Marshall 15 (34b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-6-1
    • JM Anderson 6-1-22-2
13.1

Anderson to Marshall, no run, wide outside off and Marshall simply not interested unless he is forced to play

13.2

Anderson to Marshall, 1 wide, and even wider from Anderson, who pitches this one way outside off stump and it only moves further away, he'll have to bowl that one again

13.2

Anderson to Marshall, no run, straighter now and Marshall defends

13.3

Anderson to Marshall, no run, back to the wide outside off line for Anderson, but he needs to straighten up to entice an edge from Marshall

13.4

Anderson to Marshall, no run, and even wider, he's getting some swing but is letting Marshall survive by leaving in tricky conditions

13.5

Anderson to Marshall, no run, a better line now from Anderson, who probes marginally outside off and Marshall defends

13.6

Anderson to Marshall, no run, similar line, moving in a fraction and Marshall moves well, covers his stumps and shoulders arms

End of over 14 (1 run) New Zealand 43/3

    • JAH Marshall 15 (40b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 0 (2b)
    • JM Anderson 7-1-23-2
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-6-1
14.1

Broad to McCullum, no run, and now Broad has caught the disease, another one way outside off and moving further away, easy leave for McCullum

14.2

Broad to McCullum, no run, almost a carbon copy of the previous ball, in Twenty20 mode McCullum might be slashing these over point but he has no interest here

14.3

Broad to McCullum, no run, oh, and that's much, much better. Pitched on a good length, a couple of inches outside off and swinging away, the batsman tries to defend but that one was unplayable

14.4

Broad to McCullum, no run, just a fraction too wide again, McCullum happy to leave it

14.5

Broad to McCullum, 2 runs, the first run for McCullum, who plays back and pushes behind point

14.6

Broad to McCullum, no run, plenty of movement again, swinging away from McCullum who leaves this one

End of over 15 (2 runs) New Zealand 45/3

    • BB McCullum 2 (8b)
    • JAH Marshall 15 (40b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-8-1
    • JM Anderson 7-1-23-2

There's a lot of swing for the fast men here but their line is just too wide. Sidebottom back on now

15.1

Sidebottom to Marshall, 4 leg byes, swinging in to the right-hander but too straight and a good leg-glance

15.2

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, similar ball again but further down leg and Marshall doesn't really worry about trying to connect with that one

15.3

Sidebottom to Marshall, 1 run, straighter this time and Marshall pushes into the covers for a single

15.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, down leg side again and swinging further away, McCullum tries to glance but can't connect

Sidebottom really struggling to find his radar

15.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, 2 runs, that's a better line, on the stumps and makes the batsman play but McCullum comfortably turns it through square leg

15.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, and Sidebottom finishes the over the way he started it, swinging down leg side, a poor over from England's most dangerous bowler

End of over 16 (7 runs) New Zealand 52/3

    • BB McCullum 4 (11b)
    • JAH Marshall 16 (43b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 6-1-17-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-8-1
16.1

Broad to Marshall, no run, and it's more of the same from Broad as well, swinging away, Marshall not in the least bit interested

16.2

Broad to Marshall, 1 no ball, straighter ball driven defensively by Marshall, but it was an overstep from Broad

16.2

Broad to Marshall, no run, Broad probing again, a bit straighter and swinging away but Marshall happy to leave

16.3

Broad to Marshall, no run, again, a better line from Broad, who is getting some impressive swing, but Marshall still able to say no thanks

16.4

Broad to Marshall, no run, ah, that's what Broad has been looking for. Straighter again and Marshall tries to prod and the ball beats the outside edge

16.5

Broad to Marshall, FOUR, a good, solid off drive from Marshall, who proves that he does have a bat in hand after all. Broad is getting a bit frustrated at the leaving, and the fact that when he pitches it straighter a boundary results ...

16.6

Broad to Marshall, no run, another one leaves Marshall, and Marshall leaves another one

End of over 17 (5 runs) New Zealand 57/3

    • JAH Marshall 20 (50b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 4 (11b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-13-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 6-1-17-0

Plenty of emails lambasting Taylor's Twenty20-style shot that got him out. Keshava Guha sums things up. "Another way in which Twenty20 is killing New Zealand cricket. To attempt to front-foot hoick a ball from outside offstump over midwicket when your side is 40-2 in bowler-friendly conditions, your mind has to have been addled by trying to score 200 from 20 overs on a flat pitch with 60-yard boundaries."

And a one-over spell at the Pavilion End is all Sidebottom will get, now it's Collingwood

17.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, ugly ball and ugly shot. Short and slow from Collingwood, McCullum tries to pull but is surprised by the lack of pace and misses it completely

17.2

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, ah, much better second up, swings it away and draws McCullum into the shot, beating the outside edge

17.3

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, wider ball this time and McCullum, who is dancing around in his crease, eventually decides to leave it

17.4

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, another leave from McCullum

Correction, McCullum is dancing around a couple of feet outside his crease

17.5

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, more swing from Collingwood, moving away, but McCullum happy to let it pass by

17.6

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, and that one swings a lot ... the wrong way. Trying for a straighter one Collingwood overcorrects and it whistles down the leg side

End of over 18 (maiden) New Zealand 57/3

    • BB McCullum 4 (17b)
    • JAH Marshall 20 (50b 3x4)
    • PD Collingwood 1-1-0-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-13-1

Sidebottom switches ends now

18.1

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, pushed across Marshall, who half plays at that one but gets nowhere near it

18.2

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, straight ball, pushed defensive off the back foot to point

18.3

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, big lbw shout from Sidebottom, but Steve Bucknor is not interested

A good call too, Sidebottom got it to straighten nicely but it pitched just outside leg, and was probably swing down to narrowly miss the stumps as well

18.4

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, pushed across the batsman, who tries to drive but misses the lot

18.5

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, pushed across, and across, and across ... too wide, no shot required

18.6

Sidebottom to Marshall, 1 leg bye, and Sidebottom overcorrects, swinging this one a fraction down leg and Marshall gets some pad on it and gets through for one

End of over 19 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 58/3

    • JAH Marshall 20 (56b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 4 (17b)
    • RJ Sidebottom 7-2-17-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-1-0-0

Collingwood's over was quite handy, but he's only the end-changing device and Broad will now have a crack from the Pavilion End

19.1

Broad to Marshall, no run, he gets a little bit of movement again, but well outside off and Marshall leaves

19.2

Broad to Marshall, no run, that could be a good leave from Marshall, but Broad straightened it superbly and that did not miss the top of off stump by much

19.3

Broad to Marshall, no run, wide outside off again, if Marshall wasn't interested in one that nearly took his stumps he won't be slashing at that

19.4

Broad to Marshall, no run, and a carbon copy from Broad, and from Marshall, who watches the ball sail outside off and through to Tim Ambrose

19.5

Broad to Marshall, no run, Broad gets the ball to move away nicely again, but once more it's too wide and Marshall does not have to offer a shot

19.6

Broad to Marshall, no run, straighter this time and Marshall defends off the back foot

End of over 20 (maiden) New Zealand 58/3

    • JAH Marshall 20 (62b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 4 (17b)
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-13-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 7-2-17-0

Gav emails in: "Don't forget Ross Taylor has always played like that. And these guys are professional and know what they are doing. Sometimes when the ball is swinging wildly, it might be good idea to try and score runs. Rossy was probably counter-attacking."

20.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, and there's the first sign of the Brendon McCullum who took the IPL by storm ... Sidebottom pitches on his pads and McCullum flicks it over square leg for an effortless boundary

Short leg moves out after that one and heads back to deep square leg

20.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, pitches outside off and straightens nicely, a good ball but a well-judged leave from McCullum

20.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum goes back and pushes a quick single into the covers

20.4

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, outside off stump and defended to point

Much better line here from Sidebottom

20.5

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, and again, swings back in to Marshall and forces him to play, a thick edge flies towards point where Pietersen dives to his left and collects it sharply, but on the half-volley

20.6

Sidebottom to Marshall, no run, strays a little too far down leg side now and Marshall jumps and pushes it square

End of over 21 (5 runs) New Zealand 63/3

    • JAH Marshall 20 (65b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 9 (20b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 8-2-22-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-13-1
21.1

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, adventurous shot from McCullum, who drives on the up, in the air and marginally wide of the man at point

21.2

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, straighter and McCullum turns this one to square leg comfortably

21.3

Broad to Marshall, no run, left outside off stump there by Marshall

21.4

Broad to Marshall, no run, Broad gets his line right now, just outside off and forces Marshall to play, but he gets a thick inside edge onto his pad and it cannons just wide of the stumps

21.5

Broad to Marshall, FOUR, overpitched, on the pads and Marshall successfully puts away the bad ball with a confident flick through square leg to the boundary

21.6

Broad to Marshall, no run, wayward down the leg side and Ambrose does well to puch that one in his left hand

End of over 22 (9 runs) New Zealand 72/3

    • JAH Marshall 24 (69b 4x4)
    • BB McCullum 14 (22b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-22-1
    • RJ Sidebottom 8-2-22-0
22.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, pitched up, angled across McCullum, who resists the urge to launch a big drive

22.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, and he can't resist this one though ... pitched up again, on middle stump and McCullum looks to drive straight and ends up skewing it off the bottom of the bat and over point

22.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, pushed across McCullum again, in the slot to drive but McCullum leaves it, after his last effort

22.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, pitched on line and straightening, but a more watchful McCullum happy to defend on this occasion

22.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, extra bounce from Sidebottom this time, who brings his length back after trying to entice a drive, but McCullum resists the urge to pull and leaves it outside off

22.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, pushed further across and can't tempt McCullum, who leaves it again

End of over 23 (4 runs) New Zealand 76/3

    • BB McCullum 18 (28b 3x4)
    • JAH Marshall 24 (69b 4x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 9-2-26-0
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-22-1

Here's Nathan Hopper: "In response to Gav, it's all well and good counter attacking but Taylor's technique was poor in doing so! Trying to slap a just short of the length ball throught the covers off the front foot with loose hands and poor weight distribution is asking for trouble."

23.1

Broad to Marshall, no run, good line from Broad, who like Sidebottom is pitching the ball up more now and Marshall defends

23.2

Broad to Marshall, OUT, and finally the reward comes for Broad, who has been probing for a long while now. Marshall drives at one that's just outside off and seams away, his edge lobs comfortably into the hands of Andrew Strauss at first slip

JAH Marshall c Strauss b Broad 24 (104m 71b 4x4 0x6) SR: 33.80

Broad worked hard for that wicket, Marshall looked to be judging outside off quite well but one lapse in concentration has cost him

And now it's another debutant, Daniel Flynn, who will be hoping for a more productive first innings than Aaron Redmond

23.3

Broad to Flynn, no run, straight ball from Broad, who brings it back into the left-hander and Flynn defends pretty well, he looked solid in defence there

23.4

Broad to Flynn, no run, angled across Flynn, who leaves this one

23.5

Broad to Flynn, no run, Flynn walks across his stumps and gets everything in the way of that straightening ball, which would have sailed over the top

23.6

Broad to Flynn, no run, good ball to finish, swings it back in to Flynn, who defends again

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 76/4

    • DR Flynn 0 (4b)
    • BB McCullum 18 (28b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7-2-22-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 9-2-26-0

Jeremy Coney called New Zealand the Bleak Caps in his newspaper column and sadly it's looking a bit like he was right

24.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, McCullum clips this one through square

three slips, a gully and a forward short leg now for Flynn facing Sidebottom

24.2

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, outside off stump, Flynn happy to leave while he surveys the England attack

24.3

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, and he shuffles across his stumps and tries to glance that one, which was angled down the leg side, but he can't quite make contact

24.4

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, straight one this time and Flynn defends

24.5

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, wide outside off stump and Flynn content to watch it sail through to Ambrose

24.6

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, fuller ball from Sidebottom, outside off stump, and Flynn drives to mid on

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 77/4

    • DR Flynn 0 (9b)
    • BB McCullum 19 (29b 3x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 10-2-27-0
    • SCJ Broad 7-2-22-2

George Alexander emails in: "Ross Taylor would do well to re-read his tour diary from yesterday. The first paragraph reads: "Talk about pressure. At the MCC welcome lunch for the New Zealand team on Tuesday, Geoffrey Boycott cast an eye my way and announced, "Lad, don't be playing those Twenty20 shots, you're in my fantasy team". Suddenly, it was not just a Test match at Lord's that was playing on my mind."

25.1

Broad to McCullum, no run, McCullum leaves this one outside off, but does so quite extravagantly, with much footwork and a flourish of the shoulders

25.2

Broad to McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum turns one around the corner to deep fine leg, where Sidebottom does well to cut off the boundary

25.3

Broad to McCullum, no run, outside off stump and left by McCullum

25.4

Broad to McCullum, no run, another extravagant leave from McCullum and the ball clips his pad on the way through

25.5

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, driven through extra cover by McCullum, but it wasn't the most convincing stroke and he didn't quite get to the pitch of the ball

25.6

Broad to McCullum, no run, McCullum getting restless now, tries for another drive but straight to mid on

It's Jenny now. Thanks Brydon, so Sidebottom to continue.

End of over 26 (6 runs) New Zealand 83/4

    • BB McCullum 25 (35b 4x4)
    • DR Flynn 0 (9b)
    • SCJ Broad 8-2-28-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 10-2-27-0
26.1

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, up there and the batsman defends forward, watchfully

26.2

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, the batsman thinks the ball is wider than it is, it is certainly short, but he checks a back-foot cut into the ground

26.3

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, good length from Sidebottom, down the channel outside off with some swing, the batsman shoulders arms

26.4

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, some banana-like swing outside off, the batsman leaves it alone as it was certainly wide enough to do so

26.5

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, this time Flynn shapes behind it to defend back down off the back foot, his left foot swivelling right round so he almost square behind the ball

26.6

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, fires it across the left hander who is tempted to swish it down leg, chasing round a touch late, the batsman avoiding a potential strangle

A few emails in asking about the current weather and its prospects. What came to mind when looking at the sky is that the rain clouds hugging London are very Dickensian. But the mizzle's holding off for now

End of over 27 (maiden) New Zealand 83/4

    • DR Flynn 0 (15b)
    • BB McCullum 25 (35b 4x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 11-3-27-0
    • SCJ Broad 8-2-28-2
27.1

Broad to McCullum, no run, oh, short and nips back, rapping McCullum on the thigh, but a touch of extra bounce causes the umpire to not be interested

27.2

Broad to McCullum, 2 runs, on off, a scooping push off the legs behind square this time and they ease back for a comfortable two

27.3

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, long hop, got the treatment. McCullum advances a touch down the track and pulls it hard to fine leg

27.4

Broad to McCullum, no run, the batsman goes after Broad again, but almost plays over the ball which stubs the bottom of his bad, a touch of a mistime for which the bowler will be grateful

27.5

Broad to McCullum, no run, better ball this time, down off, good length, McCullum judges it well

27.6

Broad to McCullum, no run, well-directed one at 82mph, almost a yorker, stunned into the ground on the front foot

End of over 28 (6 runs) New Zealand 89/4

    • BB McCullum 31 (41b 5x4)
    • DR Flynn 0 (15b)
    • SCJ Broad 9-2-34-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 11-3-27-0
28.1

Sidebottom to Flynn, FOUR, on leg stump, a well-timed crisp flick on the front foot, moves it off the legs through midwicket

28.2

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, pushed down through on the off side, the batsman shoulders arms

28.3

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, caught a touch in two minds there, eventually decides to go back to meet an arcing ball outside off, and defends it solidly enough

28.4

Sidebottom to Flynn, no run, fires through the ball just outside off, on a good length, but the batsman can leave it. So he does

28.5

Sidebottom to Flynn, 1 leg bye, pitches just outside off and comes back off the seam, the batsman presses forward over it, the angle of the bat sending it skewing out towards point, or indeed the pad, it's been given as a leg bye

28.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, gargled appeals as the ball clatters up and on to the legs. McCullum is not what you would call perturbed

End of over 29 (5 runs) New Zealand 94/4

    • BB McCullum 31 (42b 5x4)
    • DR Flynn 4 (20b 1x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 12-3-31-0
    • SCJ Broad 9-2-34-2
29.1

Anderson to Flynn, no run, defended on the front foot this time

29.2

Anderson to Flynn, no run, forced across the left hander who defends back into the ground

Collingwood is doing some stretches. Cold? Or coming on to bowl? A hint? Or just a fan of aerobics? We'll find out soon

29.3

Anderson to Flynn, 4 byes, outside off, the ball veers wide and past Ambrose's left hand as it came back past him. Too much deviation in the ball for England, but New Zealand will gladly accept the byes

29.4

Anderson to Flynn, no run, taken easily behind the sticks

29.5

Anderson to Flynn, no run, outside off, the ball keeps low as it swings away, Flynn shapes to play then draws the bat right inside the line and Ambrose dives, goalie-style, to snap it forward

29.6

Anderson to Flynn, no run, defended this time

End of over 30 (4 runs, maiden) New Zealand 98/4

    • DR Flynn 4 (26b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 31 (42b 5x4)
    • JM Anderson 8-2-23-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 12-3-31-0

Collingwood indeed had the nod. He's coming on now to try to torment McCullum

30.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, some very English swing away from the batsman from a ball which was already heading outside off. It's left alone

30.2

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, makes him play though this time, the batsman squeezing down on the ball which takes the inside edge and deviates out square

Vaughan jogs over for a word. Two slips in now

30.3

Collingwood to Flynn, FOUR, swing in to the left hander, but down leg, and that's a very elegant way to bring up New Zealand's 100, lifting the ball over square, landing it ten metres or so from the rope, with a front-foot flick full of grace

30.4

Collingwood to Flynn, no run, defends on the front foot out towards short midwicket

30.5

Collingwood to Flynn, no run, pushed across the left hander who defends down off the back foot into the short cover region

30.6

Collingwood to Flynn, 1 run, outside off and pushed to the legs this time

One chap falling asleep in the crowd, a bit like the man behind me at the theatre last night, a gentle snore going on there. I went to see The English Game, a play about cricket that's touring till June, not bad.

End of over 31 (6 runs) New Zealand 104/4

    • DR Flynn 9 (30b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 32 (44b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 2-1-6-0
    • JM Anderson 8-2-23-2

So, New Zealand shudder into three figures, with a lot of work yet to do.

31.1

Anderson to Flynn, no run, outside off, the ball springs up like from a sponge, must have hit a patch of green. The batsman leaves it alone, very wisely

31.2

Anderson to Flynn, OUT, that's the third for Anderson! Flynn shuffles across to try to brush the ball off the legs from middle. An unfortunate way to get out, bowled behind his legs, the ball just flicking the thigh pad on the way through and deflecting onto the stumps

DR Flynn b Anderson 9 (36m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 28.12

Anderson lifts his finger in pointing celebration, breaking into a big beam and New Zealand slide further. Jacob Oram now

31.3

Anderson to Oram, no run, pushed through and shouldered arms outside off

31.4

Anderson to Oram, no run, outside off, the ball keeping low, again the batsman leaves it

31.5

Anderson to Oram, no run, outside off, pushed across him, defended back down the track

31.6

Anderson to Oram, no run, left alone again, a determinedly defensive mindset against the roaring Anderson

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) New Zealand 104/5

    • JDP Oram 0 (4b)
    • BB McCullum 32 (44b 5x4)
    • JM Anderson 9-3-23-3
    • PD Collingwood 2-1-6-0

Huge cheers greet Panesar's entrance into the attack

32.1

Panesar to McCullum, no run, gets right over the ball with a front-foot defence

32.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, right over it once more

32.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, a loud, confident, imploring call from Panesar who flights the ball in on middle and it slides on towards McCullum

32.4

Panesar to McCullum, no run, even louder, even more curdling as the ball comes in on off, raps him, with some edge in there

32.5

Panesar to McCullum, 1 leg bye, pushed forward on the front foot, the ball moves off for a leg bye

32.6

Panesar to Oram, no run, extra float on that one up in line with off, Oram defends solidly on the front foot

End of over 33 (1 run, maiden) New Zealand 105/5

    • JDP Oram 0 (5b)
    • BB McCullum 32 (49b 5x4)
    • MS Panesar 1-1-0-0
    • JM Anderson 9-3-23-3
33.1

Anderson to McCullum, no run, straightforward delivery on off, prompting the forward defensive

33.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run, cuts him in half, almost, McCullum is very adept at arcing into that kind of leave, sticking his bottom backward as the ball angles in at him and jumps clear of the stumps

33.3

Anderson to McCullum, no run, outside off, nipped right back in at him and hits him on the pads but he survives another day

33.4

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, convincing is not the word as McCullum jumps up and plays an awkward shot, the ball ricocheting hard off the inside edge and forcing its way through fine leg

33.5

Anderson to McCullum, no run, oh, another nervy shot from McCullum, checking the shot, but pulling out of it too late and nearly popping up to the man at short mid on. The ball fell that short of him. Testing, testing

33.6

Anderson to McCullum, no run, defended this time to bring a close to an extended session in which England have taken five wickets

So that's tea following a session where England exploited the swinging conditions and the New Zealand batsmen's unease to take five wickets as the visitors lurched to their three-figure point. Anderson, with three, and Broad, with two, have beenthe best bowlers while Sidebottom has struggled to find himself so far today, despite these being his kind of conditions. Marshall battled hard after arriving early doors as Redmond bagged a duck, while McCullum is still there on 36 not out despite some close encounters. Stay with us for the second and final session of the day coming up in 20 minutes.

End of over 34 (4 runs) New Zealand 109/5

    • BB McCullum 36 (55b 6x4)
    • JDP Oram 0 (5b)
    • JM Anderson 10-3-27-3
    • MS Panesar 1-1-0-0

4.20pm The players are returning to the field for the final session of the day, which will also be a long one after the morning was drizzled off. Sidebottom has the ball, can he find his rhythm for the first time today?

34.1

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, some swing away, predictably enough, but also the ball is wide down the channel

34.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, more swing again, a touch closer to the sticks, but with more than enough room for a comfortable leave

34.3

Sidebottom to Oram, 2 runs, some swing away, the ball's driven out through the covers, Vaughan's in pursuit and his first attempt to grab the ball while running is unsuccessful as he doesn't get down low enough. He carries on and finally hunts it down

34.4

Sidebottom to Oram, FOUR, stabs at a wideish one, gets a thick edge as the ball cuts off the seam, it bounces down in front of Cook in the slips and nutmegs him, the ball racing as fast as its legs will carry it to the rope

34.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, the ball goes through to the keeper harmlessly

34.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, left alone as the ball goes through

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 115/5

    • JDP Oram 6 (11b 1x4)
    • BB McCullum 36 (55b 6x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 13-3-37-0
    • JM Anderson 10-3-27-3
35.1

Anderson to McCullum, FOUR, Anderson offers up some width outside and McCullum is quick to pounce, jumping into the line and scything a flashing cut through the covers off the back foot. Slick

35.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run, good response from Anderson, jabbing right back in at McCullum and rising, the batsman looking to repeat the cut but is surprised by its pace. He smiles a lot, in respectful acknowledgement

35.3

Anderson to McCullum, 1 run, on the legs, turned out behind square for a safe single

35.4

Anderson to Oram, FOUR, outside off, turned off the legs through square. A neat shot, no more than a brushing flick

Mick Jagger's in the audience today, a famous cricket fan

Steve Waugh's there too, making a home video it looks like

35.5

Anderson to Oram, 4 byes, some free runs for New Zealand, the ball veering wide down off, Ambrose's reaction is quick but not quick enough, and his glove deflects it through third man

35.6

Anderson to Oram, 2 runs, round the wicket, comes in to him, worked off the back foot behind point

End of over 36 (15 runs) New Zealand 130/5

    • JDP Oram 12 (14b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 41 (58b 7x4)
    • JM Anderson 11-3-38-3
    • RJ Sidebottom 13-3-37-0

Two slips and a gully for Sidebottom

36.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, 1 run, goes to chase that one round, and brushes up a quick single

Three slips for the relatively new batsman

36.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, fires down the corridor, a touch of swing away, the batsman shoulders arms

Something tickles Sidebottom (metaphorically) so he gives a big grin

36.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, left alone outside off, the batsman shoulders arms this time

36.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, played off the back foot this time

36.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, swing outside off, the batsman shoulders arms as it slips down the channel unchecked

36.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, comes forward and defends on the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 37 (1 run) New Zealand 131/5

    • JDP Oram 12 (19b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 42 (59b 7x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 14-3-38-0
    • JM Anderson 11-3-38-3
37.1

Anderson to McCullum, no run, short ball on off, shapes to consider playing the hook but checks the shot halfway through

37.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run, the ball keeps slightly low outside off, McCullum thinks about swishing at it, indeed he does so, but doesn't get it quite right, taking some kind of edge

37.3

Anderson to McCullum, 3 runs, a dashing form of attack from McCullum, who drives out hockey-like through the covers. Panesar tries his heart out in chasing after it and is roundly cheered for his efforts

37.4

Anderson to Oram, no run, up there on middle and leg, defended on the front foot, pushed to mid-on

37.5

Anderson to Oram, no run, outside off, moved away from him off the deck, and turned out towards the keeper

37.6

Anderson to Oram, 1 run, on middle, driven out to mid on, Panesar returns it without a fuss

End of over 38 (4 runs) New Zealand 135/5

    • JDP Oram 13 (22b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 45 (62b 7x4)
    • JM Anderson 12-3-42-3
    • RJ Sidebottom 14-3-38-0
38.1

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, finds a good length, planting it just outside off, the batsman shoulders arms as it swings away down the channel with some lift to boot

38.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, plants a stride forward to turn the ball into short midwicket

38.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, swing up towards the left hander who defends on the front foot

38.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, up there outside off, pushed forward to short cover where it's fielded without alarm

38.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, pitched outside off, moved a touch further out, Oram thinks about working across the line but is not too sharp on the shot

38.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, a huge shout from Sidebottom and a few others for a caught behind as the ball comes back in from outside off inside the line of the bat, as Oram shapes to close the defensive gap with his pad, but the ball had brushed his pad

Broad comes back into the attack now, with Anderson given a rest

End of over 39 (maiden) New Zealand 135/5

    • JDP Oram 13 (28b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 45 (62b 7x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 15-4-38-0
    • JM Anderson 12-3-42-3
39.1

Broad to McCullum, (no ball) FOUR, starts wih an expensive loosener at 78mph, dropped in outside off, the ball moving out a touch, McCullum latches onto the pull quickly and hits it hard through midwicket to take him to 49. An overstep too

39.1

Broad to McCullum, no run, better from Broad, down the line, chops at a cut off the back foot

39.2

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, gives him enough room to clip off the legs from outside off to bring up an important half-century in the context of this match

This is his ninth Test fifty, two hundreds and came up from 65 balls which is fairly slow for him but a fine pace overall. This pitch hasn't helped

39.3

Broad to Oram, no run, oh, ducked back on him late from just outside off and Oram did well to chop down some bat on it

39.4

Broad to Oram, no run, outside off, lets that one through this time. Oram will welcome the chance to collect himself for a second

Panesar's loosening up. Expect a few overs from him

39.5

Broad to Oram, no run, outside off, drills it cleanly but straight to the cover fielder and the inevitable call of "Wait on" comes through

39.6

Broad to Oram, no run, defended on the front foot

Umpire Bucknor is checking his light meter, not a good sign

End of over 40 (6 runs) New Zealand 141/5

    • JDP Oram 13 (32b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 50 (65b 8x4)
    • SCJ Broad 10-2-40-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 15-4-38-0
40.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, pushed out on the front foot towards mid on. A quiet shot

40.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, outside off and McCullum plays another streaky effort, driving very hard at that one, the hand coming off the bat, the ball slinking on through third man

40.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, defended on the front foot

Two slips and a gully

40.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, some swing outside off, a firm uppish drive towards Bell at cover but wide of him, nothing the fielder could have done about that one

40.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, a huge shout in front for McCullum as Sidebottom angles it right in, but so far as to be missing leg and possibly height was a question, too. Good decision

40.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, on middle and leg, defended on the front foot

End of over 41 (8 runs) New Zealand 149/5

    • BB McCullum 58 (71b 10x4)
    • JDP Oram 13 (32b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 16-4-46-0
    • SCJ Broad 10-2-40-2

New Zealand inching forward with an important partnership from two of their big players

41.1

Broad to Oram, no run, plants this one down the channel, left alone by Oram

41.2

Broad to Oram, no run, outside off, enough width for it to be left alone, Oram shouldering arms

41.3

Broad to Oram, no run, forces him to play at this one, Oram prods away at it as it leaves him on the angle across

41.4

Broad to Oram, no run, gets into line behind it and foists a back-foot push out to the covers along the floor

41.5

Broad to Oram, no run, chases after this one, fishing away from the body

41.6

Broad to Oram, no run, pushed across him, the batsman leaves it to go through

End of over 42 (maiden) New Zealand 149/5

    • JDP Oram 13 (38b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 58 (71b 10x4)
    • SCJ Broad 11-3-40-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 16-4-46-0
42.1

Sidebottom to McCullum, 4 byes, pushes it wide across him down the legs, the ball keeps low to boot, not giving Ambrose too much chance and up comes the 150

42.2

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, outside off, lets the ball go through to the keeper, the batsman shoulders arms

42.3

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, width outside off, McCullum goes to play hard away from his body, not shy to have a dig even though he nearly nicked it

42.4

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, jumps forward and shoulders arms as the ball leaps through on its way

42.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, outside off with a touch of room for McCullum to chance his arm once again and it's his day as he drives on the up wide of mid off, not giving the ball the full treatment and a ruddy-faced Sidebottom cannot believe it

The fifty partnership is up for this pair by the way. Umpire Bucknor checks the light meter once more, all seems well for now

42.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, pushed forward

End of over 43 (8 runs) New Zealand 157/5

    • BB McCullum 62 (77b 11x4)
    • JDP Oram 13 (38b 2x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 17-4-50-0
    • SCJ Broad 11-3-40-2
43.1

Broad to Oram, no run, outside off, the batsman waits on the back foot, on his toes really, and foists the ball with a touch of wrist forward to mid off

43.2

Broad to Oram, no run, a big leave outside off

43.3

Broad to Oram, no run, very full delivery on the toes, almost a yorker, nearly gets through, Oram not really over that one with a full stride, more of a half step of a forward defence

43.4

Broad to Oram, no run, shoulders arms and lets the ball go through to the keeper

43.5

Broad to Oram, 1 run, some swing back in to the batsman, Broad just lost his line a touch there, and it's brisked off towards fine leg

43.6

Broad to McCullum, FOUR, fizzing shot, McCullum had made up his mind way before Broad had delivered, advancing down the track and when the ball finally came to him he met it outside off with a firm pull in front of midwicket

End of over 44 (5 runs) New Zealand 162/5

    • BB McCullum 66 (78b 12x4)
    • JDP Oram 14 (43b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 12-3-45-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 17-4-50-0
44.1

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, some curve away from the left hander who shoulders arms

This pair are doing well, with McCullum the predictable aggressor and Oram content to anchor. McCullum has had some luck, some would say he's riding it, others that he's making it. I'm in the latter camp

44.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, defended on the back foot

44.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, some swing back in towards the batsman, who lets it go through

44.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, defended on the front foot

44.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, outside off, some swing back into the left hander once more. He elects to leave it

44.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, outside off and that was a bit of a one-day wide as the bull swung vehemently out away from the batsman

Here's Brydon.

End of over 45 (maiden) New Zealand 162/5

    • JDP Oram 14 (49b 2x4)
    • BB McCullum 66 (78b 12x4)
    • RJ Sidebottom 18-5-50-0
    • SCJ Broad 12-3-45-2

Thanks Jenny, New Zealand making a good fightback here.

45.1

Broad to McCullum, no run, McCullum pushes well out of his crease and nudges to cover

45.2

Broad to McCullum, no run, he jumps back and forces this one to extra cover, finding the fielder

45.3

Broad to McCullum, 3 runs, a couple of dot balls is enough for McCullum, who drives a half-volley expansively over the off side field but doesn't quite time it, and the ball pulls up before reaching the boundary

45.4

Broad to Oram, no run, outside off stump and Oram shapes to defend, then pulls out of the shot

45.5

Broad to Oram, FOUR, Oram edges this one wide of the slips and it races to the boundary, Stuart Broad understandably frustrated there

45.6

Broad to Oram, no run, oh, and another edge that does go to first slip but on the bounce

Oram lucky to survive that over

End of over 46 (7 runs) New Zealand 169/5

    • JDP Oram 18 (52b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 69 (81b 12x4)
    • SCJ Broad 13-3-52-2
    • RJ Sidebottom 18-5-50-0

Panesar back into the attack now ...

46.1

Panesar to McCullum, FOUR, and McCullum relishes the change, driving a half-volley straight back past the bowler for four, welcome back Monty

46.2

Panesar to McCullum, no run, huge shout for lbw from Panesar, but bat and pad were together there and Bucknor not interested

46.3

Panesar to McCullum, no run, much quicker delivery, prodded back to the bowler

46.4

Panesar to McCullum, 2 runs, clipped through square leg this time for a couple

46.5

Panesar to McCullum, SIX, and that's McCullum at his best. Outside off stump from Panesar and McCullum gives himself room, clubbing a big six dead straight

46.6

Panesar to McCullum, 1 run, pushes a single to long off

A good over there for New Zealand, Panesar still getting his fingers warmed up

End of over 47 (13 runs) New Zealand 182/5

    • BB McCullum 82 (87b 13x4 1x6)
    • JDP Oram 18 (52b 3x4)
    • MS Panesar 2-1-13-0
    • SCJ Broad 13-3-52-2

This news from the MCC has arrived: "1500 tickets will be on sale tomorrow priced at £65 & £60 for adults; and £20 for Under -6s (subject to availability) will go on sale at 9am from the North Gate Sales Point in Wellington Place. The availability of tickets cannot be guaranteed and potential purchasers are advised to arrive early."

47.1

Broad to McCullum, 2 runs, half-volley there from Broad and McCullum tries for a lofty straight drive that flies off the edge and down to backward point

47.2

Broad to McCullum, SIX, remarkable shot there, McCullum just hammers that one back, hard and flat, over long off, awesome shot

47.3

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, walks across his stumps and nudges one into the leg side

47.4

Broad to Oram, 1 run, another easy single there for Oram, does the right thing and gets McCullum back on strike

47.5

Broad to McCullum, 1 run, walks a long way across and forces a single through midwicket

47.6

Broad to Oram, 3 runs, Oram gets on the back foot and forces through point for three more

Another excellent over for the visitors and McCullum has really turned things around here

End of over 48 (14 runs) New Zealand 196/5

    • JDP Oram 22 (54b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 92 (91b 13x4 2x6)
    • SCJ Broad 14-3-66-2
    • MS Panesar 2-1-13-0

There might be a few spots of rain around, the New Zealanders are on the balcony with an umbrella up

48.1

Panesar to Oram, no run, some turn there for Monty, back into Oram who defends comfortably

48.2

Panesar to Oram, no run, pushes to mid on

48.3

Panesar to Oram, no run, defended comfortably

48.4

Panesar to Oram, 1 run, Oram swivels that through midwicket for one and gets McCullum back on strike

48.5

Panesar to McCullum, 1 leg bye, down the leg side from Panesar and McCullum tries to launch a big slog sweep, but can't quite make contact with the bat

48.6

Panesar to Oram, no run, Oram looking to whip a straighter ball through midwicket but it finds the fielder

The umpires are getting together here, is it rain or bad light they are discussing? It is very gloomy out there, but there's still 31 overs left in the day's play, in theory

End of over 49 (2 runs) New Zealand 198/5

    • JDP Oram 23 (59b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 92 (92b 13x4 2x6)
    • MS Panesar 3-1-14-0
    • SCJ Broad 14-3-66-2

Whatever it was, they decide to stay on and New Zealand will be facing a slower man, Collingwood is back

49.1

Collingwood to McCullum, no run, McCullum pushes this one into the off side

McCullum has been forced back into his crease with Ambrose up to the stumps

49.2

Collingwood to McCullum, 2 runs, works this one through square leg and brings up th 200 for New Zealand

49.3

Collingwood to McCullum, 2 runs, is that the hundred? Not quite, McCullum pulls high and deep, a six would have got him there but there is a man at deep midwicket and he collects it on the bounce

49.4

Collingwood to McCullum, 1 run, a casual push to mid off there and he edges close to three figures

Two slips and a gully here for Oram

49.5

Collingwood to Oram, no run, Oram goes back and defends a straighter ball towards mid on

49.6

Collingwood to Oram, no run, Collingwood pushes this one across Oram, who leaves it alone

End of over 50 (5 runs) New Zealand 203/5

    • JDP Oram 23 (61b 3x4)
    • BB McCullum 97 (96b 13x4 2x6)
    • PD Collingwood 3-1-11-0
    • MS Panesar 3-1-14-0
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