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1931 in England
New Zealand had toured England in 1927, playing 38 matches (26 of which were first-class), winning 13 and drawing 20. Four years on and the experience they gained from the previous was evident, even though they lost the three-Test series 1-0. England finished on top in a draw at Lord's, but not before they had slumped to 190 for 7, Les Ames and Gubby Allen adding 246 in a brilliant eighth-wicket stand. England asserted their authority in the second Test at The Oval with New Zealand handicapped by the unavailability of Stewie Dempster. Allen tore through the visitors with 5 for 14 from 13 overs to dismiss New Zealand for 193 and then Ian Peebles spun England to a series-leading innings-and-26-run win. Atrotious weather in the third and last match at Old Trafford prevented play until the final afternoon.
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1932-33 in New Zealand
The addition of new Zealand to the tour itinerary was not overly popular with the players or the Australian board, although Wisden described it as "a valuable missionary move". Wally Hammond was far from charitable in amassing a biblical 563 runs in the two Tests. In the first he battered 227 in England's 560 for 7 declared. The home side responded with 223 before a violent dust storm ended proceedings. Poor weather also ruined the second Test but Hammond made 336, overtakeing Don Bradman's record test score of 334. His 200 came in 400 minutes, with the third hundred taking him a mere 47 more. Heavy rain finally came to New Zealand's rescue and the series was drawn.
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1946-47 in New Zealand
Murky conditions hung over Christchurch for most of the Test which benefited New Zealand, and Jack Cowie, far more than England. Walter Hadlee's first and only hundred (116) led New Zealand to 345 in their first innings and Cowie took 6 for 83 in England's reply. They declared on 265 for 7 but the rain set in on Sunday and, despite adding an extra day to the end of the Test in a bid to achieve a result, the weather had the last say.
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1949 in England
Hadlee's New Zealand side boasted a strong batting line-up, centring on Martin Donnelly, and that, allied to Hadlee's safety-first policy, meant that all four Tests were drawn; it signalled the realisation that three-day Tests made a definite result all but impossible. New Zealand declined to chase an unlikely 299 in 150 minutes at Leeds, while they had the better of stalemate at Lord's where Donnelly's 216 took the plaudits. He added two fifties at Old Trafford as New Zealand had to dig deep after conceding a 147-run lead, and another batsman-friendly track at The Oval - it was Len Hutton's turn to score a double hundred - ended the series.
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in New Zealand
Fresh from an Ashes-winning series, England were on a high and New Zealand found out first hand how hard to handle Brian Statham and Frank Tyson were. They shared 12 wickets as England won the first Test by eight wickets and then 11 at Auckland in an innings victory. Bob Appleyard weighed in with match figures of 7 for 45 as New Zealand were bowled out for 26, - a record which still stands today.
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Enthusiastic and popular they might have been, but the 1958 New Zealanders are considered to be one of the weakest sides of all time. They won enough of the tour matches to ensure they had some reasons to smile, but in the Tests they were thrashed - they were overwhelmed at Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley and Old Trafford, and only rain saved them at The Oval. Uncertainty in batting was always the big trouble. Their totals in the first four Tests tell the tale: 94 and 137 at Edgbaston; 47 and 74 at Lord's; 67 and 129 at Headingley; 267 and 85 at Old Trafford.
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