England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand ODI Series - 3rd ODI

New Zealand v England

England won by 6 wickets (with 18 balls remaining) (D/L method)

2pm Right, here we go. The players are taking the field at a windy Eden Park, in front of a sparse crowd. England have gone into a huddle, and little wonder. - they need to get their act together. A massive cheer goes up for Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder, whose exploits set Hamilton alight last week. Ryan Sidebottom has the new ball, with two slips waiting.

Your commentators today are Andrew Miller and Martin Williamson.

1.35pm England have won the toss and have stuck New Zealand in. England keep the top six as were and bring in Wright and Mascarenhas for Bopara and Swann. New Zealand play Hitchcock for the injured Mason.

1.20pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the third ODI between England and New Zealand at Auckland. And who'd have predicted the situation this series has reached as the halfway mark approaches? The Kiwis were a write-off last week, battered in the Twenty20s and shorn of several key players due to politics and retirements. Now they are sitting pretty with a 2-0 lead, after two of the most comprehensive victories you could ever hope to complete over 50 overs. England have it all to do to get back into the series - but it's a safe bet they can't get any worse than they were at Hamilton ...

0.1

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 wide, misdirected, no swing first-up, and that zips down leg

0.1

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, outside off, and nips off the seam. Left alone

0.2

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, angled down the leg side again, and flicked to midwicket

0.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, full length, outside off, driven to point with an open face

0.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, a slashing square drive, straight to third man who fields on one knee. The first attacking shot of the day

0.5

Sidebottom to McCullum, no run, full length, outside off stump, fizzes through to the keeper

0.6

Sidebottom to McCullum, FOUR, streaky, but safe in the end. McCullum comes forward in a checked drive that loops over the bowler's head and all the way to the fence. A fraction early on the stroke, but well timed all the same

End of over 1 (6 runs) New Zealand 6/0
BB McCullum    4* (2b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-6-0
JD Ryder    1* (4b)     

James Anderson to share the new ball. He was brutalised at Hamilton ...

1.1

Anderson to Ryder, 1 run, pitches leg and angles across, tucked to midwicket for a single

1.2

Anderson to McCullum, no run, perfect line and length, and from 16000 miles away I swear there was a nick. But closer to the action, no-one is moved, and a dot-ball ensues

1.3

Anderson to McCullum, no run, outside off, back of a length, defended into the covers

1.4

Anderson to McCullum, no run, banged in, good short ball and the perfect response as McCullum hurtles down the track in premeditated fashion.

1.5

Anderson to McCullum, OUT, massive breakthrough and that's good aggression from Anderson. Another short ball, angling in and cramping McCullum as he attempted to cut his way out of trouble. Alastair Cook at slip claims a simple looped chance. England are up and running

BB McCullum c Cook b Anderson 4 (8m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

1.6

Anderson to How, no run, good length and tight line, defended out to point and that's the end of a great first over

End of over 2 (1 run) New Zealand 7/1
JM How    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-1
JD Ryder    2* (5b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-0-6-0

2.1

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, outside off, angling into the left-hander, defended. Ryder bides his time after his partner's loss

2.2

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, another firm push off a good length, but fielded with a flourish in the covers

2.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, outside off and nibbling away from a limp back-foot prod. Good seam position, and Ryder is beaten

2.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, dead-batted into space on the leg-side, and they take a quick single

2.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off, zipping through to the keeper. Tidy lines from England's seamers

2.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, slipping down leg and a massive appeal as Mustard claims the catch, but that clipped the thigh-pad on the way through. No reaction from Sidebottom, nor the umpire

End of over 3 (1 run) New Zealand 8/1
JM How    0* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-7-0
JD Ryder    3* (9b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-1

3.1

Anderson to Ryder, no run, drawn forward, defended to cover

3.2

Anderson to Ryder, no run, outside off again, angling across the left-hander, left alone

3.3

Anderson to Ryder, no run, driven firmly to cover, but fielded with ease

3.4

Anderson to Ryder, SIX, that's a brilliant piece of timing, nothing more than a dismissive flick off a good length, but it's carried ten rows back! Ryder has serious power in his strokes ...

3.5

Anderson to Ryder, no run, good response, a little bit quicker and Ryder can't time his second attempt. The ball bobbles into the slips

3.6

Anderson to Ryder, no run, another swish and a miss. The end of a good over with a solitary sizeable blemish

End of over 4 (6 runs) New Zealand 14/1
JD Ryder    9* (15b 1x6)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-1
JM How    0* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-0-7-0

4.1

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, tucked into the leg-side, and a scampered single

4.2

Sidebottom to Ryder, FOUR, thrashed through the off side, just a fraction too much width, but hit on the up, and past the diving Collingwood at point

4.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, angled down the leg-side, hits the pad

4.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, stands tall and pushes out to point where Collingwood stoops to field

"By the speed you type I guess you are using more than two fingers," emails Andrew Cleland. I wish. I tap more furiously than a pair of woodpeckers

4.5

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, picks the gap, jogged single to the off side

4.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, angled bat, defended into the gully region. Another over ticks by

Michael Holt emails with some background to today's crowd. "You mention in your commentary 'sparse crowd'. For the record and as a proud Aucklander, let it be known that we don't attend Eden Park in general because of a whole range of issues around Eden Park management. NZ Cricket use poor attendances to schedule cricket in NZ away from our most populous city - for example, no Tests at all - and seem to wonder why Aucklanders care so little for cricket. We do care! But we are so poorly serviced by our 'premier facility' that we'd rather watch it here or on TV. One has to wonder what will happen over the Rugby World Cup if Eden Park don't change their views on customer service (I use the term loosely in this instance.) Food for thought.

End of over 5 (6 runs) New Zealand 20/1
JM How    1* (5b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-13-0
JD Ryder    14* (19b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-1

5.1

Anderson to Ryder, no run, driven firmly into the covers

5.2

Anderson to Ryder, 1 run, another thrashed drive, but wide mid-off fields easily enough

5.3

Anderson to How, 1 leg bye, raps the pads from wide of the crease. How was shaping to clip through the leg side. Yelped appeal

5.4

Anderson to Ryder, no run, slower ball, just rolled his fingers at the point of delivery. Scudded through to the keeper

5.5

Anderson to Ryder, FOUR, short and driven backward of point with immense timing, it's a short boundary down there as well

5.6

Anderson to Ryder, no run, good riposte, extra oomph behind the ball, and through to the keeper

End of over 6 (6 runs) New Zealand 26/1
JD Ryder    19* (24b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    3-0-12-1
JM How    1* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-0-13-0

6.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven on the up, fielded in the covers

6.2

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, a fraction short, tucked neatly off the hip, down to square leg

6.3

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, drawn forward in an angled defensive block

6.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, 1 run, a leg-stump half-volley, and Ryder misses out with a bit of a gimme. Instead his clip rolls tamely to deep midwicket. The scoreboard keeps moving though

6.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, flicked square again. Fielded on the edge of the circle

Sam Boyer mails; "Michael Holt: stop whining. If you wanted to watch the cricket live, you'd go and watch the cricket live. Aucklanders are just notoriously poor supporters of live sport." The mass of mails almost all agree with that last sentiment ...

6.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, pitches on leg, and steered to midwicket. Another decent over

End of over 7 (2 runs) New Zealand 28/1
JM How    2* (10b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-15-0
JD Ryder    20* (26b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    3-0-12-1

7.1

Anderson to Ryder, no run, square-driven again, Collingwood is being kept busy at point

7.2

Anderson to Ryder, 1 run, outside off stump, too wide for Ryder to time his drive properly. Mid-off fields

7.3

Anderson to How, no run, lovely bowling, zipping past an expansive drive

7.4

Anderson to How, no run, angled in from outside off, defended on the back foot. Good bowling

7.5

Anderson to How, 1 leg bye, climbing off a good length, towards the thigh pad. Nudged into space at square leg

7.6

Anderson to Ryder, no run, bouncer, and a good one. Ryder tucks his head inside the line, and that's the end of the over

End of over 8 (2 runs) New Zealand 30/1
JD Ryder    21* (29b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    4-0-13-1
JM How    2* (13b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-0-15-0

8.1

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, that's a fantastic strike, straight through the line and all along the ground to the long-off boundary

8.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, defended on the walk with the straightest of straight bats

Sidebottom aborts in the last stride of his run-up ... take two ...

8.3

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, on the pads and worked into space in front of square

8.4

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, slower ball, pushed to cover

8.5

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, much wider delivery, and swatted off the toe-end to point. Missed opportunity

8.6

Sidebottom to Ryder, no run, full-length, on the pads and Ryder can't work it away

End of over 9 (5 runs) New Zealand 35/1
JD Ryder    21* (32b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-20-0
JM How    7* (16b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-13-1

9.1

Anderson to How, 1 run, driven into space at extra cover

9.2

Anderson to Ryder, no run, back of a length, defended into the covers. Tight lines once again

9.3

Anderson to Ryder, no run, thrashed into the covers again, but can't beat the infield

9.4

Anderson to Ryder, 1 run, full-length, no room to free the arms, cover picks up a bottom-handed drive

9.5

Anderson to How, no run, excellent line and length in this over so far, defended on off stump

9.6

Anderson to How, 2 runs, streaky shot, that was an lbw candidate as he wafted across the line of a full-length ball. But he got enough bat on it

Ten overs gone and time for a change, here's Martin Williamson

End of over 10 (4 runs) New Zealand 39/1
JM How    10* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-17-1
JD Ryder    22* (35b 2x4 1x6)      RJ Sidebottom    5-0-20-0

Thanks Andrew. Here's the second Powerplay to enliven things more along with a bowling change as Broad replaces Sidebottom.

10.1

Broad to Ryder, no run, pushed off a thickish edge square on the off side

10.2

Broad to Ryder, no run, firmer push on the walk to extra cover

10.3

Broad to Ryder, 1 run, clipped to deepish midwicket, worked neatly off the pads

Steve Papa lays down a challenge: "I dare you to name a single sports arena within the Auckland region where a supporter can go watch a quality game of sport. Be it cricket, rugby, or league. Its not possible. Almost every stadium has lacks support infrastructure, a quality of service, and not to mention the grounds may not even be the correct shape for a game (eg. Eden Park and their rectangular cricket field). So I am not surprised by the poor turnout in Auckland games. I'm all for more live sport in Auckland, but in a quality ground. Bring back the waterfront option."

10.4

Broad to How, OUT, How looks to drive through extra cover, the ball squirts off a thick edge and scoots to the left of Collingwood at backward point who takes a good, low catch ... it wasn't going hard but it was dying on him

JM How c Collingwood b Broad 10 (39m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

10.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, outside off, cutting back in slightly but wide enough for him to leave with ease

10.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, straighter and very carefully watched and blocked

Nick mails: "Have to back up Michael last 20/20 thousands were left outside for an hour waiting for tickets to get in. Eden Park is a shocking cricket venue"

End of over 11 (1 run) New Zealand 40/2
LRPL Taylor    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-1
JD Ryder    23* (38b 2x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    5-0-17-1

11.1

Anderson to Ryder, OUT, the sucker punch ... short, Ryder pulls and it goes straight down the throat of the man out in the deep five yards behind square. Mascarenhas hardly has to move and he turns and shows the ball to spectators who have been giving him some verbals

JD Ryder c Mascarenhas b Anderson 23 (51m 39b 2x4 1x6) SR: 58.97

11.2

Anderson to Styris, no run, slight short outside off, he goes down on his haunches and lets it pass

We have had hundreds of mails and about two of them have defended Eden Park. Now, come on, is it really that bad? There must be some worse grounds ...

11.3

Anderson to Styris, 1 run, clipped off his toes to deep backward square leg

11.4

Anderson to Taylor, 3 runs, little more than a firm push between the bowler and mid-on, well timed and it goes almost all the way to the rope

11.5

Anderson to Styris, 1 run, a tip and run to short extra cover, Taylor is quick and although Shah hits with a diving underarm throw, he's easily home

11.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, solid block to a straight one

For those without the benefit of TV, the outfield is mown in a most bizarre fashion with squirls and twirls rather than the more conventional patterns. Add into that and we have no 30-metre circle because of tomorrow's rugby match here (the groundsman doesn't want to muck up his lovely green field) and it's rather surreal.

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 45/3
LRPL Taylor    3* (4b)      JM Anderson    6-0-22-2
SB Styris    2* (3b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-1

12.1

Broad to Styris, no run, gentle drive to wide mid-on

12.2

Broad to Styris, no run, swinging in, well played with bat and pad together, pushed back to Broad who drops a hand to field

12.3

Broad to Styris, no run, super ball, seaming away from a defensive poke and beating the outside edge

12.4

Broad to Styris, no run, fuller, Styris back to defend

12.5

Broad to Styris, no run, pushed firmly to extra cover, Styris is interested but his colleague yells "wait, wait,wait" ... and so wait he does

12.6

Broad to Styris, no run, crisp drive to mid-off

"It's not that we give Aucklanders stick about not attending sports. Its that when the council does suggest upgrading it they vote in the guy who campaigns on demanding the government pay for it. You can have your cake, and eat it too, but be damned sure you pay it," mails Michael. Nothing like some local politics on a Friday afternoon ...

End of over 13 (maiden) New Zealand 45/3
SB Styris    2* (9b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-1-1
LRPL Taylor    3* (4b)      JM Anderson    6-0-22-2

13.1

Anderson to Taylor, FOUR, cut from close to the body, it goes at catchable height inches to the left of Cook in the gully

13.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, blocked with a shuffle

13.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, pushed square on the off side with a very open face

13.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, good length outside off, no shot

13.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, caution as they look to rebuild, no shot to a widish one

13.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, shoulders arms again

Is there anyone from the Eden Park authorities who would like to spring to their ground's defence? In particular why it takes so long to buy a beer or some food?

End of over 14 (4 runs) New Zealand 49/3
LRPL Taylor    7* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-26-2
SB Styris    2* (9b)      SCJ Broad    2-1-1-1

14.1

Broad to Styris, 1 run, into his pads and turned from the crease behind square on the leg side

14.2

Broad to Taylor, no run, Broad swinging the ball in, Taylor well forward, bat and pad as one, pushed into the off side

14.3

Broad to Taylor, 2 runs, eased off his pads to deep midwicket, not quite timed and deep square leg able to cut it off without too much haste

14.4

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, placed to the right of mid-off and as the fielder has to tumble to stop it, there's an easy single

14.5

Broad to Styris, OUT, short, he pulls from outside off and Mascarenhas at shortish midwicket takes a really good catch above his head. It was slightly too short for the pull and that's why he couldn't get on top of it and ended up playing more of a tennis swat

SB Styris c Mascarenhas b Broad 3 (16m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 27.27

Styris continues to struggle and, for the first time in this series, so do New Zealand. And let's not downplay that catch, he made a really hard chance look so easy.

A slight delay as drinks are taken. It's mighty windy out there today, incidently, a lovely clear sky but breezy as whatsit.

14.6

Broad to Fulton, no run, lazily flicked to midwicket

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 53/4
PG Fulton    0* (1b)      SCJ Broad    3-1-5-2
LRPL Taylor    10* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-26-2

And it's the third Powerplay as the umpire does his air guitar AC DC arm twirl.

15.1

Anderson to Taylor, no run, patted into the off side

Expect no fireworks for a few overs as NZ rebuild ...

15.2

Anderson to Taylor, no run, a rich cover drive off one knee, it looked superb but had no timing and extra cover's hands are not exactly stung by the power

15.3

Anderson to Taylor, no run, a more low-key pat to cover

15.4

Anderson to Taylor, no run, back onto his stumps and pushed to midwicket

15.5

Anderson to Taylor, no run, fractionally short, cut to Collingwood at backward point

15.6

Anderson to Taylor, no run, pushed to cover to complete a maiden from Broad

Someone asks who AC DC are. Now come on ... one of Andrew Miller's favourite bands ...

End of over 16 (maiden) New Zealand 53/4
LRPL Taylor    10* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-26-2
PG Fulton    0* (1b)      SCJ Broad    3-1-5-2

16.1

Broad to Fulton, no run, half forward and blocked

16.2

Broad to Fulton, no run, defensive poke into the off side

Aaron Kemp mails. "The problems only occur in one part of the ground - the infamous "terraces" which in terms of crowd behaviour has worsened over the years. In other parts of the ground you can buy 4 beers at a time but on the terraces you can purchase only two. This seems to be an attempt to calm people down. I have found if you are willing to pay a few extra dollars you can get a good viewing position and far better service. However the situation surrounding the terraces is a shambles."

16.3

Broad to Fulton, no run, gentle prod to mid-off, he ducks with good agility for a big man

16.4

Broad to Fulton, no run, banged in at 81mph,

16.5

Broad to Fulton, no run, steps back and cuts hard to cover

Cover comes across into the leg side for the last ball of the over.

16.6

Broad to Fulton, 1 run, turned past a diving midwicket ... the very man just moved!

End of over 17 (1 run) New Zealand 54/4
PG Fulton    1* (7b)      SCJ Broad    4-1-6-2
LRPL Taylor    10* (19b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-1-26-2

Sidebottom, hair flapping in the wind, into the attack

17.1

Sidebottom to Fulton, no run, angled across the right hander who leaves

17.2

Sidebottom to Fulton, no run, back and defended to mid-on from deep in the crease

17.3

Sidebottom to Fulton, no run, again played with minimal footwork from the crease

17.4

Sidebottom to Fulton, no run, wider and fuller, he comes forward but the drive has little power

17.5

Sidebottom to Fulton, 2 runs, driven and he finally finds a gap between cover and extra cover, Collingwood charges after it, slides, and keeps them down to two

17.6

Sidebottom to Fulton, no run, pushed back to Sidebottom who fields,scowls and then heads off into the deep

Chris Hickey: "Two beer purchases hasn't stopped anything.. thats not the problem. security is too lax. i saw a guy sneak in to the terraces a three-litre cask of wine strapped to his stomach."

End of over 18 (2 runs) New Zealand 56/4
PG Fulton    3* (13b)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-22-0
LRPL Taylor    10* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-6-2

18.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, flicked into the leg side

18.2

Broad to Fulton, no run, driven on the bounce to mid-off

18.3

Broad to Fulton, no run, pushed into the leg side, short midwicket in very quickly and the ball bounces kindly so he doesn't even have to bend

18.4

Broad to Fulton, 1 run, worked to deep midwicket

18.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, dribbled into the off side

18.6

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, paddled into the leg side, placed into space

End of over 19 (3 runs) New Zealand 59/4
LRPL Taylor    12* (22b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-9-2
PG Fulton    4* (16b)      RJ Sidebottom    6-0-22-0

19.1

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, he shuffles to the off and defends to leg

19.2

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, patted into the leg side

Chris Hagen makes a valid point - "At least you get to buy full strength beer!! It's only light beer in Australia for ODIs." Try what's on offer at the MCG ... you cannot drink enough to even get merry ...

19.3

Sidebottom to Taylor, 2 runs, clipped into the deep out in the midwicket region, Taylor wanted to come back for what would have been a risky third but Fulton was having none of it

19.4

Sidebottom to Taylor, no run, a thick edge to backward point

19.5

Sidebottom to Taylor, 1 run, turned to leg, as his natural shuffle to the off means he will always favour, Fulton has to hurl himself full length to beat a shy at the stumps which in the event misses by a long way

19.6

Sidebottom to Fulton, no run, very wide and full, he bottom ends the ball into the ground as he looks to cover drive and the ball apologetically dribbles away

That's the Powerplays done and dusted. "I would rather smuggle in some whiskey than pay for an overpriced warm beer in a plastic bottle," says Matt. we can never condone such behaviour. What would the ICC say ...

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 62/4
PG Fulton    4* (17b)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-25-0
LRPL Taylor    15* (27b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-9-2

20.1

Broad to Taylor, no run, bang on the button again, defended

20.2

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, flicked to deep backward square leg - 84mph

Jeremy mails: "Why are you all complaining about the Terraces and the number of beers you can or cannot get there, when by the looks of things there are 30,000 spare seats not in the terraces you could sit in. The Terraces are for people that enjoy that type of behaviour and you know what your gonna get if you go in there."

20.3

Broad to Fulton, no run, blocked from the crease, again not much footwork but he's got a good eye

20.4

Broad to Fulton, no run, Fulton content to take his time to get going

20.5

Broad to Fulton, no run, pushed back to the right of Broad who reacts quickly and fields well

Not often that "two metre" Peter Fulton faces someone taller than him ...

20.6

Broad to Fulton, no run, poked rather half-heartedly to mid-off

End of over 21 (1 run) New Zealand 63/4
PG Fulton    4* (21b)      SCJ Broad    6-1-10-2
LRPL Taylor    16* (29b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-0-25-0

Paul Collingwood brings himself into the attack. England have no spin, so it's all seam today.

21.1

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, good start from the skipper, pushed to leg

Fred gives us some history. "Sneaking alcohol into the terraces has been every young Aucklander's favourite hobby for many years ... so much so that a local sports program has a segment dedicated to it. Look on Youtube.. "Great Tui Sneak". Shows the quality of security at Eden Park.

21.2

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, short and Taylor quick to spot that, he pulls high over midwicket but Broad in the deep fields on the sliding run helped by a kind bounce

21.3

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, patted back to the bowler

21.4

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, stands tall and pushed to cover

21.5

Collingwood to Fulton, no run, cuts, misses, and Mustard, standing up, takes and yelps in frustration as the ball sneaks past the edge

21.6

Collingwood to Fulton, OUT, straight through a large gap between bat and pad - his footwork has been minimal throughout - and the off stump is sent flying

PG Fulton b Collingwood 4 (30m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.00

Fulton never got going and I am not sure he even timed one of his more attacking shots.

End of over 22 (1 run) New Zealand 64/5
     PD Collingwood    1-0-1-1
LRPL Taylor    17* (31b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-10-2

22.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, drifts to leg and helped round the corner

Tim Hickey with an observation. "The Eden Park fiasco is not helped by a gang of youths that frequently attend matches dressed as security guards."

A slip and a fourth slip in position. A luxury for Collingwood in this series.

22.2

Broad to Oram, no run, firm push to point

22.3

Broad to Oram, no run, languid push from a length to deepish mid-off

22.4

Broad to Oram, 1 run, the previous ball was a sighter ... Oram saw he was deep and took the pace of pretty much the same shot and called for the single. Mascarenhas picked up and threw but Oram was always home

22.5

Broad to Taylor, no run, midwicket fields a ball which has little pace

22.6

Broad to Taylor, no run, short and outside off at 82mph, Taylor thinks about the pull but whips his bat out of the way as the ball climbs on him

End of over 23 (2 runs) New Zealand 66/5
LRPL Taylor    18* (34b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-12-2
JDP Oram    1* (3b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-1-1

23.1

Sidebottom to Oram, FOUR, stands tall and plays a very loose back-foot drive with no footwork, gets a thin inside edge and Mustard has no chance

That was the first boundary in ten overs ...

23.2

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, pushed on the walk to extra cover

23.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, marooned in the crease, he shuffles to the off and is hit right in front ... Sidebottom roars a confident appeal but the umpire is having none of it

That looked about as out as you can get ... no edge ... and Hawkeye suggests it was clattering into middle and leg.

23.4

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, back and turned to leg, again no footwork

23.5

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, pushed back to Sidebottom who shapes to hurl the ball back at the batsman but fumbles it and has to make do with a scowl

23.6

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, outside off and defended, Sidebottom, clearly livid at the earlier decision, stands muttering to nobody in particular

Looking at several replays, it's hard to see why that lbw shout was not given. It was one of those that looked,/I> lbw at the time as opposed to being a close one which becomes clearer after replays. Anyhow, he's still there ...

End of over 24 (4 runs) New Zealand 70/5
JDP Oram    5* (9b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-0-29-0
LRPL Taylor    18* (34b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-12-2

Mascarenhas on, Mustard stands up.

24.1

Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, a gentle 67mph loosener flicked to midwicket

24.2

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, angled in, dropped into the leg side and a scurried single

24.3

Mascarenhas to Oram, no run, straight, angled across and Mustard takes

24.4

Mascarenhas to Oram, no run, driven to mid-off

24.5

Mascarenhas to Oram, no run, driven to the right of Broad, he dives and makes a good stop, again the ball bounced kindly into his hands

24.6

Mascarenhas to Oram, no run, very solid forward defensive push to cover

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 71/5
JDP Oram    5* (13b 1x4)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-1-0
LRPL Taylor    19* (36b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-0-29-0

A miffed Andy Rowe mails: "I am not sure whats worse....the current score or you Aucklanders stillcomplaining, hmm two good reasons to close this browser". Broad back on at the other end, replacing Sidebottom.

25.1

Broad to Taylor, 1 run, worked into the leg side

25.2

Broad to Oram, no run, he pushes from the crease and gets a thick edge which dribbles to point

25.3

Broad to Oram, no run, firm checked drive, short extra cover slides in on his knees to prevent the run

25.4

Broad to Oram, no run, short, he sways back out of the way, pivoting from the knees

25.5

Broad to Oram, no run, good shorter ball, chest high and Oram has to hurry as he goes back but he gets over the ball, dropping it safely at his feet

25.6

Broad to Oram, no run, half forward, he drives to mid-off

New Zealand are becalmed in a strong wind. But they cannot chance their arms yet with five wickets down.

End of over 26 (1 run) New Zealand 72/5
JDP Oram    5* (18b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-13-2
LRPL Taylor    20* (37b 1x4)      AD Mascarenhas    1-0-1-0

26.1

Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, forward and pushed back to the bowler

Mustard chirping away, not in the Prior league and not nearly as inane ... yet

26.2

Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, straight and defended

26.3

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 2 runs, poor fielding, Broad too deep and that allows the single, and then he throws at the stumps with the batsman well home, and the deflection allows an overthrow

26.4

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, pushed to Anderson at mid-on, he is in quickly and his underarm throw just misses ... that would have been close but Taylor would have made it

26.5

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, driven to Anderson who has retreated to long-off

26.6

Mascarenhas to Taylor, SIX, the storm after the lull ... down on one knee and sweep-pulled ten rows back into banks of empty blue seats. A lovely shot but where on earth did the aggression come from!

They cannot find the ball and there are no spectators to help ...so a security man helps the fielder search for it.

End of over 27 (10 runs) New Zealand 82/5
LRPL Taylor    29* (42b 1x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-11-0
JDP Oram    6* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-13-2

Collingwood back after a one-over spell from Broad.

27.1

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, worked into space on the off side

27.2

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, straight and defended. "Oh yes, Colly," comes from behind the stumps

27.3

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, Taylor back in his shell after that big blow

27.4

Collingwood to Taylor, 1 run, tip and run to Anderson at mid-on who drops to his knees but doesn't bother throwing at the stumps

27.5

Collingwood to Oram, no run, firm clip round his leading leg to mid-on

He grimaces at the missed opportunity.

27.6

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, plays to the same man, Sidebottom slightly slow to react and that allows the single

The singles are coming readily to mid-on and mid-off. Collingwood might want to tighten up, perhaps bring them in a yard or two or even switch his best fielders there

End of over 28 (3 runs) New Zealand 85/5
JDP Oram    8* (22b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-4-1
LRPL Taylor    30* (45b 1x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    2-0-11-0

28.1

Mascarenhas to Oram, no run, driven to mid-off who is in quickly

28.2

Mascarenhas to Oram, SIX, Oram gets into the mood with a well-timed straight drive over long-on. Effortless and sweet

28.3

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, from brutal to delicate, he opens the face and runs it to third man

28.4

Mascarenhas to Taylor, no run, mid-on fields, and as we suspected he has come in a yard or so an

28.5

Mascarenhas to Taylor, 1 run, into the off side, Oram starts, stops and then starts again, Wright throws at the bowler's end and just misses ... he would have been OK

28.6

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, driven to long-on where Broad fields

Nine off the over. Mascarenhas has come in for some tap.

End of over 29 (9 runs) New Zealand 94/5
JDP Oram    16* (26b 1x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-20-0
LRPL Taylor    31* (47b 1x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    2-0-4-1

Oram now looks to have found his touch, pulled through wide mid-on for a six ... but it's a dead ball as the umpire wasn't in position! Why did he bowl when the umpire was nowhere nearly in the right spot? He was checking his card on which he records the overs bowled.

29.1

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, pushed to leg

29.2

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, pulled just in front of midwicket whose dive is in vain

29.3

Collingwood to Taylor, OUT, oh dear ... salt in the wound. First the six is discounted and three balls later Taylor misses a straight one and is given lbw. He was a long way forward but it wasn't high. In normal circumstances that would be okay, but given what has already happened this over, it's bound to be a discussion point ...

LRPL Taylor lbw b Collingwood 31 (84m 49b 1x4 1x6) SR: 63.26

In fairness Hawkeye says it was clipping the top of off stump.

29.4

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, full, Vettori plays a half volley to mid-on

29.5

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, outside off, angled across

29.6

Collingwood to Vettori, FOUR, dropped ... checked drive clips the fingers of the outstretched hands of Anderson and it carries on for four

And now here's another spell from Andrew Miller.

End of over 30 (5 runs) New Zealand 99/6
DL Vettori    4* (3b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    3-0-9-2
JDP Oram    17* (27b 1x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    3-0-20-0

30.1

Wright to Oram, no run, tidy line and length to start, bustles through to the keeper

30.2

Wright to Oram, no run, tight line, and beats Oram's wafted pull

30.3

Wright to Oram, no run, driven into the covers

30.4

Wright to Oram, no run, good bowling from Wright, pitches middle, angling towards off, defended to raucous acclaim from Mustard behind the stumps

30.5

Wright to Oram, 1 run, chipped in the air through midwicket, but safe

30.6

Wright to Vettori, 1 run, short, and pulled flat behind square, where Anderson fields well on the slide at fine leg. Not a bad first over

"How can a six be called a dead ball?" asks Shaun. "Isn't that cheating?" Well, the umpire was not looking as he was checking his over card. Why Collingwood bowled when Rauf was standing a good yard to the side of the stumps is anyone's guess. He had to call a no-ball as he was in no position to give a decision had it been necessary.

End of over 31 (2 runs) New Zealand 101/6
DL Vettori    5* (4b 1x4)      LJ Wright    1-0-2-0
JDP Oram    18* (32b 1x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    3-0-9-2

31.1

Collingwood to Vettori, FOUR, short, and clobbered through midwicket. Top biffing

31.2

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, slower ball, clipped - in the air - huge shouts of "caaaaaatch" from Mustard but it lands just short

31.3

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, "that's good, Colly, that's good ..." and it is

31.4

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, hint of width, Vettori misses an attempted glide to third man

31.5

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, the same again, a dab and a miss. Good take by Mustard

31.6

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, tucked to midwicket

End of over 32 (4 runs) New Zealand 105/6
DL Vettori    9* (10b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-13-2
JDP Oram    18* (32b 1x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-2-0

32.1

Wright to Oram, 1 run, stands tall and drives back down the ground, but with no great timing

32.2

Wright to Vettori, no run, more white noise from Mustard, to another nondescript delivery

32.3

Wright to Vettori, 1 run, wide, and dabbed down to third man, good contact this time

32.4

Wright to Oram, no run, width again, and driven out to point

32.5

Wright to Oram, no run, firm push back to the bowler, who parries in his followthrough and Bell at mid-on tidies up

32.6

Wright to Oram, FOUR, a fraction too much width, and that's flashed hard up and over backward point

End of over 33 (6 runs) New Zealand 111/6
JDP Oram    23* (36b 2x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    2-0-8-0
DL Vettori    10* (12b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    4-0-13-2

33.1

Collingwood to Vettori, FOUR, slower ball, emerges as a rank full toss, and it's merely placed down the ground through long-off

33.2

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, much better slower ball, a genuine offcutter this time, and third man tidies up

33.3

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, another offcutter, and a hopeless misfield at point by Bell gifts an extra run

33.4

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, slightly back of a length, nurdled to third man

33.5

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, driven, in the air, to mid-off

33.6

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, full-length outswinger to the left-hander, Vettori watches it onto the middle of his bat, and that's a useful over of accumulation

End of over 34 (9 runs) New Zealand 120/6
DL Vettori    17* (16b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    5-0-22-2
JDP Oram    25* (38b 2x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    2-0-8-0

We've had our mandatory ball change ...

34.1

Wright to Vettori, 2 runs, another slower ball, clipped behind square

34.2

Wright to Vettori, 1 run, pushed firmly into the deep cover region, useful stand now forming

34.3

Wright to Oram, 2 runs, lovely firm strike, as straight as can possibly be, but Broad fields superbly at full-stretch on the boundary's edge

34.4

Wright to Oram, 1 run, driven again, through mid-on this time, and Broad fields with less drama

34.5

Wright to Vettori, no run, tucked off the hip, straight to midwicket

34.6

Wright to Vettori, no run, defended out to point, a bit of a scramble for the non-striker, who'd backed up too far, but he's safe

Now then, here comes Anderson. A bit of a gamble here for England. Their strike bowlers are short of overs - just two each remaining. But a breakthrough now, and New Zealand's innings will be in bits

End of over 35 (6 runs) New Zealand 126/6
DL Vettori    20* (20b 3x4)      LJ Wright    3-0-14-0
JDP Oram    28* (40b 2x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    5-0-22-2

35.1

Anderson to Oram, no run, good length to start things off. Defended to point

35.2

Anderson to Oram, FOUR, leg-stump half-volley, and that's sweetly threaded through midwicket. Lovely timing

35.3

Anderson to Oram, 1 run, back outside off stump, and nudged down to the boundary's edge at third man

35.4

Anderson to Vettori, 1 run, shorter, and half-pulled into space at midwicket

35.5

Anderson to Oram, no run, yorker, and a good one, swinging from middle to off stump, and pushed back to the bowler

35.6

Anderson to Oram, no run, wider outside off, angling away, Vettori attempts to run it past third man but point intercepts

End of over 36 (6 runs) New Zealand 132/6
JDP Oram    33* (45b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-1-32-2
DL Vettori    21* (21b 3x4)      LJ Wright    3-0-14-0

36.1

Wright to Vettori, 1 run, calm push into the gap at midwicket

36.2

Wright to Oram, FOUR, an energetic thump over cover. Shouts of "catch" but never close to a fielder. Good strike

36.3

Wright to Oram, no run, back on a tidy line and length, defended

36.4

Wright to Oram, 1 run, thumped through the covers again, but Mascarenhas has dropped back and cuts off the boundary

36.5

Wright to Vettori, 1 run, driven into the covers again

36.6

Wright to Oram, 1 run, a hint of width to work with, and that's under-edged to third man, where Sidebottom sweeps round to field

End of over 37 (8 runs) New Zealand 140/6
JDP Oram    39* (49b 4x4 1x6)      LJ Wright    4-0-22-0
DL Vettori    23* (23b 3x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-32-2

The Anderson experiment didn't work, here's Collingwood

37.1

Collingwood to Oram, no run, full-length outswinger, pushed to cover

37.2

Collingwood to Oram, no run, wide of off stump, steered with an open face to gully

37.3

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, nudged off middle stump to midwicket

37.4

Collingwood to Vettori, 2 runs, turned fine, looking for two and getting them

It's all gone a bit flat for England, and New Zealand are capitalising

37.5

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, straying onto leg stump, turned backward of square

37.6

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, full length, looping onto the pads, and clipped to midwicket to bring up the fifty partnership

End of over 38 (5 runs) New Zealand 145/6
JDP Oram    41* (53b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    6-0-27-2
DL Vettori    26* (25b 3x4)      LJ Wright    4-0-22-0

38.1

Mascarenhas to Oram, no run, open-faced glide to point

38.2

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, a measured push down to long-off, no fireworks just yet ...

38.3

Mascarenhas to Vettori, 1 run, if he'd hit, that was curtains. Pushed straight to Wright at mid-off, who misses with an underarm shy ... close

38.4

Mascarenhas to Oram, no run, clipped to midwicket

38.5

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, floated into the blockhole, dug out down to long-off

38.6

Mascarenhas to Vettori, 1 run, another measured push to long-off. Tight over

End of over 39 (4 runs) New Zealand 149/6
DL Vettori    28* (27b 3x4)      AD Mascarenhas    4-0-24-0
JDP Oram    43* (57b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    6-0-27-2

39.1

Collingwood to Vettori, no run, outswinger, beats an attempted steer, well taken by Mustard

39.2

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, open-faced glide to third man. New Zealand are happy to deal in singles for the moment

39.3

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, offcutter, tucked to midwicket

39.4

Collingwood to Vettori, 1 run, driven in the air, but not dangerously so. Picked up at deep cover

39.5

Collingwood to Oram, no run, yorker, and a good one. Hastily dug out

39.6

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, low full toss, chip-driven to mid-on

A peaceful mid-innings spell. Here's Martin to liven things up with his brand of wit and repartee

End of over 40 (4 runs) New Zealand 153/6
JDP Oram    45* (60b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    7-0-31-2
DL Vettori    30* (30b 3x4)      AD Mascarenhas    4-0-24-0

It's all a bit low-key but a good recovery from New Zealand.

40.1

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, yorker, dug out into the off side

40.2

Mascarenhas to Vettori, SIX, swung over wide midwicket, he stepped to leg and gave himself room to heave that

40.3

Mascarenhas to Vettori, 1 run, once more he steps to leg but this time the bowler fires one in outside off, vettori jabs down and squeezes the ball to third man, good adjustment

40.4

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, firm drive straight down the ground, between the men in the deep and that allows them a second

40.5

Mascarenhas to Vettori, 1 run, half volley cracked to long-off

40.6

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, full toss thumped to bell at wide midwicket, they run the single to bell whose throw is fired in at Mustard's feet and it thwacks Vettori as he runs past the stumps

End of over 41 (11 runs) New Zealand 164/6
JDP Oram    48* (63b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    5-0-35-0
DL Vettori    38* (33b 3x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    7-0-31-2

41.1

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, full at 76mph, turned to midwicket where there is now a large gap with the man out in the deep

Collingwood switches to round the wicket.

41.2

Collingwood to Vettori, FOUR, he steps to leg and heaves inches past the outstretched hand of mid-on who is at full stretch

41.3

Collingwood to Vettori, OUT, as he now does every ball, Vettori steps to the leg and gives himself room, but this time he pulls the ball straight to Shah at deep midwicket

DL Vettori c Shah b Collingwood 42 (48m 35b 4x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

That was a better catch than it looked as he appears to have lost it and grabbed it very late to his left as it was almost past him. A really good innings from Vettori at a time his side was in deep mire

41.4

Collingwood to Mills, no run, a big step forward and blocked

41.5

Collingwood to Mills, no run, steered to point

41.6

Collingwood to Mills, no run, very watchful start by Mills, patted into the off side

End of over 42 (5 runs) New Zealand 169/7
KD Mills    0* (3b)      PD Collingwood    8-0-36-3
JDP Oram    49* (64b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    5-0-35-0

42.1

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, full, driven to long on, to bring up his fifty ... the ninth time he has passed that score in an ODI.

42.2

Mascarenhas to Mills, 1 run, deliberately run down to third man to get Oram back on strike

42.3

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 wide, very wide and very full, a really good take by Mustard as it bounced on the edge of the crease and a foot in front of him

42.3

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, clipped to long-off

42.4

Mascarenhas to Mills, no run, very correct and tight forward defensive shot

42.5

Mascarenhas to Mills, 1 run, tip and run into the off side, hesitation between the two and the throw is not good enough or fast enough. Even if he had hit directly Oram would have made it

42.6

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, square drive to Shah at deep cover

End of over 43 (6 runs) New Zealand 175/7
JDP Oram    52* (67b 4x4 1x6)      AD Mascarenhas    6-0-41-0
KD Mills    2* (6b)      PD Collingwood    8-0-36-3

43.1

Collingwood to Oram, no run, full toss smacked back to Collingwood who dives to his right to make a really sharp stop. It hurt him for sure and he holds his knee and grimaces ...

43.2

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, driven on the half volley to long-on

43.3

Collingwood to Mills, 2 runs, hit high and straight, but too much elevation and it plugs as it hits the turf ten yards in from the boundary ... quite safe as the straight fielders were both in on the single

43.4

Collingwood to Mills, 1 run, straight drive skews off an inside edge to long leg

43.5

Collingwood to Oram, 2 runs, textbook straight drive all along the ground, Anderson slides and stops from long-off

43.6

Collingwood to Oram, 1 run, wristy swish off his pads to deep midwicket

End of over 44 (7 runs) New Zealand 182/7
JDP Oram    56* (71b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    9-0-43-3
KD Mills    5* (8b)      AD Mascarenhas    6-0-41-0

44.1

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, wide, driven to Pietersen at extra cover who fumbles

44.2

Mascarenhas to Mills, 1 run, slashed drive to deep cover, a safe shot and he hit that well

44.3

Mascarenhas to Oram, (no ball) 2 runs, wide and full, driven to wide long-on and a no-ball to add to Mascarenhas' woes. he has caught well but this is not his day, and now he has a free hit off him

44.3

Mascarenhas to Oram, SIX, what a shot! Mascarenhas went wide and full, and Oram squeezed the ball over cover for six ... a long way back and a stroke of real class

Mascarenhas paid dearly for overstepping. he has been the weakest link in the bowling attack.

44.4

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, cut hard to deep cover, he middled that

44.5

Mascarenhas to Mills, 1 run, pushed to leg

44.6

Mascarenhas to Oram, 1 run, hammered off the back foot to long-on

End of over 45 (14 runs) New Zealand 196/7
JDP Oram    67* (76b 4x4 2x6)      AD Mascarenhas    7-0-55-0
KD Mills    7* (10b)      PD Collingwood    9-0-43-3

Broad, impressive so far, back into the attack.

45.1

Broad to Oram, 1 run, pushed with an open face into the off side

45.2

Broad to Mills, 1 run, slower ball - 73mph - driven through backward point's dive ... he half stopped in fairness to him

45.3

Broad to Oram, no run, half volley driven to extra cover but he was not able to place it

45.4

Broad to Oram, 1 run, early on the pull as Broad drops to 74mph, and the ball dribbles to the right of midwicket

45.5

Broad to Mills, OUT, short, Mills takes the bait and hooks, gets a big top edge and Cook comes in from the deep-midwicket boundary and has to make a late adjustment and dive forward to hold the ball inches above the turf. In this breeze that must have been swirling around and he did well

KD Mills c Cook b Broad 8 (20m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

45.6

Broad to Oram, 1 run, turned off his pads to long leg to keep the strike

End of over 46 (4 runs) New Zealand 200/8
JDP Oram    70* (80b 4x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    9-1-17-3
PA Hitchcock    0* (0b)      AD Mascarenhas    7-0-55-0

46.1

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 run, dug out to cover for a strolled single

46.2

Sidebottom to Hitchcock, 1 run, clipped off his toes to backward square leg

46.3

Sidebottom to Oram, no run, yorker, driven hard into the ground, Sidebottom jabs out his left hand and it sticks

46.4

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 run, low full toss driven to long-on

46.5

Sidebottom to Hitchcock, no run, full and straight, Hitchcock can do no more than push it into the off side

46.6

Sidebottom to Hitchcock, no run, another good ball which a No.10 can do little but block

End of over 47 (3 runs) New Zealand 203/8
PA Hitchcock    1* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    9-0-32-0
JDP Oram    72* (83b 4x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    9-1-17-3

47.1

Broad to Oram, 1 run, low full toss, he opens the face and pushes to deep cover

47.2

Broad to Hitchcock, no run, squeezed into the covers

47.3

Broad to Hitchcock, 1 run, this time he finds the gap between cover fielders and scampers the single

47.4

Broad to Oram, SIX, short and a top-edge hook carries with the wind for six ... the man behind square was in so he was left vainly searching the skies over his shoulder as he turned to try to catch it

47.5

Broad to Oram, SIX, fuller and heaved over midwicket into the stands, two in two

47.6

Broad to Oram, 1 run, wider and fuller, Oram settles for the steer to deep cover to keep the strike

Broad's figures spoiled by that last over. Nevertheless, he bowled well.

End of over 48 (15 runs) New Zealand 218/8
JDP Oram    86* (87b 4x4 4x6)      SCJ Broad    10-1-32-3
PA Hitchcock    2* (5b)      RJ Sidebottom    9-0-32-0

48.1

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 run, inswinging full toss thumped to long-on

48.2

Sidebottom to Hitchcock, 1 run, takes two strides to leg, the ball follows him and he drives to long-on

48.3

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 run, good length, Oram swings but takes pitch and ball together and that takes the power out of the shot ... a single to long-on

48.4

Sidebottom to Hitchcock, 1 run, full and straight again ... driven to long-on

Sensible batting from Hitchcock, no wild swings, just singles to get Oram on strike.

48.5

Sidebottom to Oram, 1 no ball, Oram gives him the charge and gets thwacked by a waist-high full toss

Lots of boos ... but Sidebottom saw him coming and tried to adjust but overdid it

No free hit as that is only for a front-foot no-ball and not others ... and this was because the ball was above the batsman's waist.

48.5

Sidebottom to Oram, OUT, another full toss, Oram thumps that over Bell at wide mid-on, it seems for all the world to be falling beyond him but he turns, runs and dives full length to take a brilliant catch as the ball drops over his shoulder

JDP Oram c Bell b Sidebottom 88 (118m 91b 4x4 4x6) SR: 96.70

A outstanding catch to end a first-class innings.

48.6

Sidebottom to Hitchcock, 1 leg bye, he shimmies to the off, Sidebottom follows and the ball thuds off his pads into the leg side ... you could see all three stumps plus some space when he played that

End of over 49 (6 runs) New Zealand 224/9
PA Hitchcock    4* (8b)      RJ Sidebottom    10-0-37-1
CS Martin    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    10-1-32-3

The Righteous Brothers blast out over the PA.

49.1

Anderson to Hitchcock, 1 run, two big steps and a rasping drive well stopped by extra cover

And that brings one of the world's worst batsmen onto strike.

49.2

Anderson to Martin, 1 run, a swish, more in hope than expectation, a thin edge into the pads and into the on side, had midwicket's throw hit at the non-striker's end then he would have been short, as it was extra cover had to make a good stop to prevent four overthrows

49.3

Anderson to Hitchcock, 1 leg bye, dribbled behind on the off side

49.4

Anderson to Martin, no run, drive of a sort to mid-on, he sets off but is rightly sent back

49.5

Anderson to Martin, 1 run, full toss, gets an inside edge and his scouring of the outfield shows he has no idea where it has gone ... long leg fields

49.6

Anderson to Hitchcock, SIX, a super shot to end the innings, he plants his feet and thumps the ball over the extra-cover boundary

Well, a spirited recovery from New Zealand from 95 for 6 engineered by Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori. Nevertheless, on a small ground and a decent wicket England should still be the favourites ...but given how they have played in the two earlier matches, you never know. We will be back in 40 minutes at 6.25pm (0525 GMT) for the second half of the funfest.

End of over 50 (10 runs) New Zealand 234/9
PA Hitchcock    11* (11b 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-1-41-2
CS Martin    2* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    10-0-37-1
Series Results
New Zealand v England at Christchurch - Feb 23, 2008
New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Napier - Feb 20, 2008
Match tied
New Zealand v England at Auckland - Feb 15, 2008
England won by 6 wickets (with 18 balls remaining) (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Hamilton - Feb 12, 2008
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 107 balls remaining) (D/L method)
New Zealand v England at Wellington - Feb 9, 2008
New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 120 balls remaining)
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Feb 15, 2008

A rainbow frames Eden Park, New Zealand v England, 3rd ODI, Auckland, February 15, 2008

A rainbow frames Eden Park

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Feb 15, 2008

Ian Bell pushes off the back foot, New Zealand v England, 3rd ODI, Auckland, February 15, 2008

Ian Bell pushes off the back foot

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