England tour of New Zealand, 2007/08 / Commentary

England in New Zealand Test Series - 1st Test

New Zealand v England

New Zealand won by 189 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

1.1

Hoggard to Bell, no run, a peach, on a length, swinging away from the right hander, he goes back and possibly withdraws the bat just in time

1.2

Hoggard to Bell, 2 runs, too short, paddled behind square on the leg side, Sidebottom trots round to field

1.3

Hoggard to Bell, no run, back on the spot, more applause as it swings away

1.4

Hoggard to Bell, no run, defended with bat and pad rammed inseparably together

1.5

Hoggard to Bell, no run, again swinging from a length through Bell who definitely pulled out a poke after the ball had passed

1.6

Hoggard to Bell, no run, short enough for him to leave without any risk

New Zealand 2/0   MD Bell 2* (6b)

3.1

Hoggard to Bell, 1 run, push and run to Bell at extra cover, he was fractionally deep and that allowed thew quick single

3.5

Hoggard to Bell, no run, left alone

3.6

Hoggard to Bell, no run, through Bell, yelps of frustration as it beats the edge of a firm lunge onto the front foot

New Zealand 4/0   MD Bell 3* (9b)

4.6

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, back and across, a fuller delivery and Bell has to hurry to drop the bat down in time

New Zealand 5/0   MD Bell 3* (10b)

5.4

Hoggard to Bell, no run, swinging away, no shot

5.5

Hoggard to Bell, no run, another leave, a tighter one, but safe nevertheless

5.6

Hoggard to Bell, no run, a third consecutive leave outside off

New Zealand 6/0   MD Bell 3* (13b)

6.5

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, back and pushed to Panesar at mid-on ...he threatens to throw back at the striker's end with all the menace of a toothless sheep

6.6

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, across the right hander but too wide and left

New Zealand 7/0   MD Bell 3* (15b)

8.1

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, he can bowl that line all day and no batsman will need to even think about playing at it, too wide

8.2

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, slightly tighter but still not in the channel

8.3

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, back and turned hard at Bell at short leg who absorbs more than stops

8.4

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, banged in at 83mph, Bell has plenty of time to duck

8.5

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, back and defended into the off side

8.6

Sidebottom to Bell, FOUR, wide and slapped behind square on the off, between gully and cover and that has the legs to potter across the rope

New Zealand 17/0   MD Bell 7* (21b 1x4)

9.4

Hoggard to Bell, no run, a foot outside off, left alone

9.5

Hoggard to Bell, no run, safely steered to gully

9.6

Hoggard to Bell, no run, outside off and no shot

New Zealand 22/0   MD Bell 7* (24b 1x4)

10.2

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, speared horribly wide of the off stump

10.3

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, more probing line, Bell goes forward and crouches so low that he almost sniffs the ball as he lets it pass

10.4

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, short and larruped hard into Ian Bell at short leg ... he goes down with the grace of Frank Bruno after a right hook to the chin

10.5

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, wide and no shot needed

10.6

Sidebottom to Bell, no run, yet another wide angled across the batsman who leaves with impunity

New Zealand 23/0   MD Bell 7* (29b 1x4)

11.3

Harmison to Bell, FOUR, short and wide, smashed with authority along the ground through the covers. That asked to be hit and at 78mph, it was begging to be

11.4

Harmison to Bell, no run, fired down the leg side, Ambrose scurries across and takes well at waist height

11.5

Harmison to Bell, no run, forward and run into the gully ... 79mph ... he's almost a medium pacer so far in this opening over

11.6

Harmison to Bell, no run, much better end to the over, fuller and on off stump at 82mph, defended

New Zealand 28/0   MD Bell 11* (33b 2x4)

13.1

Harmison to Bell, no run, fired in from wide of the crease, Bell pushed to leg and Harmison quickly to his right to cut off the single were they thinking of it

13.2

Harmison to Bell, FOUR, a wide half volley driven to the cover boundary

13.3

Harmison to Bell, FOUR, short and wide, Bell leans back and slashes the ball high over the slips, again safe and Harmison already shipping runs ... can he dig deep?

13.4

Harmison to Bell, OUT, a really good chest-high catch from Cook at gully as that was travelling, and frankly a poor shot. Bell threw the kitchen sink at a half volley but his feet were planted and he only got a thick edge

MD Bell c Cook b Harmison 19 (61m 37b 4x4 0x6) SR: 51.35

New Zealand 44/1   MD Bell 19 (37b 4x4)
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Photos

Mar 9, 2008

Ian Bell drives off the back foot during his half century but it was too little, too late for England, New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Hamilton, March 9, 2008

Ian Bell drives off the back foot during his half century

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Mar 9, 2008

Tim Ambrose is bowled for a duck by Chris Martin, New Zealand v England, 1st Test, Hamilton, March 9, 2008

Tim Ambrose is bowled for a duck by Chris Martin

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