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

11.1

Harmison to How, no run, a roar of delight from the fielders as the loosener goes outside off stump ...but it was on the cut strip and that's a good start

11.2

Harmison to How, 1 run, short and pulled to Panesar at deepish square leg

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   SJ Harmison 1-0-5-0

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

13.5

Harmison to Fleming, no run, speared across Fleming who leaves

13.6

Harmison to Fleming, no run, full and straight, Fleming defends half forward

New Zealand 44/1   SJ Harmison 2-0-13-1

15.1

Harmison to Fleming, no run, full and straight but still only 80mph

15.2

Harmison to Fleming, no run, Fleming misses with an attempted whip through the leg side and takes it on the pads

15.3

Harmison to Fleming, no run, pushed into the leg side, all very low key

15.4

Harmison to Fleming, FOUR, super shot, on leg stump and overpitched, whipped off his toes behind square and long leg has no chance

15.5

Harmison to Fleming, no run, Fleming plays into the leg side with time to spare

15.6

Harmison to Fleming, no run, pushed gently to mid-on

New Zealand 52/1   SJ Harmison 3-0-17-1

17.1

Harmison to How, no run, wide and left alone

17.2

Harmison to How, no run, tighter line, on off stump, How forward to block to mid-off

17.3

Harmison to How, 2 runs, cover drive but not timed well enough to reach the ropes

17.4

Harmison to How, 3 runs, neatly whipped off middle and leg, Sidebottom cuts it off a yard inside the rope out at wide deep midwicket

17.5

Harmison to Fleming, FOUR, he strays to leg, Fleming eases across to the off and helps it off his hips down to fine leg

17.6

Harmison to Fleming, no run, forward and played, not entirely convincingly, into the covers

New Zealand 66/1   SJ Harmison 4-0-26-1

19.1

Harmison to Fleming, no run, back and upright to defend into the covers

19.2

Harmison to Fleming, 1 run, patted into the on side and an ambled single despite the oohs and aahs from the England players

19.3

Harmison to How, no run, full and wide, How attempts a slashing drive but it flies just short of Cook in the gully

19.4

Harmison to How, 2 runs, checked drive into the pitch, it bounces high to Harmison's right and he can only get a finger to the ball and it beats mid-on and mid-off

19.5

Harmison to How, no run, angled in but it starts too wide and he leaves

19.6

Harmison to How, no run, slightly short outside off at 82mph, no shot and lots of encouragement

New Zealand 71/1   SJ Harmison 5-0-29-1

21.1

Harmison to Fleming, no run, solid start from Harmison, defended off the back foot into the leg side

21.2

Harmison to Fleming, no run, misses a swish to leg, the ball loops a yard or so down the track off the pads

21.3

Harmison to Fleming, no run, back of a length down the leg side, Fleming plays a rather nothing flick and misses

21.4

Harmison to Fleming, no run, shortish and down the leg side, Fleming shimmies inside and allows it to pass with his bat lofted high out of harm's way

21.5

Harmison to Fleming, no run, forward and dead-batted into the off side

21.6

Harmison to Fleming, FOUR, full and an outside edge shoots along the ground to the left of a diving second slip

New Zealand 84/1   SJ Harmison 6-0-33-1

23.1

Harmison to How, no run, good line and length from Harmison, delivered from wide in the crease, How forward to block

23.2

Harmison to How, no run, similar line, How almost exaggeratedly forward and quite early as well

23.3

Harmison to How, no run, much too wide

23.4

Harmison to How, no run, he looks to off drive with a real flourish but doesn't connect as he wants and point fields

23.5

Harmison to How, no run, back to a wide-outside-off line and How watches it pass

23.6

Harmison to How, no run, full and straight, returned with interest but into the stumps at the bowler's end

New Zealand 85/1   SJ Harmison 7-1-33-1

51.1

Harmison to How, no run, an innocuous, 79mph delivery outside the off stump

51.2

Harmison to How, no run, wider of the off stump and slower, too

51.3

Harmison to How, no run, even slower this time - 77.7mph, which is Collingwood's average pace - but a better line, just outside off and defended

51.4

Harmison to How, FOUR, he has laced that for four. What a fierce drive, on the front foot and hammered just in front of point for four

51.5

Harmison to How, no run, better from Harmison - a better line at any rate and it's left alone

51.6

Harmison to How, FOUR, a bouncer down the leg side which How tries to hook, gets glove on it and it flies down for another four

New Zealand 153/3   SJ Harmison 8-1-41-1

53.1

Harmison to How, no run, good, straight delivery from Harmison at 81mph which How is forward to, defending

53.2

Harmison to How, no run, driven hard into the ground and the ball hurries onto Pietersen at short extra cover who takes a crowd catch, high to his left

53.3

Harmison to How, FOUR, magnificent shot to an average delivery. A wide half-volley and dispatched with a fair deal of disdain through extra cover. An emphatic follow-through, too

53.4

Harmison to How, no run, another crunching drive but it finds a diving mid-off this time

53.5

Harmison to How, no run, left alone outside off

53.6

Harmison to How, no run, a good ball with which to finish the over, testing How outside his off stump and it's firmly defended

New Zealand 159/3   SJ Harmison 9-1-45-1

55.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, short and he ducks beneath it

55.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, another bouncer which Taylor evades with a duck

55.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, fuller this time from Harmison and it's cautiously driven out to cover

55.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off

55.5

Harmison to Taylor, FOUR, too full and driven beautifully for four, straight back past mid-on. It was a loopy, innocuous delivery and right in How's slot

55.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, cramped for room a little here, shapes to leave before jabbing down on it

New Zealand 168/3   SJ Harmison 10-1-49-1

57.1

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, Harmison's in and this is too straight, allowing them to nudge to leg and pick up a single

57.2

Harmison to How, 2 runs, short and wide of the off stump, he scoops it through midwicket

57.3

Harmison to How, 1 run, turned through midwicket

57.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, beaten! A good ball from Harmison - that's where he should be bowling and the line outside off where, so far, he has failed to consistently hit

57.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, ignored outside off

57.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, pushed out to the off side

New Zealand 174/3   SJ Harmison 11-1-53-1

77.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, what happened there? Taylor was back in his crease and trying to defend but the ball bounced on him and he appeared not to pick it up

77.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, defended on the back foot

77.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, couldn't reach that with a barge pole...

77.4

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, a little too straight this time and he nudges to leg, scampering through for a single

77.5

Harmison to McCullum, no run

77.6

Harmison to McCullum, no run, punched out to cover

New Zealand 223/5   SJ Harmison 12-1-54-1

79.1

Harmison to McCullum, no run, whacked to mid-off. Bizarre looking tennis-style swat

79.2

Harmison to McCullum, FOUR, oh that's a fine stroke from McCullum, flicking this through midwicket and timing it superbly. He's batting right out of his crease, really upsetting Harmison's length - which isn't the hardest thing to do in the first place

79.3

Harmison to McCullum, no run, wide enough to be left alone

79.4

Harmison to McCullum, 1 run, down the leg side - wild and woolly

79.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off

79.6

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, beautifully driven to mid-off

New Zealand 229/5   SJ Harmison 13-1-60-1

81.1

Harmison to McCullum, 1 run, full and straight, McCullum defends

81.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, flicked off his hip by McCullum. Ambrose sprints to his left to field

81.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a good line on a fullish length and a very solid-looking Taylor shuffles across to defend

81.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, driven back to Harmison who fields very well with his right hand, stooping low - and Harmison then shies at the stumps but it's miles wide and Ambrose is forced to dive to his left to save what would've been the third overthrows for four today

81.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, left alone outside off

81.6

Harmison to Taylor, 3 runs, worked through midwicket - a loopy, floaty, flappy sort of delivery but Sidebottom chases it down

New Zealand 235/5   SJ Harmison 14-1-64-1

83.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a corker from Harmison, Taylor not sure whether to come forward or back and, as such, he's stuck in no man's land and beaten

83.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a wasted bouncer down the leg side

83.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, back into his crease, he defends this straight delivery off the back foot with the straightest of blades

83.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, very short, even wider and Taylor tries to cut but, well, he didn't have a hope of reaching that

83.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, chopped to gully

83.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, stands tall to defend off the back foot

New Zealand 246/5   SJ Harmison 15-2-64-1

101.1

Harmison to Vettori, 2 runs, slightly short, helped round the corner, and that was at Collingwood speed ...

101.2

Harmison to Vettori, no run, down the leg side, the hitherto tidy Ambrose is forced to dive low to his right to save

101.3

Harmison to Vettori, 1 leg bye, on leg stump again, once more worked to Sidebottom at long leg

101.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, outside off but no shot needed

101.5

Harmison to Taylor, FOUR, wide, overpicthed and Taylor slams that off the front foot square through the covers, deep cover has no chance even though he only had a few yards to move

101.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, wide, Taylor has a slash and a miss

New Zealand 344/6   SJ Harmison 16-2-70-1

103.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, better line, Taylor still able to leave and Ambrose drops the ball, about his first error

103.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, "Bowling Harmy," shouts a team-mate, but it was wide and got wider

103.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, dug in, Taylor ducks

103.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, he stands on tip-toe and cuts hard to point

103.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, outside off, no shot

103.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, and again, wide and left.

New Zealand 348/6   SJ Harmison 17-3-70-1

105.1

Harmison to Vettori, no run, down the leg side, no shot, Ambrose across to mop up ... 81mph/130kph

105.2

Harmison to Vettori, no run, better line, full and on off stump, Vettori has to hurry to get his bat down

105.3

Harmison to Vettori, 1 run, on leg stump, worked with a lot of pad behind square

105.4

Harmison to Taylor, 1 wide, and the umpire has had enough ... it started wide and kept going, Ambrose takes it in front of first slip

105.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a feisty response, almost a yorker on middle stump which hurries Taylor

105.5

Harmison to Taylor, no run, outside off, applause from his colleagues but Taylor was never going to have to play it

105.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, dug in, Taylor seemed to lose it and he almost ducked into it, jerking his head out of the way very late

New Zealand 355/6   SJ Harmison 18-3-72-1

107.1

Harmison to Taylor, no run, short outside off and Taylor has to swivel back out of the way

107.2

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, a third successive short one outside off, this time Taylor pulls to deep midwicket and a moment of confusion as Vettori set off for the second and was sent back

107.3

Harmison to Vettori, 1 run, swished off his pads to deep midwicket

107.4

Harmison to Taylor, FOUR, half volley slammed through extra cover, head over the ball and foot to the pitch of the ball

107.5

Harmison to Taylor, 1 run, driven hard, for a second it seemed to have beaten Vaughan at mid-off, but the England captain clawed it back and the hundred will have to wait

107.6

Harmison to Vettori, no run, short and angled across, Vettori ducks well under it

New Zealand 364/6   SJ Harmison 19-3-79-1

109.1

Harmison to Vettori, 1 run, tip and run to mid-off, Vettori keen to get his colleague onto strike and up to his hundred

109.2

Harmison to Taylor, no run, ends up square on as he defends a ball angled in at his off stump

109.3

Harmison to Taylor, no run, wider half volley, he leans into a square drive but yet again he can't find the gap

109.4

Harmison to Taylor, no run, stands tall and drives to mid-off

109.5

Harmison to Taylor, FOUR, short, Taylor hooks and that's it. The helmet comes off and he lifts both hands high in the air as he reaches his maiden Test hundred

109.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, a relaxed drive to extra cover

New Zealand 369/6   SJ Harmison 20-3-84-1

111.1

Harmison to Vettori, no run, good length and on off stump, defended

111.2

Harmison to Vettori, no run, cut to backward point where Panesar fields, a little too close for him to get any power into the shot

111.3

Harmison to Vettori, no run, a tidier line - even if it is at 79mph/127kph - and Vettori defends

111.4

Harmison to Vettori, no run, another cramped cut and this one trickles to Panesar who has come a yard squarer at point

111.5

Harmison to Vettori, 1 run, he drives to the off, gets a thick inside edge and the ball squirts to deepish midwicket

111.6

Harmison to Taylor, no run, punched to cover off the back foot

New Zealand 371/6   SJ Harmison 21-3-85-1

134.1

Harmison to Vettori, 1 bye, wide of the off stump and 74mph, it dies on Ambrose and the ball ricochets off his gloves

134.2

Harmison to Mills, no run, down the leg side this time, but vaguely on target and Harmison roars the most unlikely of appeals. Sliding down leg

134.3

Harmison to Mills, no run, he's gradually getting quicker - that one was 80mph and at least straight. Blocked out solidly

134.4

Harmison to Mills, no run, a touch of drift into the right hander who clumps it square of the wicket on the front foot. Point dives well to save the single

134.5

Harmison to Mills, FOUR, rotten long-hop pulled over midwicket with ease. Poor ball

134.6

Harmison to Mills, no run, full and floaty, it's driven hard to mid-off

New Zealand 451/7   SJ Harmison 22-3-89-1

136.1

Harmison to Mills, no run, a touch too short and a little wide of the off stump, wide enough to be left alone. Ambrose takes it by his knees

136.2

Harmison to Mills, FOUR, a poor delivery. Short, wide and it sat up at a comfortable height for him to cut it powerfully behind square

136.3

Harmison to Mills, no run, good comeback. Fuller and in the channel outside off, it's left alone

136.4

Harmison to Mills, FOUR, bosh. He's just flayed this dismissively, treating the bowling with absolutely no respect. Again short and wide, he threw his hands at it and it flew square of the wicket for four more

136.5

Harmison to Mills, no run, ooh he shapes to play before hiding his bat

136.6

Harmison to Mills, no run, a good one with which to finish the over, in the channel and a touch quicker. He fishes and misses

New Zealand 463/8   SJ Harmison 23-3-97-1
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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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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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