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

Right, here we go, Ryan Sidebottom with the new ball, three slips and a gully ...

10.25am A yelp from my right tells me that Arsenal have scored late on against Milan. Er, guys, there's a Test about to start ...

While we watch the umpires amble out looking earnest, send us your feedback on anything that you want to get off your chest.

10.15am A reasonable crowd, no more, and a lot of them from the Barmy Army. Pockets of them clustered around flags of St George. Don't forget, it you are out and about you can follow ball-by-ball commentary on your mobile.

Pitch reports agree it looks to be a good one that should spin later on ... much depends on the first two hours. If New Zealand can weather those then they are really in the box seat.

And Sky Sports in the UK have a countdown clock in the corner of the screen ... it takes your mind off Bob Willis I suppose.

10.00am And the captains are there for the toss ... Daniel Vettori wins - Michael Vaughan calls incorrectly - and decides to bat. NZ play two spinners and so having first crack was always on if they had the choice. Vettori bridles at his side being called underdogs - "depends which paper you read". "I'd have loved to have had a bat," admits Vaughan, before talking up his swing bowlers. Mark Richardson again tries to get a comment by asking Vaughan about England being favourites and gets another terse response. It seems nobody wants the label one way or the other.

New Zealand 1 Matthew Bell, 2 Jamie How, 3 Stephen Fleming, 4 Mathew Sinclair, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Jacob Oram, 7 Brendan McCullum (wk), 8 Daniel Vettori (capt), 9 Jeetan Patel, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Chris Martin.

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Michael Vaughan (capt), 3 Andrew Strauss, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Paul Collingwood, 7 Tim Ambrose (wk), 8 Ryan Sidebottom, 9 Steve Harmison, 10 Matthew Hoggard, 11 Monty Panesar.

9.45am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the first Test from Hamilton. The weather is fine and clear, a slight breeze keeping those in the lofty press box checking their life insurance is paid up to date. Toss due any second ...

0.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, swinging in, an edge into the pad and the ball scoots along the ground to the keeper who gathers at the second attempt, a loud appeal for leg before but nothing doing

0.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off, holds its line and through to Ambrose as How leaves

0.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, a lunge and a thin edge onto his pads, to the right of Bell at short leg

A good start from Sidebottom, asking questions.

0.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, too wide to tempt despite the chirruping from the close fielders

0.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, wide and full, How reaches for the ball and plays it some way from his front pad, not middled and it bobbles back to the bowler

0.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, swinging into How who overbalances as he shapes to play into the on side, takes it on the pad and Bell fields

End of over 1 (maiden) New Zealand 0/0
JM How    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-0
MD Bell    0* (0b)     

Applause for Sidebottom as he ambles to long leg. Matthew Hoggard to share the new ball.

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

End of over 2 (2 runs) New Zealand 2/0
MD Bell    2* (6b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-2-0
JM How    0* (6b)      RJ Sidebottom    1-1-0-0

2.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed firmly into the covers where Harmison .... yes, Harmison ... fields. What on earth is all that about!

2.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, fired wide across the right hander, started wide and held its line, a one-day wide but Test cricket is much more forgiving

2.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed defensively to Harmison again who looks rather ungainly as he tries to behave like a cover fielder and race in to field. Like a stork on ice ...

2.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, a big stride forward to defend, head right over the ball

2.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, How looking much more certain than he did in the first over, using his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and reduce the effect of the swing

2.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, turned to Bell at short leg who hurls the ball at the stumps in case How was out of his ground - he wasn't and he missed in any case

Dave asks if we have had a streaker yet ... a bit early and a bit windy ...

End of over 3 (maiden) New Zealand 2/0
JM How    0* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-2-0-0
MD Bell    2* (6b)      MJ Hoggard    1-0-2-0

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

Short leg comes out and goes into a second gully.

3.2

Hoggard to How, no run, line and length at 77mph, defended watchfully

3.3

Hoggard to How, no run, outside off, swinging towards the three slips, left alone

3.4

Hoggard to How, 1 run, fullish and pushed into the covers. Panesar is the only man in front of square in the cover area so runs almost gifted there.Vaughan wants him to drive and get the edge

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

End of over 4 (2 runs) New Zealand 4/0
MD Bell    3* (9b)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-4-0
JM How    1* (15b)      RJ Sidebottom    2-2-0-0

4.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, How again beaten as he looks to flick to leg, takes it on the thigh pad

4.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, that's the one that comes back, left on length but it ripps into the right hander as he leaves it - 86mph

4.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, and the one that holds it's line, again How not going to nibble at something starting that wide

4.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, turned square as he moves forward to defend, the ball squirts off the edge all along the ground to gully

4.5

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, worked to long leg, Hoggard fields

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

End of over 5 (1 run) New Zealand 5/0
MD Bell    3* (10b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-1-0
JM How    2* (20b)      MJ Hoggard    2-0-4-0

Apologies to Tony for giving the football scores. Advanced warnings to follow if we do it again ... but its' worth watching, Tony ...

5.1

Hoggard to How, no run, a big stride forward and blocked

5.2

Hoggard to How, no run, again he moves forward almost as Hoggard prepares to bowl and is there in plenty of time to stifle it

5.3

Hoggard to How, 1 run, turned off his pads to Harmison who oddly has been positioned at deep midwicket. Clearly, it's a ploy to get Harmison into as many unHarmisonesque fielding spots as possible

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

End of over 6 (1 run) New Zealand 6/0
MD Bell    3* (13b)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-5-0
JM How    3* (23b)      RJ Sidebottom    3-2-1-0

6.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, pushed to mid-off on the walk, solid as the Bank of England. Well, as it used to be before they flogged all the bullion and privatised the security arrangements

6.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, angled across the right hander who moves forward and leaves

"Any one looking for an 'obnoxious weed'?" asks Krish. Now let's not go there ...

6.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, a firm stride and pushed to Harmison in the covers

6.4

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, pushed square fairly gently, Pietersen dives and misses, Harmison has to troll off after the ball

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

An odd email from someone called Spood asks if there was ever a player called Pliffing Grout. She has, it seems, a large wager on the outcome. Wally Grout for sure, but who on earth would bet there was even a human called Pliffing?

End of over 7 (1 run) New Zealand 7/0
MD Bell    3* (15b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-2-2-0
JM How    4* (27b)      MJ Hoggard    3-0-5-0

7.1

Hoggard to How, no run, full, Bell well forward to defend on the half volley

7.2

Hoggard to How, 2 runs, worked off the pads to Harmison in the deep, he fires in a throw which hits the stumps. It's referred upstairs but nobody at all interested ...

7.3

Hoggard to How, no run, a peach, the ball cuts back and skims the top of the off stump, perhaps just over it as well, but a brave leave

7.4

Hoggard to How, no run, thick edge into the pads and up to mid-on

7.5

Hoggard to How, FOUR, the first boundary of the day, a bouncer which How hooks with no authority, a thick top edge goes fine enough to beat Sidebottom

7.6

Hoggard to How, no run, down the leg side and Ambrose across quickly to take on the rise

End of over 8 (6 runs) New Zealand 13/0
JM How    10* (33b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-11-0
MD Bell    3* (15b)      RJ Sidebottom    4-2-2-0

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

Sidebottom has gone off the boil after a good start ...

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

You suspect that Harmison might be on sooner rather than letter with Sidebottom bowling like this ...

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

End of over 9 (4 runs) New Zealand 17/0
MD Bell    7* (21b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    5-2-6-0
JM How    10* (33b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    4-0-11-0

9.1

Hoggard to How, FOUR, overpitched and driven hard at the feet of Hoggard, he tumbles like a ninepin and the ball races to the rope

9.2

Hoggard to How, no run, pretty much the same line and length, defended this time

A silly mid-off comes in. And a deep midwicket. And we are still in the first hour.

9.3

Hoggard to How, 1 run, short and pulled to Harmison at deep midwicket, no power and an ambled single

9.4

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

It's swinging less and less by the over.

9.5

Hoggard to Bell, no run, safely steered to gully

9.6

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

For those asking, we think the black armbands worn by the batsmen are for Norm O'Neill, the Australian batsman, who was the father of their batting coach, Mark O'Neill.

End of over 10 (5 runs) New Zealand 22/0
MD Bell    7* (24b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-0-16-0
JM How    15* (36b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    5-2-6-0

10.1

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, pushed to the right of Harmison at cover and he has to scurry to field

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

The ball seems to have smashed into his arms which he threw up to protect himself. Out sprints the physio ... Bell seems to be holding his wrist. England's players take drinks and surround their felled comrade who gingerly rises. He looks in some discomfort as his shinpads are removed. Another replay shows the ball went hard into his right wrist. He heads off and no doubt he will be going straight to the local hospital for x-rays.

James Anderson comes out of the hutch and takes over at short leg. What odds on him there and Harmison in the covers?

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

End of over 11 (1 run) New Zealand 23/0
MD Bell    7* (29b 1x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-2-7-0
JM How    16* (37b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    5-0-16-0

And here comes Steve Harmison. Short leg beware ...

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

"Is this the first time that both opening bowlers have had higher bowling averages than the opening batsmen have batting averages in a Test? Speaks volumes for the quality we can expect," says Richard Seeckts, the legendary Surrey cricketer.

End of over 12 (5 runs) New Zealand 28/0
MD Bell    11* (33b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-5-0
JM How    17* (39b 2x4)      RJ Sidebottom    6-2-7-0

12.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, fuller outside off stump, How drives straight to mid-off

12.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, the same-old wide line, it's not coming back and so posing few questions to the right handers

12.3

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, too short and How onto it quickly, thumping it through square leg

12.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, How goes forward and leaves

12.5

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, full, How drives, gets a thick edge which zips between slips and gully, quite safe

12.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven half-heartedly to mid-on

This is a really good start from New Zealand, they had to weather the first hour as it will get easier from here on in, and they have done just that.

End of over 13 (8 runs) New Zealand 36/0
JM How    25* (45b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-2-15-0
MD Bell    11* (33b 2x4)      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

"Both Bells out in the first hour," chirps Andrew Miller. The Ian variety is on his way to A&E for some x-rays.

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

Harmison started that over all over the place but you could see his head lifted by the wicket. A thicker edge and it would have been another four ... it's a thin line between success and failure for both batsman and bowler.

End of over 14 (8 runs) New Zealand 44/1
SP Fleming    0* (2b)      SJ Harmison    2-0-13-1
JM How    25* (45b 4x4)      RJ Sidebottom    7-2-15-0

Hoggard replaces Sidebottom at the City End.

14.1

Hoggard to How, no run, very gentle outside off, no shot and he might have struggled to reach it even if he had wanted to

14.2

Hoggard to How, no run, better line, defended and he fields off his own bowling

14.3

Hoggard to How, 2 runs, pushed to Sidebottom at mid-on who was down before the ball was halfway to him, but not in the right place, and he had to scamper on the ground to even make the half stop

14.4

Hoggard to How, 1 run, pushed to midwicket and Sidebottom has to field

Two slips and two gullies for Fleming

14.5

Hoggard to Fleming, 1 run, pushes forward and opens the face very late to turn the ball into space in the covers

14.6

Hoggard to How, no run, a big stride forward and pushed to cover

End of over 15 (4 runs) New Zealand 48/1
JM How    28* (50b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-0-20-0
SP Fleming    1* (3b)      SJ Harmison    2-0-13-1

Dave asks how Ian Bell was allowed to wear shinguards ... he can as long as they are on the inside of his trousers.

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

Karl asks: "Why do you still talk in miles per hour for bowling speed surly you should be using kph. I thought it was only the backward Yanks who still used mph and they don't play cricket. " Ok, here goes for the first of many times. The TV pictures are in mph and what with the typing and thinking there's no time to convert. The alternative is we ignore the speed altogether ...

End of over 16 (4 runs) New Zealand 52/1
SP Fleming    5* (9b 1x4)      SJ Harmison    3-0-17-1
JM How    28* (50b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    6-0-20-0

Richard Seeckts of Surrey Cryptics fame asks that we repeat that Australia got beaten yesterday on the hour, every hour.

16.1

Hoggard to How, 1 run, flicked off middle and leg to deep midwicket

16.2

Hoggard to Fleming, FOUR, too full, driven hard to the right of mid-off and Sidebottom's dive is more for show than in expectation

16.3

Hoggard to Fleming, no run, patted to mid-on

16.4

Hoggard to Fleming, no run, pushed into the leg side. Fleming looks to be in good touch in the early exchanges

16.5

Hoggard to Fleming, no run, outside off and left alone

16.6

Hoggard to Fleming, no run, languid upright drive to mid-off

It's Cryptics evening as several of their many Antipodians have bridled at the Australian reference.

End of over 17 (5 runs) New Zealand 57/1
SP Fleming    9* (14b 2x4)      MJ Hoggard    7-0-25-0
JM How    29* (51b 4x4)      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

The TV cameras have picked out a gorilla in an England shirt on the grassy mound.

17.3

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

Harmison is about to bowl when he ambles to Vaughan at mid-off and the pair then toss the ball to the umpire and they all look earnestly at it. The umpires then chat, lob the ball to the bowler and tell him to get on with it.

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

End of over 18 (9 runs) New Zealand 66/1
SP Fleming    13* (16b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    4-0-26-1
JM How    34* (55b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    7-0-25-0

Vaughan again asking the umpires to examine the ball. Which they do. And again they tell him to get on with it

18.1

Hoggard to How, no run, beats How's leaden-footed jab from the crease, no appeal from the close men but the off-side fielders are all up for the catch behind. There was a noise but bowler and keeper not at all bothered

18.2

Hoggard to How, 2 runs, driven between extra cover and mid-off, Vaughan chases it down and as he slides to field many Englishmen wince and hold their collective breath. But he's up without alarms

18.3

Hoggard to How, no run, defensive poke to leg

18.4

Hoggard to How, no run, looks to drive but slightly more bounce and it hit the bat high up and plops into the off side

18.5

Hoggard to How, no run, no shot to one two feet outside off

18.6

Hoggard to How, no run, on off stump, blocked

Proving you can never please all the people all the time, or my wife any of the time, the Brits want mph and the New Zealanders kph.

End of over 19 (2 runs) New Zealand 68/1
JM How    36* (61b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-0-27-0
SP Fleming    13* (16b 3x4)      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

More ball pondering from bowler and captain ...

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

Christopher mails: "To Karl - cricket is hardly a metric game: the pitch is a chain long, the ball is weighed in ounces &c. Only people who cannot do maths with anything more complicated than units of ten favour metric. Perhaps we should go further and batsmen should no longer celebrate centuries but notch up a gross when they get to 144!"

End of over 20 (3 runs) New Zealand 71/1
JM How    38* (65b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    5-0-29-1
SP Fleming    14* (18b 3x4)      MJ Hoggard    8-0-27-0

20.1

Hoggard to Fleming, FOUR, steered from outside off, it beats gully and backward point and has the pace to go all the way ... and effortless shot

20.2

Hoggard to Fleming, no run, pushed into the covers

20.3

Hoggard to Fleming, no run, steady line and again patted into the strongly guarded covers

20.4

Hoggard to Fleming, FOUR, a delightful shot, full and he drives off the front foot between bowler and mid-off, it wasn't a particularly bad delivery but the execution was a joy

20.5

Hoggard to Fleming, 1 run, pushed into space on the leg side, he spotted the gap between midwicket and mid-on and clipped into it

20.6

Hoggard to How, no run, firmish drive to short extra cover

Jonathan Crook mails: "I hope your comment about the gorilla on the bank isn't an attempt to be culturally insensitive." Who to, exactly? Gorillas?

End of over 21 (9 runs) New Zealand 80/1
JM How    38* (66b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    9-0-36-0
SP Fleming    23* (23b 5x4)      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

Yet another referral of the ball ... yet again Vaughan is told to get on with it.

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

End of over 22 (4 runs) New Zealand 84/1
SP Fleming    27* (29b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    6-0-33-1
JM How    38* (66b 4x4)      MJ Hoggard    9-0-36-0

Monty Panesar from the City End. Loud cheers from the frustrated Barmy Army.

22.1

Panesar to How, no run, full and pushed into the leg side

We have a silly point ...

22.2

Panesar to How, no run, driven square to backward point

22.3

Panesar to How, no run, full and straight, defended

22.4

Panesar to How, 1 run, turned into the leg side

Flat with little air to date ...

22.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, drawn forward and the ball dribbles into the off

22.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, a little more air, Fleming allows the ball to hit the bat rather than the other way round

End of over 23 (1 run) New Zealand 85/1
SP Fleming    27* (31b 6x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-0
JM How    39* (70b 4x4)      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

And that's Harmison's first maiden of the day ...

End of over 24 (maiden) New Zealand 85/1
JM How    39* (76b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    7-1-33-1
SP Fleming    27* (31b 6x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-0

24.1

Panesar to Fleming, 1 run, tossed up a little, Fleming steers the ball behind square on the off

24.2

Panesar to How, no run, defended square on

24.3

Panesar to How, no run, forward and defended

No real sign of much turn.

24.4

Panesar to How, no run, flat and straight, How hunches over ans he defends

24.5

Panesar to How, no run, that one did bite, it beats How's prod and passes the outside edge

That's get How thinking a bit more. he seems to have been happy lunging forward for much of the session.

24.6

Panesar to How, no run, tossed up, How drives but right to short extra cover

End of over 25 (1 run) New Zealand 86/1
JM How    39* (81b 4x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-2-0
SP Fleming    28* (32b 6x4)      SJ Harmison    7-1-33-1

Harmison is replaced by Paul Collingwood at the Rugby Park End. Harmison immediately heads off ... one wide slip and that's about it.

25.1

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, outside off at 72mph, no shot

Ambrose could make a statement by standing up to this pace. But he is back ...

25.2

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, outside off at 73mph, no shot again

25.3

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, even wider and once again Fleming pushes forward and then lets the ball pass

25.4

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, this time he plays at a fuller one, the ball squirts to backward point

25.5

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, good line and length, Fleming forward to push to mid-on

25.6

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, outside off and with lunch looming, Fleming happy to leave as many as possible

End of over 26 (maiden) New Zealand 86/1
SP Fleming    28* (38b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    1-1-0-0
JM How    39* (81b 4x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-2-0

26.1

Panesar to How, no run, How resumes his hunched defensive strategy

26.2

Panesar to How, no run, on off stump and again blocked

26.3

Panesar to How, no run, and another one, this time to leg

Silly point now moved to short leg

26.4

Panesar to How, no run, How lurches forward and gets a thick edge, along the ground

26.5

Panesar to How, no run, straight, no spin, How untroubled as he blocks

26.6

Panesar to How, no run, lots of moans and groans as How defends but he was never troubled

End of over 27 (maiden) New Zealand 86/1
JM How    39* (87b 4x4)      MS Panesar    3-1-2-0
SP Fleming    28* (38b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    1-1-0-0

This will be the last over before the break.

27.1

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, half forward and defended to cover

27.2

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, outside off. Fleming a long way forward and then lofts his bat high like a periscope as the4 ball passes

27.3

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, wider and periscope down for this leave

27.4

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, defended on the walk back to the bowler

27.5

Collingwood to Fleming, no run, both sides have settled for a tame over, Collingwood bowling outside off and Fleming leaving ...

27.6

Collingwood to Fleming, 1 run, half volley clipped through the leg side, Vaughan ends up on his backside and takes a large divot is doing so, but the end result is that he fields

Lunch New Zealand's morning without doubt, Jamie How obdurate, Stephen Fleming looking in good touch, England's bowlers not really firing in anything more than spurts. The injury to Ian Bell, off having x-rays, will be of concern as they head into the break.

Harking back to an earlier comment, Noodle emails: "Of course Pliffing would be a ridiculous name - Spood is actually thinking of Spliffing Grout, which takes us back to the obnoxious weed line of thought ..." So, Spood, your bet is sunk without trace, sorry. You can keep up with events through Desktop Alerts.

End of over 28 (1 run) New Zealand 87/1
SP Fleming    29* (44b 6x4)      PD Collingwood    2-1-1-0
JM How    39* (87b 4x4)      MS Panesar    3-1-2-0

1.05pm Welcome back for the afternoon session ... New Zealand set to press on and nothing in the bowling so far to suggest they will be unduly troubled. . Ian Bell is back from hospital, strapped to the gills but the good news is that he is only bruised and nothing is broken.

28.1

Panesar to Fleming, FOUR, back, the ball squirts past the slip and that's four, a 90% controlled shot

28.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, Fleming a long way forward to defend

28.3

Panesar to Fleming, 2 runs, again Fleming cuts that slightly edgily to third man, Sidebottom cuts it off this time as it wasn't quite so fine

28.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, forward and pushes back to Panesar

28.5

Panesar to Fleming, FOUR, steps back and cuts square, a well-timed shot

The fifty stand off 93 balls.

28.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, tossed up and driven to mid-off

Not a good start to the session for England.

End of over 29 (10 runs) New Zealand 97/1
SP Fleming    39* (50b 8x4)      MS Panesar    4-1-12-0
JM How    39* (87b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    2-1-1-0

Sidebottom to resume after some warming-up exercises which had him writhing about as if shot by a sniper.

29.1

Sidebottom to How, FOUR, short and pulled square on the leg side ... a long hop

Three fours since the resumption ... pretty poor as far as England are concerned.

29.2

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, turned into the leg side, Anderson in quickly from deep midwicket

29.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, no run, angled down the leg, Fleming misses as he looks to flick to leg and he lifts his head to the heavens at missing out

29.4

Sidebottom to Fleming, 1 run, leg side again, a thin edge flicks off the pad to long leg

29.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, full and firmly driven to Pietersen at point

29.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off and How allows it to pass

Paul Greene mails: "Typically you don't writh about if shot by a sniper... you just lay there not moving much, similar to the English bowling attack." You do it the sniper isn't very good and only wings you.

End of over 30 (6 runs) New Zealand 103/1
JM How    44* (91b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-2-21-0
SP Fleming    40* (52b 8x4)      MS Panesar    4-1-12-0

30.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, watchfully pushes into the off side

30.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, defensive prod to Sidebottom at point

30.3

Panesar to Fleming, no run, back and into line as the ball spins into him

30.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, more air, pushed to a dozy Harmison at mid-off ... he was very slow to react as were the batsmen

30.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, Harmison again the fielder but he is awake this time

30.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, outside off and Fleming back and leaves

End of over 31 (maiden) New Zealand 103/1
SP Fleming    40* (58b 8x4)      MS Panesar    5-2-12-0
JM How    44* (91b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    8-2-21-0

31.1

Sidebottom to How, 2 runs, Sidebottom again starts with a long hop, pulled in front of square but Anderson able to rush round from deep midwicket to cut it off

31.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, played from the crease to mid-on, Sidebottom trolls through three quarters of the way down the pitch in his follow through

31.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, How again into line, standing tall, and pushing to mid-off

31.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, much quicker - 88mph - How follows and is beaten all ends up. Minimal footwork and he fenced at that

31.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, Sidebottom goes for a Groundhog Day shot but How learns from his mistake and lets this one pass

31.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, forward and plays a loose defensive shot, aiming for the covers but it loops off the pitch to Sidebottom

End of over 32 (2 runs) New Zealand 105/1
JM How    46* (97b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-2-23-0
SP Fleming    40* (58b 8x4)      MS Panesar    5-2-12-0

32.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, tame drive into the covers

32.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, pushed gently back up the pitch

32.3

Panesar to Fleming, no run, dead batted into the ground off the front foot

32.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, well forward, killing any spin

32.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, faster and flatter outside off, not a sniff of spin and Fleming leaves

32.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, more flight, driven to Hoggard at mid-on

End of over 33 (maiden) New Zealand 105/1
SP Fleming    40* (64b 8x4)      MS Panesar    6-3-12-0
JM How    46* (97b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    9-2-23-0

33.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, fuller and pushed to mid-off

33.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, wide, he plays but not convincingly

33.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off, How stands as erect as a guardsman and allows it to pass

33.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, into line and defended

Josh mails from New Zealand. "My mate just said to me that Englands new number one sport is marbles. He was serious, no one cares about the cricketers or the footballers anymore." Your mate is about as accurate as Harmison ...

33.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, angled across and Ambrose takes

33.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, How looks to drive again but not remotely off the middle of the bat

End of over 34 (maiden) New Zealand 105/1
JM How    46* (103b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-3-23-0
SP Fleming    40* (64b 8x4)      MS Panesar    6-3-12-0

34.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, forward and paddled into the leg side

34.2

Panesar to Fleming, 1 run, he waits and then turns the ball square into the on side

34.3

Panesar to How, no run, exaggerated forward push

34.4

Panesar to How, no run, pushed to mid-on

34.5

Panesar to How, no run, pushed firmly into the covers, as always off the front foot

34.6

Panesar to How, 1 run, Panesar drifts to leg, How turns it square and Vaughan ambles round to field

End of over 35 (2 runs) New Zealand 107/1
JM How    47* (107b 5x4)      MS Panesar    7-3-14-0
SP Fleming    41* (66b 8x4)      RJ Sidebottom    10-3-23-0

35.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, upright and defended into the leg side

As a neutral, you wouldn't pay too much to watch How bat ... not on this form

35.2

Sidebottom to How, no run, drives off the front foot and more than a hint of edge as he ends up playing a flat-batted shot

35.3

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven from the crease to mid-off

35.4

Sidebottom to How, no run, driven towards mid-off but extra cover zips in to intercept

35.5

Sidebottom to How, no run, outside off and a well-judged leave

35.6

Sidebottom to How, no run, defended to extra cover to end a maiden over

End of over 36 (maiden) New Zealand 107/1
JM How    47* (113b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-4-23-0
SP Fleming    41* (66b 8x4)      MS Panesar    7-3-14-0

36.1

Panesar to Fleming, no run, wide and keeps slightly low, left and a decent take by Ambrose

36.2

Panesar to Fleming, no run, forward and pushed to extra cover

36.3

Panesar to Fleming, no run, patted back up the pitch

36.4

Panesar to Fleming, no run, Fleming back and has to hurry as it straightens and he gets somewhat cramped

36.5

Panesar to Fleming, no run, forward again and Panesar fields

Panesar bowling into the breeze ...

36.6

Panesar to Fleming, no run, safety first as Fleming defends

End of over 37 (maiden) New Zealand 107/1
SP Fleming    41* (72b 8x4)      MS Panesar    8-4-14-0
JM How    47* (113b 5x4)      RJ Sidebottom    11-4-23-0

37.1

Sidebottom to How, no run, firm drive back to Sidebottom

37.2

Sidebottom to How, 1 run, back and whipped into the leg side

37.3

Sidebottom to Fleming, OUT, wide, Fleming leans back and slashes, Cook at gully takes a quite brilliant one-handed catch diving at full stretch to his right

SP Fleming c Cook b Sidebottom 41 (91m 73b 8x4 0x6) SR: 56.16

That's one worth watching on the highlights or even, dare we say it, on YouTube. Fleming was within two runs of averaging 40 ... he played preciously few loose shots in a good innings.

37.4

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, great ball to test the new man, on off stump moving away, he pokes but misses by some way

Several replays of the Cook catch and it looks better with every one. It was almost past him when he clutched it, a remarkable effort.

37.5

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, edgily steered to gully along the ground

37.6

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, angled across but it starts too wide and a relieved Sinclair leaves it

End of over 38 (1 run) New Zealand 108/2
MS Sinclair    0* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    12-4-24-1
JM How    48* (115b 5x4)      MS Panesar    8-4-14-0

38.1

Panesar to How, no run, forward and dead batted into the leg side

38.2

Panesar to How, no run, How again forward, less than certainly

38.3

Panesar to How, no run, a big stride forward to kill the spin

38.4

Panesar to How, no run, flatter and played round his front pad into the on side

38.5

Panesar to How, FOUR, down the leg side, the thinnest of edges brings up his first Test fifty as it races to fine leg

38.6

Panesar to How, no run, pushing out well ahead of his front pad, as he has done all day

End of over 39 (4 runs) New Zealand 112/2
JM How    52* (121b 6x4)      MS Panesar    9-4-18-0
MS Sinclair    0* (3b)      RJ Sidebottom    12-4-24-1

39.1

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, back, square on but right in line

39.2

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, beaten outside the off stump

39.3

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, outside the off stump but not troubled

"Those comments about How's batting are ridiculous. This is a Test Match my friend not some fruity and meaningless 20/20 match. Comments like yours are indicative of many cricket illiterates who cannot enjoy the sheer beauty of Test cricket," emails a clearly narked Dean Finlay. No, it just means that he might be effective but he's not someone you would pay to watch, Test cricket can be as ugly as any other form of the game ...

39.4

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, watchfully defended

39.5

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, into line to defend, right behind the ball

39.6

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, across the right hander and he leaves

And now for the first time today, Will Luke will thrill and inform in equal measure.

End of over 40 (maiden) New Zealand 112/2
MS Sinclair    0* (9b)      RJ Sidebottom    13-5-24-1
JM How    52* (121b 6x4)      MS Panesar    9-4-18-0

Thanks Martin; hello everyone. Delighted to be with you and hope you're enjoying our coverage. Beats working, doesn't it? Right then, here's Monty for another twirl

40.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, swept square of Sidebottom who sprints round and saves a certain four with a very fine dive. Excellent commitment there

40.2

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, nice flight from Monty, tossing this up on middle-and-off. How defends. Or rather, Sinclair does

40.3

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, firmly prodded out to cover. A cautious but firm poke

40.4

Panesar to Sinclair, 1 run, fuller and flatter, he pumps it back to Monty

40.5

Panesar to How, no run, onto the front foot, he comes forward to strike this out to cover

40.6

Panesar to How, no run, solidly defended to end a tidy, if innocuous, over

End of over 41 (2 runs) New Zealand 114/2
JM How    53* (124b 6x4)      MS Panesar    10-4-20-0
MS Sinclair    1* (12b)      RJ Sidebottom    13-5-24-1

Here's the floppy haired one for another over

41.1

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

41.2

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, a short one which he ducks beneath. No great pace in the pitch and it's easily evaded

41.3

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, that's a much better delivery, attacking the stumps and it's cautiously defended

41.4

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, a beautiful cover drive, as elegant as you like, but straight to the fieldsman at cover

Just realised that I don't often say or write fieldsman. It's usually "fielder" - perhaps fieldsman is the more traditional variant. Oh well.

41.5

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, too wide and left alone

41.6

Sidebottom to Sinclair, no run, wide enough of the off stump and left alone

End of over 42 (maiden) New Zealand 114/2
MS Sinclair    1* (18b)      RJ Sidebottom    14-6-24-1
JM How    53* (124b 6x4)      MS Panesar    10-4-20-0

42.1

Panesar to How, 1 run, swept to deep square leg. Powerfully struck

42.2

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, a dreadful stroke, trying to cut this outside off. A quicker ball from Monty and he's comfortably beaten

42.3

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, stands tall off the back foot and punches it back to Monty

42.4

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, tossed up on middle; defended

42.5

Panesar to Sinclair, 2 runs, flicked off his hip through square leg for a single. In fact - excellent running brings them two

42.6

Panesar to Sinclair, no run, sweetly driven but straight to mid-off

End of over 43 (3 runs) New Zealand 117/2
MS Sinclair    3* (23b)      MS Panesar    11-4-23-0
JM How    54* (125b 6x4)      RJ Sidebottom    14-6-24-1

Here's Matthew Hoggard, who's in deep discussion with his captain about the field.

Now then. I better introduce myself, or rather my claim to fame which might be of vague interest to New Zealand readers. My great uncle (possibly even great-great) was the legendary Sir Jack Newman. You know - that left-arm spinner who never turned the ball in his three Tests in 1932. Anyway, that's my connection with New Zealand.

43.1

Hoggard to How, 1 run, his first ball is a leg side stray which he picks off with ease, nudging it off his pads

43.2

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, a bit of nibble there for Hoggard, pitching it up on off stump and drawing him forward. Just a slight hint of movement back into the right hander

43.3

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, full and straight and defended solidly

43.4

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, again nice and straight, again he defends solidly

I sense a trend here...

43.5

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, full and straight and he's forward, defending

I've not seen Tim Ambrose before but am alarmed at the trend for fashionable baldness which seems to be taking over. It's frankly not on.

43.6

Hoggard to Sinclair, FOUR, oh, wonderful stroke. A flowing drive past mid-off for four. Too full from Hoggard, and dispatched with aplomb

End of over 44 (5 runs) New Zealand 122/2
MS Sinclair    7* (28b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    10-0-41-0
JM How    55* (126b 6x4)      MS Panesar    11-4-23-0

David C, a New Zealander, writes: "How is it we have the most exciting rugby team and yet the most boring cricket team?" No comment. They're having a drink out in the middle. It's all very relaxed indeed.

44.1

Panesar to How, no run, Tossed up on middle - very loopy, slow pace indeed from Monty and it's firmly defended

44.2

Panesar to How, FOUR, oh that's neat from How, and I think premeditated too. On middle and leg, he swept it delicately for four

44.3

Panesar to How, no run, driven back to Monty - no! Oh dear. That's a bit of a clanger from Monty who let that slip through his paws

44.4

Panesar to How, 1 run, nudged to leg

44.5

Panesar to Sinclair, 1 run, quicker and flatter, turned away to leg

44.6

Panesar to How, no run, pushed away to the off side

End of over 45 (6 runs) New Zealand 128/2
JM How    60* (131b 7x4)      MS Panesar    12-4-29-0
MS Sinclair    8* (29b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    10-0-41-0

A spate of feedback responding to David C's wild accusations in the last over. The best reply comes from Martin who says: "Jesse Ryder? Boring?" Indeed.

45.1

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, left alone outside off

45.2

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, nudged to mid-on

45.3

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, fuller and straighter, it's punched back to Hoggard with all the intent of a doped-up asthmatic

45.4

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, punched with greater force back to Hoggard who fields neatly, athletically, skipping to his right to field

45.5

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, pushed back to the bowler

45.6

Hoggard to Sinclair, no run, nudged to nowhere for another dot

End of over 46 (maiden) New Zealand 128/2
MS Sinclair    8* (35b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    11-1-41-0
JM How    60* (131b 7x4)      MS Panesar    12-4-29-0

Collingwood into the attack

46.1

Collingwood to How, no run, short, wide and very, very slow. Clattered off the back foot out into the covers

46.2

Collingwood to How, no run, short of a length, punched off the back foot

46.3

Collingwood to How, 1 run, short of a length and pulled with good timing, if poor placement, to deep square leg

46.4

Collingwood to Sinclair, no run, again short of a length and it's punched off the back foot

46.5

Collingwood to Sinclair, OUT, got him! A poor stroke from Sinclair who drove at it too early, the ball looping back to Collingwood who dived forward and to his left to take a tumbling catch. He made it look very easy indeed

MS Sinclair c & b Collingwood 8 (39m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 21.62

Excellent cricket from England and from Vaughan, bringing on Collingwood just when both batsmen were beginning to look settled. But really, that was a waste of an innings from Sinclair and a poor stroke

46.6

Collingwood to Taylor, no run, good, quicker ball to Taylor outside the off stump which he defends

End of over 47 (1 run) New Zealand 129/3
LRPL Taylor    0* (1b)      PD Collingwood    3-1-2-1
JM How    61* (134b 7x4)      MJ Hoggard    11-1-41-0

47.1

Hoggard to How, no run, short of a length and he defends off the back foot

The more I see Collingwood's catch replayed, the better it was. England's catching has been very slick. What's all that about?

47.2

Hoggard to How, no run, oh dear, a waste here - down the leg side but Ambrose pulls off a fine stop

47.3

Hoggard to How, 1 run, pulled with rare aggression and even rarer good timing, but he finds the man at deep square leg

47.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, on middle and leg, he's back and nudging to leg

47.5

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, elegantly punched off the back foot to mid-off

47.6

Hoggard to Taylor, 2 runs, a nudge off his pads and a very sloppy piece of fielding from Sidebottom at mid-on, dozily diving over the top and letting them through for a single

End of over 48 (3 runs) New Zealand 132/3
LRPL Taylor    2* (4b)      MJ Hoggard    12-1-44-0
JM How    62* (137b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    3-1-2-1

Harmison's standing with hands on hips, as is his wont. He has the look of a man who's afraid to ask a stranger for directions. Anyway. Here's Collingwood

48.1

Collingwood to How, no run, pushed back to the bowler

48.2

Collingwood to How, no run, a drifter on his legs and it's driven, without timing or power, to mid-on

48.3

Collingwood to How, no run, a quicker one (76 whole miles per hour) which hurries How who nudges awkwardly to leg

48.4

Collingwood to How, no run, another awkward yet effective smudge off the back foot

48.5

Collingwood to How, no run, stands tall and turns to leg

48.6

Collingwood to How, no run, the most solid of forward defensives

Good grief, this is going to be a long day.

End of over 49 (maiden) New Zealand 132/3
JM How    62* (143b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    4-2-2-1
LRPL Taylor    2* (4b)      MJ Hoggard    12-1-44-0

Here's Hoggard, steaming in

Simon Hood has the rare distinction of making me laugh. "Is Jonty Harmison still in the covers?" he asks.

49.1

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, full but wide of the off stump and swinging wider still. It's ignored

49.2

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, straighter this time and very well timed by the batsman, but straight to Vaughan at mid-off

49.3

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, that's a good leave to a good length delivery

49.4

Hoggard to Taylor, no run, full and straight, he goes back to defend and does so with his head right over the ball. Textbook

49.5

Hoggard to Taylor, FOUR, oh good shot, though played "on the walk". It was a little too straight from Hoggard and Taylor drove it straight back past him for four

49.6

Hoggard to Taylor, 2 runs, on his legs and Taylor doesn't miss out here, but can't quite time it as well as he might. A fidgety, nuggety nudge off his pads

End of over 50 (6 runs) New Zealand 138/3
LRPL Taylor    8* (10b 1x4)      MJ Hoggard    13-1-50-0
JM How    62* (143b 7x4)      PD Collingwood    4-2-2-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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England won by 121 runs
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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

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

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