Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    32.3 that's a peach, Anderson has produced a most beautiful away-seamer, fantastic seam position, pitches on off, straightens a shade and kisses the edge of the bat, How pokes tentatively but has no answer to that one, Ambrose completes an easy catch and England are on top. That was the best ball of the day so far. 102/3
    23.6 Now then. There you go, he's been trying to shape that one away from the right hander and just let that one go straight, poor, poor judgement from Redmond, that's what happens when all you're thinking off his leaving the ball, angles in and rattles the top of off, Sidebottom appeals for lbw but the furniture is disturbed there 80/1
    25.6 Oh yes, he's got his man, angles in from way outside off, coming in and strikes Marshall in line, that's a huge appeal and Simon Taufel takes a bit of time and raises his finger, that was going on to hit middle and leg, he's foxed Marshall with his angles here and exploited the fact that the new batsman never really got his feet moving. Fine bowling. 86/2
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    35.5 Got 'em, tossed up and he's nailed a big wicket, he has just been hammered for six but he keeps at the flight, McCullum tries to pelt that through the off side but only gets a thick edge. Paul Collingwood takes a sharp catch at first slip. That appeared to have deflected off the keeper's gloves there. Panesar is over the moon. 123/4
    40.3 he's missed that and there's blood on the pitch, he tries to pull a short one but that's too quick for him, struck full on on the face and that seems to have gone through the grill, he's taken off his helmet and is spewing blood on the ground 136/4
    64.4 Direct hit! Bowls it full and slower, he glides it gently towards Cook at backward point and sets off for a risky run, Oram is struggling to make his ground and finds himself just a couple of inches short of the crease, the third umpire takes a look and Oram has to go 249/5
    64.6 disaster this time, Vettori tucks it towards square leg and they go for two, he's quick enough to get back but doesn't ground his bat, he's not even watching the ball as Monty's throw comes in, he tries to run into the crease but his front foot is in the air as Ambrose takes off the bails, it's just a few inches over but he has to go. What reckless running this. New Zealand are throwing this away. 250/6
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    84.5 got 'em, too close to cut and he's played on, 80mph and he's got his second wicket, Mills tries to get on his toes and cut but that's rattled the stumps, fine innings from Mills but he's disappointed with that shot 339/7
    88.1 Bell takes a catch. He is angry with himself for dropping the previous one and flings the ball down to the ground after taking it. It was a bouncer, O'Brien couldn't get away from it, fended it off with an ungainly pull and it lobbed towards square leg and Bell ran few paces back from his position at short leg 368/8
    90.3 And it's all over. Taylor stranded on a brutal 154. Anderson cleaned up Martin with a full and fast delivery, the bat was again inside the line and the off stump was pegged back. Another duck in martin's illustrious batting career. The crowd give a standing applause for Taylor. what a knock it has been. Yes, Flynn has not come out to bat and so New Zealand's innings has come to an end 381/9
    Extras
    19 (b 4, lb 11, nb 1, w 3)
    TOTAL
    381 all out (90.3 Overs, RR: 4.20, 401 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-80 (AJ Redmond, 23.6 ov), 2-86 (JAH Marshall, 25.6 ov), 3-102 (JM How, 32.3 ov), 4-123 (BB McCullum, 35.5 ov), 4-136 (DR Flynn, ), 5-249 (JDP Oram, 64.4 ov), 6-250 (DL Vettori, 64.6 ov), 7-339 (KD Mills, 84.5 ov), 8-368 (IE O'Brien, 88.1 ov), 9-381 (CS Martin, 90.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RJ Sidebottom2768623.1811
    JM Anderson20.3011845.7520
    MS Panesar22110114.5900
    SCJ Broad2036003.0000
    PD Collingwood10101.0000
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    43.5 what a sensational catch! Brendon McCullum you beauty, that's the magic that was needed to make a game of this, full and moving away, O'Brien has put it in the corridor, the edge is taken and McCullum takes off, gymnastic dive to his left and pulling off a low, one-handed catch inches from the ground. O'Brien is so stunned that he could as well have opened a dinner invite from Julia Roberts. That was a McCullum special 111/2
    9.3 what a ball! He's nipped one out, pitching on off and jagging back in alarmingly, that's almost like a legbreak that Warne would have been proud of, his bat is facing the covers and the ball strikes into the pads, huge appeal and Taufel gives that after a bit of consideration, that probably did too much but such balls usually stun umpires into giving it, it was simply too good 33/1
    54.1 what a big wicket! just as stumps approach, Vettori slips in the arm-ball, starts on off and drifts in, strikes him in line and that was quite plumb, Hair raises the finger and Vaughan has to go, that's just tilted the scales 141/3
    66.4 big big wicket, Vettori strikes and he's got the edge this time, tossed up outside off, that was turning away, Pietersen pokes away from his body (as he's been doing all morning) and the ball kisses the outside edge on its way to Taylor at slip, that's a wonderful way to cap off what's been a super spell of left-arm spin 160/5
    56.2 tossed up and another edge, that was into Jamie How's lap, one edge too many here, England are losing their way here, Vettori is turning it on. Sidebottom begins the long walk 145/4
    69.3 same length, another half-hearted shot from Bell, and edges it to Taylor who juggles once and hangs on to it while falling down himself 164/6
    70.2 sucker punch there, another wicket and England are reeling, wonderful arm-ball, pushed through quicker, Collingwood plays back and he's dead for all money there, the moment he missed the ball he was in deep trouble, strikes his back pad and the appeal is more of a formality, Hair has no trouble in giving that 164/7
    76.2 Taylor's shades are working perfectly in this gloom, tossed up full, bit of turn, Ambrose drives and falls into the trap, outside edge goes straight to first slip, five wickets for Vettori and England are teetering on the brink, can they avoid the ignominy of the follow-on? 179/8
    83.3 soft dismissal, the ball doesn't come onto the bat and Broad lashes hard at it, not much timing there and it pops up to wide mid-off, Jeetan Patel takes the catch and it's all over 202/10
    77.1 another sensational catch from McCullum! Whatever New Zealand touch is turning to gold here, short of a length, angling away from the left-hander, pokes and the edge is taken, flies towards first slip but McCullum is there, full length acrobatic dive to his left and pulls off a marvellous one-handed take, the ball settles in the webbing and he's plucked a beauty 180/9
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    Extras
    16 (b 2, lb 7, nb 7)
    TOTAL
    202 all out (83.3 Overs, RR: 2.41, 329 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-33 (AN Cook, 9.3 ov), 2-111 (AJ Strauss, 43.5 ov), 3-141 (MP Vaughan, 54.1 ov), 4-145 (RJ Sidebottom, 56.2 ov), 5-160 (KP Pietersen, 66.4 ov), 6-164 (IR Bell, 69.3 ov), 7-164 (PD Collingwood, 70.2 ov), 8-179 (TR Ambrose, 76.2 ov), 9-180 (MS Panesar, 77.1 ov), 10-202 (SCJ Broad, 83.3 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    CS Martin1033103.1001
    KD Mills9.313824.0002
    IE O'Brien2394932.1300
    DL Vettori3156652.1204
    JDP Oram83500.6200
    AJ Redmond21402.0000
  • BATSMEN
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    12.6 flighted on middle stump, the ball holds its line after pitching and comes on straight, How gets forward to defend but the ball hits him in front of middle, Taufel is convinced. How doesn't look too happy, perhaps he was disappointed with himself rather than the decision 50/2
    9.3 that's the breakthrough, bit of extra bounce from a length and moving in, Redmond pushes hard but the thick edge flies to Collingwood at gully, he's taken a neat catch and Anderson lets out a leap 28/1
    24.1 quick one, flatter too, hurries onto Marshall, he walks across and doesn't make contact, struck on the pads and he's well in front, big appeal and Taufel gives that straight away, Panesar gets the breakthrough 85/3
    30.3 and that's a fiver! Monty gets his 100th wicket, that's huge, Taylor has to go, pitching on middle and turning away, beats his bat, exactly like the ball that beat him a few moments back, Taufel gives it this time and England are on a high, Taylor was the real danger-man here 91/6
    24.4 he's got another! not that much turn this time, almost a straighter one, he's tried to sweep that but missed it completely, struck on the hips and that's plumb, Taufel gives that one straight away, Monty is leading a fightback here 85/4
    28.5 another for Monty! full ball on middle and leg, Vettori goes for the sweep but can only get a top-edge, Broad is waiting at backward square leg and that's straight to him, Monty takes off on his celebrations and England are cock-a-hoop 91/5
    40.4 That's six for Monty! full and spinning away, he goes for the big sweep but is done in by the bounce, top-edge soars high in the air and Ambrose is waiting under it to complete the catch on the leg side. Now then, now then 114/8
    35.1 A loose shot, just after he started to look comfortable. Plays away from the body, edges, and Ambrose takes a nice catch diving to his left. this could have been tricky for the slip fielder as it was landing mid-way between Ambrose and first slip 106/7
    41.2 and it's all over, tries to loft over mid-off but there's only a tame scoop there, thick outside edge and Anderson pockets a simple catch at mid-on 114/10
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    11 (lb 11)
    TOTAL
    114 all out (41.2 Overs, RR: 2.75, 166 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (AJ Redmond, 9.3 ov), 2-50 (JM How, 12.6 ov), 3-85 (JAH Marshall, 24.1 ov), 4-85 (BB McCullum, 24.4 ov), 5-91 (DL Vettori, 28.5 ov), 6-91 (LRPL Taylor, 30.3 ov), 7-106 (JDP Oram, 35.1 ov), 8-114 (KD Mills, 40.4 ov), 9-114 (IE O'Brien, 41.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    RJ Sidebottom12.252622.1000
    JM Anderson812112.6200
    MS Panesar1753762.1700
    SCJ Broad401904.7500
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    69.4 that's a stunner at first slip, Taylor with his shades again, angling away from him, expansive drive from Strauss, edge taken and Taylor pulls off a low catch to his left, he's moved quick and latched on, fine innings from Strauss but is there a twist in the tale? 235/3
    20.5 and that's the breakthrough. Vettori strikes! Is that the opening NZ were looking for? Slightly short again but he's extracted good bounce here, inside edge onto the thigh pad, bobs up to Marshall at short leg and he's lapped it up, that's No.1 for NZ 60/1
    50.2 Now then! Now then! full and outside off, probing line that and Martin gets his reward, late swing there, Vaughan goes for the full-blooded drive but snicks through to the keeper, that's a comfortable catch for McCullum and New Zealand are ecstatic, they so desperately needed that 150/2
    72.2 Have they got him? Worked to the leg side and they think of two, Martin rips in another accurate through to the keeper and he's short this time, it's referred to the third umpire but he has to go, now then, now then, is the cat among the pigeons? 248/4
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    Extras
    25 (b 9, lb 10, nb 6)
    TOTAL
    294/4 (88 Overs, RR: 3.34, 347 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-60 (AN Cook, 20.5 ov), 2-150 (MP Vaughan, 50.2 ov), 3-235 (AJ Strauss, 69.4 ov), 4-248 (KP Pietersen, 72.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    CS Martin1314513.4602
    KD Mills601702.8302
    DL Vettori35711113.1702
    IE O'Brien2026213.1000
    JM How10404.0000
    JDP Oram1313602.7600

Close of Play

  • Fri, 23 May - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 202/4 (LRPL Taylor 67*, JDP Oram 22*, 54 ov)
  • Sat, 24 May - day 2 - England 1st innings 152/4 (KP Pietersen 22*, IR Bell 4*, 59 ov)
  • Sun, 25 May - day 3 - England 2nd innings 76/1 (AJ Strauss 27*, MP Vaughan 12*, 27 ov)
  • Mon, 26 May - day 4 - England 2nd innings 294/4 (88 ov) - end of match

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