Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LJ Wright
52(38) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 5 6 9 6 0 1
BB McCullum
60(51) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 4 4 4 6 5 2 1

Best performances - Bowlers

PD Collingwood
O4.0
M0
R23
W1
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
GD Elliott
O5.0
M0
R23
W3
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

No result

Commentary

END OF OVER:
19 | 10 Runs | NZ: 127/2

  • SB Styris19 (24b)
  • BB McCullum60 (51b)
  • LJ Wright3-0-20-0
  • GP Swann5-0-26-0

7.30pm And there it is. It's all over, red rover. What a shambles. New Zealand have been robbed on a technicality, thanks largely to the half-hour lunch break that ate up 30 minutes of the best weather we've had all day.

"In the end it was just the rain, it was getting ridiculous. We had to be consistent," says the umpire, Steve Davis. "We've got two teams out there struggling to stand in slippery conditions." He adds that the fact that the result was so close should not be a factor in the umpiring decision. "Common-sense is okay when the playing conditions don't cover it." So that clears that up then.

What a glorious advert for one-day cricket, you could almost think it's a conspiracy to hasten the demise of the format. Either way, it was fun in between the showers, but the ending was the biggest shower of the lot. Thanks for tuning in, we've been Andrew Miller and Brydon Coverdale, with Will Luke loitering in the press box.

7.15pm This is a right royal farce. No-one's officially announced that the match is over, but seeing as the boundary rope is being packed up as we speak, I think the few remaining spectators might as well give up hope now.

Six more balls, and we've got a match. England look quite happy to call it quits now, the umpires have a discussion, and that - incredibly - is that. On come the covers, though McCullum doesn't want to go anywhere. New Zealand needed to be on 134 for 2 after 20 overs to win this match - which would have been a perfectly obtainable seven runs in the over.

Ian Botham, quite rightly, is doing his nut about the half-hour break between innings. There are about 15 minutes of playing time remaining in this game, but you can hear the wind howling through the covers as they are being brought on.

18.6
1
Wright to Styris, 1 run, right into the blockhole again - good bowling - and McCullum declines the second as long-on swoops
18.5
4
Wright to Styris, FOUR runs, there's the boundary, and it's a bit of a flukey one too. A genuine outside-edge as the yorker is squeezed out, and third man can't intercept
18.4
2
Wright to Styris, 2 runs, swung out to deep midwicket. Good connection, but still no boundary

Someone needs to give the camera a wipe. It's properly misted over

18.3
0
Wright to Styris, no run, yorker, and a good one too. A valuable dot ball
18.2
1
Wright to McCullum, 1 run, punch to long-off
18.1
2
Wright to McCullum, 2 runs, too short and swatted hard into the deep. James Anderson makes great ground to field, but is he touching the rope as he slides round? An interminable delay, which funnily enough may suit England as the rain closes in, and finally the verdict is no

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LJ Wright
52(38) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 5 6 9 6 0 1
BB McCullum
60(51) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 4 4 4 6 5 2 1

Best performances - Bowlers

PD Collingwood
O4.0
M0
R23
W1
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
GD Elliott
O5.0
M0
R23
W3
Eco4.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF