Prudential Trophy (First Match)

ENGLAND v. NEW ZEALAND

At Swansea, July 18. England won by seven wickets. Having won the Australian one-day competition twice in the last four years, New Zealand had every hope of giving a good account of themselves. However a wretched start proved too big a handicap. After eight overs on an overcast morning they were 15 for 4 and six of these runs were wides from Snow.

They rallied through a partnership of 55 in 21 overs between Turner, who had stood firm during those early disasters, and Pollard, who again proved a good man in a crisis.

He played more strokes than usual and in the 26th over struck Underwood for three boundaries. He was not dismissed until the 44th over and Taylor and Richard Hadlee then struck some good blows. Yet although New Zealand"s score was respectable it offered no sort of challenge.

Amiss, who had made a century in the first of these games against Australia in 1972, again batted admirably, completely outshining Boycott in an opening partnership of 96. In fact the Warwickshire batsman made 46 of the first 52 from the bat. With a string of perfectly timed strokes Amiss reached his century out of 135 in 39 overs. It was a poor reward for him to be mobbed by unruly youngsters in a crowd of 10,000 which had turned out for the first representative game in Wales. There was time for Hayes to mark his first appearance for his country with a pleasant stroke or two before the end.

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