Fourth Match

England v New Zealand

Richard Hobson

At Chester-le-Street, June 29 (day/night). New Zealand won by seven wickets. New Zealand 6 pts. Toss: New Zealand. One-day international debut: G. J. Hopkins.

As England practised under lights on the eve of the game, a thief entered the dressing-room to steal Gough's 17 credit cards and £1,200 from Vaughan's wallet. Things did not improve for England, who hopelessly misjudged their approach for the second time in three days. They batted like millionaires but were made to look like paupers by Franklin, himself having a more lucrative summer than he expected: his original plans were a stint in the leagues and a backpacking trip round Europe. He bowled his full quota of left-arm seam straight through to take a career-best five wickets. The last partnership survived the longest, but the crowd had already lost patience when Giles was seventh out, in only the 20th over. The booing was a little harsh on one of the few who was not culpable for his own demise. England's 101 was their second-lowest one-day total against New Zealand (after 89 at Wellington in 2001-02). They knocked off the runs with almost two-thirds of their overs unused, to leave a floodlit game completed before twilight.

Man of the Match: J. E. C. Franklin. Attendance: 11,832; receipts £256,205.

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