At Birmingham, June 18. No result. Toss: New Zealand. One-day international debut: G. D. Elliott.
The game ended in acrimony, with the crowd booing the players and umpires off and Vettori
accusing England of gamesmanship, after it was abandoned only one over short of a positive
result. The frustration was understandable at the end of a miserably wet and windy day. The start
had been delayed until 3 p.m., and another shower during England's innings reduced their overs
to 24, in which they scrambled to a competitive 162. Elliott, who had been summoned from club
cricket in Surrey to cover for the injured Oram, took a commendable three for 23 on his one-day
international debut. Despite the time lost, the regulations still insisted upon a 30-minute break
between innings (the ICC allowed an immediate revision by the two boards), and New Zealand
were given a Duckworth/Lewis target of 160 from 23 overs. As McCullum guided them towards
victory and the storm clouds threatened again, England's field changes became increasingly
frequent, and the rain finally became too much for the umpires. New Zealand, who would have
needed 134 for two off 20 overs, felt they had been robbed, but referee Javagal Srinath declared
England's over-rate acceptable - this time at least.
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