1st Test, Hamilton, Mar 5-9 2008, England tour of New Zealand
470 & 177/9d
(55 ov, target 300)
348 & 110
New Zealand won by 189 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
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Harmison: 'I'll try my nuts off every time'

Steve Harmison has dismissed criticism that he was underprepared because he had chosen to arrive late in New Zealand to enable him to attend the birth of his fourth child

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Scorecard summary
New Zealand470(138.3 overs)1st Innings
Ross Taylor120 (235)
Jamie How92 (180)
England348(173.1 overs)1st Innings
New Zealand177/9d(55 overs)2nd Innings
England110(55 overs)2nd Innings
Kyle Mills4/16(13)
Chris Martin3/33(13)
end of over 551 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 110/10CRR: 2 
Ian Bell54 (151)
Jacob Oram4-2-2-1
Kyle Mills13-4-16-4

A very good victory for New Zealand who have outplayed England this Test and they thoroughly deserve their victory. Today was very positive, with a confident declaration from Vettori, which Mills rewarded with four wickets and Martin with three. England, however, played some negative cricket, though there were highlights in Sidebottom's feat.

"Amazing from the off.," says a jubilant Vettori. And on Taylor, who scored the first-innings hundred: "He came into the Test match knowing it was another chance. He's changed a little bit and can adapt to any situation - we've got a good one there.

"There were a few nervy times yesterday but there was a real positive belief that we would go out and win it. Chris and Kyle were outstanding with the ball and they set up the win. The wicket seemed benign but the way they stepped up was fantastic."

And on declaring, setting England 300: "It was a good feeling, it sent out a good message that we wanted to be out there."

And on going for a celebratory beer now: "I'll have a couple, thanks mate."

Here's a beaming Mills. "I've involved in five Test wins now and this would be the best of them. It was really important to get an early wicket today but it exceeded my expectations by getting those four early wickets."

The losing captain Vaughan says: "Full credit to the New Zealand team, they put us under immense pressure, bowled excellently as a group of bowlers, batted well in the first innings. We weren't quite up to scratch.

"190 for 5 was an opportunity to restrict New Zealand, we didn't take that. There was a small opportunity yesterday afternoon when Ryan took his hat-trick but full credit for the way they dug themselves out and the way they bowled today.

"We have three days to try and put it right and hopefully improve a bit on all the areas and get on top of New Zealand. They got on top of us early and stayed on top.

"We felt today, with the 300, if we got a good start and kept wickets in hand, we thought we could have a chance of looking for it in the afternoon.

"We've got to talk about this result but not dwell on it too much because we've got a Test which starts on Thursday." So do tune in then to see how England fare against a surging New Zealand.

Thanks very much for joining us over the last five days and do come back in four days' time when myself Jenny Thompson, and themselves Martin Williamson and Will Luke will be there to bring you all the action, ball by ball. Join us then.

Oram to Panesar, OUT
that's it! Oram has finished it off, Panesar prodding away defensively, gets the thin edge and McCullum takes the catch
MS Panesar c †McCullum b Oram 8 (45m 36b 2x4 0x6) SR: 22.22
Oram to Bell, 1 run
pushed forward
Oram to Bell, no run
strayed on to the legs, pushed out behind square
Oram to Bell, no run
on the front foot, pushed out to the leg-side
Oram to Bell, no run
defended back down the line in line with off
Oram to Bell, no run
played on the back foot
end of over 541 runs
ENG: 109/9CRR: 2.01 
Monty Panesar8 (35)
Ian Bell53 (146)
Kyle Mills13-4-16-4
Jacob Oram3-2-1-0
Mills to Panesar, no run
swings it in from outside off to just outside off, Panesar defends on the front foot
Mills to Panesar, no run
outside off, left alone through the channel
Mills to Panesar, no run
curled in on off, defended into the leg-side
Mills to Panesar, no run
width outside off, full toss, driven out to the covers

Mills really deserves to take his fifth wicket

Mills to Panesar, 1 no ball
outside off, pushed to the covers, and it was a no-ball so an extra chance to end the game this over
Mills to Panesar, no run
outside off again, short and played back down into the covers off the back foot

Three slips, a gully, point

Mills to Panesar, no run
comes outside off and defends back down the line
end of over 53Maiden
ENG: 108/9CRR: 2.03 
Ian Bell53 (146)
Monty Panesar8 (28)
Jacob Oram3-2-1-0
Kyle Mills12-4-15-4
Oram to Bell, no run
on the legs, turned into the short midwicket region
Oram to Bell, no run
pushed right up there and defended on the front foot out to the covers
Oram to Bell, no run
outside off, a good length, left alone
Oram to Bell, no run
outside off, nipped back in and came through, the keeper takes it cleanly
Oram to Bell, no run
swings on to off stump, squeezed out to short midwicket
Best performances - batsmen
LRPL Taylor
120 runs (235)
18 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
61 runs
13 fours
0 sixes
JM How
92 runs (180)
11 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
26 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
RJ Sidebottom
KD Mills
Match details
Seddon Park, Hamilton
TossNew Zealand , elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Daniel Vettori
Series resultNew Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1866
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days5,6,7,8,9 March 2008 (5-day match)
Test debut
Tim Ambrose
Steve Davis
Daryl Harper
TV Umpire
Billy Bowden
Reserve Umpire
Kevin Manley
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath