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202dThe Bulletin by Will Luke

Ambrose leads England rally

A superbly crafted 97 from Tim Ambrose hauled England out of a deep hole on the first day against New Zealand in Wellington to keep their hopes of levelling the series alive

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

TR Ambrose
102(149) 16x4 - 2x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 35 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
33 13 3 14 18 11 0 10
BB McCullum
BB McCullum
85(116) 9x4 - 3x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 27 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
10 13 12 13 22 3 2 10

Best performances - Bowlers

JM Anderson
JM Anderson
O20
M4
R73
W5
Eco3.65
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RJ Sidebottom
O31
M10
R105
W5
Eco3.38
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

ENGLAND 342(107 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 198(57.5 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

ENGLAND 293(97.4 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 311(100.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Sidebottom holds on to the ball, as well he might after his five wickets, and leads England off. McCullum heads back after a spirited innings but he needed partners, and once Daniel Vettori had gone in the second over of the day, the writing was on the wall.

Well, thanks for joining us for what was an entertaining contest. We now get all of five days respite before we start all over again in Napier on Easter Saturday for the third and final Test with everything to play for. From Will Luke, Andrew McGlashan, Jenny Thompson and me, Martin Williamson, it's good afternoon and goodbye.

100.3
W
Panesar to McCullum, OUT, two steps down the track, he shapes to slam the ball over long-on but not enough elevation and Sidebottom, a few yards in from the rope, just waits and pouches a straightforward catch before setting off on a victory jog

BB McCullum c Sidebottom b Panesar 85 (187m 116b 9x4 3x6) SR: 73.27

No wickets to spin in this Test so far ... can Panesar take the 40th wicket and end the drought?

100.2
0
Panesar to McCullum, no run, defended again, very watchful

No wickets to spin in this Test so far ... can Panesar take the 40th wicket and end the drought?

100.1
0
Panesar to McCullum, no run, pushed into the off side

Out goes the field to give McCullum any single he cares to take.

END OF OVER:
100 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 311/9

  • Brendon McCullum85 (113b)
  • James Anderson15-2-57-2
  • Monty Panesar21-1-53-0

Anderson has bowled a super line in his two overs and you suspected that it was a matter of time with Gillespie on strike. Out strides Chris Martin.

99.6
W
Anderson to Gillespie, OUT, it's been coming ... Anderson produces another probing delivery on off stump, Gillespie plays a leaden-footed poke and Ambrose holds a thin but very distinct nick

MR Gillespie c †Ambrose b Anderson 9 (52m 39b 1x4 0x6) SR: 23.07

99.5
0
Anderson to Gillespie, no run, fuller, pushed defensively into the leg side and mid-on trolls up and fields
99.4
0
Anderson to Gillespie, no run, oh yes, outside off and moving off the seam, simply too good for a No.10
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New Zealand 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st18MD BellJM How
2nd51SP FlemingMD Bell
3rd1SP FlemingMS Sinclair
4th81MS SinclairLRPL Taylor
5th22JDP OramLRPL Taylor
6th69JDP OramBB McCullum
7th4DL VettoriBB McCullum
8th24KD MillsBB McCullum
9th41BB McCullumMR Gillespie
10th0CS MartinBB McCullum