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202dThe Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

England flop despite Pietersen ton

Kevin Pietersen ended the first barren run of his international career with a commanding 129 on the opening day in Napier, although his performance only went to highlight another woeful effort from England's top orde

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Strauss
177(343) 25x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 64 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
4 12 37 40 28 14 9 33
KP Pietersen
129(208) 12x4 - 1x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 41 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
4 10 19 5 26 12 6 42

Best performances - Bowlers

RJ Sidebottom
O21.4
M6
R47
W7
Eco2.16
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MS Panesar
O46
M17
R126
W6
Eco2.73
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

England won the 3-match series 2-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

Match days

22,23,24,25,26 March 2008 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

ENGLAND 253(96.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 168(48.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

ENGLAND 467/7d(131.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 431(118.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Everyone shakes hands and Sidebottom and Panesar take a stump each as they all head off to warm applause, met at the boundary edge by the New Zealand side. Southee finishes unbeaten on 77 off 40 balls with nine sixes - only four men have hit more in a Test innings.

As England get back inside their dressing room it's more relief than out-and-out celebration at the series win. But the beers came out and the smiles gradually start to show.

Presentations to follow when everyone has got their breath back ... and while we wait, congratulations to Jenny Thompson who was getting married while that onslaught was taking place.

Man of the Match is Ryan Sidebottom ... and also Man of the Series for his 24 wickets at 17.08, more than double the next highest wicket-taker. Sorry about the lack of comments etc but the host broadcaster has decided not to cover them so we cannot hear what is being said!

From Martin Williamson and Andrew McGlashan, it's good afternoon and thanks for joining us. We will be back in six weeks time for the resumption of the England-New Zealand Tests at Lord's on May 15.

118.5
W
Sidebottom to Martin, OUT, full and speared in through a non-existent defence, the off stump goes cartwheeling and that's the end of a thoroughly entertaining post-lunch half hour and of the match

CS Martin b Sidebottom 5 (35m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 23.80

118.4
0
Sidebottom to Martin, no run, again he is beaten outside the off stump. Martin is like a moth to a flame, he simply cannot resist the urge to nibble even though her knows no good can come of it
118.3
0
Sidebottom to Martin, no run, too wide and left

Sorry about not publishing feedback but it's as much as I can do to keep up!

118.2
0
Sidebottom to Martin, no run, back of a length outside off, Martin spars and misses

"Wow! Southee now has more runs than Martin in Test cricket - and he's played one Test to Martin's 40!" mails Troy.

Everyone comes in for the less able Martin ...

118.1
1
Sidebottom to Southee, 1 run, yorker driven with an open face on the bounce to Panesar at long-off

England are not seeing the funny side of this ... Panesar is hit out of the attack.

END OF OVER:
118 | 14 Runs | NZ: 430/9

  • Tim Southee76 (39b)
  • Chris Martin5 (17b)
  • Stuart Broad32-10-78-2
  • Monty Panesar46-17-126-6
117.6
1b
Broad to Southee, 1 bye, down the leg side, a good slower ball, he misses and the plan is shredded because Ambrose lets the ball through his legs and they run the bye

Everyone saving the single ...

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New Zealand 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st48MD BellJM How
2nd99SP FlemingMD Bell
3rd9SP FlemingMS Sinclair
4th4MS SinclairLRPL Taylor
5th12GD ElliottLRPL Taylor
6th104BB McCullumLRPL Taylor
7th5DL VettoriBB McCullum
8th48DL VettoriJS Patel
9th18DL VettoriTG Southee
10th84CS MartinTG Southee