3rd Test, Christchurch, Feb 14-18 1997, England tour of New Zealand
346 & 186
(146.4 ov, target 305)
228 & 307/6
England won by 4 wickets
Player Of The Match
New Zealand 1st Innings
BA Young  b Cork1111920100.00
BA Pocock c Atherton b Croft2265961033.84
MJ Horne c Thorpe b Gough421241534033.87
SP Fleming (c)st †Stewart b Croft621672186037.12
NJ Astle c Hussain b Croft1523371065.21
AC Parore c Hussain b Croft591672164135.32
CL Cairns c †Stewart b Caddick571261584145.23
SB Doull run out (Tufnell)15130020.00
DL Vettori run out (Thorpe)2559722042.37
HT Davis c Hussain b Croft831460025.80
GI Allott not out818141044.44
Extras(b 1, lb 16, nb 19)36
TOTAL(129.1 Ov, RR: 2.67, 522 Mts)346
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Bryan Young), 2-78 (Blair Pocock), 3-106 (Matt Horne), 4-137 (Nathan Astle), 5-201 (Stephen Fleming), 6-283 (Adam Parore), 7-288 (Simon Doull), 8-310 (Chris Cairns), 9-337 (Daniel Vettori), 10-346 (Heath Davis)
DG Cork2037813.90014
AR Caddick3286412.0002
D Gough2137013.3302
RDB Croft39.159552.4201
PCR Tufnell1662201.3700
GP Thorpe11000.0000
England 1st Innings
NV Knight c Fleming b Allott1422252063.63
MA Atherton (c)not out9423534610040.00
AJ Stewart c sub (CZ Harris) b Allott15101430150.00
N Hussain c †Parore b Cairns1234451035.29
GP Thorpe  b Astle1849543036.73
JP Crawley c †Parore b Allott1650016.66
DG Cork c †Parore b Davis1644602036.36
RDB Croft c Davis b Astle3167835046.26
D Gough  b Vettori098000.00
AR Caddick c sub (CZ Harris) b Allott423260017.39
PCR Tufnell c Young b Doull1315162086.66
Extras(lb 4, nb 5, w 1)10
TOTAL(84.4 Ov, RR: 2.69, 346 Mts)228
Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Nick Knight), 2-40 (Alec Stewart), 3-70 (Nasser Hussain), 4-103 (Graham Thorpe), 5-104 (John Crawley), 6-145 (Dominic Cork), 7-198 (Robert Croft), 8-199 (Darren Gough), 9-210 (Andy Caddick), 10-228 (Phil Tufnell)
GI Allott1837444.1113
SB Doull17.434912.7700
HT Davis1825012.7702
DL Vettori1241311.0800
CL Cairns851211.5000
NJ Astle1122622.3600
New Zealand 2nd Innings
BA Pocock  b Cork042000.00
BA Young c Knight b Tufnell491351655036.29
AC Parore c †Stewart b Gough855830014.54
SP Fleming (c)c Knight b Tufnell1134301032.35
NJ Astle c Hussain b Croft536371013.88
CL Cairns c Knight b Tufnell521061334149.05
SB Doull c Knight b Croft519221026.31
MJ Horne c †Stewart b Caddick1332291040.62
DL Vettori not out29781035037.17
HT Davis  b Gough12523004.00
GI Allott c †Stewart b Gough1128008.33
Extras(lb 8, nb 4)12
TOTAL(88.3 Ov, RR: 2.1, 322 Mts)186
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Blair Pocock), 2-42 (Adam Parore), 3-61 (Stephen Fleming), 4-76 (Nathan Astle), 5-80 (Bryan Young), 6-89 (Simon Doull), 7-107 (Matt Horne), 8-178 (Chris Cairns), 9-184 (Heath Davis), 10-186 (Geoff Allott)
DG Cork62510.8300
AR Caddick1012512.5002
RDB Croft31134821.5400
D Gough13.354233.1100
PCR Tufnell2895832.0703
England 2nd Innings (target: 305 runs)
NV Knight c Davis b Vettori29801072036.25
MA Atherton (c)c †Parore b Astle11831139811037.94
AJ Stewart c Pocock b Vettori171081151015.74
AR Caddick c Fleming b Doull1552630128.84
N Hussain c Fleming b Vettori33881123037.50
GP Thorpe c & b Vettori28110025.00
JP Crawley not out401131495035.39
DG Cork not out391231405031.70
Extras(b 2, lb 8, nb 3, w 1)14
TOTAL(146.4 Ov, RR: 2.09)307/6
Fall of wickets: 1-64 (Nick Knight), 2-116 (Alec Stewart), 3-146 (Andy Caddick), 4-226 (Mike Atherton), 5-226 (Nasser Hussain), 6-231 (Graham Thorpe)
GI Allott12.423202.5210
HT Davis1864302.3802
SB Doull2185712.7100
DL Vettori57189741.7000
CL Cairns1012302.3001
NJ Astle28104511.6000
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Mike Atherton
Series resultEngland won the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1355
Match days14,15,16,17,18 February 1997 (5-day match)
Test debut
Matt Horne
Steve Dunne
Darrell Hair
TV Umpire
Dave Quested
Match Referee
Peter Burge
Fri, 14 Feb - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 229/5 (AC Parore 38*, CL Cairns 10*)
Sat, 15 Feb - day 2 - England 1st innings 145/5 (MA Atherton 66*, DG Cork 16*)
Sun, 16 Feb - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 95/6 (CL Cairns 5*, MJ Horne 4*)
Mon, 17 Feb - day 4 - England 2nd innings 118/2 (MA Atherton 65*, AR Caddick 0*)
Tue, 18 Feb - day 5 - England 2nd innings 307/6 (146.4 ov) - end of match
Day 5
  • AR Caddick was given not out by DB Hair after trapping the ball between his pad and bat and then being caught by a close-in fielder. TV replays showed that the catch was fair
  • Only the 2nd time England have chased more than 300 to win a Test, the other being 7/332 against Australia in 1928/29. It was the 15th time by any team, the most recent being Pakistan 9/315 against Australia at Karachi in 1994/95.
  • The first time England have won consecutive Tests since a run of 4 wins in a row against West Indies, Sri Lanka, and 2 against New Zealand from Aug 1991 - Feb 1992.
  • England's first overseas series win since 1991/92 in the corresponding series against New Zealand
  • England finish their 5-Test winter season unbeaten. The last time this occured for 5 or more Tests was in 1970/71 when they were unbeaten in 8 Tests against Australia and New Zealand
Day 4
  • Lunch: NZ 186 (Vettori 29*)
  • Tea: Eng 71/1 (Atherton 35*, Stewart 1*)
  • CL Cairns brought up 1000 Test runs upon scoring his 50.
Day 3
  • Lunch: Eng 210/8 (Atherton 92*, Caddick 4*)
  • MA Atherton carried his bat through the innings. This was the 8th time by an Englishman and the 35th occasion in Test history, the most recent being MH Dekker for Zimbabwe against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 1993/94.
  • BA Young dropped by Knight off Cork when 0
  • Young was reported to the match referee for dissent after he refused to go when being given out. The match referee accepted his word that he didn't see the umpire giving him out.
Day 2
  • Lunch: NZ 319/8 (Vettori 9*, Davis 1*)
  • Tea: Eng 64/2 (Atherton 24*, Hussain 11*)
  • CL Cairns 50 off 107 balls, 137 mins, 4x4, 1x6.
  • MA Atherton 50 off 107 balls, 170 mins, 6x4.
Day 1
  • Lunch: NZ 85/2 (Horne 31*, Fleming 2*)
  • Tea: NZ 160/4 (Fleming 38*, Parore 9*)
  • SP Fleming 50 off 127 balls, 161 mins, 6x4.
  • MJ Horne fractured a metacarpal in his left hand after a delivery from D Gough and did not take the field.
  • LK Germon withdrew from side with groin injury.
  • SP Fleming became the youngest ever NZ captain at 23 years 320 days.