3rd Test, Christchurch, Feb 14 - 18 1997, England tour of New Zealand
346 & 186
(target 305)228 & 307/6
England won by 4 wickets
Player Of The Match
94* & 118
New Zealand 1st INNINGS
Bryan Young  b Cork1111920100.00
Blair Pocock c Atherton b Croft2265961033.84
Matt Horne c Thorpe b Gough421241534033.87
Stephen Fleming (c)st †Stewart b Croft621672186037.12
Nathan Astle c Hussain b Croft1523371065.21
Adam Parore c Hussain b Croft591672164135.32
Chris Cairns c †Stewart b Caddick571261584145.23
Simon Doull run out (Tufnell)15130020.00
Daniel Vettori run out (Thorpe)2559722042.37
Heath Davis c Hussain b Croft831460025.80
Geoff Allott not out 818141044.44
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)
Dominic Cork2037813.90---014
Andy Caddick3286412.00---02
Darren Gough2137013.33---02
Robert Croft39.159552.42---01
Phil Tufnell1662201.37---00
Graham Thorpe11000.00---00
England 1st INNINGS
Nick Knight c Fleming b Allott1422252063.63
Mike Atherton (c)not out 9423534610040.00
Alec Stewart c sub (CZ Harris) b Allott15101430150.00
Nasser Hussain c †Parore b Cairns1234451035.29
Graham Thorpe  b Astle1849543036.73
John Crawley c †Parore b Allott1650016.66
Dominic Cork c †Parore b Davis1644602036.36
Robert Croft c Davis b Astle3167835046.26
Darren Gough  b Vettori098000.00
Andy Caddick c sub (CZ Harris) b Allott423260017.39
Phil 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)
Geoff Allott1837444.11---13
Simon Doull17.434912.77---00
Heath Davis1825012.77---02
Daniel Vettori1241311.08---00
Chris Cairns851211.50---00
Nathan Astle1122622.36---00
New Zealand 2nd INNINGS
Blair Pocock  b Cork042000.00
Bryan Young c Knight b Tufnell491351655036.29
Adam Parore c †Stewart b Gough855830014.54
Stephen Fleming (c)c Knight b Tufnell1134301032.35
Nathan Astle c Hussain b Croft536371013.88
Chris Cairns c Knight b Tufnell521061334149.05
Simon Doull c Knight b Croft519221026.31
Matt Horne c †Stewart b Caddick1332291040.62
Daniel Vettori not out 29781035037.17
Heath Davis  b Gough12523004.00
Geoff Allott c †Stewart b Gough1128008.33
Extras(lb 8, nb 4)12
TOTAL(88.3 Ov, RR: 2.10, 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)
Dominic Cork62510.83---00
Andy Caddick1012512.50---02
Robert Croft31134821.54---00
Darren Gough13.354233.11---00
Phil Tufnell2895832.07---03
England 2nd INNINGS (target: 305 runs)
Nick Knight c Davis b Vettori29801072036.25
Mike Atherton (c)c †Parore b Astle11831139811037.94
Alec Stewart c Pocock b Vettori171081151015.74
Andy Caddick c Fleming b Doull1552630128.84
Nasser Hussain c Fleming b Vettori33881123037.50
Graham Thorpe c & b Vettori28110025.00
John Crawley not out 401131495035.39
Dominic Cork not out 391231405031.70
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)
Geoff Allott12.423202.52---10
Heath Davis1864302.38---02
Simon Doull2185712.71---00
Daniel Vettori57189741.70---00
Chris Cairns1012302.29---01
Nathan Astle28104511.60---00
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Mike Atherton
Mike Atherton
Series resultEngland won the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberTest no. 1355
Match daysday (5-day match)
Test debut
Matt Horne
Matt Horne
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Darrell Hair
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Steve Dunne
TV Umpire
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Dave Quested
Match Referee
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Peter Burge
Fri, 14 Feb - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 229/5 (Adam Parore 38*, Chris Cairns 10*)
Sat, 15 Feb - day 2 - England 1st innings 145/5 (Mike Atherton 66*, Dominic Cork 16*)
Sun, 16 Feb - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 95/6 (Chris Cairns 5*, Matt Horne 4*)
Mon, 17 Feb - day 4 - England 2nd innings 118/2 (Mike Atherton 65*, Andy Caddick 0*)
Tue, 18 Feb - day 5 - England 2nd innings 307/6 (146.4 ov) - end of match
  • LK Germon withdrew from side with groin injury.
  • SP Fleming became the youngest ever NZ captain at 23 years 320 days.
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.
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 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 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 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