All-Round New Zealand Outclass England

All-Round New Zealand Outclass England
All-Round New Zealand Outclass England
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New Zealand 231-5 (Guptill 103no) beat
England 227-9 (Southee 3-37) by 5 wickets
First One-Day International, Lord’s
Report by Daniel Grummitt

A Martin Guptill century helped New Zealand recover from the loss of two wickets in the first over of their run chase to overhaul England’s modest total of 227 for nine with more than three overs to spare at Lord’s.

England had been poor with the bat as Mitchell McClenaghan and Kyle Mills bowled tidy opening spells before Tim Southee removed both openers, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, in quick succession. They then continued to lose wickets in clusters throughout their innings and the anticipated late charge from Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler never materialised, leaving Chris Woakes and Tim Bresnan to take the total past 200.

Cook and Bell did add 45 in little more than 10 overs after they had been asked to bat by New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum. Joe Root and Jonathan Trott then looked to have laid a decent platform with a cautious third-wicket stand of 67 in 14 overs. However, Nathan McCullum removed them in successive overs, as Southee had done with the openers earlier, to bring Morgan to the crease in the 30th over.

He had had just one innings in English conditions since returning from the IPL prior to today - succumbing first ball to England’s forgotten spin star Adil Rashid at Radlett - and made just six. Buttler lasted little longer and was caught attempting a reverse sweep off Kane Williamson in the batting powerplay.

Bresnan and Woakes were then left to bat time due to a shortage of wickets remaining and couldn’t fully increase the scoring as they would have liked. They too both fell towards the end as England limped up to 227.

That was never likely to be enough for an England bowling attack that had already been weakened by injury. New Zealand had coped well enough with the late withdrawal of Dan Vettori - off-spinner Nathan McCullum taking two for 34 - but the loss of the home side’s pace pair Stuart Broad (knee) and Steven Finn (shin) was always going to be a more significant one.

James Anderson gave them cruel false hope by dispensing with Luke Ronchi, on New Zealand debut, and Williamson for ducks, but once Guptill and Ross Taylor got going, England’s attack looked threadbare. Jade Dernbach was entrusted with the new ball and did little to encourage, while Woakes was expensive.

All of which meant that Taylor and Guptill put on 120 for the third-wicket without much alarm. Taylor was finally prised out when Anderson returned to have him caught behind, but by then the foundations for a successful run chase had been well and truly laid.

Grant Elliott made 27 and added a further 47 with Guptill. The wicket of the out-of-form Brendon McCullum soon after gave England a bit of hope but that was soon scotched and Guptill hit the winning runs to bring up his century.

© Cricket World 2013

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