Guptill Hammers England, New Zealand Win Series


New Zealand 359-3 (Guptill 189no) beat
England 273 (Trott 109no) by 86 runs
Second One-Day International, Southampton
Report by John Pennington

Martin Guptill played one of the great One-Day International innings as New Zealand emphatically beat England by 86 runs to move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

Guptill's 189 not out in 155 balls laid the foundations for New Zealand to post 359 for three and although Jonathan Trott struck a 98-ball century in reply, England fell well short, bowled out for 273 in 44.1 overs.

Guptill's effort has only been bettered by Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Charles Coventry and Saeed Anwar with New Zealand's score also a national record.

England, by contrast, bowled poorly and their batsmen failed to rally round Trott, and just as at Lord's, when they lost by five wickets, too many players made starts but failed to go on and make telling contributions.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat - bizarrely Alastair Cook said he would have bowled first had he won it - but quickly lost Luke Ronchi (2) when he was bowled by James Anderson, failing to bring his bat down either in line or in time.

Guptill had been dropped on 13 during his century at Lord's and that number proved a lucky one again. On the same score, he pulled Chris Woakes to Trott at midwicket only to be let off. It proved to be a costly error as from that moment he batted beautifully, moving to a 61-ball half-century, a century off 111 deliveries and then 150 in 141 balls showing brutal acceleration.

He shared in a 120-run partnership with Kane Williamson (55), put on 109 with Ross Taylor (60) and then with Brendon McCullum added 118 inside nine overs as the captain smashed 40 not out in 19 deliveries with three fours and two sixes.

In all, Guptill struck 19 fours and two sixes and the onslaught left England's bowlers nursing some sorry figures; Jade Dernbach leaked 87 in 10 overs, Tim Bresnan conceded 73 and Chris Woakes struggled again with 49 runs coming from his seven overs.

On a good pitch and with a fast outfield, chasing 360 was not an insurmountable task for the home side although it needed their top order to perform as well as New Zealand's had.

While Alastair Cook (34 in 31 balls), Ian Bell (25), Joe Root (28) and Eoin Morgan (21) looked good in parts, particularly Cook and Bell in putting on 50 in eight overs, the contributions weren't enough and losing wickets hampered their cause. Bell, Root and Morgan were all guilty of getting themselves out trying to be more adventurous than they needed to be.

Trott, meanwhile, who has been the subject of fierce criticism already this summer for the pace of his batting, stuck at his task admirably, closing on 109 in 104 balls with five fours and one straight six off of James Franklin to at least take England to within 100 runs of their target.

While the top order got in and got out, the middle and lower order made a series of even more fleeting appearances. Woakes made 13, Jos Buttler two, Tim Bresnan was run out without scoring and Graeme Swann was bowled by Williamson for one.

Anderson made an entertaining 28 in 19 balls with four fours, sticking around with Trott to put on 47 for the eighth wicket but even his career-best was far too little, far too late for England, who thanks to the failures of their specialist batsmen, were a beaten side from a long, long way out.

Credit must go to New Zealand, for their bowlers were disciplined and precise, Mitchell McClenaghan leading the way with three for 35 as Kyle Mills, Doug Bracewell, Nathan McCullum and Grant Elliott took one wicket apiece.

Williamson returned two for 25 with the wickets of Woakes and Swann to complete a fine all-round performance as New Zealand handed England their first home series defeat since 2009.

Coincidentally, that was immediately prior to the Champions Trophy and although both sides would end up being beaten by Australia in the semi-final and final in South Africa respectively, on the evidence of today's performance, if either side is to produce a repeat, it would most likely be the men in black and blue.

The third and final match is at Trent Bridge on Wednesday 5th June.

© Cricket World 2013

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