New Zealand vs England Cricket Series 2008

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ENG v NZ, Fifth ODI, Lords: New Zealand beats England by 51 runs in fifth one-day international to win series

Daniel Vettori destroyed England's middle order Saturday as New Zealand won by 51 runs at Lord's to clinch the one-day international cricket series 3-1.
Chasing New Zealand's 266-5, England was dismissed for 215 in 47.5 overs. Left-arm spinner Vettori took 3-32 in 10 overs and Tim Southee, the man of the series, claimed 3-49. Owais Shah topscored for England with 69 from 75 balls.
New Zealand's winning total was dominated by Scott Styris' undefeated 87 from 91 balls. Styris had shared in a run-a-ball stand of 77 with Jacob Oram to rescue New Zealand's faltering innings. Oram, who made a century in the first Test at the same ground, smashed 52 runs from 40 balls. Off-spinner Graeme Swann was the pick of the English bowlers, taking 2-33 in his 10 overs.
Styris started quietly without his normally combative batting style before cutting loose at the end of the innings. He hit five fours and three sixes - including an enormous six over midwicket off Ryan Sidebottom. New Zealand had made a slow start with its first boundary coming as late as the 10th over. Jamie How hit a six over backward square but in the next ball was caught at backward point off Stuart Broad for 22.
Broad also dismissed Ross Taylor (4) and when Brendon McCullum was out for a subdued 23, New Zealand was struggling at 71-3 after 19 overs. Styris set about rebuilding the innings, initially with the lefthanded Daniel Flynn, who dominated the fourth wicket stand of 53 by making 35.
New Zealand, however, was still batting at less than four runs to the over before Oram went on the attack. Needing 14 to move to his ninth ODI 50, Oram smashed Shah's first ball over wide mid-on for six, drove the second down the ground for two runs and then sent a six into the top tier. Shah - who bowled because allrounder Paul Collingwood was suspended - cost 30 runs from his three overs. After Oram holed out at long-off, Grant Elliott made an unbeaten 23 from 17 balls in putting on 65 with Styris. New Zealand scored 96 runs off the final 10 overs.
England made a decent start to the run chase, moving to 53 after 11 overs before Mark Gillespie trapped Ian Bell leg before wicket for 27. Teenage Southee then dismissed Alastair Cook for 24 and stand-in captain Kevin Pietersen for 6. The home side continued to lose wickets as the middle order struggled to cope with Vettori's flight and spin. Vettori claimed Ravi Bopara (30), Luke Wright (6) and Tim Ambrose (2)
ENG v NZ, Fifth ODI, Lords: New Zealand 266 for 5 (50.0 overs) beat England 215 all out (47.5 overs) by 51 runs

ENG v NZ, Fourth ODI, Bristol: New Zealand win last ball thriller against England (1:2)

New Zealand won a dramatic last-ball victory to beat England by one wicket in the fourth one-day international at The Oval here Wednesday to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
With two needed off the final ball, last man Mark Gillespie hit Luke Wright to extra-cover. But Graeme Swann's fierce throw to the bowler's end wasn't backed up by several England fielders - had he lobbed it in, Gillespie might have been run out by a distance - and this allowed New Zealand the winning second on the over-throw as they reached their target of 246. Kyle Mills was 25 not out off just 27 balls.
The match threatened to be overshadowed by controversy when New Zealand, closing in on victory, saw Grant Elliott run out after what appeared an accidental shoulder charge by England quick bowler Ryan Sidebottom, who'd veered off a straight course in an attempt to regather the ball. With Elliott flat out, Ian Bell threw to Kevin Pietersen at the bowler's end and Elliott was dismissed with New Zealand 220 for eight in the 44th over.
Although England captain Paul Collingwood could have withdrawn the appeal and there is also provision within the laws for the umpires to call dead ball in the event of a serious injury, Elliott was ruled run out.
That England made as many as 245 owed much to Owais Shah's 63. Together with Ravi Bopara (58) he put on 75 for the fifth wicket.
ENG v NZ, Fourth ODI, Kennington Oval: New Zealand 246 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat England 245 all out (49.4 overs) by 1 wicket

ENG v NZ, Third ODI, Bristol: New Zealand level ODI series (1:1)

Teenage paceman Tim Southee took four wickets to lead New Zealand to victory over England by 22 runs in the third one-day international on Saturday and level the five-match series at 1-1.
New Zealand scored 182 all out in 50 overs, and dismissed England for 160 in 46.2 overs. The Kiwis were earlier reduced to 49 for five, but Grant Elliott hit 56 and No. 9 Kyle Mills scored 47.
In response, the 19-year-old Southee removed Ravi Bopara, Owais Shah and Tim Ambrose in eight balls without conceding a run, before later taking England captain Paul Collingwood's wicket to post impressive figures of four for 38. Mills also performed well with the ball, dismissing Luke Wright for two in the first over thanks to a catch by Scott Styris at second slip. Mills claimed the important wicket of Kevin Pietersen, caught at mid-wicket by Elliott for only four runs.
Having been put into bat, the tourists endured a sluggish start, putting just three runs on the scoreboard in the first two overs. Brendon McCullum went on the attack, scoring a total of 17 off 11 balls including two fours and a six. But his attempt for another boundary off James Anderson was caught high by Pietersen at midoff.
Stripped of the destructive force of McCullum, the wickets of Jamie How (10), Ross Taylor (8) and Scott Styris (4) tumbled for just five runs as New Zealand went from 37-1 to 42-4. Stuart Broad removed How's middle stump; Styris gloved fast bowler Chris Tremlett through to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose; and Taylor's off-stump was demolished by Broad. Daniel Flynn was looking to increase the total when he slogged Anderson's full toss high into Tremlett's hands at midoff and was out for two.
Gareth Hopkins, dropped earlier by Collingwood, was caught at deep backward square by substitute fielder William Porterfield for seven runs. Vettori was dropped by Ambrose, but added just five more runs to reach 18 before chipping spinner Graeme Swann into Shah's hands.
Elliott was caught by Wright off Anderson and Southee went for a duck when smashing into Pietersen's hands. Mills added 14 before being caught on the final ball.
England began slowly with Ian Bell taking 15 overs to go into double figures. Bell reached 20 with two fours before being caught at cover by McCullum. Southee wiped out the middle order, sending Shah and Ambrose back to the pavilion without scoring. Collingwood and Swann put on a 65-run stand in 17 overs to give England hope of a comeback but Swann (29) was removed at mid-wicket by Taylor off Styris, and Collingwood (34) became Southee's fourth victim with a leg before wicket verdict.
After Broad was caught by Hopkins off Vettori, England was left requiring 23 from 25 deliveries, but the final two wickets quickly tumbled. It was left to Elliott to remove Tremlett with Vettori calmly taking the catch.
England won the first of the five-match series at Chester-le-Street last Sunday by 114 runs, and the second match Wednesday was a no-result after rain at Edgbaston. The fourth match is at The Oval on Wednesday.
ENG v NZ, Third ODI, Bristol: New Zealand 182 all out beat England 160 all out by 22 runs

ENG v NZ, Second ODI, Edgbaston: Rain forces abandonment of England-New Zealand ODI with no result

The second limited-overs international between England and New Zealand was abandoned because of persistent rain on Wednesday and declared a no result.
New Zealand only needed to face six more balls to have the match at Edgbaston count, but the umpires waved the players off around 7:15 p.m. local time with the Black Caps on 127-2 after 19 overs and the covers were brought on. Under the revised target using the Duckworth-Lewis system to determine rain-reduced matches, New Zealand only needed to reach 134-2 in 20 overs to win.
Earlier, England was 162 all out after being sent into bat by New Zealand after a four-hour 15-minute rain delay. The innings was originally reduced to 29, but that was lowered to 24 after a rain delay mid-innings. Players took a 30-minute break between innings and New Zealand's revised target, using the Duckworth-Lewis method, was 165.
England opener Luke Wright scored 52 from 38 balls, including two sixes and four boundaries and England captain Paul Collingwood also boosted the score with 37. Geoff Elliott took 3-23 on his New Zealand ODI debut and Tim Southee had two wickets in two balls in the final over to finish with 2-35. Under overcast skies, blustery conditions blew a bail off at the non-striker's end as Kyle Mills' strode in to deliver the first ball.
Two balls later, England was already a man down when Ian Bell miscued and lobbed a shot to Daniel Vettori, who ran back from mid-off to catch the opener on his home ground for a duck. Kevin Pietersen - whose innovative switch-hitting during his unbeaten 110 led England to a 114-run win in the first ODI on Sunday - only lasted 20 balls and 13 runs Wednesday when Vettori caught his attempted drive off the bowling of Michael Mason.
In reply, New Zealand opener Jamie How tried to clip a shot from Stuart Broad to the leg side, but it went straight to Shah at short midwicket for 16. Ross Taylor then put on 54 runs with Brendon McCullum before he was caught by Collingwood at deep midwicket for 25, leaving New Zealand at 79-2, needing 82 runs to win and playing under darkening skies. McCullum finished unbeaten on 60 and Scott Styris was 19 not out when play was stopped.
ENG v NZ, Second ODI, Edgbaston: England 162 all out (24.0 overs) v New Zealand 127 for 2 (19.0 overs) No Result

ENG v NZ, First ODI, Riverside: Pietersen century lays platform for England victory

Kevin Pietersen's unbeaten 110 was the cornerstone of England's 114 run thrashing of New Zealand in the first one-day international at the Riverside here Sunday which saw them go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
Pietersen's sixth hundred in 72 one-day internationals guided England to 307 for five and was his first century at this level since his 104 against Australia at the World Cup in Antigua last year. World Cup semi-finalists New Zealand were bowled out for 193 with more than seven overs remaining as they lost for only the second time in nine one-dayers.
South Africa-born Pietersen, who on Friday made 42 not out in England's nine-wicket Twenty20 thumping of New Zealand at Old Trafford, was in total command and at times appeared to be toying with the bowling. The 27-year-old faced 113 balls with three sixes - two of them outrageous reverse hits off medium-pacer Scott Styris - and eight fours.
Together with England one-day captain Paul Collingwood, who made a run-a-ball 64 in front of his Durham home crowd, he put on 136 for the fourth wicket after England had wobbled at 95 for three. Owais Shah ensured the runs kept coming, his dashing 49 off 25 balls featuring three sixes and four fours.
Three New Zealand seamers - Tim Southee, Michael Mason and Styris - all conceded more than 60 runs apiece with Kyle Mills going for 59. Only captain and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori escaped the onslaught with one for 38 in 10 overs.
Medium-pacer Collingwood, who wrapped up the match with four wickets for 15 runs in 17 balls, was at the other end when Pietersen smashed Styris for those two extraordinary sixes. The Hampshire shotmaker also paid tribute to England quick Stuart Broad who took a miserly two for 16 in eight overs.
New Zealand's reply got off to a rapid start with openers Jamie How and Brendon McCullum putting on 50 inside eight overs. But Broad, with his first ball, had McCullum, on 36, cutting a short delivery straight to Ian Bell at extra-cover.
New Zealand were soon 72 for three after James Marshall was run out by Collingwood and How spooned a catch to cover off Broad. The Kiwis came into this match ranked third in the world in 50-over cricket and with a 3-1 series win over England on home soil in February to their credit. But without accurate pace bowler Jacob Oram, who could miss the series with a hamstring injury, New Zealand struggled to keep the runs down with England adding 70 in the last five overs.
ENG v NZ, First ODI, Riverside: England 307 for 5 (50.0 overs) beat New Zealand 193 all out (42.5 overs) by 114 runs

ENG v NZ, Twenty20, Old Trafford: England beats New Zealand by nine wickets

Ian Bell put a US$1 million Antigua payday in his sights Friday as he struck a half century to steer England to a nine-wicket victory Friday night in a one-off Twenty20 cricket international.
The England opener hit 60 not out off 46 balls in the lucrative format to consign the Kiwis to their seventh straight defeat and lowest total (123) in the shortened form of the game. England, which won its Test series 2-0 last week, lost only one wicket and had 15 balls to spare before a capacity crowd of 17,000 at Old Trafford.
England's players were keen to impress, looking to earn spots on a team which will play an all-star West Indies team in a $20 million match, which was announced Wednesday. There is just one more opportunity - against South Africa in August - before the Nov. 1 encounter funded by Texan billionaire Allen Stanford. England won both Twenty20 cricket internationals at New Zealand earlier in the year and the attack trio of Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann claimed two wickets apiece to deny the tourists retribution.
England won the toss and the decision to bowl produced a wicket after just one run. Pace bowler Anderson used his first delivery to remove Jamie How, who edged into Owais Shah's hands at slip. In the third over, wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose - making his limited-overs international debut - caught James Marshall for 13. Ross Taylor scored an innings-high of 25 from 18 deliveries, including two fours and a six in four balls. But his partnership with Brendon McCullum was ended by England captain Paul Collingwood.
McMullum made another decisive breakthrough, bowling Luke Wright for 24 before spinner Swann's offstump delivery removed the bails of Peter Fulton for a second-ball duck. Fulton had replaced allrounder Jacob Oram, who injured his left hamstring in the warm-up and is likely to miss Sunday's one-day meeting between the sides. The tourists were reduced to 68 for five and the wickets continued to tumble.
Broad clipped Scott Styris's wicket, Daniel Flynn was stumped by Ambrose for 23, Kyle Mills (12) was caught by Ian Bell at mid-off and Michael Mason was run out for two off the last ball of the innings. The Black Caps needed to chip away at England's wickets early on, but Bell began with a crowd-pleasing boundary and joined Wright for an opening stand of 48. Pace bowler Michael Mason made the breakthrough in the fifth over, when Mark Gillespie caught Wright at long arm.
Kevin Pietersen went into bat with England requiring 76 from 87 balls and survived an immediate scare when he was dropped by Daniel Vettori. But Pietersen and Bell cruised to victory with an unbroken 79-run stand.
ENG v NZ, Twenty20, Old Trafford: England 127 for 1 (17.3 overs) beat New Zealand 123 for 9 (20.0 overs) by 9 wickets

ENG v NZ, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge: England beat New Zealand, wrap up Test series 2-0

England romped to an emphatic innings and nine-run victory over New Zealand on the fourth morning Sunday and wrapped up the Test series 2-0 here. England took little more than an hour to knock off New Zealand’s remaining five wickets and bowled them out for 232 in their second innings.
New Zealand had collapsed to 123 in their first innings with James Anderson capturing 7 for 43. The visitors were asked to follow on as they fell short of hosts’ first innings score by 241 runs. New Zealand were looking down the barrel after finishing at 177 for five Saturday. They needed another 64 to make England bat again but their middle and lower order wilted in the face of some disciplined swing bowling by England Sunday.
Overnight batsman Jacob Oram was left stranded for 50 not out as England bowlers ran through the rest of the batting line-up. England seamer Ryan Sidebottom took 6 for 67 while Anderson and Stuart Board claimed two wickets each.
Anderson impressive match haul of 9 for 99 earned him the man of the match award. England rallied to win the second Test at Old Trafford, Manchester, while the opening Test at Lord’s ended in a draw.
ENG v NZ, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge: England 364 beat New Zealand 123 & 232 by an innings and 9 runs

ENG v NZ, 2nd Test, Old Trafford: Strauss century helps England beat New Zealand (1:0)

Andrew Strauss struck a century to guide England to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand on the fourth day of the first cricket Test at Old Trafford Monday. England comfortably chased down 294, the highest fourth-innings run-chase at the ground, to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
It was an impressive performance by England batsmen, who were knocked over for 202 in their first innings. Strauss’ (106) 12th Test century and solid contributions from captain Michael Vaughan (48) and Kevin Pietersen (42) ensured that England reach the target without any hiccups. New Zealand were certainly in the driver’s seat after their first innings 381 that gave them a lead of 179-runs, but their second innings collapse for a paltry 114 proved costly.
The visitors were relying on their skipper Daniel Vettori to spin magic with his left-arm spin after Monty Panesar (6-37) got enough purchase from the track Sunday and brought England back into the match. But Vettori, who was tackled well by Strauss, proved harmless and his 35 overs cost 111 runs and returned only one wicket.
New Zealand could have put England in more trouble had not Iain O’Brien not dropped two catches. The visitors’ fielding was also not up to mark.
ENG v NZ, 2nd Test, Old Trafford: England 202 & 294-4 beat New Zealand 381-9 & 114-9 by 6 wickets

ENG v NZ, 1st Test, Lords: New Zealand draws first test with England

New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram scored his first Test century against England today with a match-saving innings in the first Test at Lord's.
New Zealand held an overall lead of only 78 with four wickets down when wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum retired hurt and was taken to hospital after a blow to his left forearm. Oram found a doughty partner in Daniel Flynn, who had struggled in his first innings debut, but who now batted with grit and intelligence to score 22 in a partnership of 132.
Oram reached his fifth Test century from 120 balls, accelerating in the second half, when he was bowled for 101 by Ryan Sidebottom.
By then he had taken New Zealand to the safety of a draw after 153.2 overs had been lost to rain and bad light on the first three days.
At the close the Kiwis were for 6-269 with Flynn on 29 and in good heart for the second Test starting at Old Trafford in Manchester on Friday. New Zealand, who resumed at 0-40, an overall deficit of two, lost Aaron Redmond for 17 caught at first slip by Andrew Strauss off James Anderson.
James Marshall fell lbw for a duck 17 balls later to Sidebottom and Jamie How was lucky to escape when he was dropped by Strauss off Broad on 46.
ENG v NZ, 1st Test, Lords: England 319 drew with New Zealand 277 & 269-6

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.