New Zealand vs England
New Zealand win by 55 runs
Astonishing turnaround after Auckland, but that can happen in T20 cricket. With the benefit of 20:20 hindsight England got it horribly wrong at the toss, but that doesn't alter the fact that England were thoroughly outplayed with bat and ball. It does, though, mean we go to Wellington on Friday for a series decider, which is always good. Do join us for that one.
WICKET! Dernbach c Butler b Franklin 0
Dernbach hits his first ball to mid-off to end proceedings fittingly. New Zealand have thumped England here, Franklin nipping in with a cheeky four-fer at the back end.
WICKET! Tredwell b Franklin 22
Tredwell's fun and games come to an end as Franklin continues his, picking up a third wicket as he gets the ball past the batsman's big swing to leg and knocks back middle stump.
Over 19 - England 136/8 (Tredwell 22, Finn 4)
Tredwell continuing to enjoy his batting in that supermarket-own-brand-Andrew-Strauss way of his as he cuts Boult over point for four and then adds another boundary with a biff over mid-off.
Over 18 - England 124/8 (Tredwell 13, Finn 2)
Tredwell surprises the crowd, his opponents, his team-mates and himself by swinging Franklin 30 rows back over the boundary ropes at midwicket. Steven Finn still laughing about that when he fails to get within eight inches of Franklin's slower ball later in the over.
WICKET! Buttler c Taylor b Franklin 54
Buttler's fun comes to an end in rather tame style as he chips a simple catch to Taylor at extra-cover. Another wicket for Franklin, who can't quite believe his luck.
Over 17 - England 115/7 (Buttler 54, Tredwell 6)
Gleaming like a flawless diamond in an unending sea of churning shod, Buttler moves to a 28-ball half-century with another ramp over short fine-leg and a whack through midwicket. Wonderful innings. Tredwell joins in the fun with a thump through cover for four as Boult's figures take a bit of a hit.
Over 16 - England 101/7 (Buttler 45, Tredwell 1)
Utterly meaningless, but utterly brilliant from Buttler as he ramps Elliott for four, then clubs two more boundaries before finally depositing the medium-pacer onto the roof of the main stand. Whether you spell it with one t or two, Butlers are having a good time.
Over 15 - England 81/7 (Buttler 26, Tredwell 0)
Franklin has bowled two overs and taken 1/5. On Pancake Tuesday, England have been battered.
WICKET! Broad c Guptill b Franklin 1
Broad had an excellent game in Auckland. Having made the wrong decision at the toss, been carted for 53 off his four overs and now plonking Franklin of all people (charitably referred to on commentary as 'a reluctant bowler') to mid-off for one, it's fair to say Hamilton has been less kind.
Over 14 - England 79/6 (Buttler 24, Broad 1)
Nathan McCullum is trying out his carrom ball. A fair indication there of how comfortably New Zealand have won this match. It goes horribly wrong, by the way, failing to land on the cut strip and donating a potentially crucial* run to England. (*Actual crucialness of run may vary.) With McCullum clearly in last-day-of-term mode, Buttler takes the chance to enjoy himself by smacking three fours.
Over 13 - England 63/5 (Buttler 10, Broad 0)
Stuart Broad is the new batsman looking to produce a matchwinning captain's innings. And then attempt something slightly more straightforward like turning base metal into gold.
WICKET! Patel run out (Boult) 6
Patel miscues a hoik one bounce to Boult at mid-off and tries to run a single. Boult throws down the stumps with Patel a good two yards short.
Over 12 - England 60/5 (Buttler 8, Patel 5)
Patel and Buttler each club a boundary off McClenaghan's final over, leaving England needing only 133 off 48.
Over 11 - England 50/5 (Buttler 3, Patel 0)
Butler bowling to Buttler. It's like that episode of Downton Abbey where they had a cricket match, except not actually at all like that. Butler should really have had Buttler lbw here, but the umpire inexplicably turns down the plumbest of plumb-in-fronts. New Zealand have been well served by their Butler, as he ends his four-over spell with the ludicrous figures of 2/9.
WICKET! Morgan c Munro b Butler 13
No third life for Morgan, who slices the ball to deep point and is safely held by Munro as Butler gets a richly deserved second wicket.
Over 10 - England 47/4 (Morgan 13, Buttler 2)
Jos Buttler joins Morgan in the middle. 'Get it up to 15s now,' urges Brendon McCullum from behind the sticks. He's almost got his wish, with England needing a mere 146 from the last 10 overs.
WICKET! Lumb b N McCullum 17
Something had to give, even if New Zealand do insist on continuing their baffling policy of fumbling straightforward chances. A faintly desperate attempt to slog through the legside from Lumb ends with the ball clipping the off bail after hitting the pad.
Over 9 - England 43/3 (Lumb 17, Morgan 11)
Drop! Astonishing miss. As the pressure of dot balls mounts on Morgan, he cloths a slog to midwicket where Rutherford fumbles the simplest of chances. It's not going to matter in terms of the result, but the bowler is still justifiably furious to see his superb work go unrewarded in the wicket column there.
Over 8 - England 41/3 (Lumb 16, Morgan 10)
Spin for the first time now as Nathan McCullum comes on. And his brother immediately botches a chance to have Morgan stumped. Oh brother. The next ball is dragged down short, and Morgan smacks it well in front of square to give the man on the point boundary no chance.
- 12th Feb 2013
- England won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Seddon Park
- G A V Baxter and D J Walker
england BATTING CARD
|Wright||c Guptill b McClenaghan||0|
|Broad||c Guptill b Franklin||1|
|Total||All Out, 19.3 Overs||137|