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New Zealand won by 6 wickets.

New Zealand vs England

Kiwis thrash woeful England

Tourists fail to cope with slow pitch in Wellington

McCullum: 42 from 42 balls

England were bowled out for just 130 on their way to a six-wicket defeat in the first one-day international against New Zealand.

After dominating the two Twenty20 matches earlier in the week, the tourists were brought thudding back to earth with a miserable batting display on a slow pitch at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

Phil Mustard's 31 was the top score in a total of just 130, England's cause not helped by three run outs.

And New Zealand - who welcomed back captain Daniel Vettori following an ankle injury that kept him out of the Twenty20 defeats - had little trouble in knocking off such a modest target.

Opening pair Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum took an aggressive approach to the run chase, sharing a stand of 61 in 13 overs that featured more boundaries than the seven that England managed during their entire innings.

Stuart Broad's bowling was the lone bright spot for England. The Nottinghamshire seamer collected the wickets of Ryder (31), McCullum (42) and Scott Styris (0) to finish with 3-26.

Ryan Sidebottom (1-34) also had Jamie How (28) caught behind, but the result was never in doubt as Ross Taylor's 24 not out saw New Zealand to victory with 20 overs to spare.

Struggle

England's batsmen struggled after Collingwood opted to make first use of a pitch that had been dropped in especially for the occasion.

It was tough going as New Zealand's collection of medium pacers and spinners proved difficult to score against.

Chris Martin (2-22) set the tone by bowling Alastair Cook (11) and tempting Ian Bell (5) to drag on during an eight-over opening spell.

Kevin Pietersen scratched around to reach six before he also inside edged onto his stumps off the bowling of Jacob Oram (1-20), who showed no ill effects from his recent hamstring injury.

Opening batsman Mustard played a subdued hand of 31 from 60 balls but his departure, bowled by Scott Styris in the 22nd over, reduced England to 67-4.

Run outs

That was followed by a trio of run outs - all of which involved Owais Shah - that ended any prospect of a competitive total.

Collingwood (12) and Graeme Swann (7) both perished after being sent back by Shah. In between, Ravinder Bopara (3) - selected in favour of Dimitri Mascarenhas - picked out Peter Fulton on the midwicket boundary to become Styris' second victim during a 10-over spell that cost just 22 runs.

Shah (20) then also succeeded in running himself out after unwisely - given the general excellence of New Zealand's ground fielding throughout - setting off for a single that was never on.

Broad did his best to boost the final total with 18 not out, but off-spinner Jeetan Patel (2-14) removed both Ryan Sidebottom (4) and James Anderson (3) as England were all out for 130 in 49.4 overs.

Match Details

Date
9th Feb 2008
Toss
Venue
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Umpires
Asad Rauf and G A Baxter

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Ryder c Broad 31
McCullum c Broad 42
How c Sidebottom 28
Taylor not out 24
Styris c Sidebottom b Broad 0
Fulton not out 1
Extras 1w, 2b, 2lb 5
Total 30.0 Overs 131 - 4
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england BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
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