Improved Blackcaps Put Lacklustre England To Task

Dropped catches and early wickets will haunt England as they reflect on defeat to a much-improved Blackcaps opposition in Wellington. 

The series is now drawn heading to Nelson’s third T20 international, and for the first time in this reasonably new series, the inexperience of the English showed itself on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with perfect conditions for cricket.

But the experience that actually was in the sheds let England down, exampled by James Vince who dropped several easy catches in the field. Just where Vince’s poise, control, and level-headedness had gone to after his stellar showing in Christchurch was anyone’s guess.

New Zealand, meanwhile, were back to something near where they envisioned being after their heavy defeat two days ago. It wasn’t easy and defending 176 presented more than a few storms to navigate, not the least of which a blazing 36 from paceman Chris Jordan to keep the result uncertain late in the chase.

Jordan’s departure saw victory ensured, credit to Mitch Santner who bowled well again to finish with figures of 3/25.

Earlier in the day, the platform for victory had been set by a noticeably more aggressive New Zealand batting performance led by Martin Guptill and finished off by James Neesham. Respectively, the two added 83 runs to New Zealand’s kitty which were crucial in the outcome of the match.

Plus, it added the batting confidence that you sense Guptill in particular needed. Continue reading Improved Blackcaps Put Lacklustre England To Task

James Vince Guides England To Easy Win To Start NZ Tour

A maiden T20 half-century for James Vince has helped England to any easy opening win on tour to New Zealand, chasing down the hosts middling total with ease.

Bowling first in the sun and playing three debutants didn’t appear to impose much concern for England, but it was the classy orthodox batting of Vince that ensured a comfortable win chasing a total of 155.

Outclassing every other batsman with ease, Vince notched his maiden T20 half-century and never looked back. Hitting seven fours and two sixes in his 59, the offside dominant innings featured a strike rate that far outclassed any other, and by the time he was dismissed, the English were in the position to close out.

Thanks all to Vince and a well-executed bowling plan earlier in the day to restrict a usually powerful New Zealand batting arsenal. Continue reading James Vince Guides England To Easy Win To Start NZ Tour

‘Pathetic’ Australia bowled out for 60

It wasn’t just a story of ‘all out of 60′ in the fourth test, it was one of the worst batting performances in test cricket history.

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Australia was bowled out for 60 runs last night as Stuart Broad took 8-15 in under ten overs in Nottingham.

The highest run scorer in the innings for Australia finished on just 14 runs.

So much has been made about Michael Clarke’s captaincy in the last week – and surely now the white flag will be flying.

The Australian media has slammed their cricketing side, and one famous cricket has asked the question of if the Australian ‘WAGS’, the partners and girlfriends of the players, are partly to blame for the shocking performances in the tour thus far.

The Ashes is all but lost for Australia, and their side is in a state of shock overnight.

Michael Clarke labelled it as the ‘worst day’ of his cricketing career, and many say it should be his last as captain.

CWC 15: Southee brilliance as England implode in Wellington

The Blackcaps have pulled off one of the most dominant performances in CWC history after annihilating England this afternoon in Wellington.

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In a total collapse, England were rolled for just 123 after Tim Southee took career best figures of 7/33.

Not only career best figures, but Southee’s effort with the ball broke another record – the best figures for a New Zealand bowler in ODI cricket.

Middle order Joe Root was the only batsmen to really put up a fight with a score of 46 while the rest of the team proceeded to fall around him.

England captain Eoin Morgan managed to hang around at the crease for a while before getting dismissed for 17 off the bowling of Daniel Vettori.

In the run chase, Brendon McCullum bashed the fastest international half century for a Blackcaps batsmen in ODI cricket.

McCullum smashed eight 4’s and seven 6’s in his knock of 77 which featured a strike rate of over 300 to get New Zealand comfortably on track for victory as the evening break approached.

After McCullum’s dismissal, the crowd boo’d loudly as the umpires signalled the evening break despite the Blackcaps needing just 11 runs for victory.

When play resumed, Martin Guptill was dismissed on 22 as Chris Woakes snuck the ball through to the stumps.

The Blackcaps cruised to an easy 8 wicket victory and are arguably the form team so far at CWC.