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England v New Zealand 1st Test - LIVE!


by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 6:02 PM


  • 105th over - England 210/8 (Bairstow 29, Finn 2)
    Just a leg bye off the over so Finn keeps the strike. New Zealand have an attacking field with three slips and a gully and they are bringing Trent Boult back into the attack to have a go at finishing off England's tail.
    5/17/2013 12:46:53 PM
  • 106th over - England 211/8 (Bairstow 29, Finn 3)
    Finn picks up a single off Boult but Bairstow lets pretty much everything else go. It seems he has enough faith in his batting partner to stick around not to start having a go at New Zealand's bowlers.
    5/17/2013 12:49:06 PM
  • 107th over - England 217/8 (Bairstow 33, Finn 4)
    Bairstow picks up a four having a flash outside off stump to a rising delivery - it's not a totally convincing shot but it flies off a top edge and over the slip cordon to the boundary.
    5/17/2013 12:51:19 PM
  • 108th over - England 219/8 (Bairstow 35, Finn 4)
    Signs are that Bairstow is going to have a bit more of a go at New Zealand's bowlers now, although not in very convincing fashion - he plays a streaky shot nearly chopping the ball onto his stumps and adds two more to the total.
    5/17/2013 12:57:10 PM

  • A disconsolate Matt Prior walks off for a golden duck 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 12:57 PM


    5/17/2013 12:57:49 PM
  • 109th over - England 219/8 (Bairstow 35, Finn 4)
    Another maiden from New Zealand this time a good over from Southee to Finn, he nearly clears out the England man but the ball misses the stumps after beating bat and pad. England still struggling to find another gear.
    5/17/2013 1:01:35 PM
  • 110th over - England 221/8 (Bairstow 37, Finn 4)
    Well timed clip off his legs for two from Bairstow and he is now approaching the dangerous late 30s which has been the undoing of so many England batsmen this innings. Bairstow is struck on the pad and New Zealand consider a review but think against it. Hawkeye reveals it would have clipped leg stump but the original umpires call of not out would have stood so it was a good decision. Bairstow still not totally convincing.
    5/17/2013 1:05:26 PM
  • WICKET! Finn LBW Southee - 4
    England's number 10 is out, Finn trapped in front by Southee who now has his third wicket for 54 runs. Last man in for England.
    5/17/2013 1:05:42 PM
  • 112th over - England 222/9 (Bairstow 37, Anderson 1)
    Southee picks up his third wicket removing Finn and the new man Anderson immediately looks to have a swing at Southee, he flashes at a wide one and completely misses it. Southee comes down the track and has a quiet word to him. Anderson then edges one through the slips to pick up a single and take the strike from Bairstow. Perhaps a bad decision.
    5/17/2013 1:12:13 PM
  • 113th over - England 229/9 (Bairstow 41, Anderson 4)
    Well I was wrong to doubt the Burnley Lara... Anderson drives well and picks up three bringing Bairstow on strike who then hits an excellent drive himself, this time finding the boundary and England score an almost unheard of seven off the over.
    5/17/2013 1:16:37 PM
  • WICKET! Bairstow c & b Southee - 41
    Well that's it for England's innings, Bairstow trying to hit out smacks one done the pitch but straight into the hands of Southee who takes an excellent return catch.

    ENGLAND: 232 ALL OUT
    5/17/2013 1:18:00 PM
  • So England are all out for 232, Tim Southee ended up with four wickets although for me Trent Boult was the pick of the Kiwi seamers, taking the crucial wickets of Trott and Cook. It will be intriguing to see how New Zealand bat on this pitch.
    5/17/2013 1:21:52 PM
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    5/17/2013 1:23:59 PM
  • WICKET! Rutherford c Cook b Anderson - 4
    Anderson strikes in the first over, finding the edge of Rutherford's bat and Alistair Cook takes a good diving catch low at first slip. Great early breakthrough for England and the crowd finally have something to cheer.
    5/17/2013 1:32:40 PM
  • 1st over - New Zealand 5/1 (Fulton 1, Williamson 0)
    Anderson makes the perfect start for England, removing Rutherford who had struck him for a four two balls earlier. England now have the chance to apply some pressure themselves for the first time in this match.
    5/17/2013 1:35:37 PM
  • 2nd over - New Zealand 5/1 (Fulton 1, Williamson 0)
    Some early swing for Broad and this is a good sign for England. He ties Fulton up with a good delivery that moves after the stumps and Prior pulls off a very good take. Excellent over from Broad and it's a maiden.
    5/17/2013 1:38:50 PM
  • James Anderson is of course now just one wicket away from 300:





    5/17/2013 1:39:58 PM
  • 3rd over - New Zealand: 6/1 (Fulton 1, Williamson 0)
    Another good over from Anderson, he thinks he has Fulton caught behind down the leg side but Steve Davis turns down a strong appeal. England decide not to review.
    5/17/2013 1:44:25 PM
  • 4th over - New Zealand: 7/1 (Fulton 2, Williamson 0)
    Another solid over from Broad, just the single off it and New Zealand are finding it as difficult to score here as England did. Could 232 turn out to be a good enough score?
    5/17/2013 1:49:09 PM

  • Got him! Jimmy Anderson strikes in the first over 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM


    5/17/2013 1:50:39 PM
  • 5th over - New Zealand 7/1 (Fulton 2, Williamson 0)
    Some excellent swing bowling from Anderson here, he nearly has Fulton driving at one outside off stump but the ball misses the bat by a whisker. Anderson so close to his 300th wicket.
    5/17/2013 1:53:47 PM
  • 6th over - New Zealand: 7/1 (Fulton 2, Williamson 0)
    Another maiden in this match this time from Stuart Broad and England are keeping the pressure on.

    5/17/2013 2:01:28 PM
  • WICKET! Fulton c Swann b Anderson - 2
    Anderson has 300 wickets! He slides one across Fulton and Swann takes a good low catch in front of him at second slip.
    5/17/2013 2:01:44 PM
  • 7th over - New Zealand 7/2 (Williamson 0, Taylor 0)
    Another fantastic over from James Anderson, a wicket-maiden and he now has two wickets for 0 runs and New Zealand are feeling the pressure. 
    5/17/2013 2:03:54 PM
  • 8th over - New Zealand 11/2 (Williamson 4, Taylor 0)
    Wiliamson breaks the cycle of maidens with a four off Broad to get off the mark but Broad responds by firing one into his pads. There's a strangled appeal but the ball is going down leg side so no great excitement from the England players.
    5/17/2013 2:07:29 PM
  • 9th over - New Zealand 15/2 (Williamson 4, Taylor 4)
    Taylor seems determined to play his shots here, he is off the mark with a slightly unconvincing cut shot that trickles to the boundary and then plays and misses the last ball of the over prompting huge appeals for caught behind from the England players but the umpire is having none of it.
    5/17/2013 2:13:47 PM
  • 10th over - New Zealand 15/2 (Williamson 4, Taylor 4)
    Another maiden from Stuart Broad and he is bowling with some good control here which is reassuring to see for England fans. Steven Finn looks set to come into the attack from the Pavilion End.
    5/17/2013 2:18:24 PM
  • 11th over - New Zealand 19/2 (Williamson 4, Taylor 8)
    Finn comes into the attack and he can't quite find his line straightaway. Taylor scores four from the over. Finn bowling off a longer run up again, perhaps the switching about is affecting him?
    5/17/2013 2:22:01 PM

  • Anderson celebrates his 300th wicket 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM


    5/17/2013 2:22:38 PM

  • C'mon Jimmy, a few more cheap wickets needed..Chris P ColonelMay 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    5/17/2013 2:25:21 PM
  • 13th over - New Zealand 24/2 (Williamson 6, Taylor 10)
    New Zealand try and relieve the pressure a little with a few quick runs but like England they are struggling to find the boundary. This is turning into an intriguing game.

    5/17/2013 2:30:04 PM
  • 16th over - New Zealand 41/2 (Williamson 10, Taylor 20)
    Anderson back into the attack and Taylor plays an excellent cut shot for four first ball. He runs a good quick single and then Williamson gets in on the action playing a great drive for four to make this the most expensive over of the innings for England. 
    5/17/2013 2:42:19 PM

  • Cook takes a good catch to remove Rutherford 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM


    5/17/2013 2:43:14 PM

  • For goodness sake... New Zealand are never going to win a test match with RR of less than 2 an over... oh hang on. Heard this before...Jamie C.May 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    5/17/2013 2:44:56 PM
  • 17th over - New Zealand 49/2 (Williamson 11, Taylor 27)
    Ross Taylor is taking the game to England here but in a slightly risky style. He lifts a Finn bouncer over the slips for four but then gets nowhere near the ball attempting the same thing later in the over. New Zealand add a couple more quick runs to keep the scoreboard ticking over. This is good play from the tourists.
    5/17/2013 2:47:05 PM
  • 17 from the last two overs
    5/17/2013 2:47:15 PM
  • 18th over - New Zealand 49/2 (Williamson 11, Taylor 27)
    Anderson halts the run flow with a maiden, including a big LBW shout although the ball was heading down leg side and England didn't review.
    5/17/2013 2:51:36 PM
  • TEA: 19th over - New Zealand 54/2 (Williamson 11, Taylor 32)
    The entire crowd and press box wince in unison as Steven Finn cracks Ross Taylor on the shoulder with a bouncer. Taylor gives his arm a few whirls and settles himself well enough to cut him for four two balls later, the ball flying agonisingly past third slip to bring up the New Zealand 50.
    5/17/2013 2:56:50 PM
  • The bell has been rung so the players and umpires will be back on the field imminently... A slight spillage of my tea has been the main news from the break. No major damage done though. 
    5/17/2013 3:14:37 PM
  • 20th over - New Zealand 58/2 (Williamson 11, Taylor 36)
    Broad opens up for England after tea and Taylor picks up where he left off before the break, scoring a boundary straight away. He keeps it tight for the rest of the over though. England can't allow Taylor to get going considering their low first innings score.
    5/17/2013 3:24:42 PM
  • 21st over - New Zealand 58/2 (Williamson 11, Taylor 36)
    Anderson back from the Pavilion End now and he bowls another maiden to Williamson who is certainly being more watchful than his partner. These two have batted well together and have the first and only 50 partnership of this game so far.
    5/17/2013 3:26:57 PM
  • 22nd over - New Zealand 70/2 (Williamson 11, Taylor 48)
    Taylor on the attack against Broad and he picks up two more fours from the first two balls of the over to move to 44 off 44 balls. He then drives again for four more of the last ball of the over. This is excellent batting from a man who looked woefully out of form in the IPL recently.
    5/17/2013 3:30:36 PM
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    5/17/2013 3:31:20 PM

  • James Anderson is congratulated on reaching 300 wickets by Ian Botham and Bob Willis who have also both reached the milestone 
    by Charles Reynoldson May 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM


    5/17/2013 3:38:35 PM
  • 24th over - New Zealand 75/2 (Williamson 16, Taylor 48)
    I take back everything nice I said about Stuart Broad earlier. He bowls a rank long hop outside off stump and Williamson nonchalantly swats it to the cover boundary for four. Too easy and England simply don't have the runs to play with.
    5/17/2013 3:40:35 PM
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