England thrash Black Caps

2013-05-19 14:43
Stuart Broad (AFP)

London - England thrashed New Zealand by 170 runs to win the first Test at Lord's on Sunday with more than a day to spare.

New Zealand, chasing 239 for victory, were dismissed for just 68 in a second innings that lasted just under two hours with Stuart Broad taking a Test-best seven wickets for 44 runs in 11 overs.

Victory gave England a 1-0 lead in this two-match series ahead of the second Test at Headingley starting Friday.

Broad was the star of the show and bowled England into a winning position before lunch with five quick wickets as New Zealand suffered a dramatic top-order collapse.

At lunch, New Zealand had slumped to 29 for six in their second innings - still needing a further 210 runs to reach their victory target of 239.

Broad took the first four wickets after frustrating New Zealand with 26 not out as England slumped to 213 all out in their second innings earlier Sunday.

At lunch, Broad had the remarkable figures of five wickets for 22 runs in 5.4 overs, with James Anderson taking one for seven in six.

Fast-medium bowler Broad struck third ball Sunday to have Peter Fulton caught behind and then jagged one back from leg to knock over Hamish Rutherford's off-stump.

Ross Taylor, New Zealand's first innings top-scorer with 66, then fell for nought when he edged Broad low to England captain Alastair Cook at first slip.

New Zealand - chasing what would be the highest single innings total of the match if they achieved it - were now 16 for three.

And that became 21 for four when Kane Williamson chipped Broad to Steven Finn in the covers.

Anderson, who'd taken five wickets in the first innings, got in on the act when Dean Brownlie was caught by Cook.

And Broad took his personal haul to five for 22 in 32 balls when he had New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum lbw for eight, a decision upheld despite the batsman's desperate review.

Shortly after lunch, the collapse continued as England sniffed victory

Earlier in the day, Kiwis seamer, Tim Southee took six English wickets as New Zealand wrapped up the hosts' second innings inside 10 overs on the day's play.

Southee finished with figures of six wickets for 50 runs in 19 overs as England were bowled out for 213.

However, the victory target of 239 would be the highest total of the match were they to achieve it - for victory.

Southee had bowled New Zealand back into the match with three wickets late on Saturday after Jonathan Trott (56) and Joe Root (71) had threatened to take the match away from the tourists.

And the 24-year-old carried on from where he left off, maintaining his accuracy in a burst of six wickets for 25 runs in 52 balls, albeit he was helped by several poor shots.

The paceman did not have long to wait for a fourth wicket Sunday, removing nightwatchman Steven Finn for his overnight six with the aid of a second slip catch by substitute fielder Martin Guptill.

Ian Bell, nought not out overnight, was the last of England's specialist batsmen, having come in down the order after suffering from a bout of flu.

Before this match he'd suggested he coul help provide the attacking impetus with the bat England would otherwise miss as a result of Kevin Pietersen being ruled out with a knee injury.

But instead he became Southee's fifth wicket of the innings, caught in the slips for six by Dean Brownlie after pushing tamely well outside off stump, as the paceman secured his place on the Lord's honours board.


England: 232 (T Southee 4-38, N Wagner 3-70) and 213 (J Root 71, J Trott 56; T Southee 6-50)

New Zealand: 207 (R Taylor 66, K Williamson 60; J Anderson 5-47, S Finn 4-63) and 68 (S Broad 7-44)

Result: England won by 170 runs

Series: England lead two-match series 1-0

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