4th over: New Zealand 16-0 (Conway 4, Young 11) Conway also tries to get himself ticking, having a big heave at the first ball of Topley’s next and connecting only with south London air. It’s not settled him down though – another thick edge squirts away but lands safely and Conway moves to a hessian-sack-scratchy four from 14 balls.
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3rd over: New Zealand 14-0 (Conway 3, Young 10) Young dances a couple of yards down the track at Woakes, just to get himself going a little bit as much as anything. And it does the trick – next ball he’s served up a half-tracker that he puts away for four through midwicket, and an attempted slower ball from the last is overpitched and punched through the covers for four more.
2nd over: New Zealand 5-0 (Conway 3, Young 2) Reece Topley at the other end, and he has Young playing and missing outside off. Conway is beaten all ends up too with one that hoops away – the New Zealand openers are struggling to find the bat at all, never mind the middle, early on. To emphasise the point, Conway is a foot away from clipping straight into the hands of Bairstow at midwicket, but he picks up two from the last, carving slightly awkwardly through point.
1st over: New Zealand 2-0 (Conway 1, Young 1) Woakes begins with a couple of dots to the left-handed Conway, then tempts him the batter into a groping prod at a wide one that zips through to Buttler. Conway gets off the mark with an inside edge for one, amd Young does likewise with an outside edge to backward point. Solid start from Woakes, who roars an lbw appeal from the last, though it looks to have pitched outside leg.
Out stride Will Young and Devon Conway. Chris Woakes will open the bowling for England …
Hello all. Well, that was fun. Another quite magical Ben Stokes innings, some ultra-high-quality pace bowling from Trent Boult, and a limp England collapse in the final eight overs that means we still have a game on. New Zealand will have to come out with their collective foot to the floor, but at one point they would’ve expected to be chasing 400.
Yeah, we need a dull enough game for us to meander away about good cricket pubs (the Prince of Wales, in that posh square off Kennington Road being another fave near the Oval). All of which can be chewed over through the evening.
But not with me. My work here is done, and John Ashdown will be your friend through New Zealand’s reply. Thanks for reading and for your emails. Bye.
“A breathtaking innings by an astonishing player,” gushes Colum Fordham. “You run out of superlatives with Stokes. He almost seems more dangerous as a batsman when hobbling. He clearly justifies his position in the ODI team as a batter but even the mighty Stokes will have to field in the World Cup (bowling being out of the question, I’d imagine) and his mobility is in doubt. Surely he needs a bit of a break before the tournament starts?”
Yeah that should be him back in the easy-chair for a bit. He’s amply demonstrated that his recall, and rescinded retirement, was justified and for all the earlier chat about whether he’d have been better off getting his knee sorted first, it’s understandable that he should make ODI cricket the priority. He has always been a greater asset in the 50-over than the 20-over game, and today’s innings was mighty and majestic. He should fix the knee pronto after the World Cup mind.
That was a curiously limp end to the innings but credit to New Zealand’s death bowlers, Boult in particular, for seizing their chance. Nonetheless, England have a formidable total, for which they’re hugely indebted, again, to Ben Stokes for a career-best knock and to Dawid Malan, who made hay with him through the main part of the innings. England should be favourites.
Boult castles Atkinson with a full yorker that the batter clatters onto his stumps, to complete an excellent five-for. And this has been quite the mini-collapse at the other end. Topley is stranded at the other end without having faced.
48th over: England 368-9 (Atkinson 2). Suddenly, England are at risk of not using all their overs. Lister, bowling his final over, tucks up the batters nicely. And in their frustration, England run a bye that’s barely on and Woakes struggles to make his ground, but after a review he’s not out. He is out at the end of the over though, as Woakes’s drive down the ground is taken low by Mitchell. England have lost five for 32. Lister has three wickets for 69
47th over: England 364-8 (Woakes 1). Woakes is brought back at the death, smartly beating Curran outside off first up. The batter then swipes a single and Boult has a slanter called wide but is unlucky to have another similarly called – looked a decent, deceptive slower ball to me. It’s typically masterful death bowling though, Boult changing his angles, pace and length. And it gets the wicket it deserves when a frustrated Curran tries to hack away on the offside and Conway runs round to take. Boult has four, and that’s a brilliant over.
46th over: England 360-7 (Curran 2, Woakes 0). Ferguson juts a short ball into Curran that he has to fend awkwardly downwards. This is a better approach, if you get the line right. But if you give Moeen a smidgeon of room he can pull you towards the crowd, and this one is fumbled into it by a sprawling Phillips for four. He falls next ball though, pulling one from outside off to a diving Phillips at deep square leg. This time he takes the catch.
Moeen has a go late on and is well held at deep square leg
45th over: England 355-6 (Moeen 8, Curran 1). Another full toss is met by Stokes attempting to find the Beehive pub beer garden but has to settle for halfway up the stands for a SIX that gives him England’s highest ever individual ODI score. Alas though, he swiftly then perishes, miscuing a slog to deep square leg. Curran is off the mark with a single before Moeen punishes a wide lister delivery with a lovely cut behind square for four. Lister just beginning to look a bit tired.
No sooner had Stokes brought up England’s highest ever individual ODI score than he holes out. A mighty, magnificent innings ends.
44th over: England 341-5 (Stokes 176, Moeen 2). Moeen is almost run out scampering through to get off the mark with a single, Nicholls had time to hit the stumps but doesn’t take it and a rash throw misses with Moeen out of his ground. Stokes also gets away with one in this over, a mistimed pull dobbing up towards midwicket but no fielder can get there in time. A better over from Ferguson.
43rd over: England 336-5 (Stokes 173, Moeen 0). Lister gets a go from the Vauxhall End this time, and after a couple of fine deliveries hurls down a knee-high full toss that Stokes swivels and helps straight into the crowd behind square leg for yet another SIX. Then, a review, as what looked a bump ball that Livingstone carved to backward point is questioned by New Zealand – and he’s out: The ball bounced before hitting the bat. The second astute successful review by the visitors, and Lister deservedly has his first wicket.
42nd over: England 328-4 (Stokes 166, Livingstone 10). Phillips continues, as a few ominous clouds hover to the north of the ground. He’s been New Zealand’s frontline spinner today with Ravindra expensive and little-used. But Stokes gives him the treatment too, with a glorious straight drive for SIX into the old pavilion. The next one is slogged-and-missed, and hits Stokes on the pad. NZ review, and it’s umpire’s call, nipping into Stokes more than it initially looked to have done, but not enough to change the not-out decision. Stokes responds to the reprieve with a hoick on the legside for SIX more. The onslaught resumes.
41st over: England 314-4 (Stokes 153, Livingstone 9). Ferguson had been meaner in this spell but he sounds a howling wide down legside that Latham can only parry, adding an extra bye to the wide. Other than that, they deal in ones and twos.
40th over: England 307-4 (Stokes 152, Livingstone 5). I was about to type,
“It’s a little more subdued in Kennington now, this pair milking Phillips for singles.” Then I’m forced to put a line through it as Stokes larrups a slog into the posh seats behind wide long-on for SIX. He goes past 150, an extraordinary effort.
39th over: England 296-4 (Stokes 143, Livingstone 3). Lockie Ferguson, expensive today, returns from the Vauxhall End, and keeps things tighter with a fuller more stringent line and restricting the batters to singles.
38th over: England 290-4 (Stokes 140, Livingstone 0). Phillips returns, as England must be wondering whether their highest ODI score v New Zealand (408) is in reach. The chances of such are jolted when Buttler is dismissed, but not before a detailed check for a back foot no-ball which just about falls in the bowler’s favour. In comes Livingstone, in very different circumstances to those to which he arrived at the crease on Sunday. His first ball is a dot.
Buttler holes out to deep midwicket, but before he’s left the field, the umpires double-check for a back foot no-ball but, wide though it was on the crease, his feet came down initially just inside the line. A rare stroke of fortune for NZ today. Buttler has to go
37th over: England 287-3 (Stokes 138, Buttler 37). Buttler doesn’t quite get hold of a legside slog but it doesn’t carry to Conway at deep midwicket. Then Stokes does get hold of one, smacking another SIX over wide long-on; it’s well held by the fan in the crowd too – good cricket all round. Jamieson responds with an old-school bouncer that’s not given as a wide. File under: Small mercies.
36th over: England 276-3 (Stokes 128, Buttler 36). Buttler is motoring now, rocking back and thwacking Lister away on the onside for four. He looks less comfortable when Lister sends a lifter into his ribcage as the batter advances. Stokes lofts/slogs a cover drive aerially for two, and Buttler completes the over by leaning into a pull to square leg for four. These two are having fun, even while racking up bruises.
35th over: England 264-3 (Stokes 125, Buttler 28). Jamieson comes back on at the Vauxhall End as Latham holds Boult’s final two overs back. Buttler sends a deft scoop over the keeper’s head for four, drawing applause in the crowd from, among others, badger-advocacy’s Brian May in the crowd. More lax fielding on the boundary hands Buttler another four when Conway slide-tackles his pull shot over the ropes. Buttler has 28 from 17 balls as the Barmy Army trumpeter sparks up a rendition of Radio Ga Ga, one of Queen’s more bearable songs IMO.
Joining the 50-over Defence League is John Starbuck: “The ODI format is really the only properly viable method of running a world championship, so far as demonstrating cricketing skills is concerned. T20 is too much of a lottery and Test cricket, enjoyable for its own sake, doesn’t really grip because of the interminable timescale. Stokes is right to want to play his part in it.”
34th over: England 253-3 (Stokes 124, Buttler 18). Lister comes back for what I think is his fourth separate spell. He’s not taken a wicket but has perhaps been the pick of the Black Caps’ attack, but neither he nor the man at mid-off can do anything about a Buttler cover drive with the force of a traction engine that zips away for four. A few more singles ensue
33rd over: England 244-3 (Stokes 122, Buttler 12). Boult bowls his eighth over – bowling him through at this early stage is a risk for New Zealand – and is belted down the ground by Stokes for another four. Buttler sees that and raises it, thumping an insufficiently disguised slower ball over long off for SIX
“Is this game reinforcing how good a batter Ben Stokes is (who knew?) or demonstrating the folly of him going to the World Cup rather than getting his knee fixed?” wonders Brian Withington. Stokes himself should be best placed to know that, but if England want to defend their World crown properly – and give the 50-over game the respect it deserves but often doesn’t get – then it’s worth the risk I guess.
32nd over: England 232-3 (Stokes 117, Buttler 5). A slightly hobbling Stokes, who now has his highest ODI score, marks the achievement by playing a cover drive reminiscent of Malan to cream Jamieson away for four. A more forceful pull on the onside brings two more, and a more forceful one still sails between two fielders on the legside boundary for SIX. He rounds off the over by hoicking another four to long-on. His physical discomfort the only concern arising from this joyous knock.
31st over: England 218-3 (Stokes 103, Buttler 5). Boult appeals for a catch behind against, the umpire responds with outstretched arms for a wide, but New Zealand send it upstairs. And Malan did get the nick. He deserved a hundred but it was a smart review. Buttler is off the mark with a single, having come to the crease with the luxury of options over his approach with such a big score on the board already. He can’t resist a short ball at the end of the over and pulls it to the square leg boundary for four, aided by a misfield.
How’s this for a review. Boult slants one down leg, and he thinks Malan has tickled it to the keeper. The umpire doesn’t, signalling wide instead. New Zealand send it upstairs and, sure enough, snicko shows he’s nicked it. A brilliant innings and partnership ends.
30th over: England 212-2 (Malan 96, Stokes 102). Stokes brings up his fourth ODI hundred, off 76 deliveries, with a pushed single off Phillips as effortless as much of his brilliant innings has been brutal. Not bad for a format he’d retired from. Other than that it’s middle-overs-meandering and strike-swapping.
29th over: England 206-2 (Malan 93, Stokes 99). Boult is brought back into the attack, perhaps earlier than he’d have wanted, but needs must, and it’s a leaner, meaner over. Stoke toe-ends a single to edge closer to a hundred (and his top ODI score of 102), and Malan adds a single behind square on the off. Stokes ends the over on 99.
28th over: England 202-2 (Malan 91, Stokes 97). Phillips returns at the Pavilion End and induces a poor reverse-sweep attempt from Stokes, which canons off gloves and deflects over Latham for a single. New Zealand’s tightest over for a while but they haven’t looked like taking a wicket, if I may say that.
27th over: England 200-2 (Malan 90, Stokes 96). Bowling wide on-length outside off to Dawid Malan is a mug’s game and he creams another two when Daryl Mitchell does just that. An over of singles – one hurriedly run and risking a run-out – ensues as England ease to 200.
This is all bringing back memories of these teams’ ODI series of 2015, when all this New Brand Of Cricket malarkey began.
26th over: England 194-2 (Malan 85, Stokes 95). A rare bit of Poor Cricket All-Round starts the Jamieson over: full toss, mistimed bunt, fumble from the fielder at mid-on, and a single. And Jamieson can do nothing when Stokes greets a back of a length ball outside off with a belligerent straight whack for four. He’s in brilliant touch, but wincing at his innings’ physical exertions too. A couple more well-run singles complete the over.
25th over: England 185-2 (Malan 84, Stokes 88). More chopping and changing, Mitchell replacing Ravindra. He’s starred with the bat in this series, can he with the ball? Not particularly but he at least stops feeding the legside areas through which Stokes has been so prolific, denying him any boundaries this over. A decent start from Mitchell.
24th over: England 181-2 (Malan 83, Stokes 85). Latham keeps chopping and changing his bowlers, bringing back Jamieson for his fifth over. He’s round the wicket at the left-handers and suffers again when Malan creams yet another wonderful drive through mid-on for four. He then decides it’s time he hit a SIX of his own, swinging effortlessly over long-on.
23rd over: England 169-2 (Malan 72, Stokes 85). England absolutely motoring now. Four more for Malan, off Ravindra, then Stokes gives that same section of the crowd behind deep midwicket some catching practice with another SIX, punishing a short delivery. The next is pitched up … and walloped high over long-on for SIX more. This time the bowler changes angle and manages to cramp Stokes up and squeeze a couple of dot balls from another expensive over.
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22nd over: England 152-2 (Malan 67, Stokes 73). Stokes is in bludgeoning mode today, Malan’s all about the timing – this over features another delicious cover drive – and the approach of both is working like a dream at the moment. They look untroubled whether nudging singles or reeling off boundaries, though Lister is bowling with more guile and nous than his more seasoned contemporaries. The runs keep coming, mind.