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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 February 2008, 07:54 GMT
New Zealand thrash awful England
Second one-day international, Hamilton: New Zealand 165-0 beat England 158 by 10 wickets by Duckworth-Lewis method
Match reduced to 36 overs a side, NZ target adjusted to 165

By Oliver Brett

McCullum prepares to run out England's captain Collingwood
McCullum prepares to run out England's captain Collingwood

England gave an even poorer performance than they had managed in the first one-day international as New Zealand easily claimed a 2-0 series lead.

The tourists collapsed horribly from 90-2 to be bowled out for 158 in a match reduced to 36 overs per side.

But for Alastair Cook's 53 they would barely have had any total to defend.

New Zealand showed just how good the wicket was when needing just 18.1 overs to chase down an adjusted target of 165, and they won by 10 wickets.

Jesse Ryder smashed 79 off 62 balls in only his second one-day international, with Brendon McCullum trumping that, taking just 47 balls over his 80.

The gulf in class in 50-over cricket between New Zealand - rated third in the world - and England (seventh) had been cruelly exposed.

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It was the fourth 10-wicket defeat England had endured in ODIs - and they deserved nothing more, having dropped three catches.

The optimisim stemming from series wins against India and Sri Lanka, not to mention the 2-0 drubbing England had handed New Zealand in the Twenty20s, was a distant memory.

Cook and Phil Mustard had actually given England a rollicking start, with the total rattling along to 41 in the sixth over.

Then Mustard, as he often does, got a bit carried away.

One ball after depositing Chris Martin on to a grassy back with a terrific pull shot, he drilled a catch to mid-off.

The next ball, Ian Bell tried to get his bat out of the way of a ball that lifted and let him, and wicket-keeper McCullum took a fine catch.

The partnership between Cook and Kevin Pietersen appeared to dispel any fears of a collapse.

With Pietersen hitting some booming drives down the ground, and Cook throttling back after some aggressive early hits, the pair took the score to 85-2 after 15 overs.

A two-and-a-half-hour rain delay shattered England's optimism, however.

We are not getting totals on the board for the bowlers to defend and we have got to get that right pretty soon

Paul Collingwood

On the resumption, Pietersen soon paid for another pre-meditated stride down the wicket when he was ajudged lbw to Michael Mason.

Immediately, Paul Collingwood - facing his first ball - squeezed Mason down to third man and turned for a kamikaze second run.

He was a yard or two short of his ground when Jacob Oram's throw was returned to McCullum.

Now, England spiralled into terminal crisis.

Owais Shah got a good ball from Mason which nipped back to bowl him, and it was 97-5.

Cook and Ravi Bopara ran between the wickets like two blind rats rather than the Essex team-mates they are.

Inevitably, Bopara sold Cook horribly short when pushing to cover and setting off for a mad run - Cook was run out by yards - and Graeme Swann lasted just six balls.

The onus was now on Bopara to bat out the rest out of the innings, but after facing 42 balls for 23 runs he carelessly hit a thigh-high full toss straight to deep square-leg.

With just one half-century in 19 ODI innings, his place in the side looks in jeopardy.

Stuart Broad played some fine leg-side shots to hit a battling 23.

But he was standing on a burning bridge, and England contrived to lose their sixth wicket of the series to a run-out before Broad was the last man out in the final over.

Owais Shah
Owais Shah was comprehensively bowled by Michael Mason

Mason, Martin and Daniel Vettori had all helped themselves to two wickets, but the most miserly bowler was Oram, whose seven overs cost just 12.

England dished out two immediate bonus presents to New Zealand when McCullum was dropped by Mustard on nought, and Ryder by Shah at slip on eight.

As shoulders dropped, McCullum and Ryder proceeded to crash everything in sight all about, and sometimes out of Seddon Park.

An absurd notion that Ryder would eventually give a catch off a short ball was lampooned when the left-hander pulled one boundary after another.

And McCullum was soon playing the sort of dominating innings he is capable of, when given the chance.

With 19 runs needed, England dropped their third catch - Sidebottom missing Ryder off his own bowling - and the turkey-shoot came to an end when McCullum square-cut Collingwood to the point fence.



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