Sidebottom's seven-wicket haul gives

Published: Sunday, March 23, 2008, 10:25 [IST]
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Napier: Left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom wrecked Kiwi line-up with a seven wicket haul to give England the edge as tourists sit pretty with 176-run lead with eight wickets in hand on day two of the third and final Test at the McLean Park here on Sunday.

Sidebottom (7 for 47) fiery spell saw Kiwis crumble from 93 for one to 168 all out in the first essay. Stuart Broad claimed 3 for 54.

Fleming, playing his last Test match, top-scored for NZ with 59 while Jamie How chipped in with 44.


Sidebottom, who took a hat-trick and a 10-wicket haul in the first match in Hamilton, with 23 wickets in the series has surpassed the 19 wickets taken by Darren Gough (1996-97) and Andrew Caddick (2001-02) to become the most successful England bowler in a series in New Zealand.

England lost captain Michael Vaughan for four when he was caught by Brendon McCullum from a Chris Martin delivery in the first over before Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss consolidated.

Cook was dropped by McCullum off Daniel Vettori on 34 but he fell shortly afterwards when the wicketkeeper held on to an edge off Jeetan Patel to dismiss the left-hander for 37 and end the 72-run stand with Strauss.

Strauss (42) and Kevin Pietersen (seven) ensured England did not lose any further wickets and went to stumps on 91 for two with their side in firm control of the match and series which is level at 1-1.

Sidebottom dismissed Matthew Bell early in the day with the third ball of the New Zealand innings, then removed the second danger batsman when he had How caught by Strauss at first slip for 44.

However Stephen Fleming and How revived the Kiwi innings with a 103-run stand. Fleming and Jamie belted Anderson out of the attack before lunch and the rot set in soon after the break when Fleming again failed to convert a half century into a 100.

His dismissal for 59 - caught at second slip by Paul Collingwood off Sidebottom - means he needs a further 54 runs in the second innings to meet his goal of ending an 111-Test career with an average of 40.

Broad had Taylor caught behind by Ambrose for two, and Tim Southee caught by Pietersen for five, while Sidebottom continued his rampage with the wickets of Mathew Sinclair (7), Grant Elliott (6) and Brendon McCullum (9).

Earlier teenager Southee announced his arrival on the international scene with a five-wicket haul on debut as England's first innings folded quickly on the second morning to be all out for 253.

The 19-year-old Southee started the day with a wicket off the first ball when Stuart Broad sent an edge to Brendon McCullum to be out for a Test-best 42.

He then finished the innings with Ryan Sidebottom caught by Mattew Bell at mid-off for 14, while in between the two Southee dismissals Chris Martin bowled Monty Panesar for one.

Southee returned an impressive five for 55 off 23.1 overs, the third best debut figures for a New Zealand bowler.

His victims included Pietersen who contributed more than half the England total with his 129 on the first day while fast bowler Broad was their second top scorer.


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