Tue, 25 Jun 2024

Wagner pilots New Zealand to stunning win

REUTERS - New Zealand wrapped up an impressive innings and 65-run victory over England shortly after tea on the final day of the first Test at the Bay Oval today (25) with Neil Wagner running through the tourists' lower order.

Wagner took three wickets in 17 balls for one run as England collapsed from 132 for five to 138 for eight before tea, then broke a 59-run ninth-wicket partnership between Jofra Archer and Sam Curran after they had threatened to thwart the hosts.

The left armer, who finished with figures of five for 44 from 19.2 overs, trapped Stuart Broad in front for a first ball duck to end England's resistance at 197.

Wicket-keeper B. J. Watling was named Man-of-the-Match after his maiden double century of 205 and hefty partnerships with Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner helped the hosts to a first innings of 615 for nine declared.

After Santner had taken three quick England wickets late on Sunday, the tourists resumed on 55 for three needing to bat the entire fifth day to stop New Zealand from taking a 1-0 lead into the second match of the two-Test series in Hamilton.

And while they showed signs they might be able to see the day out, tentative shot- and poor decision-making led to their downfall.

Captain Joe Root, Joe Denly, Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope were all dismissed playing at balls they did not need to, while Archer fell into a trap set by Wagner when he was well set to bat out the final hour.

Stokes's dismissal was particularly important with the aggressive all-rounder looking settled before he played on, letting out a loud yell of exasperation after chasing a wide, shortish ball from Tim Southee.

His dismissal at 121 for five sparked a collapse, with Wagner then ripping through the lower order.

Denly fell for 35 when he was caught by Watling following a lifting delivery from the left armer. Pope also fell to Wagner, needlessly throwing his hands at a wide full toss only to watch the ball fly to a diving Santner at short cover.

With Trent Boult off the field with sore ribs, Wagner took the second new ball and bowled Jos Buttler for an 18-ball duck with a yorker with the first delivery.

Archer and Curran kept the hosts at bay for more than an hour either side of tea and were starting to look comfortable before Wagner struck again to wrap up the match.


1st innings 353

2nd innings

  • R. Burns c de Grandhomme b Santner 31
  • D. Sibley c Watling b Santner 12
  • J. Denly c Watling b Wagner 35
  • J. Leach c Latham b Santner 00
  • J. Root c Latham b de Grandhomme 11
  • B. Stokes b Southee 28
  • O. Pope c Santner b Wagner 06
  • J. Buttler b Wagner 00
  • S. Curran not out 29
  • J. Archer c Henry b Wagner 30
  • S. Broad lbw b Wagner 00

Extras: (b12, lb1, w1, nb1) 15

Total: (all out, 96.2 overs) 197

Fall: 1-48, 2-53, 3-55, 4-69, 5-121, 6-132, 7-133, 8-138, 9-197

Bowling: Southee 20-4-60-1, Boult 6-4-6-0, de Grandhomme 10-3-15-1 (1w), Santner 40-19-53-3 (1nb), Wagner 19.2-6-44-5, Williamson 1-0-6-0

New Zealand

1st innings

615 for 9 declared

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