My corner of the oval

… thoughts from a Kiwi cricket fan

Series winners – oh yeah!!!

on June 6, 2013
England v New Zealand - Natwest series - 2013

England v New Zealand – Natwest series – 2013

They may have lost the final … dead-rubber … match in Nottingham today, but the New Zealand Black Caps wrapped up another away series victory over a top One-Day side regardless!

Think about that for a second …

Little old New Zealand, the land of 4.5 million people, putting together a One-Day cricket side that can beat the likes of South Africa and England, top test-playing nations in the world!  And not just beat them … beat them in their own backyards too!

Yep, there’s a lot to celebrate and be happy about so far this 2013 year for our national cricket side!

Such as … being unbeaten in three One-Day matches at the Home of Cricket (Lords) … Martin Guptill scoring the second One-Day century by a New Zealander in England …

103* at the Home of Cricket

103* at the Home of Cricket

He then went on to become the third New Zealander to score a century in England, when he smoked 189 runs at the Ageas Oval in Southampton – the highest individual One-Day score by a New Zealander full stop.

This was part of a combined team innings of 359 runs which ensured the 86 run victory to wrap up the Series for New Zealand.  This total also included three century-scoring partnerships, between Guptill and Kane Williamson (120), between Guptill and Ross Taylor 109, and an unbroken 118 partnership with Brendon McCullum!  Who says our batsmen can’t bat well together, create partnerships and win games, huh?  😉

Martin Guptill was eventually dismissed (after about 3 ‘not out’ scores in succession) in the third One-Day match, giving him a Series average of 330!  Not bad, really!  🙂

There’s also plenty to be smiling about in the bowling department for the New Zealand Black Caps as well!  While it was disappointing to lose our test bowling star, Trent Boult, before the Series with a side strain injury (get well quick, Boulty!), the likes of Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson 😉 and Mitchell McClenaghan stepped up and between them, caused more than enough difficulties for the English batsmen.  Finishing the Series with an average of 17.25 for McClenaghan is definitely in the “win” category!

Another McClenagan wicket at a vital time!

Another McClenagan wicket at a vital time!

As well as the Series winners’ medals and the Series trophy, Martin Guptill also takes home the “Man of the Series” honour, which is a fitting tribute to a fantastic individual contribution!

So now it’s onwards and upwards to Cardiff in Wales, where the New Zealand Black Caps’ first opponents in the Champions Trophy tournament is Sri Lanka.

Can our confident and skilled cricketers cause a few more problems for world-class batsmen and bowlers and go far in this tournament?  You better believe it!  Keep the faith, New Zealand cricket fans (and critics alike!) – this team is going places and it’s going to be fantastic to watch … if you can handle the early-morning viewing hours!  😉

The victorious Black Caps!

The victorious Black Caps!

For more statistics from the Natwest Series, click here:  http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-new-zealand-2013/content/story/638855.html

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