Stokes leads England to dramatic win at Lord’s

25 May, 2015 11:10 pm

LONDON – Ben Stokes took two wickets in two balls to inspire England to victory over New Zealand by 124 runs on a pulsating final day of the first test at Lord’s on Monday.

The fiery all-rounder dismissed Kane Williamson for 27 and Brendon McCullum for a golden duck before a defiant sixth-wicket partnership of 107 between Corey Anderson and BJ Watling gave New Zealand hope of salvaging a draw.

But Mark Wood removed Watling for 59, Anderson was lbw to Joe Root for 67 and England quickly got rid of Mark Craig and Tim Southee.

Last-wicket-pair Matt Henry and Trent Boult survived for eight overs amid mounting tension before the latter was brilliantly caught at third man by a diving Moeen Ali off Stuart Broad as the Kiwis were bowled out for 220.

New Zealand, chasing 345 for victory, collapsed to 12 for three before lunch but Williamson and Watling lifted them to 61 for three.

Stokes, who struck the fastest test century at the home of cricket on Sunday, had the obdurate Williamson caught by Root in the slips for 27 before bowling captain McCullum with a venomous delivery that cut back sharply.

Anderson survived the hat-trick ball and immediately went on the attack, hitting Stokes for two fours and a six, and he continued to play positively alongside the more circumspect Watling as New Zealand took tea on 134 for five.

Wood broke the partnership when Watling gloved a fast straight delivery to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Anderson was trapped by Root.

Stokes returned to bowl Craig for four with a rapid full-pitched delivery and Southee was caught and bowled by Moeen for 20.

James Anderson and Broad had ripped out the top order to give England the scent of victory before lunch.

Martin Guptill edged Anderson’s second ball of the innings to Gary Ballance at third slip.

Broad trapped Tom Latham lbw with his first delivery to reduce the touring side to nought for two and he also dismissed Ross Taylor in the same manner as New Zealand slumped to 12 for three.

Earlier, Kiwi left-armer Boult picked up the last four wickets in under an hour as England were bowled out for 478.

The hosts resumed on 429 for six and Boult had captain Alastair Cook caught by wicketkeeper Latham for 162 before bowling Broad for 10.

Moeen was lbw for 43 and Anderson was bowled for nought to give Boult figures of five for 85 in the innings and nine wickets in the match.

England     1st innings 389 (J. Root 98, B. Stokes 92, J. Buttler 67, M. Ali 58; T. Boult 4-79, M. Henry 4-93) 
New Zealand 1st innings 523 (K. Williamson 132, M. Guptill 70, R. Taylor 62, B. Watling 61no, T. Latham 59)    
England 2nd innings (Overnight: 429-6)
A. Lyth                c Southee b Boult       12  
A. Cook                c Latham b Boult        162 
G. Ballance            b Southee               0   
I. Bell                c Latham b Southee      29  
J. Root                c Boult b Henry         84  
B. Stokes              c Taylor b Craig        101 
J. Buttler             c Latham b Henry        14  
M. Ali                 lbw b Boult             43  
S. Broad               b Boult                 10  
M. Wood                not out                 4   
J. Anderson            b Boult                 0   
Extras                 (b-2 lb-12 w-5)         19  
Total                  (all out, 129 overs)    478 
Fall of wickets: 1-14 A. Lyth,2-25 G. Ballance,3-74 I. Bell,4-232 J. Root,5-364 B. Stokes,6-389 J. Buttler,7-455 A. Cook,8-467 S. Broad,9-478 M. Ali,10-478 J. Anderson
T. Boult               34 - 8 - 85 - 5             
T. Southee             34 - 4 - 162 - 2(w-1)       
M. Henry               29 - 3 - 106 - 2(w-2)       
M. Craig               28 - 3 - 96 - 1(w-1)        
C. Anderson            3 - 0 - 13 - 0              
K. Williamson          1 - 0 - 2 - 0               
New Zealand 2nd innings (Target: 345 runs)
M. Guptill             c Ballance b Anderson   0   
T. Latham              lbw b Broad             0   
K. Williamson          c Root b Stokes         27  
R. Taylor              lbw b Broad             8   
B. Watling             c Buttler b Wood        59  
B. McCullum            b Stokes                0   
C. Anderson            lbw b Root              67  
M. Craig               b Stokes                4   
T. Southee             c&b Ali             20  
M. Henry               not out                 10  
T. Boult               c Ali b Broad           10  
Extras                 (b-5 lb-7 nb-1 w-2)     15  
Total                  (all out, 67.3 overs)   220 
Fall of wickets: 1-0 M. Guptill,2-0 T. Latham,3-12 R. Taylor,4-61 K. Williamson,5-61 B. McCullum,6-168 B. Watling,7-174 C. Anderson,8-198 M. Craig,9-198 T. Southee,10-220 T. Boult
J. Anderson            14 - 5 - 31 - 1(w-1)        
S. Broad               16.3 - 3 - 50 - 3(nb-1)     
M. Wood                13 - 3 - 47 - 1             
B. Stokes              11 - 3 - 38 - 3(w-1)        
M. Ali                 8 - 3 - 35 - 1              
J. Root                5 - 3 - 7 - 1               
Umpire: Marais Erasmus                             
Umpire: Sundaram Ravi                              
TV umpire: Rod Tucker                              
Referee: David Boon                                
Result: England won by 124 runs

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