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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

NZ wobble before Oram musters middle order to secure draw

New Zealand 277 and 6/269 (J Oram 101, J How 68) drew with England 319: First Test Day 5 at Lord's.

At 4/120 and Brendon McCullum retired hurt, a lead of 78 with plenty of time left for England to secure a win didn't inspire much confidence that the Black Caps could survive. But survive, even prosper (in a modest NZ cricket way), they did thanks chiefly to a bold, aggressive and occasionally risky 101/121 b (2x6, 15x4) from Jacob Oram. While Oram was the dominant figure in the revival he was well supported by debutant Daniel Flynn's obdurate 29 no/118 b (2x4).

The England attack was steady but lacked a little penetration. In their defence the wicket played well and they weren't especially well supported in the field, but in the end it was the light and the weather which determined the result.

Everyone, not least's Peter Foster writing lugubriously from Takaka (which must be even closer to the end of the earth than Adelaide), will be hoping for fewer interruptions in the second Test at Manchester.

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