England beat New Zealand, wrap up Test series 2-0

June 8th, 2008 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS  


Trent Bridge, June 8 (IANS) England romped to an emphatic innings and nine-run victory over New Zealand on the fourth morning Sunday and wrapped up the Test series 2-0 here. England took little more than an hour to knock off New Zealand’s remaining five wickets and bowled them out for 232 in their second innings.

New Zealand had collapsed to 123 in their first innings with James Anderson capturing 7 for 43. The visitors were asked to follow on as they fell short of hosts’ first innings score by 241 runs.

New Zealand were looking down the barrel after finishing at 177 for five Saturday. They needed another 64 to make England bat again but their middle and lower order wilted in the face of some disciplined swing bowling by England Sunday.

Overnight batsman Jacob Oram was left stranded for 50 not out as England bowlers ran through the rest of the batting line-up.

England seamer Ryan Sidebottom took 6 for 67 while Anderson and Stuart Board claimed two wickets each.

Anderson impressive match haul of 9 for 99 earned him the man of the match award.

England rallied to win the second Test at Old Trafford, Manchester, while the opening Test at Lord’s ended in a draw.

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