Okay so I thought I'd give it a go.
Fulton, Redmond, Guptill
Taylor, Ryder, NcCullum, Oram, Franklin, Vettori, Mills
Bond, Southee, O'Brien, JEETS
First game vs. Scotland saw some decent allround batting get us to 166 for 3. Fulton failing miserably.
Scotland got off to a great start but some super bowling from Franklin and Vettori saw them bowled out 9 runs short. An ominous start for Jeets.
Fulton 6 (6)
Guptill 56 (30)
Ryder 51 (46)
Taylor 32* (28)
McCullum 19* (11)
Disaster struck as the NZ middle order collapsed in their next match vs. a good looking South African team and they were crushed by 8 wickets.
McCullum 22 (12)
Ryder 7 (6)
Guptill 6 (8)
Taylor 3 (10)
Redmond 1 (3)
Oram 2 (4)
Franklin 14 (22)
Vettori 8 (11)
Jeets 16* (31)
Bond 2 (7)
Mills 3* (11)
Last edited by Athlai; 09-12-2009 at 09:34 PM.
Interesting how different our T20 squads are, only 9/15 players included in both our touring parties. Good luck with your story, hopefully you'll do a bit better than how I've started!
A last ball thriller against Pakistan sees New Zealand's hopes of WC victory go down the sink. Shehzad held together the Pakistani innings on 66no with Vettori, Mills, Franklin and Jeets making the paltry 121 NZ set a difficult target. Jeets even bowled a maiden WAG.
Taylor 33 (38)
Ryder 24 (21)
Franklin 25* (29)
Australia win by 107 runs. Ack totally destroyed
No Kiwi past 20 runs, batting has been shambles so far.
Last edited by Athlai; 09-12-2009 at 09:55 PM.
Very dissappoint tour, beaten by all decent sides.
Top run scorer was Ryder with 100 @ 20
Taylor 89 @ 22.25
McCullum 85 @ 21.25
Guptill 82 @ 16.40
Franklin 68 @ 22.67
Oram 38 @ 9.50
Jeets 27 @ 27 - lol
Franklin 8 @ 13.5 (by miles the best bowler, economy of 5.73)
Mills 7 @ 17.14
Vettori 6 @ 19.83
Oram 1 @ 27
Jeets 3 @ 48 (2nd best economy though @ 7.26)
Bond 2 @ 64.50
After shaking off the kinks from a dismal T20 WC performance, the new management team announced their squad to tour Sri Lanka. The tour will almost certainly end in defeat with an inexperienced New Zealand side, but they are hoping to pull off an upset and take Sri Lanka as close as they possibly can.
The previous management had failed to organize a tour match which left the current team fuming.
The first Test match was beginning and the team was without match practice, the selected team was:
First Test Match in Sri Lanka
Lost the toss and Sri Lanka bat first. Sangakkara and Kapogedera set off to a rollicking start and NZ were immediately looking lost when captain Vettori struck early into his spell. Lunch saw Sri Lanka sitting comfortably at 130-1 on a great batting track.
The second session saw a great resurgence from New Zealand with Bond bowling a fast aggressive spell of bowling that saw Jayawardene gone right after lunch for 25. Vettori bowled economically but in a stroke of genius pulled himself off for Franklin who immediately took the wicket of Mathews. Despite Kapu's fighting 101 NZ were on the front foot at this stage with Franklin and O'Brien taking the wickets of Samaraweera and Kapugedera. At tea NZ have their tails up with Sri Lanka on 216-5.
Sri Lanka battled hard to end the day on 291-7 after Franklin struck Dilshan early after Tea. Warnapura and Vaas put on a sturdy partnership that was broken shortly before the days break with O'Brien bowling into the wind.
Not long into day 2 Sri Lanka were skittled out for 324 with Bond and O'Brien scything throw the tail. Guptill and McIntosh remained relatively untroubled to reach lunch at 34-0.
After lunch McIntosh fell soon to the might of Murali and Mendis who went on to bamboozle their way throw the Kiwi middle order. Guptill managed 52 before finally being removed. A mini collapse occuring after his wicket after both Taylor and Oram fell in the space of a few overs. At 134-5 NZ would be hoping that Ryder can go on to lead them to a good score.
Ryder and McCullum rebuilt well after Tea with Ryder falling only after reaching 78. Vettori and McCullum made it safely to stumps. NZ sit on 253-7 and will look to bat past lunch tomorrow, McCullum 45*, Vettori 22*.
Vettori fell after only adding 2 runs to his previous days score. McCullum then struck out lifting NZ to a score of 307, only 17 runs behind Sri Lanka. Murali taking a well deserved 5fer. Bond removed the first innings centurion for 20 to leave Sri Lanka leading by 65 runs for 1 at lunch.
Sangakkara and Jayawardene managed a good partnership to put Sri Lanka on top, Vettori removing his opposite number shortly before the tea break. Sri Lanka leading 163-2
NZ fought on to find a wicket, and Oram did manage to induce a poor shot from Mathews. Their aggressive spell continued with Franklin hitting Samaraweera in the head leading to him retiring hurt. Sri Lanka end the day leading by 249-3 (and 1 retired hurt)
At lunch Sri Lanka only lost Sangakkara for 120 360 runs ahead.
Sri Lanka then going on to declare 485 runs ahead of New Zealand on the stroke of tea.
McIntosh was removed first ball and the coach could be heard saying "**** off you'll never play for us again." Guptill was removed soon afterwards for 0. NZ lost 5 wickets in the last session of the day with Oram being lost in the final over. 400 needed to win with Taylor 22*.
After Taylor was removed for 37 all hope was lost. Sri Lanka winning by 360 runs.
Dilshan and Vaas secured a big first innings score for Sri Lanka with hundreds from both. Vettori was the best from NZ with a 5fer yet SL still managed 469. After a positive start NZ fell away to 242 and were made to follow on. They reached 295 second time around and managed a few Sri Lankan wickets in their small chase of 69-2. NZ will be dissappointed yet glad the drubbing wasn't worse than it could have been.
NZ: Vettori 69*
SL: Jayawardene 34*
More of the same, huge Sri Lankan first innings and massive NZ first innings collapse. 330 in their 2nd innings which led to some improvement and a 10 wicket loss.
Last edited by Athlai; 10-12-2009 at 07:18 AM.
Demolished in the Tests by Pakistan but I took the ODIs 3-2.
Currently playing Australia in the Test series after rolling over Bangers.
Franklin scored a big 100 in the first Test and then got a 5fer and Australia were made to follow on. Second innings they did better and we were left to chase a 100 for the win. Unfortunately there was 4 hours of rain and it ended up as a draw.
In the first innings of the second match and they were 100-1
Jeets just took 5-38 and they were all out for 293. Very happy with that.
HAHAH! Ryder 195 and McIntosh 111 meant we reached 514-9 dec.
Hughes double ton means a win is unlikely. Franklin took 6 and Patel 4. Opening with Ryder and he is gone for 0.
We need 96 to win with a session to go. Sinclair on 45* Broom 10* - Oram, McCullum, Vettori, Franklin, Patel and Southee to come.
Last edited by Athlai; 10-12-2009 at 10:28 PM.
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