England got their summer off to the perfect start with a thrilling final day victory over New Zealand in the first test at Lord’s. In front of the raucous crowd the home side secured the win after bowling out the Blackcaps for 220 on the fifth day. Eventmasters are delighted to offer a wide range of cricket hospitality packages for England’s major cricket fixtures.
England can now look forward to the Royal London ODI series where they take on New Zealand in five matches, including the fourth match at Trent Bridge. Then comes The Ashes and Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Trent Bridge hospitality for both of these fantastic series.
The first three days went the way of the tourists and their first innings total left Alastair Cook’s side 134 runs behind. But two superb innings from Cook and Ben Stokes got England right back into the game. Entering the final day England set New Zealand a target of 345 and set about their business in fine fashion taking three wickets for just 12 runs.
Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson had the Kiwi’s in all sorts of trouble but it was Stokes made the next breakthrough. The Durham all-rounder got the better of Williamson whose edge found Joe Root at gully. The very next ball Stokes dismissed New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum who could only jam a vicious in swinger onto his stumps. Suddenly Stokes was on a hat-trick but much to the disappointment of the crowd he was unable to finish the job.
Watling then fell to debutant Mark Wood for 59 and Anderson was then LBW to England Player of the Year, Joe Root. Stokes took his third wicket of the game dismissing Craig with a superb Yorker. Tim Southee was caught and bowled by Moeen Ali, and England needed just one wicket for a victory that seemed very unlikely earlier in the game.
Broad took the vital wicket as his delivery was hit to third man by Boult and Moeen held on to give England their fifth win in seven tests. The win relieved a lot of pressure that was mounting on skipper Alastair Cook, who hit a brilliant 162 in the second innings.
The ECB are reportedly closing in on Trevor Bayliss as their new head coach. The New South Wales head coach looks set to be the successor to Peter Moores and brings a good track record with him, after coaching Sri Lanka to the World Cup final in 2011. Bayliss worked closely with Paul Farbrace during his time with Sri Lanka and the pair look set to be a winning combination for English cricket. Things seem to be on the up for English cricket ahead of the biggest series in Test cricket, The Ashes.
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