New Zealand vs England 2-Match ODI Series in 1978

Prudential Trophy - New Zealand tour of England 2-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between New Zealand vs England at Old Trafford, Manchester in 17th July 1978.

England batsman Clive Radley scoring a spectacular 117 in the almost 180 minutes had a massive 126-run victory over New Zealand in the second one-day international match at Old Trafford and winning the 2-match ODI series by 2-0.

Clive Radley smashed a unbeaten 117 as England team score of 278-5 was their third highest score achieved in one-day international cricket.

Clive Radley's pugnacious innings which included eleven 4s reduced the New Zealand bowling to tatters and left him with no rivals for the man of the match award.

New Zealand made a bold start in an abortive bid to match England's total, being 80-1 at one stage, New Zealand openers John Wright got out for 30 with bowled off Ian Botham and debutant Bruce Edgar run out for 31, who was playing first ODI match.

But it fell away quickly and was all-out for 152 in spite of a last Lance Cairns flurry with 57 runs off the last four overs.

England bowler Phil Edmonds took three wickets with Geoff Howarth (12), Bevan Congdon (2) and Lance Cairns (57).

Geoff Miller picked up two wickets with Jock Edwards (0) and Richard Hadlee (2).

Bob Willis, John Lever and Ian Botham each took one wickets.

The 34-year-old Clive Radley firmly established as England's No.3 after making his Test debut in New Zealand early that year, came out to bat with England 0-1 after opener Graham Gooch had been duck out with run out in Richard Collinge's first over.

Brendan Bracewell 18-year-old medium pacer, then had England captain Mike Brearley caught out behind for 27 with the score at 45 for 2 wickets.

From then on the England innings prospered with Clive Radley playing the lead role and David Gower, Derek Randall and Ian Botham adding belligerent support.

David Gower contributed 50 off facing 80 deliveries in 75 minutes to a third wicket stand of 104 with Clive Radley, Derek Randall weighed in with 41 as the fourth wicket produced 89 runs in 52 minutes with Radley.

Clive Radley held the whole England campaign together, Derek Randall, David Gower and latterly Ian Botham coming in at the end of the innings and plundering 22-runs off Richard Hadlee's last over embellished it with some glorious hitting, worryingly for them.

New Zealand vs England 2-Match ODI Series in 1978
Ian Botham on his way to a 13-ball 34 © PA Photos/Getty Images

And finally Ian Botham scored a rapid 34-runs off just facing 13-balls including 4 fours and a six with strike rate of 261.53 in 13 minutes.

David Gower and Derek Randall were both run out as England tried to inject even more pace into the already speedy scoring rate.

Ian Botham was caught out off the last ball of the 55-over innings.

New Zealand vs England 1st ODI at Scarborough - 15th July 1978

* England won by 19 runs.

England scored 206/8 in 55 overs with top scorer by Graham Gooch (94), Clive Radley (41) and England skipper Mike Brearley (31).

New Zealand best bowler by Lance Cairns 5-28, Richard Hadlee 2-22 and debutant Stephen Boock 1-57, who was playing his first one-day match.

While chasing New Zealand scored 187/8 in 55 with top scorer by Bevan Congdon (52), Geoff Howarth (42), Lance Cairns (23) and debutant John Wright (18), who was playing his first one-day international match.

England best bowler by Graham Gooch 2-29, Mike Hendrick 2-35, Bob Willis and Ian Botham each took 1-1 wickets.

Graham Gooch named player of the match for his scintillating 94 off facing 129 deliveries Including nine 4s and two 6s.

Player of the series award to Clive Radley for England, Lance Cairns for New Zealand.



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