New Zealand vs England 2nd ODI 1984 Article

Read the article of New Zealand vs England 2nd ODI 1984 - England tour of New Zealand 3-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between England and New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington in 22nd February 1984.

Vic Marks' record-breaking five-wicket haul and Chris Smith's flawless innings of 70 helped England convincing six-wicket victory over New Zealand and took an unassailable 2-0 lead to seal the series in a low-scoring game of the second ODI.

Match Stats : 
  • Vic Marks became the first England bowler to claimed a five-wicket haul against New Zealand in One-day international cricket history.
  • Vic Marks became the first England bowler to take two five-wicket hauls in ODIs.
  • Vic Marks' 5 for 20 was the best bowling figures by an England bowler in ODIs, surpassing the previous record of 5 for 31 held by Mike Hendrick against Australia at The Oval in 1980.
  • Vic Marks' 5 for 20 was the second best bowling figures by any bowler in New Zealand in ODIs after Australia's Terry Alderman's 5 for 17 against New Zealand at same venue on 22nd February 1982.

New Zealand scored 135 for all-out in 47.1 overs with top scorer by Jeremy Coney cracked a 44 off 73-balls including 3-fours & a six.

Geoff Howarth and Richard Hadlee each scored 22-runs including 2-fours.

England best bowler by Vic Marks claimed a career-best 5-wicket haul for 20-runs in 10-overs including three maidens with economy rate of 2, Ian Botham and Neil Foster both took 2-wickets.

England chased 139-4 in 45.1 overs with top scorer by Chris Smith cracked a unbeaten 70 off 118-balls including 15-fours, Derek Randall 25 not out and David Gower 21.

New Zealand best bowler by Ewen Chatfield took 2-wickets for 16-runs in 10-overs including five maidens with economy rate of 2 and Richard Hadlee takes 2-wickets.

This match reported by Michael Carey (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

ANOTHER tight and disciplined bowling performance by England, notably from Vic Marks who took the first five wickets for 20 runs and won the Man of the Match award, enabled them to defeat New Zealand by six wickets at Basin Reserve, Wellington, today and take a 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

New Zealand again found it hard to come to terms. with a pitch on which stroke-play was not entirely straightforward because of its sluggishness, but a flawless innings of 70 by Chris Smith helped England to avoid similar pitfalls, and they overtook a total of 135 with 29 balls to spare.

Both captains had apparently expected a dry, firm pitch to offer more pace and bounce, but once Willis had again lost the toss it was clear that straight bowling just short of a length could not be got away with any fluency.

With Wright absent because of an ear infection, the openers perhaps also tended to overlook the need to push the quick single and when Marks appeared, the score was only 18 from nine overs, which had seen Willis operating as one of two slips.

Marks found the ball would turn just enough to complicate matters more and at his gentle pace, into a northerly breeze on an otherwise perfect day, the need to attack the ball led to a series of mishaps.

Crowes soon depart

The angular Franklin could not make much of this and was soon caught and bowled and, after straightening a ball enough to hit the left-handed Edgar's off stump, Marks removed the Crowe brothers in successive overs.

Martin, having struck a four over long-off with, on this pitch, deceptive ease, tried something similar in the same over, found the ball not there for the stroke and fell to a good head-high catch by Foster at deep mid-off.

Jeff went in similar fashion and New Zealand were 63 for five when Howarth, who had almost fallen to Marks earlier, was adjudged lbw by umpire Morris, who at 26 was standing in his first international match with scarcely 10 first-class games behind him.

Not long afterwards Marks had finished his stint, but with Foster and Botham putting the ball on the spot, much as they had at Christchurch, 39 overs had elapsed before Coney and Hadlee inched the total into three figures.

Coney's six

Under the circumstances, it was a surprise when Botham, having bowled his first seven overs for 11 runs, was hit for 14 in the next, which included a straight six by Coney, but this was only a minor hiccup in Eng. land's progress.

Indeed, Foster's accuracy restricted Hadlee so much that he was caught at cover giving himself room and from the next ball, short and very wide, Cairns obliged by hoisting a simple catch to extra cover.

Coney saw things through to the end having made 44 out of 83, though even he was guilty of the cardinal sin of failing to ensure that New Zealand used up all their overs.

Gower and Smith gave England a brisk start. They were helped by Robertson, who in only his second appearance, was again betrayed by his lack of experience and tended to bowl one ball an over which could be forced off the back foot with the minimum of risk, which Smith started to do with enviable timing.

Optimistic strokes

Given the nature of the pitch and that nothing chancy was called for, the only minor blemishes on England's performance then materialised when first Gower and then Lamb were caught from strokes that are perhaps kindest described as a shade optimistic.

This left England at 54 for two, but by now Smith was playing so well, regularly easing the ball through the covers or mid-wicket and, remarkably in this form of cricket, rarely playing and mis sing that everything was under control.

As Randall had another uncertain beginning, which included an escape at the wicketkeeper's hands off the deserving Chatfield before he had scored. This was probably just as well, though on this pitch England were hardly likely to be bowled out.

The likelihood of being frust rated by accurate bowling similar to their own seemed more of a hazard, but Smith, having survived a close lbw appeal against Chatfield, found a suitable half-volley from Robertson which took him to his fifty.

Selective hitting

That this stroke, driven fluently through the covers, was his 11th four was some indication of the controlled, selective nature of his innings and by the time he was out, having made 60 of his runs in boundaries, the match was decided.
New Zealand have dropped Bruce Edgar and Gary Robertson, replacing them with Peter Webb and Stephen Boock for the final match in Auckland on Saturday.



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