England vs New Zealand 2nd ODI 1986 Highlights

Watch the highlights of England vs New Zealand 2nd ODI 1986 - New Zealand tour of England (Texaco Trophy) 2-match one-day international series of the 2nd ODI match played between New Zealand and England at Old Trafford, Manchester in 18th July 1986.

A memorable Innings from Bill Athey's unbeaten 142 and Graham Gooch's brilliant 91 steers to England convincing six-wicket victory over New Zealand, despite a Martin Crowe's blazing 74-ball 93* and level the series with 1-1 but the trophy went to New Zealand by virtue of their faster scoring-rate in the second ODI.

Match Stats :
  • Bill Athey became the tenth England batsman to score a century in One-day internationals.
  • Bill Athey became the sixth England batsman to score a hundred against New Zealand in ODIs.
  • Bill Athey's unbeaten 142 was the second highest score for England in One-day international and also the second highest-score by an England batsman against New Zealand in ODIs after David Gower's 158 at Brisbane in 1983.
  • 193 : Graham Gooch and Bill Athey set up the record first-wicket partnership in One-day international cricket history, surpassing the previous record of 188-run held by Kris Srikkanth and Ravi Shastri against England at Cuttack in 1984, It is the England's highest any-wicket stand against New Zealand in ODIs, previously held by the unbeaten 190-run stand for the third-wicket between Allan Lamb and Chris Tavaré at Sydney in 1983 and the England's second highest any-wicket stand in ODIs.

New Zealand scored 284-5 in 55 overs with top scorer by Martin Crowe hammered a unbeaten 93 off 74-balls including 11-fours & 2-sixes with strike rate of 125.67.

Ken Rutherford hit 63 off 111-balls including 5-fours, Jeff Crowe cracked a 48 off 55-balls included 4-fours, John Wright scored 39 off 71-balls with 3-fours and Richard Hadlee blasted a unbeaten 18 off 6-balls including 2-fours & a six with strike rate of 300.

England best bowler by John Emburey, Phil Edmonds, Graham Dilley and Derek Pringle each took one-wickets.

England chased 286-4 in 53.4 overs with top scorer by Bill Athey hit a career-best unbeaten 142 off 172-balls - which was his 1st ODI hundred - including 14-fours.

Graham Gooch cracked a 91 off 102-balls - who fell nine-run short of his century - including 9-fours and Allan Lamb scored 28 off 27-balls included 3-fours.

New Zealand best bowler by Jeremy Coney took 2-wickets and one for Martin Crowe - John Bracewell.

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

A MEMORABLE unbeaten 142 by Bill Athey who figured in a record opening partnership of 193 with Graham Gooch enabled England to defeat New Zealand by six wickets with eight balls to spare in the second Texaco Trophy game at Old Trafford.

New Zealand's 284 for 5 built around Martin Crowe's stunning 93 from 74 balls had been surpassed only once by a side batting second and winning, but due to Athey and Gooch England scarcely had an uneasy moment.

Athey's innings, in only his third one-day international, was a model of quality, temperament, and stroke play. He faced 172 balls, hit 14 fours, and it will be a surprise now if he has not played himself into the full Test side as yet another new opener.

Luck of the draw

Yet but for an injury to Benson he might not have played and England had good cause to appreciate the quirkish nature of fate as Athey and Gooch first avoided mishaps, and then paced themselves well on a slow pitch not entirely conducive to timing.

The previous highest opening stand in a one-day international was 188 by Srikkanth and Shastri for India against England.

New Zealand defended their huge total with exemplary out cricket and initially succeeded in cutting off the boundaries, but by the time Gooch was caught and bowled in the 35th over Athey was reeling off one crisp stroke after another against seam and spin alike.

He had one possible hair raising moment when at 99 he avoided becoming lbw by getting what must have been the faintest of edges to a ball from Hadlee but afterwards ensured he would see the innings through.

Lamb made a brief, but important, contribution of 28 from 27 balls during which he hit over the top with greater certainty than most and then fittingly Athey rounded things off with three fours in one over from Martin Crowe.

His innings earned him the man of the match award and made him England's man of the series, but the trophy went to New Zealand by virtue of their better scoring rate as always seemed likely once England's early command had turned to mediocrity in the field.

Slovenly fielding

Much of their ground fielding ranged from the matronly to the downright slovenly and after the accuracy of Edmonds and Emburey in mid-innings their bowlers lost their nerve and control in the face of Crowe's superb aggression.

He ended as New Zealand's Man-of-the-Series but was decidedly unfortunate to finish on the losing side after breaking the bowlers's grip with strokes of power and improvisation which enabled him to make his last 43 runs from 13 deliveries.

Length and line disappeared entirely during the last eight overs from which New Zealand made 118 and when Gooch having performed tidily earlier, was called upon to bowl the final over it cost 26 runs.

England made two changes, omitting Ellison to accommodate Edmonds and bringing Athey into the side in place of Benson, who reported unfit with a stiff neck.

This probably influenced Gatting's decision to play despite looking less than 100 per cent fit and operating with some discomfort in the field after he had put New Zealand in.

Dilley immediately won an lbw decision against Edgar, but on an overcast morning the batsmen's main problem seemed to be another slow pitch which inhibited stroke play and made timing far from straight forward.

It was a cardinal sin for England to bowl short or wide which Foster particularly did in conditions where a stranglehold should have been placed on the batsmen.

It was probably significant that bowlers of the lesser pace of Pringle and Gooch were harder to force away, with the ball swinging a little for the latter and Wright and Ruther ford had to work hard in adding 73 in 23 overs.



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