New Zealand vs England 1st ODI 1988 Article

Read the article of New Zealand vs England 1st ODI 1988 - England tour of New Zealand 4-match one-day international series of the 1st ODI match played between England and New Zealand at Carisbrook, Dunedin in 09th March 1988.

John Emburey's four-wicket haul and Phil DeFreitas' economical bowling figures before Mike Gatting, Neil Fairbrother and David Capel helped to England convincing five-wicket victory over New Zealand and take a 1-0 lead in the first ODI.

New Zealand scored 204 for all-out in 49.4 overs with top scorer by  John Wright struck 70 off 92-balls including 8-fours & a six.

Chris Kuggeleijn scored 34 off 53-balls including 2-fours, Mark Greatbatch hit 28 off 48-balls included 4-fours and Martin Crowe 18.

England best bowler by John Emburey claimed a 4-wickets for 39-runs in 9.4-overs, Phil DeFreitas captured two-wickets, Paul Jarvis, David Capel and Neal Radford each took one-wickets.

England chased 207-5 in 49.2 overs with top scorer by Neil Fairbrother cracked a unbeaten 50 off 75-balls including 7-fours.

David Capel scored 48 off 65-balls - who fell two-run short of his half-century - including 4-fours, Mike Gatting hit 42 off 43-balls included 5-fours, Chris Broad cracked a 33 off 57-balls contained three-fours.

New Zealand best bowler by Ewen Chatfield took 2-wickets for 15-runs in 10-overs including two maidens with economy rate of 1.50, Ken Rutherford and Martin Snedden both took one-wickets.

This match reported by Peter Deeley (Third Party Reference from The Daily Telegraph)

DAVID CAPEL and Neil Fairbrother are two members of the England party touring New Zealand whom Micky Stewart, the team manager, likes to say are still serving their international apprenticeship.

They earned their indentures here yesterday with a partnership which helped England win the first of four one-day internationals by five wickets.

Coming together after the dismissal of their captain, Mike Gatting, they scored 78 runs and had taken their side to within 13 runs of victory when Capel was caught behind for 48 scored in 65 balls.

Appropriately, it was Fairbrother, who has not had the luckiest of tours, who scored both the winning four runs and brought up his 50 with four balls of the final over in hand.

John Emburey, his partner in those final moments, had contributed greatly to England's success by taking four for 39. But he was pleasantly taken by surprise a few moments later to hear his name called out as the recipient of the £200 man of the match award.

Poor Emburey. He had to hand back the cheque when it became clear that the wrong name had been announced. Instead, the money went to the New Zealand captain John Wright for his fine knock of 70. But as Emburey said later: "I didn't really mind. He deserved it."

Perhaps Emburey could have made good use of the money-like taking lessons in slip fielding perhaps, "Everything seems to slip through my hands these days: first catches and now money," he said wryly.

On a more serious note, it was good to see the Middlesex spinner succeeding in that type of cricket which he now, regretfully, seems to play best the limited overs game where batsmen have to attack his accuracy.

Here he took one more wicket in 9.4 overs than he has in the four Tests on this tour and destroyed the New Zealand tail by taking his last two victims in successive balls.

Richard Reid, New Zealand's new gamble as opening partner for Wright, did not come off. The portly Reid, son of John. had scored eight when he tried to cross bat DeFreitas into the stand but Broad made a tumbling-fumbling catch look harder than it should have been. Martin Crowe had his off-stump flattened by the ball of the day from Jarvis, one which straightened considerably, and it was left to Greatbatch and Wright to add substance to the innings with 77 in 17 overs.

French made a horrible mess of an easy stumping chance when Wright was 28. And Wright took full advantage Capel was the main sufferer, being hit for 26 in four overs, including a six into the stand.

Greatbatch, 28, had driven Emburey with power but then was caught at long-on by Capel running in. When Wright went for 70 to a brilliant one-handed catch by Moxon running backwards, New Zealand collapsed from 140 for four to add only a further 65 runs in the final third of their innings.

Capel was as accurate in his second spell as he had been costly in his first, and DeFreitas, coming back at the end to claim a second wicket, also played a big part. Neither Moxon nor Robinson stayed long enough to give Broad much assistance. Broad was looking his customary rock-life self when he called Gatting for a sharp single and paid the price with a scintillating throw by Crowe.

This was at 68 for three with England far behind the required run rate. Gatting set about restoring the balance with some razor-edge running between the wickets with Fairbrother.

The Lancashire player is as quick as a thrown dart and can give his captain six years and several pounds in weight.

Even so there were moments when it seemed that the two were so quick they could have been run out in one action and with Gatting in sergeant-majorish mood it cannot have been easy for his junior partner.

When part-time bowler Rutherford came on for an over of wides and long-hops Gatting tried to put one into the road but was caught when he got it too low down the bat.

With little experience of one-day internationals it was a stern test for both Capel and Fairbrother, England needing 91 runs off the last 21 overs.
Fairbrother got bogged down. scoring six in eight overs, but Capel was up to the challenge of assuming the major role.

It was only the re-introduction of Chatfield which slowed him and eventually got him out. too late however for New Zealand to have any chance.
Chatfield's figures of two for 15 off 10 overs are a record in frugality for the one-day games between the two countries. They ought to sign him up for one of those commercials about fuel economy.



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