Stuart Broad leads England to 170-run win over New Zealand at Lord's in 1st Test

Suart Broad claimed seven wickets for 44 runs to demolish the New Zealand batting in the second innings © Getty Images

London: May 9, 2013

Stuart Broad bowled England to victory in the first Test as New Zealand suffered a dramatic fourth-day collapse at Lord’s on Sunday.

New Zealand, chasing 239 for victory, were dismissed for just 68 with Broad taking seven wickets for 44 runs in a mere 11 overs.

South Africa born duo BJ Watling (13) and Neil Wagner (17), who got to 10 with a six off Broad, were the only New Zealand batsmen in the innings to reach double figures.

Fast-medium bowler Broad took the first four wickets to fall after frustrating New Zealand with 26 not out as England slumped to 213 all out in their second innings earlier Sunday.

What had been a see-saw contest was all but over in an hour before lunch that saw New Zealand reduced to 29 for six — with Broad having then taken five for 22 in 32 balls.

At that stage the only consolation for New Zealand, bowled out for 43 by South Africa at Cape Town in January, was that they had surpassed the all-time lowest Test innings total of 26 they made against England at Auckland in 1954/55.

Broad struck with his third ball Sunday to have Peter Fulton caught behind and then produced a superb delivery that jagged back from leg to knock to over Hamish Rutherford’s off-stump.

Ross Taylor, New Zealand’s first innings top-scorer with 66, then fell for nought when he edged Broad low to England captain Alastair Cook at first slip.

New Zealand — chasing what would be the highest single innings total of the match if they achieved it — were now 16 for three.

And that became 21 for four when Kane Williamson chipped Broad to Steven Finn in the covers.

James Anderson, who’d taken five wickets in the first innings, got in on the act when Dean Brownlie was caught by Cook.

And Broad took his fifth wicket when, on the stroke of lunch, he had New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum lbw for eight, a decision upheld despite the batsman’s desperate review.

In the second session, Tim Southee, who’d earlier taken six for 50 in England’s second innings, summed up New Zealand’s plight with the bat when caught in the deep by Joe Root off Broad, one ball after being dropped in the slips.

Watling was then caught in the slips off Anderson before Broad clean bowled Bruce Martin for his seventh wicket to leave New Zealand on the brink of defeat at 67 for nine.

Broad’s return surpassed his previous Test best, also at Lord’s, of seven for 72 against the West Indies in 2012.

The match ended in farcical fashion when Wagner was dropped at long leg, only to then be run out by Anderson, the innings all over in under two hours.

Earlier, the overcast conditions had been exploited by Southee as England, 180 for six overnight, were bowled out inside 10 overs Sunday.

The 24-year-old had bowled New Zealand back into the match with three wickets late on Saturday after Jonathan Trott (56) and Root (71) had threatened to take the match away from the tourists with the bat.

Southee carried on Sunday from where he left off to finish with match figures of 10 for 108 and his effort deserved a better reward than a defeat with more than a day to spare that left his side 1-0 down in this two-match series.

New Zealand now have little time to regroup before the second Test at Headingley starts on Friday.
Brief Scores:
England 232 and 213 (Joe Root 71, Jonathan Trott 56; Tim Southee 6 for 50, Kane Walliamson 2 for 20) beat New Zealand 207 & 68 (Neil Wagner 17, BJ Watling 13; Stuart Broad 7 for 44; James Anderson 2 for 23) by 170 runs.

Man of the Match: Stuart Broad

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