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Lords.org reviews the first NatWest ODI between England and New Zealand, as Martin Guptill's magnificent century saw his country to a five-wicket win.
Man of the day
No contest. Before opener Martin Guptill had even faced a delivery, two of his teammates had been dismissed in the opening over from James Anderson.
He rebuilt the innings, however, through a combination of stout defence and fierce straight hitting, putting on 120 with the silky Ross Taylor, 47 with Grant Elliott and finally an unbeaten 46 with James Franklin.
There was a bit of luck; he was dropped by Tim Bresnan at fine-leg, by Chris Woakes on 95 and survived an LBW review on 99, but his century was richly deserved.
A couple of years ago, the depth of England's fast-bowling 'unit' was the talk of international cricket.
Fast forward to today however, and the last-minute injuries to Steven Finn and Stuart Broad left Jimmy Anderson looking a bit like a one man team.
In fairness, Bresnan was economical on his return from injury, but Jade Dernbach was his usual mix of very good and very bad - with little in between - while Woakes took a bit of a hammering.
Former Ireland international Boyd Rankin has been called into the squad for the second match at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday. He may be drafted straight in.
Photo of the day
Bresnan won't want to see this photo too often, but it's well worth sharing! Good work as always from our resident photographer Matt Bright.
Luke Ronchi's second ODI debut was a mixed bag.
It started impressively for the 32-year-old ex-Australia man, with two early catches - the second of which a stunner, diving to his left to snaffle the England captain Alastair Cook - but ended prematurely when he was Anderson's first victim for a duck in the opening over of the New Zealand chase.
Keeping up appearances
New Zealand's record at the Home of Cricket in ODIs now reads played three, won two, with one abandoned.
The Black Caps couldn't really have asked for much more today.