A.J. Stewart

119

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After a big victory at Trent Bridge in the opening Test of this 1994 series, England were 1-0 up when they faced New Zealand at Lord’s, but they were made to fight all the way to secure a draw at the Home of Cricket, with Alec Stewart’s second innings century proving vital.

Martin Crowe’s 142 helped New Zealand to 476 all out and paceman Dion Nash did the damage with the ball for the Kiwis, taking 6 for 76 to earn his own place on the Honours Board and dismiss England for 281 in the process, a deficit of 195.

New Zealand set about making quick runs to force victory and declared on 211 for 5 from 68 overs to set England’s target of 407. Stewart and Michael Atherton crashed eleven fours in an unbroken stand of 56 before the close of play on the fourth day to set up an intriguing final day.

England again felt the full force of Nash on the fifth morning, breaking the stand for 60 and removing Graham Gooch for a duck.

Stewart’s fine 119, coming from 229 balls and including twenty fours, went a long way to saving the match and despite him departing at 217 for 5, a two-hour knock of 24 from Steve Rhodes helped deny New Zealand victory.

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