England beat NZ by innings and 9 runs, win series 2-0

Updated: 15 June 2008 18:01 IST

England clinched a 2-0 series victory over New Zealand on Sunday with Ryan Sidebottom taking 6-67 to help dismiss the tourists a second time.

England beat NZ by innings and 9 runs, win series 2-0

Nottingham:

England clinched a 2-0 series victory over New Zealand on Sunday, winning by an innings and nine runs, with Ryan Sidebottom taking 6-67 to help dismiss the tourists a second time.

New Zealand had resumed on 177-5 under sunny skies on the fourth day of the third Test, and the match finished an hour before lunch as Sidebottom took four of the day's wickets.

"I never envisaged winning by an innings, but full credit to the way we've played our cricket," England captain Michael Vaughan said.

The Kiwis had been forced to follow on after being dismissed for 123 in their first innings on Saturday.

Gareth Hopkins only added five runs to his overnight score before he was caught behind by wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose off Sidebottom.

Jacob Oram, who began the day on 8, also watched captain Daniel Vettori survive only 7 balls before he became Sidebottom's second wicket of the day _ caught by Kevin Pietersen in the gully, leaving the tourists on 205-7.

Kyle Mills made 2 runs before he was caught at first slip by Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood caught both Iain O'Brien (4), who was Sidebottom's last wicket, and Chris Martin (0), whose dismissal gave James Anderson match figures of 9-98.

Anderson was named man-of-the-match.

Oram finished not out 50, achieving his fifth Test half-century, as New Zealand was bowled out for 232.

"They outbowled us in the match, they swung the ball beautifully and we really weren't up to it in terms of our batting," New Zealand coach John Bracewell said.

Brendon McCullum's 71 in the second innings on Saturday was the highest score of his team in this match.

He was bowled by James Anderson on the third day, who had earlier finished New Zealand's first innings with a Test-best haul of 7-43.

Daniel Flynn, who had shared a fourth wicket partnership of 94 with McCullum, scored a Test-best 49 on Saturday.

New Zealand was all out in its first innings before tea on Saturday _ 42 runs short of the follow on target after starting the third day at 96-6. The first session was washed out.

Back in again, New Zealand lost opener Aaron Redmond for two, Jamie How for 19 and Ross Taylor for 14 runs.

"If we look back,we were thoroughly outplayed from the start," Vettori said. "Apart from two sessions of bowling we were second best."

England was all out for 364 in its first innings, spearheaded by Pietersen's 115 on the opening day and Broad's Test-best 64 on Friday.

England, which had lost its last two Test matches at Trent Bridge _ to Sri Lanka and India _ won at Old Trafford on May 26. The first Test at Lord's was a rain-affected draw.

"We've got better as the series has gone on," Vaughan said. "The first two Tests were hard fought and we sneaked a very close conTest at Old Trafford."



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