In the first days play of the Test Match at Edgbaston Birmingham, between New Zealand and England, New Zealand have scored a resounding success in the first innings, getting England all out for 221.
S.O.F.Smith-LB.W. walks off field.
Score-board reading total 4.
Hay hits a four ball- is fielded- S.O.F.....
Score-board reading 78.
Laker hits a six, ball into crowd.
Laker hits, - catch, but fielder fails to catch.
Loader bowled, end of innings.
New Zealand opening pair- Short and Long on to field.
Truman to Miller, out L.B.W. for 7 runs- walking off field.
Initials AW A.W./P.B.
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Background: In the first days play of the Test Match at Edgbaston Birmingham, between New Zealand and England, New Zealand have scored a resounding success in the first innings, getting England all out for 221.
The bowling giant of the day, 6ft 5 3/4 Tony MacGibbon from Christchurch, started the England debacle by taking Smith leg-before-wicket in the second over. It was a bad start for the batsmen with even worse to follow. Richardson and Graveney soon followed with the total at only 29 runs, Richardson l.b.w. and Graveney caught Alabaster bowled Hayes.
None but the masterly Peter May and Colin Cowdrey could conquer McGibbon's late swing off the greenish pitch, and even they were eventually and justly named among his victims before the game had lasted three hours, May caught Petrie, and Cowdrey bowled by McGibbon.
The last pair, Laker and Loader stopped the rot for a while as they added a further 30 runs. Both hit sixes off Alabaster and there was some lively play for the last wicket before Loader succumbed, clean bowled by Alabaster and attempted a clean hit across the line of flight.
New Zealand too started badly and lost three wickets cheaply. Miller, the New Zealand teams' safest batter was quickly removed leg-before-wicket by a low, dipping, Trueman in-swinger.
At the close of play for the day New Zealand had 41 on the scoreboard.