One Day International Cricket Round-Up
South Africa in New Zealand
ODI Game 4 in Hamilton
Guptill sees New Zealand home to level the series
A huge innings from Martin Guptill ensured the series between New Zelaand and South Africa would go to a final match decider. AB de Villiers top scored with 72 as South Africa put 279 on the board. It was not going to be enough as Guptill’s fast start put New Zealand well ahead of schedule. Ross Taylor supported with 66 but Guptill was there at the end on 180 Not Out, hitting 11 sixes in the process as the hosts got home with 5 overs to spare to make it 2-2 going into the final match in Auckland
ODI Game 5 in Auckland
South Africa take the series win in decider
South Africa have won a second series in a row on New Zealand soil after winning the decider in a low scoring contest at Eden Park. The South Africans made the right call in fielding first as New Zealand found it difficult to find any rhythm. Only Colin de Grandhomme with 32 got into the 30’s as New Zealand were bowled out for 149. South Africa eased to their target as Faf du Plessis with 51 not out and David Miller 45 Not out both saw it through. It is New Zealand’s first home series defeat since 2014 against the same opponents. The win means South Africa are confirmed as number 1 in the world in the one day game..
England in the West Indies
ODI Game 1 in Antigua
Morgan’s century leads England to victory
England have a 1-0 lead in their series in the West Indies after a comfortable win in Antigua. England batted first with Captain Eoin Morgan leading the way scoring 107. He was supported by Ben Stokes (55) and Sam Billings (52) as England posted 296. It was always going to be enough. When Jason Mohammad was run out for 72 the hosts only real chance had gone as Chris Woakes 4 wickets kept the pressure on with England eventually bowling them out for 251 and a 45 run win.
Ireland in the UAE
ODI Game 1 in Dubai
Porterfield ton gives Ireland the edge
The extra experience of Ireland told as they took a 1-0 lead in their series with the UAE. Ireland captain and opener William Porterfield top scored with 100 and Kevin O’Brien hit 67 enabling Ireland to post a good total of 270 which was always going to be a tall order for the UAE to chase down despite the excellent efforts of Zahoor Khan who took 6 wickets for the hosts. So it proved as they got behind the run rate from the start. Graham Dockrell took three wickets as Ireland eased their way to an 85 run win with no UAE player making a half century. Ireland now cannot lose as this is only a two match series.
ODI Game 2 in Dubai
Ireland seal series win
Ireland sealed a 2-0 series victory over the UAE in Dubai. the UAE batted first scoring 202 with Sahiman Anwar top scoring with 45. Craig Young and Andy McBrine took 3 wickets each restricting the UAE and putting Ireland in pole position to win. The duly did so, William Porterfield followed up his century in the first game with 76. When he departed it was left to Andy Balbirnie to steer Ireland home, his solid and sensibly played 56 Not Out ensured a comfortable 8 wicket win and the expected series result.