Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Awful England Suffer Another Humiliation; Grounded: Scott Styris Celebrates with Brendon McCullum as Skipper Paul Collingwood Is Run out. Owais Shah Is Bowled for a Duck ( Top) and Kevin Pietersen Departs for 29

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Awful England Suffer Another Humiliation; Grounded: Scott Styris Celebrates with Brendon McCullum as Skipper Paul Collingwood Is Run out. Owais Shah Is Bowled for a Duck ( Top) and Kevin Pietersen Departs for 29

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Byline: david lloyd

JUST when England thought the weekend defeat in Wellington might be agrisly one-off they produced a performance so awful here that it is hard to seethem prolonging interest in their five-match series against New Zealand beyondFriday.

Paul Collingwood's team, who beat India last summer, defeated Sri Lanka beforeChristmas and then trounced the Kiwis in two Twenty20 games, simply fell apartat Seddon Park.

Dismissed for 130 on Saturday was bad enough. But today they collapsed from 85for two to 158 all out and then proved powerless as Kiwi openers BrendonMcCullum and Jesse Ryder knocked off a revised target of 165 in just 18.1 ofthe 36 overs at their disposal.

It was England's fourth 10-wicket defeat in 485 one-day internationals, withNew Zealand celebrating a record stand for any wicket against the old countryin limited-overs cricket, and means that Friday's third game, in Auckland, is amust-win affair for the tourists.

There was no way back for England today once they lost their way, not tomention eight wickets for 73 runs, after a two-and-a-half-hour rain break whichreduced this game to 36 overs per side.

But while the batting is England's biggest concern, they could at least havemade New Zealand's openers work a bit harder. Instead, McCullum was dropped onnought (a tricky chance to keeper Phil Mustard off Jimmy Anderson) and thenRyder edged Ryan Sidebottom into, and out of, Owais Shah's hands at slip.

After that, with Anderson, Sidebottom and Stuart Broad bowling way too short,the ball pinged to every part of this ground. Except, that is, when Sidebottomdropped a simple caught-and-bowled chance from Ryder with the game almost over.

As a summing up of England's day, that last error seemed just about perfect.And they could not wait to get off afterwards.

Ryder, the roly-poly left-hander who played a game for Ireland last summer andwas once said to be thinking of trying to qualify for England, finished with79, ONE-DAY CRICKET from 62 balls, having clubbed 11 fours and two sixes. …

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