Thursday, 3 July 2008

Ben on...all-conquering

After whipping the English 3-1 and demolishing the Irish, the Black Caps will tonight complete a clean sweep of the British Isles by battering the Scottish.

Five stats from the Irish demolition (courtesy Cricinfo)
  • New Zealand's 290-run triumph eclipsed the previous record for the largest win (by runs) by 33 runs.
  • James Marshall and Brendon McCullum became the first opening pair to pile up 150-plus scores in the same innings. It was also the first ODI hundred for both Marshall and McCullum.
  • New Zealand's total of 402 for 2 is their best in ODIs, and the sixth ODI total over 400.
  • The 266-run stand between Marshall and McCullum is by far New Zealand's highest partnership, and the second-best opening stand in ODIs.
  • The 18 sixes hit by New Zealand equals the record for most sixes by a team in an ODI. McCullum was just two hits short of the record for most sixes in an innings by a batsman.


Leg Break said...

What a complete and utter nonsense.

If a recognised ODI against Ireland in a meaningless tournament isn’t bad enough, they were missing 9 of their best players due to county commitments.

Consider this; Lesser Twin Marshall now has the 4th highest score ever by a NZer in an ODI.

More meaningless statistical “achievements” around the corner tonight no doubt.

Mike said...

Its amazing what one good performance can do. Prior to the Irish match James had an average in ODIs of 9.8. Now his average is an almost respectible 25.

Jrod said...

He was overs at 9.8.

profernity said...

25 is an average that can get you automatically selected for the next five matches in this Black Caps team.

Leg Break said...

In years to come, people will look at this and say "Why didn't J Marshall not have a longer career?"

It's wrong.

At least they've dropped him for tonight

CricketGod said...

IRELAND do not have experience.

ICC is doing jokes with smaller teams.

Either do good or leave the place for me.

Jrod said...

Pro, only 5 more?

LB, he was rested.

Som said...

Inflated egos are all the Kiwis will return with but then you can't blame the player for the schedule either.

Rob said...

Why did they even bother playing them? Seems a bit like bullying someone because they have had a bad day.

Jrod said...

You know who made no comment on this game at all.

Do you like to fight injustice?

Yes, that is truly an exceptional quality you have.

Please sign the Save our Bill Lawry petition to keep the Corporate vultures from ending the career of our favourite excitable one.

Think of the children.