8th March 2013
New Zealand vs England 1st Test Betting: New Zealand 11/10 to win test after dominating first three days
New Zealand are as big as 11/10 with Ladbrokes to win the first test against England going into day 4 on Friday (UK time) after taking a real stranglehold on the match in the two days play which have been possible so far. England were shot out for just 167 on a good batting pitch on day 2 after the opening day’s play was washed out and things haven’t got any better for Alastair Cook’s men since.
New Zealand went into day three on 131/0 after Hamish Rutherford made a 50 on his debut and they knew they were just 36 behind England’s total and had every chance of pushing on throughout day 3 and building a big advantage. England’s bowlers toiled hard but were unable to stop Hamish Rutherford going to 100 as he and opening partner Peter Fulton put on 158 for the first wicket. Monty Panesar managed to pick up Kane Williamson just before lunch to leave New Zealand 255/2 at the break and leading by 88 runs.
England needed quick wickets after lunch and thankfully for them they had a new ball to work with which James Anderson made immediate use of by getting Hamish Rutherford for 171 with the first ball with the new cherry. Four more wickets fell in a crazy session before tea as Anderson went on to pick up Ross Taylor and Dean Brownlie before Stuart Broad took the scalps of BJ Watling and Tim Southee.
Rain came in the evening session with New Zealand on 402/7 and leading by a healthy 235 runs when play was called off for the day. England are going to have to bat for the majority of two days to rescue a draw from this match and the draw is a 9/10 shot with Boylesports while an England win is now 40/1.
Author: Kevin Harper