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Sidebottom seals crushing England victory

cricket Updated: Jun 08, 2008 18:36 IST

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Ryan Sidebottom's devastating spell of four wickets for five runs in 19 balls propelled England to an innings and nine run third Test victory against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

England's win, achieved before lunch on the fourth day, saw them take the three-match series 2-0.

Left-arm quick Sidebottom, who finished with figures of six for 77, routed the New Zealand lower order on his Nottinghamshire home ground.

But it was fellow fast bowler and man-of-the-match James Anderson, with a Test best seven for 43 in the first innings, who did the decisive damage that made New Zealand follow-on.

Only all-rounder Jacob Oram, with an unbeaten 39-ball fifty featuring two sixes and six fours offered much resistance Sunday.

New Zealand resumed on 177 for five - still 64 runs shy of making England bat again - after suffering the double blow of losing both Brendon McCullum (71) and Daniel Flynn (49) shortly before stumps on Saturday.

Test debutant Gareth Hopkins was seven not out and Oram eight not out.

Wicket-keeper Hopkins had added just five to his overnight score when he edged Sidebottom to England gloveman Tim Ambrose.

Oram, who made a hundred in the drawn first Test at Lord's, square cut Stuart Broad, a county colleague of Sidebottom's, and then pulled the fast bowler for successive fours.

And when the 21-year-old quick dropped short again, to expose the tall all-rounder's supposed weakness against the rising ball, Oram hooked him for the first six of the match.