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Sidebottom hat-trick shatters Kiwis, keeps Test alive

A sensational hat-trick by Ryan Sidebottom shatters New Zealand's run charge and ignites an England fightback on day four of the first cricket Test in Hamilton.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Hamilton
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2008 02:22 PM IST

A sensational hat-trick by Ryan Sidebottom shattered New Zealand's run charge and ignited an England fightback on day four of the first cricket Test in Hamilton on Saturday.

New Zealand, who had been in control and rapidly building a challenging target, lost five wickets in 29 balls to be struggling at 147 for eight in their second innings.

Daniel Vettori, not out on 13, and Jeetan Patel on six were grimly trying to extend the lead of 269 while Sidebottom was basking in figures of five for 37 off 14 overs and Monty Panesar had three for 33 off 12.

Sidebottom's consecutive wickets of Stephen Fleming, Mathew Sinclair and Jacob Oram, the first hat-trick against New Zealand in more than 70 years, was central to the dramatic switch of momentum.

New Zealand had started their second innings with a 122-run lead after dismissing England for 348.

Following the early loss of Matthew Bell, Fleming and Jamie How struck more than 3.6 an over as New Zealand upped the tempo, seeking a result despite England's unhurried batting.

They raced to 99 for one in the 28th over when Sidebottom snatched the initiative, albeit assisted by some magnificent catching.

He started with the wicket of How for 39, claimed in a high and diving fashion by Matthew Hoggard.

On the last ball of his next over Sidebottom started his hat-trick run when he had Fleming flay once too often and he was gone for 66, caught by Alastair Cook diving to his left in the gully.

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