Graeme Swann took his haul to 10 wickets for the match on an intense day five to claim victory for England against New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley Carnegie and as a result obtaining a series whitewash.
Another highlight for this match has the outstanding maiden hundred for young Yorkshireman Joe Root.
Heavy downpour completely wiped out the opening day of the test match at soggy Headingley.
After no chance of even the toss taking place, umpires Marias Erasmus and Steve Davis announced play had been abandoned for the day at around 4pm.
Despite the disappointing news about the match not commencing, the fans received some rather good news coming through as the club offered refunds to all 10,000 ticket holders as well as an option of taking a ticket for next year’s Test versus Sri Lanka.
The team news included a few changes from the Black Cap’s camp, skipper Brendon McCullum was declared wicket keeper after BJ Watling’s injury, and Martin Guptill and Doug Bracewell were the other two to come in.
At the toss on day two, Alaistair Cook chose to bat first and it proved to be a great decision after an early wobble the two young Yorkshiremen Root and Johnny Bairstow fought back with a superb partnership for the fifth wicket.
Nick Compton’s attempt to keep his place in the test side started terribly as he edged to Dean Brownlie at first slip off Tim Southee. Before lunch, Jonathon Trott (28) and Cook (34) both departed from successive deliveries leaving the hosts 65-3.
Then Ian Bell helped Root rebuild the innings with the pair putting on 79 for the fourth wicket. Bell’s dismissal came off part-time off-spinner Kane Williamson which almost let the tourists back into the game.
The dynamic youngster thrilled the crowd to bring England back into a promising position, despite the fall of late wickets.
Root looked calm and composed to get a well-deserved century, however Baistow nearly sent him back to the pavilion when he drove the ball into the stumps but thankfully Root’s bat was grounded.
His milestone arrived with the 9th four of an exceptional innings as a result making him the first Yorkshire player to hit their first test ton at Leeds. The pair’s fifth wicket partnership was worth 124 with Bairstow also chipping in with a handy 64.
Root was on his way when New Zealand took the new ball edging behind to McCullum and Stuart Broad followed him soon after. Yet Matt Prior (37 not out) and Swann (21 out), finished the day with a flourish, putting on 51 in a hurry to put England on top with the score on 337-7 at the close.
Early on day three, the Kiwis wrapped up the English first innings for 354 with Trent Boult taking the last two wickets to claim figures of 5-57.
In reply, the New Zealand openers Peter Fulton (28) and Hamish Rutherford (27) faced very few problems until Steve Finn came on before lunch to remove both and tempted Ross Taylor into dragging the ball back onto his stumps reducing the score to 72-3.
With substantial turn in the afternoon, Swann (4-42) ripped through the middle order in the process bowling out Brownlie and Guptill, while Williamson went leg before and Bracewell was the spinner’s fourth victim.
At 122-9, it looked like the follow-on would be upon the tourists before Neil Wagner and Boult put on a quick-fire 52 off just 27 balls taking them to 174-all out.
In the three lions second innings runs came at ease for Cook but Compton struggled again labouring to only seven runs off 45 balls before falling to Williamson.
An unbeaten 88 from Cook helped the hosts reach 116-1 at the close with a massive lead of 296 runs.
Captain Cook resumed in the morning session as he had left off the evening before, reaching the three figures in quick succession, bringing up his 25th century with an elegant cover drive off Southee.
Trott gave strong support to the left-hander as the pair added 134 for the second wicket before Cook departed for 130 chipping the ball straight to mid-off.
Williamson then removed Bell for six as England reached lunch at 249-3, a lead of 429 wasn’t deemed enough by the hosts, as they continued to bat.
Trott fell soon after lunch for 76, but Root (28) and Baistow (26) provided little cameos and the declaration finally came with the score on 287-5.
Chasing a virtually impossible target of 468, Fulton fell to Broad in the 8th over and Williamson soon followed being judged lbw for the second time in the match.
Rutherford put in a handy effort before being dismissed for 42 and then Finn put an end to a fourth wicket partnership of 79 by Taylor and Brownlie with short ball which was nicely held by Bell at gully.
Taylor reached a superb 70 before Swann clean bowled him and before the close Guptill was also on his way to leave New Zealand on the brink of defeat at 158-6.
With only the gloomy weather in favour of the tourists, play started at 11.45 am and it didn’t take Broad (2-26) long as he had McCullum straight away with a stunning return catch.
After a couple of heavy blows from Southee, Swann eventually captured his fifth victim of the innings as Trott took an easy catch at slip.
Rain halted play again just before lunch and play resumed around 3pm, after Bracewell’s wicket Swann had a sixth batsman ending with figures of 6-90.
The final wicket stand was all about dot-balls as Wagner and Boult kept out eight overs, Cook eventually lost patience and brought on Anderson who took only three balls to seal victory by 247 runs as Boult nicked behind to Prior.
England completed a 2-0 series whitewash in fine style with two dominant displays over the Black Caps.
The two sides will now play three ODI’s from Friday in preparation for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 which begins on 6 June.