General News | 24th March 2008

England record for Sidebottom

Notts star Ryan Sidebottom’s magical tour of New Zealand continued during the third Test in Napier with career-best bowling figures.

The 30-year-old left-armer tore through the hosts batting line-up with 7-47 to take his series total of victims to 23, setting a new record for England on a tour of New Zealand.

They are also the best ever-figures by a Notts bowler for England, beating fellow left-armer Bill Voce's second innings effort of 7-70 against West Indies at Port of Spain in February 1930 which handed the tourists victory by 167 runs.

Sidebottom's Notts team-mate Stuart Broad has also made a crucial contribution to the match, hitting 42 with the bat and picking up three wickets in New Zealand's first innings.

Broad helped himself to more runs in the second innings and has claimed two more victims, with England looking set to claim the series win with New Zealand still 331 behind with five wickets remaining ahead of the final day.

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