Cricket: YOU BIG JESSES! IT'S MORE WOE FOR COLLY FLOPS Woeful England destroyed by Ryder blitz.
ENGLAND were left staring down the barrel of a one-day series defeat after being duffed up by a big Jesse.
Big Jesse Ryder to be precise. The man who was dubbed 'too fat' to play for New Zealand smashed his critics along with the England bowlers on his way to 79 not out and a 10-wicket win.
At the other end, Brendon McCullum whacked the ball just as hard and as far in grabbing 80 not out in a record 165-run partnership.
The tubby left-handed Ryder has gone from cult hero to match-winner in New Zealand and is giving their fans plenty to cheer about, while England turned in their second abject performance in a row.
England were hopeless in all three departments and if Peter Moores called Saturday's disaster a blip, then this was blipping pathetic.
Arguably, the two-and-ahalf hour rain delay turned the game. Before it, England were in control at 85-2 from 15 overs. By the time Stuart Broad was the last man out England had lost eight wickets for just 73 runs in 20.1 overs with another three brainless run outs taking centre stage in the mayhem.
Skipper Paul Collingwood admitted: "There has already been a lot of words spoken in the dressing room and we don't want those sort of performances again.
"We feel we have let ourselves down and the supporters down. There are people in the dressing room who are hurting.
"This game was a strange one because we started off really well. We had a lot of intent and hit the ball hard and there was a lot of focus out there. But after the rain break I wasn't really sure what happened.
"There was a complete momentum shift." Collingwood himself was to blame for the first cock-up as he tried to run a second to Jacob Oram's monster throw and failed by a mile.
Owais Shah was undone by a beauty but Alastair Cook, who had battled to 53, was done like a kipper by Ravi Bopara who simply hit the ball to the fielder and ran.
Due to the rain delay, England's final total of 158 all out was bumped up to a target of 165 which Ryder set about with vigour.
Ryder, a controversial selection for the Kiwis due to his size, waltzed into the post-match press conference clutching a cold frosty one as he reflected on a job well done and on shutting up the English sledgers.
Ryder said: "I'm a little surprised how well it has worked for me to be honest. I don't suppose the English bowlers have bowled as well as they could to me, but I'll take advantage of it.
"Today they tried to put me of with a few verbals, but obviously that got me going and I quite enjoyed that."
BOYS LEFT SO BLUE: England's players limp off after the defeat; DEJECTED: Collingwood; BIG-HITTER: Jesse Ryder
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 13, 2008|
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