The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy matches are mostly made for rushing 50-overs cricket. As we prepare for the latest series, of three games, here’s a throwback to some of the great moments over the years.
The trophy got off to a strong start under the roof at what was then called Telstra Dome (now Marvel Stadium). Australia was the clear favorite with three overs to go, New Zealand needed 30 to win. However, it all went wrong for Michael Kasprowicz, who allowed 22 – including five walks – against Hamish Marshall and Brendon McCullum, who, as you will notice, becomes a theme in these matches. With five needed from six balls, McCullum scooped Shane Watson to the fine leg and New Zealand came home with two balls left.
Three days later there was another thriller, although the scoreline suggests it was more comfortable. Australia had recovered from 161 for 6 via Darren Lehmann and Brad Hogg, then with New Zealand 86 for 6 the game seemed over. However, New Zealand’s lower order kept the chase alive with Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills adding 70 for the ninth wicket. When Vettori was exhausted with 26 left, an injured Chris Harris came in at number 11, having previously dislocated his right shoulder in the field. It came down to 18 from 18 balls as Glenn McGrath removed Harris to level the series.
A breathtaking conclusion to a high scoring epic. From 101 for 4, Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke added 220 for the fifth wicket, and Symonds hit eight sixes in his best 156 in his 127-ball career. A number of helpful contributions, led by Lou Vincent’s 49-ball 71, kept New Zealand in touch, but the target always seemed far away until McCullum let go. It came down to needing six from the last over with two wickets in hand. The bowler was debutant and supersub Mick Lewis. McCullum was brilliantly knocked out by Clarke, and when Lewis needed three on two deliveries, Lewis managed to pick up a parried drive from Mills and complete a run at the end of the non-rush hour.
Did we mention breathtaking finishes to high-scoring epics? Let’s try that again. Three days later, it was New Zealand who crossed the line with a stunning lower-order performance. Mike Hussey’s 88 to 56 balls from No. 7 had bolstered Australia’s stutter, but from 61 to 3 in response, Scott Styris’ century led New Zealand’s effort. But when he and Jacob Oram fell into three balls from Stuart Clark, it took 74 from seven overs with two wickets in hand. Then came McCullum and a vital hand from Vettori. With 20 needed from the last two, it was probably still in Australia’s favour, but this time Lewis was knocked out as McCullum hit a 25-ball fifty and the home side made it with one to spare.
Went clearly too early with the idea of high scoring thrillers. Australia had some pre-World Cup problems this time around and were trampled by ten wickets in the opening game of the series. Hussey, who was captain, scored a century, Brad Hodge 97 and Cameron White 42 from 19 balls to lift Australia to a huge total. Ross Taylor anchored the answer with a measured century, while Peter Fulton (76 out of 65) and Craig McMillan (52 out of 30) got things moving in the final stages with a dose of McCullum, again, to top it off with eight balls in hand.
New Zealand completed an amazing style whitewash. It marked Matthew Hayden’s unbeaten 181 in which he suffered a broken toe and ended up on the losing side. The home side seemingly had no chance of getting close to goal after dropping to 41 for 4 in the tenth over. However, McMillan built a hundred from 67 balls, first in the company of Fulton and then, in a score of 165 in 24 overs, with McCullum. But when the eighth wicket fell, 44 more were needed. Mark Gillespie hit 28 off 15 balls before running out, but McCullum was able to cross the attack for the final with seven required. The first delivery was a knee-high full toss from Nathan Bracken that sent McCullum over a fine leg.
A change of pace from the run-gluts above with a low-scoring controversial struggle coming down to the final ball. The main talking point came when Neil Broom was seemingly bowled over by Clarke, but replays showed that, first, Brad Haddin had taken the ball for the stumps – which is a no-ball – and the goalkeeper’s gloves loosened the stirrups. It sparked heated comments from both sides that continued long after the match, which was decided when Vettori cut Bracken’s last delivery after New Zealand comfortably placed at 168 for 5 in 47th over.
Another case of New Zealand’s lower order winning them over. A flying opening score between McCullum and Peter Ingram gave chase and Taylor’s run-a-ball 70 kept things in check, but it slipped at 246 for 8 in the 47th over. Styris, who was not meant to play until Vettori pulled out too late, held out alongside number 10 Shane Bond, who crossed two boundaries in the 49th to even the scores.
By now the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy had become a much rarer event and was up for grabs in this one-off group stage match at the 2015 World Cup. It was a ludicrous occasion that was completed in 55 heartbreaking overs. Australia was 30 to no loss after 13 balls when Tim Southee had Aaron Finch castrated, and 80 to 1 again in the 13th when Shane Watson fell from Vettori. Trent Boult tore through the middle and lower order in a second period of 5-3-3-5. Haddin’s 43 gave Australia something, but when McCullum rose to 50 from 21 balls, it barely seemed to matter. Mitchell Starc caused a wobble on either side of a break, but at 131 for 4 the game seemed decided. Then things got crazy. Corey Anderson gave it away to Glenn Maxwell, setting the stage for a devastating outburst from Starc, leaving New Zealand behind nine and needing six. Boult survived two balls from Starc (who had one left) and on the other hand, Kane Williamson had seen enough. Facing Pat Cummins, he lifted him right to the ground six times.
Two years later, back in Eden Park and New Zealand, survived a great innings by Marcus Stoinis, who almost single-handedly stole the win. Australia was in tatters with 67 for 6 behind 287 and even after James Faulkner and Cummins held out alongside Stoinis it still took 61 in seven overs when Josh Hazlewood came in at number 11. In the next four overs, Hazlewood couldn’t face the ball, Stoinis went into a century and 35 came off the 44th and 45th overs. When he sacked Southee for consecutive sixes, Australia needed seven. Southee produced a full throw that dug Stoinis towards Williamson, who had pulled himself in halfway through, and with some brilliant awareness the New Zealand captain sent it underarmed into the stumps of the non-striker with Hazlewood unable to return .