Trent Boult’s amazing 15 balls

Test cricket is often quite slow moving (that’s part of it’s appeal for some of us).

The second test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, starting on boxing day, had a bit more action than usual, with New Zealand losing wickets steadily and getting to a paltry total of 178.

Sri Lanka batting was similar on the second day – with four wickets falling for just 51 runs. There was a bit of a recovery, until Trent Boult’s amazing spell. Until then Boult had bowled well enough but without success. But he suddenly got things working for him and got a wicket, and another. Both caught by Southee.

Then Boult cleaned up the remaining four Sri Lankan batsmen LBW, all going for ducks.

Cricinfo: Six wickets, four runs, 15 balls: when Boult wrecked Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s middle order was going about it patiently at 94 for 4 in reply to New Zealand’s first-innings score of 178 in Christchurch, when Trent Boult decided to take matters into his hands. In a phenomenal burst of world-class swing bowling, he snaffled up the rest of the Sri Lankan wickets for just four runs, sending them to 104 all out, a total unthinkable just minutes ago. Here’s how it unfolded.

36.4 Boult to Silva, OUT, the suckerball has arrived and Roshen bites the bait. Throws his hands at a full delivery away from the body, gets a thick edge and third slip takes an absolute dolly. Short-short-full and boom! Southee went with the reverse cup but this one dipped on him, it was too late to take it the conventional style, and in trying to do that he was thrown a little off balance, but did well to hold on as he dropped his knees.

ARS Silva c Southee b Boult 21 (63b 3×4 0x6) SR: 33.33

36.5 Boult to Dickwella, FOUR runs, chipped over the infield, keeps gathering pace as it races to the midwicket fence. Gift of a delivery first up

36.6 Boult to Dickwella, no run, shoulders arms to a length ball outside off

38.1 Boult to Dickwella, OUT, catch of the tour, and it’s Southee again! Sensational stuff. Dickwella sucked into the drive by a full delivery that tails away late, he’s squared up, feet rooted to the crease as he goes for a loose drive, gets a thick edge that flies fast, so fast that Southee has just about enough time to throw his right hands out on a full stretch dive in front of second slip and this sticks. Wow, magnificent. How quickly the Test has turned. Suddenly, this score by New Zealand seems much bigger than it looked last night.

N Dickwella c Southee b Boult 4 (3b 1×4 0x6) SR: 133.33

38.2 Boult to Perera, no run, full on off, defended

38.3 Boult to Perera, no run, tails away from off stump, squeezed into the covers.

38.4 Boult to Perera, no run, shortens his length, slants this across, left alone

38.5 Boult to Perera, OUT, they’re committing hara-kiri here, complete misjudgment in length and angle. Dilruwan shoulders arms to a full delivery on middle, this one didn’t angle away, but just held its line to thud into the pad. Given out on the field and Dilruwan reviews. Can only be saved if this was going over, but ball tracking shows three reds

MDK Perera lbw b Boult 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

38.6 Boult to Lakmal, OUT, no, he can’t. This is full, fast, furious and swinging in late to beat Lakmal’s forward push by hitting him right on the toe. As an umpire, you can’t ask for an easier decision to make.

RAS Lakmal lbw b Boult 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Boult, on a hat-trick. Three slips and a gully. Chameera to face his first ball

40.1 Boult to Chameera, no run, and he defends it, was a touch fuller outside off, blocked on the front foot

40.2 Boult to Chameera, OUT, and he gets him now, that’s a five-wicket haul for Boult, length ball, gets it shape back this time to rap the batsman on the front pad, up goes the finger and Sri Lanka are suddenly nine down

PVD Chameera lbw b Boult 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

40.3 Boult to Kumara, no run, fuller in the corridor, pushes away from the body and gets beaten

40.4 Boult to Kumara, no run, fuller length around off, defended from the crease

40.5 Boult to Kumara, no run, fuller in the channel but too away to get an edge, the batsman though fished outside

40.6 Boult to Kumara, OUT, make that six! Full and straight on the stumps, and Kumara didn’t offer a shot, dead out. However, he has gone for the review but the New Zealand fielders are actually walking off. Pitched around middle and leg and straightened a bit as the batsman moved across, was hitting middle and leg. That’s six wickets for four runs in 15 balls for Boult

CBRLS Kumara lbw b Boult 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The scoreboard:

Boult set a world test record taking 5 wickets in 11 balls.

The test is a long way from over but this devastating spell of bowling put New Zealand into a good position with a handy first innings lead, and then the Black Caps batsmen turned that into a strong position with a 305 run lead, only two wickets down in their second innings (finishing the day on 231 for 2).

So  good day for New Zealand, but an incredible day for Boult.

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  1. kluelis

     /  28th December 2018

    Trent Boult’s 15 balls. That really is amazing 🙂

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th December 2018

      I hope that you’re not being rude 😀

      • kluelis

         /  28th December 2018

        Never in a million years… well may be just slightly 🙂

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  28th December 2018

          Did you ever see the headline ‘Banana Found Guilty Of Sodomy – Flees.’

          Yes, it’s a real one, as is ‘Foot Heads Arms Body’.

  2. kluelis

     /  28th December 2018

    Played cricket against a Boult 30 year ago here in Wongas. Wonder if this lad is his son.

  3. kluelis

     /  28th December 2018

    I got a 100 against Palmy Boy’s high and got awarded a new bat. I donated it to the school and for years it was the batting trophy at prize giving.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  28th December 2018

      My memorable day was 8 wickets for 2 runs against Christ College in the fourth form I think. Loved those two piece balls for swing.

    • kluelis

       /  28th December 2018

      @AW. Actually as a party piece you could finish by saying “We dismissed Christs for 3 runs but they promptly rolled us for 2 runs and I was dropped for being too expensive 🙂

    • kluelis

       /  28th December 2018

      I have to be honest though and come clean about my “ton”.
      I actually only got 99* as we batted on after passing their total
      . But a certain Michael Laws yes MP and all who had managed
      to inveigle himself on to the bus for the away trip
      not so secretly plonked another single in my picket fence.
      I carried my bat and carried the guilt around for 45 years.
      Look in his book. “The Demon Profession” if you wish
      You will see my mug shot in the 1st X1 line up.
      Best looking one is me.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  28th December 2018

        Were you at Wanganui Boy’s College ?

        Michael Laws was considered to be a plonker by most of the other boys, I have heard.

        • kluelis

           /  28th December 2018

          Yes I remember Mike in our English class having a go at teacher Les Boardman.
          A real shouting match ensured over God knows what while the rest of us just sat and thought …oh Mike come on. Mike was very bright. Very driven and would challenge the teachers if he felt he had a better point of view. Most of us were too scared to say boo to the masters. He was not even in the cricket team but persuaded the coach Mr Len Dove to put him in the team so he could have an overnight stay at Palmy Boys High.We were like huh what’s Mike doing on the team? Even then he knew how to make political moves. Lol.

  4. Trevors_Elbow

     /  28th December 2018

    Boult on song is an incredible bowler, late swing at 135k’s plus is very difficult for the top order and near on impossible for the tail enders….

    • kluelis

       /  28th December 2018

      Sounds like Alan Wikinson 🙂 not quite as lethal though I mean Al got 8 for 2 Trent only got 6-4 🙂

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  28th December 2018

        Pretty sure there’s no comparison, kluelis! Have a feeling some of those CC boys weren’t Test material and my gentle swing wasn’t anything like Boult’s trajectory.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  28th December 2018

    There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight;
    Ten to make, and the match to win,
    A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
    An hour to play and the last man in;
    And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
    Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
    But his captain’s hand on his shoulder smote –
    ‘Play up ! Play up! And play the game !’

    The sands of the desert are sodden and red:
    Red with the blood of a square that’s broke,
    The Gatling’s jammed and the Colonel’s dead,
    And the regiment blinded with dust and smoke.
    The river of death has burst its banks,
    And England’s far, and honour a name;
    When the voice of a school boy rallies the ranks –
    ‘Play up ! Play up ! And play the game !’

    These are the words that through the years,
    While in her place the school is set,
    Every one of her sons must hear,
    And none that hears them dares forget.
    This they all with a joyful mind,
    Carry aloft like a torch in flame.
    And falling, fling to the (ones) behind,
    ‘Play up ! Play up ! And play the game !

    Henry Newbolt, Vita Lampadae

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  28th December 2018

      Hello, PDT, dear; I hope that you’re having a nice time pointlessly downticking.


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