England claim remarkable win
In a howling gale, the like of which has not been seen on an English Test ground for many years, England completed a remarkable victory over New Zealand at Old Trafford.
It was remarkable, not for the manner in which they played necessarily - Andrew Strauss and Monty Panesar excepted - but remarkable for the turnaround in fortunes that will hit New Zealand hard.
They had the better of the game, but lost it in one session of madness on the third afternoon when they were bowled out for 114 which gave England their opening.
Strauss has endured 18 months of criticism and soul searching and even though he scored 177 in Napier in the final Test of the series in New Zealand earlier this year, in truth, he was nothing like at his best.
He appeared to have reinvented himself, barely playing a shot and relying on nudges and deflections but here, he increasingly he played strokes with real confidence, a cover drive here and a clip through mid-wicket there.
Strauss now appears really to believe that he has turned a corner and that can only be good news for England over the rest of the summer.
New Zealand tried everything they could, but were not helped by the gale which made it very hard work for the bowlers at one end. With Daniel Vettori finding more assistance with the wind behind him, this left his toiling seamers gamely to battle into it.
Had they broken the partnership between Strauss and Michael Vaughan in the first hour of the day, the pressure on the middle order would have been intense, but the two batsmen added 74 precious runs before Vaughan edged Martin to McCullum for 48.
Kevin Pietersen seemed determined to play positively after two rather tame dismissals in the series so far, but having seen Staruss caught at slip, he was run out going for a second run, bringing in Paul Collingwood.
Immediately Vettori struck him on the pad and the whole of New Zealand appealed to umpire Simon Taufel, who gave Monty Panesar four lbw's on the third day.
There seemed to be little difference between this one and others he had given out, but, on Collingwood's 32nd birthday, he ruled in his favour and when Ian O'Brien then dropped a sitter off Ian Bell, New Zealand's fate was sealed
England are now one up in the series despite playing uninspired and throroughly unconvincing cricket for much of the game. The fact is that New Zealand blew this one, and they must now hope for another chance at Trent Bridge.