Joe Denly produces one of the worst dropped catches ever as England lose New Zealand series

On the fifth and final day of the second Test in Hamilton, England looked to close the gap on New Zealand.

However, things were already looking pretty bad for the tourists before play even started; the pitch was flat, rain was closing in and they hadn’t won in New Zealand since 2008.

Unfortunately, this bad form on Kiwi soil continued earlier today.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made a combined 213, guiding their team to 241-2, a lead of 140, before heavy rain ended the game early. 

England were unable to take a single wicket in 41 overs possible in the day. Williamson had offered two solid chances for Joe Root’s men, but the team were unable to take advantage of them.

At one point, he gloved a short ball from Ben Stokes down the leg side on 39, but Ollie Pope couldn’t hold on as he dived to catch it.

Surprisingly, though, this wasn’t the worst mistake of the day from the England side.

That honour goes to Joe Denly’s catastrophic dropped catch with Williamson on 62. A brilliant slow ball from Jofra Archer forced the Kiki skipper to hit a poor shot, which fell perfectly towards Denly.

It should’ve been a simple catch, yet the fielder managed to drop the ball between his legs. Convinced that it was an easy save, Archer began celebrating the wicket before he turned around and realised what had happened. 

BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew described it as “possibly the worst drop in Test history”, joking that “if you took your 95-year-old grandma out in the garden now, in the dark, and threw her a tennis ball from five yards, she’d catch that.”

It didn’t take long for the mistake to start trending on Twitter, with one user saying “dropping a sitter should forever more be known as ‘doing a Denly’.”

Unfortunately for England, the draw meant that New Zealand came away with the win for the series.

Poor Denly. At least he knows he’ll have a sporting legacy he’s never going to live down. 

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