'Embarrassing': England reeling after 'worst dropped catch in history'

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

England batsman Joe Denly left Jofra Archer with no choice but to laugh after dropping a straight forward catch with the series in the balance.

England were 1-0 down in the series against New Zealand and hopes were slipping away with World No.3 ranked batsman Kane Williamson in his 60s.

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England was in desperate need of a wicket to give themselves any chance of reducing New Zealand to a small total on the last day to give themselves a chance to chase it down.

And Archer thought he had the breakthrough with a slower delivery catching Williamson off guard.

Joe Denly dropped a sitter, which prompted reactions from Jofra Archer and the commentators. (Images: Getty Images/ Fox Sports)

Williamson played the ball with no real pace on the shot and spooned it to Denly who didn’t have to take a step.

But Denly made a meal of it and took two attempts to catch the ball before letting it go.

Archer - who was about to celebrate - could do nothing but cover his face and laugh at the missed opportunity.

“Out, oh no,” a commentator said in disbelief.

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“What have you done? What have you done there?”

“Joe Denly has dropped an absolute gobbler. What a dolly.”

Fans on social media were not as kind as Archer.

Williamson went on to notch a century and all but bury any chance England have of recovering the series.

Ross Taylor also hit a century, aided by some laughable England fielding, cementing the likelihood of a drawn second Test and series victory to New Zealand.

Williamson and Taylor have effortlessly ensured the Black Caps will win the two-Test series 1-0, having taken the hosts to 2-211 at lunch in Hamilton on Tuesday. They lead by 110 runs.

Beginning the final day five runs in arrears on 2-96, they frustrated the English with some fluent strokeplay on a flat surface, along with some streaky moments, particularly for Williamson.

Rain is forecast to hit Hamilton around lunchtime and stay for the afternoon.