Fulton's ton sets the game in favour of NZ

Fulton's ton sets the game in favour of NZ

 Part-time spinner Kane Williamson took two wickets, including that of Alastair Cook, just before stumps to put New Zealand firmly in charge of the series-deciding third Test against England at the end of the fourth day at Eden Park on Monday.

Ian Bell was on eight, while nightwatchman Steven Finn was dismissed in the final over of the day by Williamson for a duck to reduce England to 90 for four at the close, chasing an improbable 481 for victory and now needing to bat out the final day’s play on Tuesday to scrape to a face-saving draw.

Cook, who had earlier been dropped on one, and Bell had engaged in a war of attrition as they battened down the hatches in the final session after Jonathan Trott had been dismissed for 37 to swing the match firmly in New Zealand’s favour.  The England captain, whose mental strength would have been key to the visitors batting out the entire final day, was well set on 43 and seemingly content to see out play when he inexplicably drove at a Williamson delivery and the ball flew to Dean Brownlie at second slip.

Finn fell on the first ball of the 53rd over when New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum placed eight players around the bat and Tim Southee took a catch that had struck the batsman on the wrist and rolled up his arm.

McCullum had declared the hosts’ second innings closed about 45 minutes after lunch on 241 for six, after Peter Fulton became the fourth New Zealand batsman to score a century in each innings of a Test.

The declaration ensured England would need to break the world record for the highest successful run chase to win the match and the series after the first two games ended in rain-affected draws.

Score board

NEW ZEALAND (I Innings): 443


ENGLAND (I Innings): 204
NEW ZEALAND (I Innings, O/n: 35/3):
Fulton c Root b Finn    110
Brownlie c Bell b Panesar    28
McCullum (not out)    67
Watling c Compton b Panesar    18
Extras (B-4, LB-10)    9
Total (6 wkts decl, 57.2 overs)    241
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-5, 3-8, 4-82, 5-199, 6-241.
Bowling: Anderson 17-6-59-1, Broad 17-5-54-2, Finn 13-1-57-1, Panesar 9.2-4-53-2, Trott 1-0-4-0.


ENGLAND (II Innings):


Cook c Brownlie b Williamson    43
Compton c Watling b Southee    2
Trott c Watling b Wagner    37
Bell (batting)    8
Finn c Southee b Williamson    0
Total (for 4 wkts, 52.1 overs)    90
Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-60, 3-90, 4-90.
Bowling: Boult 11-5-20-0, Tim Southee 10-3-24-1, Martin 17-6-35-0, Neil Wagner 8-6-6-1, Williamson 6.1-4-5-2.

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