New Zealand v England

  • Last Updated: March 23 2013, 0:22 GMT

England fought back to take three wickets and restrict New Zealand to only 62 runs on the second morning of the final Test at Eden Park.

Kane Williamson fell early on day two
Kane Williamson fell early on day two

The hosts nonetheless remained in a dominant position, on the back of Peter Fulton's 136 and his second-wicket stand of 181 with Kane Williamson (91).

At lunch, having been put in yesterday, they were 312 for four. James Anderson moved to within four wickets of 300 in Tests as England at last broke Fulton and Williamson's partnership.

Anderson produced a perfect ball to find Williamson's outside-edge in backward-defence as the number three went caught-behind after a 199-ball stay, in which he had hit 15 fours and looked a class act throughout. Stoic opener Fulton stayed put, contributing just five runs out of 24 in the first hour's play on another sunny day.

He almost ground to a halt, having passed his maiden hundred last night, as England starved him of scoring opportunities through his favoured leg-side.

Fulton took 100 balls to score 28 runs, after reaching three-figures, including 23 spent stuck on 124.

That sequence was broken when he clipped an Anderson inswinger aerially through midwicket for three to take his total leg-side runs to 101.

Ross Taylor tried to energise proceedings, striking Stuart Broad on the up past extra-cover for four and calling a series of sharp singles to rotate the strike.

But he followed a six and four over midwicket in one Monty Panesar over by chipping a return catch tamely back at the slow left-armer.

When Fulton's seven-and-a-half-hour innings then ended with a spectacular catch behind down the leg-side by Matt Prior off Steven Finn, England sensed an opportunity.

But they were to be disappointed when danger man Brendon McCullum successfully overturned Paul Reiffel's decision, to survive both caught-behind and lbw when Finn thought he had him one way or the other for a second-ball duck.


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