Finn double halts New Zealand’s progress

AFP, LEEDS, England

Mon, May 27, 2013 - Page 20

Steven Finn took two wickets in quick succession as New Zealand were reduced to 62-2 before lunch on the third day of the second Test at Headingley in Leeds, England, yesterday.

First change Finn took two wickets for one run in 16 balls to remove New Zealand openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford.

At lunch, New Zealand were 292 runs behind England’s first innings 354. Kane Williamson was 4 not out and Ross Taylor unbeaten on nought.

New Zealand had been shot out for just 68 in their second innings during a crushing 170-run defeat in the first match of this two-Test series at Lord’s, but occasionally riding their luck, they made almost as many for the first wicket yesterday until Fulton, trying to turn Finn to leg-side, got a leading edge and was caught and bowled by the fast bowler for 28.

Then a superb over to Rutherford saw Finn beat the left-hander three times in a row outside his off-stump, before he had the batsman edging to Ian Bell in the gully for 27.

England, 337-7 overnight after Joe Root (104) became the first Yorkshireman to score his maiden Test century on his home ground at Headingley, lost their final three wickets in yesterday’s first five overs.

Left-arm quick Trent Boult finished with five for 57 in 22 overs.

All of his wickets came with the second new ball, starting on Saturday, five for 24 in seven overs.

Tim Southee, who took 10 wickets at Lord’s, struck first yesterday when he had Matt Prior well caught by first slip Taylor after the England wicketkeeper had added just one to his overnight 38.

Boult then knocked back Finn’s off-stump, before holding a sharp caught and bowled chance to dismiss last man James Anderson.