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Saturday, May 17, 2008

England assert themselves when light permits

England 0/68 trail New Zealand 277 (R Sidebottom 4/55) by 209 runs with 10 wickets in hand: Second Test Day 2 at Lord's.

Several interruptions for bad light
made for a frustrating day's cricket, though England would have been pleased to dismiss NZ for 277 and to post 68 runs without loss in reply.

The highlight of the day was Ryan Sidebottom's four wickets with the new ball: lower order ones, yes, and in favourable conditions, but he did bowl very well.

Alistair Cook and Andrew Strauss, especially the former, batted well enough to suggest that, weather permitting, England should be able to obtain a first innings lead. Whether they will have enough time to force a victory should become clearer after the third day's play.

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