New Zealand again found ways to graft their way to a competitive score by batting for a long period of time and were able to put England’s top order under pressure in response.
New Zealand opener Tom Latham racked up his fifth test century in only ten innings on a truncated first day of the second test at Seddon Park in Hamilton overnight.
New Zealand dominated England on day five of the first test at Mount Maunganui by skittling the tourists for 197 after tea to hand the hosts an impressive win by an innings and 65 runs.
New Zealand v England cricket: Day four recap as record partnership takes Kiwis to the brink of victory
England began the day requiring four wickets to bring New Zealand’s innings to a close and again they started cautiously but to great assurance.
New Zealand v England cricket: Day three recap as magnificent century from wicketkeeper Watling gives Kiwis advantage
England will be ruing their own dismissals where they did enough to get themselves out rather than succumbing to New Zealand’s own efforts.
England have successfully kept themselves ahead of the game in a tight contest on day two in Mount Maunganui with New Zealand 144/4 (Williamson 51, Nicholls 26*) and trailing England 353 (Stokes 91, Denly 74, Southee 4/88) by 209 runs at stumps on day two.
The first day of New Zealand’s test summer was an attritional one for both sides but England will be the happier of the two going into day two at Mount Maunganui.
Knowing only a point was needed from their final two group games, Harry Kane’s hat-trick helped them mark the national team’s 1,000 international fixture as they wrapped up qualification.
Goals from Christen Press and Alex Morgan proved too much for England, despite Ellen White finding the net for her sixth goal of the tournament.
A warm day in Headingley did little to help Afghanistan make a mark in this year’s World Cup.
Manchester City striker Nikita Parris is counting down the days to the SSE Women’s FA Cup Final – but admits their semi-final win over Chelsea left a sour taste in the mouth.