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Friday, June 6, 2008

Anderson all-round play keep England on Top

It was James Anderson day today as He scored his best score in batting 28 and also got the best figure in bowling 42-6 to help England to take control in the 3rd and final test match at Trent Bridge on friday.

Anderson claimed all the 6 newzeland wickets fell in their first innings score of 96 for 6 when bad light stopped play 18 over short of the scheduled close of the play.

At the end of the day Debutant wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins was not out on 11 and skipper Daniel Vettori was on 3.

New Zealand trail by 268 runs and need another 69 to avoid the follow-on. England need only a draw to get the series victory after drawing at Lord's and winning the second Test at Old Trafford by six wickets and they are looking well till now.

Earlier in the day Broad and Anderson irritated the visitors staying around, but the tourists did have their chances but they failed and droped some catches and allow the english tail to score some valuable runs .

Broad was dropped off Chris Martin on 21 at second slip by McCullu. He was also reprieved at 46 by a diving Redmond at gully off Oram.

Broad, after being stranded on 49 for 25 balls, reached his maiden test half-century. His 132-ball innings, with ten boundaries, ended when Martin bowled him.
England were boosted on day one by 115 by Kevin Pietersen after they were struggling at 86 for five.

Score Card:
England ( K Pietersen-115, T Ambrose-67, S Broad-64 , O Brien-4/74, K Mills- 3/76)
New Zealand(J How-40, RLTaylor-21, G Hopkins*-11,D Vettori*-3, J Anderson- 6/42)

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