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England 206-8 against New Zealand

England 206-8 against New Zealand
England were 206 for eight in their second innings, needing a further 249 runs to reach their victory target of 455, at tea on the fifth day of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley on Tuesday .

Jos Buttler was 40 not out and Mark Wood 10 not out.

England, who resumed on 44 without loss, lost five wickets for 58 runs in 32 overs to be 102 for five at lunch on the final day.

Paceman Trent Boult and off-spinner Mark Craig took two wickets apiece before part-time spinner Kane Williamson had Ben Stokes caught behind on the stroke of lunch. Williamson then captured the prize wicket of England captain Alastair Cook, lbw for 56, after the left-handed opener provided the only significant resistance by a member of the hosts’ top order. Moeen Ali (two) was bowled playing no stroke by Matt Henry before Williamson had Stuart Broad playing on for 23. At tea, Williamson had taken three wickets for 15 runs in seven overs.

England now had to survive a minimum of 35 overs in the final session to hold out for a draw.

They lead the two-match series 1-0 after their 124-run victory in the first Test at Lord’s last week 
Earlier, England were 102 for five at lunch on the final day after resuming on 44 without loss in their second innings.

They needed a further 353 runs to reach what would be a Test record fourth innings victory total of 455.  


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