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Kiwis leave England in a spin to win

By The Assam Tribune

LEEDS, June 2 (AFP): New Zealand off-spinners Kane Williamson and Mark Craig shared six wickets as the Black Caps thrashed England by 199 runs in the second Test at Headingley today.

Victory ensured the two-match series ended all square at 1-1 and was just New Zealand�s ninth win in 101 Tests against England.

This success was also New Zealand�s first Test win against England since a 189-run victory at Hamilton in 2008.

It meant too they had won a Test in England for only the fifth time, with this victory their first Test success on English soil since an 83-run triumph at The Oval in 1999.

England, chasing what would have been a Test fourth innings record victory total of 455, were bowled out for 255.

Williamson, primarily a batsman and once suspended from bowling in international cricket because of a suspect action, took three wickets for 15 runs in seven overs, including the prize scalp of England captain Alastair Cook (56)

Craig finished with three for 73 in 31.5 overs and ended the match when he had Jos Buttler lbw playing no stroke for 73.

Cook and Buttler apart, England offered little in the way of resistance in their second innings. England resumed Tuesday on 44 without loss and had an outside chance of surpassing the West Indies� record fourth-innings winning total of 418 for seven against Australia at St John�s, Antigua, in 2002/03.

However, those slim hopes disappeared during a first session where England lost five wickets for 58 runs in 32 overs as they slumped to 102 for five at lunch. England, after a rain-marred fourth day, resumed with Adam Lyth 24 not out and Cook 18 not out.

But Lyth, who made a maiden Test century on his Yorkshire home ground in the first innings, fell for his overnight score when he was caught behind fending at a Trent Boult away-swinger.

Left-arm paceman Boult then bowled Gary Ballance for six with a superb, near yorker-length, inswinger.

Craig then struck twice in three balls to reduce England to 62 for four.

SCORECARD

New Zealand 1st Innings 350.

England 1st Innings 350.

New Zealand 2nd Innings 458-8 dec

England 2nd Innings: A Lyth c Ronchi b Boult 24, A Cook lbw b Williamson 56, G Ballance b Boult 6, I Bell c Williamson b Craig 1, J Root c Latham b Craig 0, B Stokes c Ronchi b Williamson 29, J Buttler lbw b Craig 73, M Ali b Henry 2, S Broad b Williamson 23, M Wood c Craig b Southee 17, J Anderson not out 8. Extras: (b12, lb2, w2) 16. Total: (all out, 91.5 overs) 255. Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-61, 3-62, 4-62, 5-102, 6-141, 7-153, 8-188, 9-230, 10-255. Bowling: Boult 23-4-61-2; Southee 18-7-43-1; Craig 31.5-12-73-3; Henry 12-2-49-1; Williamson 7-1-15-3.

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Kiwis leave England in a spin to win

LEEDS, June 2 (AFP): New Zealand off-spinners Kane Williamson and Mark Craig shared six wickets as the Black Caps thrashed England by 199 runs in the second Test at Headingley today.

Victory ensured the two-match series ended all square at 1-1 and was just New Zealand�s ninth win in 101 Tests against England.

This success was also New Zealand�s first Test win against England since a 189-run victory at Hamilton in 2008.

It meant too they had won a Test in England for only the fifth time, with this victory their first Test success on English soil since an 83-run triumph at The Oval in 1999.

England, chasing what would have been a Test fourth innings record victory total of 455, were bowled out for 255.

Williamson, primarily a batsman and once suspended from bowling in international cricket because of a suspect action, took three wickets for 15 runs in seven overs, including the prize scalp of England captain Alastair Cook (56)

Craig finished with three for 73 in 31.5 overs and ended the match when he had Jos Buttler lbw playing no stroke for 73.

Cook and Buttler apart, England offered little in the way of resistance in their second innings. England resumed Tuesday on 44 without loss and had an outside chance of surpassing the West Indies� record fourth-innings winning total of 418 for seven against Australia at St John�s, Antigua, in 2002/03.

However, those slim hopes disappeared during a first session where England lost five wickets for 58 runs in 32 overs as they slumped to 102 for five at lunch. England, after a rain-marred fourth day, resumed with Adam Lyth 24 not out and Cook 18 not out.

But Lyth, who made a maiden Test century on his Yorkshire home ground in the first innings, fell for his overnight score when he was caught behind fending at a Trent Boult away-swinger.

Left-arm paceman Boult then bowled Gary Ballance for six with a superb, near yorker-length, inswinger.

Craig then struck twice in three balls to reduce England to 62 for four.

SCORECARD

New Zealand 1st Innings 350.

England 1st Innings 350.

New Zealand 2nd Innings 458-8 dec

England 2nd Innings: A Lyth c Ronchi b Boult 24, A Cook lbw b Williamson 56, G Ballance b Boult 6, I Bell c Williamson b Craig 1, J Root c Latham b Craig 0, B Stokes c Ronchi b Williamson 29, J Buttler lbw b Craig 73, M Ali b Henry 2, S Broad b Williamson 23, M Wood c Craig b Southee 17, J Anderson not out 8. Extras: (b12, lb2, w2) 16. Total: (all out, 91.5 overs) 255. Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-61, 3-62, 4-62, 5-102, 6-141, 7-153, 8-188, 9-230, 10-255. Bowling: Boult 23-4-61-2; Southee 18-7-43-1; Craig 31.5-12-73-3; Henry 12-2-49-1; Williamson 7-1-15-3.