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Cricket: Fulton falls as England fight back

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New Zealand opener Peter Fulton's marathon innings came to an end at 136 as England struck back with three wickets on the second morning of the third and deciding Test at Eden Park on Saturday.

Steven Finn and James Anderson were the chief destroyers, removing Fulton and Kane Williamson who together had put on 181 for the second wicket.

Monty Panesar chimed in with the caught-and-bowled dismissal of Ross Taylor for 19 as England ended the session with three for 62 to have New Zealand at four for 312.

Brendon McCullum, who survived a double chance appeal, was unbeaten on 14 with Dean Brownlie on six.

After New Zealand resumed at 250 for one, Williamson lasted nearly five overs and was in sight of his fourth Test century when he was undone by a full-length Anderson delivery and caught behind by Matt Prior for 91.

Taylor adopted an aggressive approach in his short time at the wicket, belting a six and two boundaries before he was caught and bowled by Panesar.

The 34-year-old Fulton, recalled to the New Zealand team more than three years after his last Test, continued to look assured after nearly eight hours in the middle as he built on his overnight 124.

He patiently added a further 12 runs on the friendly wicket before he was removed by an excellent one-handed catch by wicketkeeper Prior diving full stretch to his left.

Fulton had turned Finn down the leg side and had every reason to believe his 16th boundary was on the way when the athletic Prior just managed to get a glove to the ball and make the catch stick.

New Zealand had then lost three wickets for 37 runs in the session and were in danger of losing a fourth when England appealed for the dismissal of Brendon McCullum, caught in slips off the second ball he faced.

McCullum was initially given out but on review the ball was shown to have deflected off the pad, not the bat, and a further review ruled out the alternative leg before wicket appeal as the ball would have gone over middle stump.

Finn has been the most successful of the England bowlers with two for 87 while Anderson has one for 57 and Panesar one for 83.

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