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Cricket: Martin leads New Zealand fightback

Spinner Bruce Martin struck twice as New Zealand claimed much-needed wickets early on day two of the second Test against England at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Friday The tourists were 353 for five at lunch with Kevin Pietersen unbeaten on 68 and Matt Prior 15 not out after starting the day on an imposing 267 for two. New Zealand's bowlers, who toiled for little reward on an unresponsive first-day wicket, made the perfect start when Jonathan Trott departed without adding to his overnight score of 121.

UPDATE 3-Cricket-NZ take honours after dismissing England for 167

* England bundled out for 167 after poor shot making * Wagner, Martin grab four wickets each * Fulton and Rutherford put on century stand (Adds quotes) By Greg Stutchbury DUNEDIN, New Zealand, March 7 (Reuters) - Openers Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton capitalised on the cheap dismissal of England by guiding New Zealand to 131 without loss at close of play on the second day of the first test on Thursday.

Cricket-New Zealand rains on debutant Martin's parade

By Greg Stutchbury DUNEDIN, New Zealand, March 6 (Reuters) - Bruce Martin had been waiting 13 years to be presented with his first test cap, which finally came on Wednesday when he was named in the New Zealand side to face England in the opener of their three-match series. Unfortunately, the 32-year-old spinner's actual playing debut was delayed a bit longer with the first day in Dunedin completely washed out after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum won the toss and sent England in.
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