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Cricket: New Zealand crumble after skittling India

New Zealand took a comprehensive 301-run first innings lead over India on Saturday, then began to self-destruct to be 15-4 in their second innings at lunch in the first Test. Ten wickets fell in the morning session, which was extended by 26 minutes after bad light forced an early finish on Friday. India resumed at 130-4 and lost their last six wickets for 72 runs to be well short of New Zealand's first innings 503. But rather than enforce the follow on, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum opted to bat again -- only to see his side crumble immediately.

Cricket: Boult takes 10 as New Zealand thrash Windies

Trent Boult led New Zealand to their first Test win in more than a year Friday when he produced career best figures in a fiery bowling display that crushed the West Indies inside three days. The West Indies lost 16 wickets on the third day as they handed New Zealand a comprehensive victory by an innings and 73 runs. It was the Black Caps first win in 11 Tests under Brendon McCullum who replaced Ross Taylor after their last success in Sri Lanka nearly 13 months ago. The West Indies resumed Friday at 158-4 in the first innings in reply to New Zealand's 441.

Cricket: New Zealand have West Indies on the ropes

New Zealand took a firm grip on the second Test against the West Indies Friday after forcing the tourists to follow on and reducing them to 135-5 at tea on day three. The West Indies require a further 113 runs to make New Zealand bat again after a Test-best performance by Trent Boult (6-40) saw them skittled for 193 on their first innings' reply to the home team's 441. Shivnarine Chanderpaul was not out 18 at tea with Denesh Ramdin on 15. Tim Southee has so far been the main destroyer with three for 24.

Cricket: Butler replaces Boult in New Zealand CT squad

Ian Butler was confirmed Friday by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as an injury replacement for Trent Boult in New Zealand's Champions Trophy squad. Left-arm seamer Boult was ruled out Thursday of the three-match one-day series against England that started at Lord's on Friday. Boult suffered a side injury during New Zealand's 247-run second Test defeat at Headingley, concluded Tuesday, and bowled just two overs in England's second innings. An MRI scan on Wednesday confirmed the initial diagnosis of a muscle tear in Boult's right side.

Cricket: Boult out of England ODI series

New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult was ruled out Thursday of the upcoming one-day series against England and is now set to miss the subsequent Champions Trophy tournament as well. Boult suffered a side injury during New Zealand's 247-run second Test defeat at Headingley, concluded Tuesday, and bowled just two overs in England's second innings.

Cricket: England v New Zealand 1st Test scoreboard

Scoreboard at the close of England's first innings on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's on Friday: England 1st Innings (overnight: 160-4) A. Cook c Watling b Boult 32 N. Compton c Southee b Martin 16 J. Trott c Brownlie b Boult 39 I. Bell c Watling b Wagner 31 J. Root c Watling b Southee 40 J. Bairstow c and b Southee 41 M. Prior lbw b Southee 0 S. Broad lbw b Wagner 0

Prior looks on bright side as England face huge task

By Greg Stutchbury AUCKLAND (Reuters) - England wicketkeeper Matt Prior was doing his best to paint the cheery side of reality after New Zealand tilted the series-deciding third test in their favour following the third day's play at Eden Park on Sunday. The hosts were 35 for three in their second innings at stumps, 274 runs ahead after they chose not to enforce the follow on when they had bowled England out for 204 early in the final session.

Cricket: New Zealand 35 for three, lead England by 274

New Zealand were 35 for three in their second innings, holding a 274-run lead at stumps on the third day of the final Test at Eden Park on Sunday. Peter Fulton was not out 14 with Dean Brownlie on 13. The pick of the England bowlers was Stuart Broad with two for seven. England were all out for 204 in their first innings, 239 runs in arrears. Matt Prior top scored with 73, and for New Zealand Trent Boult took six for 25. cf/mp/mtp

Cricket: New Zealand v England 3rd Test scoreboard

Scoreboard at close of day three of the third and final Test between New Zealand and England on Sunday at Eden Park in Auckland. New Zealand, first innings 443 (P. Fulton 136, K. Williamson 91, T. Southee 44; Finn 6-125, Anderson 2-79) England, first innings (50 for two overnight) A. Cook c Watling b Boult 4 N. Compton lbw Southee 13 J. Trott lbw Boult 27 I. Bell lbw Southee 17 J. Root b Southee 45 J. Bairstow lbw Boult 3

New Zealand hold advantage after Boult double strike

By Greg Stutchbury AUCKLAND (Reuters) - Trent Boult grabbed two wickets as New Zealand reduced England to 50 for two and seized the advantage at the end of the second day of the deciding third test at Eden Park on Saturday. Boult had England captain Alastair Cook caught behind for four then trapped Jonathan Trott in front for 27 as England slumped to 44 for two and handed the momentum back to the hosts.
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