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3.44PM: England 289-4 (88 overs) - ENGLAND WIN BY SIX WICKETS - In the end Collingwood finishes it with a flurry in the final over before tea with three boundaries on the on-side through Oram. A great recovery from the hosts and they head to Trent Bridge 1-0 up in the three-match series. Join Cow Corner tomorrow for all the fallout from the Test.

andynpeters wins the key ring by having absolutely no faith in Vettori. E-mail cow.corner@yahoo.co.uk with your details.

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3.25PM:  England 277-4 (83 overs) - Vettori drops short and Bell, who must have a rabbit's foot in his box given his luck, cuts him through the covers. He had earlier tickled Oram off his legs while Collingwood, who averages five this season, continues to see it like a marble. Just 17 more needed. 

3.10PM:  England 268-4 (79 overs) - Ian Bell clobbers O'Brien for back-to-back boundaries through mid-wicket to ease the pressure but is then dropped!! The slower ball and he drops an absolute sitter of a return catch - that's a simple a chance as you'll ever see.

2.55PM:  England 252-4 (75 overs) - WICKET!  Pietersen sets off on a second run, taking on the throw from deep square leg by O'Brien....and the throw wins. Excellent take from McCullum and KP is well short. Paul Collingwood then survives a very strong lbw shout from Vettori's arm ball and suddenly these 44 runs look a long way off.

2.40PM:  England 247-3 (72 overs) - WICKET! A glimmer for NZ as Strauss departs for 106, superbly caught by Ross Taylor low to his left at slip off O'Bren. One drive too many for the Middlesex left-hander but he is on course to become the first man on this ground in Test history to score a fourth innings hundred in a winning effort.

2.25PM:  England 228-2 (68 overs) - A century for Strauss as he nudges O'Brien down to fine leg - his 12th Test ton off 178 balls with 11 boundaries. Well played!

Pietersen fancies getting in the boozer sharpish as drives Vettori and pulls O'Brien for boundaries.

 2.10PM:  England 205-2 (64 overs) - Pietersen strides down the ground and hits Vettori for half a dozen to move third equal in English Test history for most maximums (42). Strauss then laces Martin through the covers and fetches Vettori to mid-wicket after a little fandango down the track before cutting him behind square. Only 89 more required, get the bunting out!  

1.55PM:  England 179-2 (60 overs) - Back after savoury snacks and it's time for Kevin Pietersen to match the hubris with runs. He starts well by smacking Martin through the covers for four.

thereverend.john - you may be a man of the cloth but you can't enter the competition two hours late.

1PM:  England 171-2 (56 overs) - Strauss guides Oram down to third man for another boundary and that's LUNCH! A great session for England and they require another 123 runs with eight wickets remaining.

terrysmith2104 - sadly to the best of my knowledge the Mahavishnu Orchestra are not getting back together, maybe I can hunt down Stuart Maconie in the lunch break for the latest jazz-rock news whilst downing a bag of twiglets.

12.45PM:  England 157-2 (52 overs) - WICKET! Game on as a touch of outswing from Martin sees Vaughan get a faint edge on his attempted drive and McCullum takes a routine catch. Strauss tucks four off his pads - remember the target is 294.

12.30PM:  England 149-1 (49 overs) - Martin gets one to jag back and it hits Strauss flush between the middle of his legs - he's already a father so not too many concerns there. Then some extra bounce takes the shoulder of Vaughan's bat and flies away to third man for the skipper's fifth boundary. England are past the halfway mark.

12.15PM:  England 135-1 (46 overs) - Vettori takes himself out of the firing line and on comes Chris Martin but the action is at Oram's end as Vaughan drives loosely and then gets a leading edge and on both occasion the ball falls just short of Jamie How at cover. Inbetween the skipper did cut the big all-rounder to the fence.

bazzabazb - good thing you are going to work as you missed the competition deadline by 15 minutes.

NOON: England 125-1 (43 overs) - Strauss pokes O'Brien down to third man for his fourth boundary to bring up yet another fifty - he's having quite a renaissance. It came off 105 balls. Jacob Oram into the attack despite his shoulder and neck problems.

Good news so far for England but less so for one of our adopted sides Haslingfield CC who lost by 78 runs to Eversden CC on Saturday. However Birdlip & Brimpsfield 2s continued their surge with a 36-run victory over Cam who don't score many runs or score much at scrabble.

11.45AM: England 114-1 (39 overs) - It's going a little wrong for the Kiwis this morning, a wild throw from Brendon McCullum and four overthrows thanks to some village backing up.

terrysmith2104 - a good thing for a hangover is drinking heavily the night before. Try a kebab and a pint of pernod, it always work for the Cow, I even ran three miles this morning...but eventually I said lady, take your purse.

11.30AM: England 105-1 (34 overs) - NZ get the ball changed and it immediately squirts off Andrew Strauss' outside edge for the first boundary of the morning. A delightful cover drive from Michael Vaughan off Vettori takes the total required under 200. England taking the game to the tourists this morning after their Prozac inducing first innings effort.

11.15AM: England 82-1 (31 overs) - Quiet start with six runs in the opening four overs. Iain O'Brien is from Wellington so is use to the wind and is bowling into the howler with Vettori at the other end. No pace from the seamer, barely making 80mph.

gremlin_the_cat - stop your moaning. Your flip flops are being shipped direct from our factory in the far reaches of the Third World or Barrow-in-Furness as it is known locally.

11AM: England come out before a sparse crowd (that's why you haven't got a Test for three years, cos you don't turn up). The satchel swingers go 4/5 England, 5/4 NZ & 7/1 on the draw. Who is your money on?

10.45AM: The pitch report - hard and dusty so there will be some help for Daniel Vettori as it's brittle on top. England will use the heavy roller to try and flatten things out for the first hour. The wind is not quite as strong as the last two days. 

Today's competition to win a Yahoo! keyring:
(there is no expense spared when Cowers breaks into the store cupboard late at night after a few pints of pernod)

Simply give me Daniel Vettori's innings figures at the end of the day. Wickets first and then runs becomes the tie-breaker so if he takes 8-30, 8-204 beats 7-30 - that's just the way we work here. 

10.30AM: Time for the cranky Simon Hughes quote of the day from the Torygraph: "Success breeds not only satisfaction but also a seductive desire to remain. The feeling of belonging becomes addictive, and ultimately cloying. Self preservation becomes uppermost in an individual's mind. The spectres of Allen Stanford's millions and the Ashes next year, never mind lucrative central contracts, mean these England players have a lot more to lose than their predecessors. England's first-innings batting was anxious and timid. They were hypnotised into strokelessness by honest and perseverant seam bowling."  

10.15AM: NZ seamer Iain O'Brien: "No team has scored more than 230-odd to win here and on that deck it's going to be a hell of a chase if they get it, but I personally think we'll come out all right." Monty said some stuff as well but it's very boring.

10AM: It could be the most exciting day of sport since Nazareth won the Cup. England resume this morning needing a further 218 for victory and the good news for those stuck in a southern monsoon is that we also have a weather warning in Manchester - it's dry!!

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