Cricket - Finn pegs back Kiwis

Steven Finn removed both New Zealand openers on an otherwise difficult third morning for England in the second Investec Test at Headingley.

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Cricket - England dominate New Zealand at Headingley

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The Black Caps wasted no time in bowling England out for 354, an addition of just 17 runs for the final three wickets, and then got off to a positive start.

Peter Fulton (28) and Hamish Rutherford (27) then added a trouble-free stand of 55 before Finn dismissed them both.

The end of the England innings almost exactly fit the New Zealand script.

Tim Southee, whose skilful showing yesterday went largely unrewarded, set the ball rolling by removing the dangerous Matt Prior with the 10th ball of the day.

Prior hit seven fours in a dashing knock last night but added just a single today to go for 39 and Trent Boult then wrapped up the innings, and his five-wicket haul, by seeing off Finn and James Anderson within four deliveries.

If that gave England's seamers cause for optimism, the opening exchanges successfully dampened it. Where Southee and Boult found consistent swing, the new ball simply refused to move for Anderson and Stuart Broad.

The New Zealand 50 came up in just 74 balls, a sign of how innocuous England's seamers had been in that period.

When they did break through it was a surprise, Finn finding just enough bounce to take Fulton's leading edge as the batsman looked to nudge it to leg side. The ball looped in the air and provided a simple return catch.

The wicket boosted Finn, who started to find some seam movement and soon had Rutherford in trouble. He beat the outside edge three times in a row then found it at the fourth attempt, Ian Bell snaffling the chance at gully.

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