NEW ZEALAND sits poised to claim victory in the third cricket test against England at Auckland’s Eden Park, and with it, win the series.
Two wickets late in the day from part-time spinner Kane Williamson saw England fall to 90-4 in their second innings, with Dean Brownlie and Tim Southee grabbing stunning catches to dismiss Alastair Cook and Steve Finn.
The visitors need 481 to win the match, or more likely, bat the entire final day to save it and prevent the Black Caps’ first series victory over England in 14 years.
Ian Bell is still at the crease with eight off 89 balls, and will be partnered by Joe Root when play resumes.
Earlier, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum declared midway through the day to set England their target, with opening batsman Peter Fulton having scored his second century of the match.
McCullum continued his fine form with 67 off 53 balls before ending the innings at 241-6.
Fulton’s innings ended at 110, having raised the milestone with a six off Stuart Broad.
New Zealand, who were reduced to 8-3 early in their second turn at bat after not enforcing the follow-on, piled on the runs as they looked to bat England out of the match.
Their plan worked to perfection, with the Kiwi bowlers needing to pick up the six remaining wickets for a shock victory over the world’s second-ranked test side.