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Cricket-England rue dropped catch as NZ reach 211-2 in second test

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England wasted a golden opportunity to force a result in the second test against New Zealand as Joe Denly dropped the simplest of catches from Kane Williamson before the hosts reached 211-2 at lunch on the fifth day at Seddon Park.

Cricket – New Zealand v England – Second Test – Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand – December 3, 2019 New Zealand's Kane Williamson and England's Ben Stokes during the match REUTERS/Ross Setford

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WELLINGTON: England wasted a golden opportunity to force a result in the second test against New Zealand as Joe Denly dropped the simplest of catches from Kane Williamson before the hosts reached 211-2 at lunch on the fifth day at Seddon Park.

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New Zealand, who lead the two-match series 1-0, had established a second innings lead of 110 runs in Hamilton on Tuesday with Williamson on 96 while Ross Taylor was on 84 in an unbeaten 183-run partnership.

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Taylor became just the second New Zealand player to surpass 7,000 test runs when he pushed a Joe Root delivery into the leg side for a single to reach 83 just before the lunch break. Stephen Fleming scored 7,172 runs.

Denly's spilled chance of Williamson, however, was the key moment in the first session on Tuesday that could have given England a chance of bowling the hosts out with a small lead.

New Zealand captain Williamson had advanced to 62 when he was fooled by a slower delivery from Jofra Archer and through his shot early with the ball looping to Denly at short mid-wicket.

Such was the confidence that Denly would snaffle the chance and open up New Zealand's middle Read More – Source