Cricket: Tourists given impetus by Bell

England Under-19 285 and 290 New Zealand Under-19 202 and 30-0
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ENGLAND'S UNDER-19 spinners will have the responsibility of bowling their side to victory on today's final day here, and giving the tourists a 1-0 lead in the "Test" series against New Zealand.

England's batsmen, led by the 16-year-old Ian Bell, were bowled out for 290 to set the Kiwis a massive 374 to win the first Test. Although the home side reached the close on 30 for 0 without suffering any scares, they will have to bat well on a turning wicket to stave off defeat.

Bell, the Warwickshire right-hander, batted superbly for 91 and looked set for a hundred when he slipped as he backed up and was run out. His partnership of 111 for the second wicket with the captain Michael Gough, who ground out 43, set the foundations for what should be an unassailable lead.

After playing himself in, Bell took command of the situation, hitting the off-spinner Ben Jansen for three fours in an over to bring up his fifty. He looked in complete control and it took a freak dismissal to remove him from the crease.

However, only the Surrey left-hander Michael Carberry, of the other recognised batsmen, offered much resistance as England's innings faltered after lunch. But the Somerset seamer Matt Bulbeck produced an aggressive knock of 51, including a pulled six into the car park off the spinner Bruce Martin.

Bulbeck eventually holed out to deep square leg off the same bowler, having put on a valuable 48 for the last wicket with the wicketkeeper Mark Wallace. Martin, the Kiwi slow left-armer, took 5 for 76, including the last three wickets to fall.

Gough only allowed Graeme Bridge, the slow left-armer, and Richard Dawson, the off-spinner, an over each before the close, preferring to use the seamers, Bulbeck and Richard Logan.

Third day, England Under-19 won toss

ENGLAND UNDER-19 - First Innings 285 (R K J Dawson 67, R J Logan 63, I N Flanagan 53; H Shaw 5-49).

NEW ZEALAND UNDER-19 - First Innings 202 (M Papps 64).

ENGLAND UNDER-19 - Second Innings

(Overnight: 47 for 1)

*M A Gough c Englefield b Martin 43

I R Bell run out 91

M A Carberry c McGlashan b Hendry 26

J K Maunders c Gillespie b Hendry 6

R K J Dawson c McIntosh b Martin 12

M P Bulbeck c Patton b Martin 51

J R Tucker c Gillespie b Hendry 4

R J Logan b Martin 2

G R Bridge st McGlashan b Martin 0

M A Wallace not out 14

Extras (b15, lb10, w4) 29

Total (107.1 overs) 290

Fall (cont): 2-139, 3-179, 4-198, 5-213, 6-215, 7-225, 8-236, 9-242.

Bowling: Shaw 12-3-42-0; Franklin 7-1-19-0; Gillespie 7-1-18-1; Martin 40.1-16-76-5; Jansen 24-6-69-0; Hendry 17-3-41-3

NEW ZEALAND UNDER-19 - Second Innings

T McIntosh not out 19

M Papps not out 7

Extras (lb4) 4

Total (for 0, 10 overs) 30

To bat: *J Englefield, J Franklin, M Gillespie, M Hendry, B Jansen, P McGlashan, B Martin, B Patton, H Shaw.

Bowling: Bulbeck 4-1-14-0; Logan 4-0-7-0; Bridge 1-0-1-0; Dawson 1-0- 4-0.

Umpires: R Pitcairn and M McLean.

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