Cricket: Tucker takes five in rout of Kiwis

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New Zealand U-19 110 England U-19 126-4

JOE TUCKER, the Somerset paceman, struck fear into New Zealand to put England Under-19s into a commanding position in the second Test in Wellington yesterday.

Tucker finished with 5 for 35 as England, who lead the three-match series 1-0, bowled out the Kiwis for 110 after putting them in on a green seamer at the Basin Reserve.

England then lost their first four wickets for 47 to paceman Hayden Shaw before Michael Gough, the Durham opener, produced a captain's innings. Gough had one let-off when he edged left-armer Leighton Hammond between first and second slip, but by the close he had moved on to 65 and England were well placed on 126 for 4.

Gough found a willing partner in Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Dawson and the pair have added 79 for the fifth wicket.

New Zealand were soon in trouble in their innings when Michael Papps was bowled by Matt Whiley for a duck, and the Kiwis slumped to 8 for 3 as the next two also went for nought.

Jarrod Englefield, the New Zealand captain, took the attack to England, but he had made only 20 when he cut Tucker hard and high to Michael Carberry in the gully. A partnership of 43 for the seventh wicket between Peter McGlashan and Michael Hendry restored some order, but Tucker and Whiley then wrapped up the innings.

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