Cricket....and New Zealand had a slight advantage at the end of the third day's play?
GV: Bob Willis of England bowling to New Zealand opening batsman John Wright.
GV: Willis again bowls to Wright (2 shots)
GV: Willis bowls to Wright and the ball goes through for four byes (3 shots)
Mike Hendricks bowls to Robert Anderson, who gets four runs (4 shots)
GV: Hendrick to Anderson and another four runs (4 shots)
GV: Chris Old bowls to Anderson and he is out caught (2 shots)
GV: Geoff Miller bowls to Wright, who drives him for four (4 shots)
GV: Geoff Howarth drives ball for three runs. (6 shots)
GV: Bob Willis bowling to Howarth. (2 shots)
GV: Willis to Wright (5 shots)
QUINN: "Shot. Robert Anderson. Good shot four runs from the time it left the bat....backward of point. Hendrick to Anderson, and again cutting....four more. Robert Anderson to 20.
Old to Anderson again......and he's gone, flashing indiscreetly outside the off stump.
A nice loose stroke by Wright. That's four runs, beautifully timed shot. Randall won't recover that one.
Nicely played by Howarth. It may not get to the boundary, Boycott ???ad to chase it. They come back for two, for three. They get their three comfortably.
Ooh, a fine ball. The app???al was probably well merited, but one feels that Howarth simply didn't get a touch.
A quick single here to Wright. He'll make it safely. Randall coming in and Boycott backing up. That is in fact the end of the morning session."
Geoff Boycott's decision to send New Zealand in nearly paid off with the first ball of the match by Bob Willis.
The New Zealand opener John Wright survived but right from the start was on the receiving end of some erratic bowling by Willis.
Also in the first over the second consecutive four byes.
The other New Zealand opener Robert anderson was far more confident.
The next ball Anderson again attacks Mike Hendrick.
Anderson, however, played the cut hot once too often. Chris Old bowling.
Wright took 51 minutes to score his first run but soon after scored his first boundary.
The new batsman was Geoff Howarth, Wright his familiar with the England bowlers. Both are English county players in the New Zealand off season.
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When Willis came back fro his second spell he was much more dangerous.
The first session, played in blustery conditions ended with this single to wright and New Zealand went to lunch at 74 for the loss of one.
Monday (13 February) is a rest day, and the five-day match continues o Tuesday and Wednesday. It is England's first match in Wellington since the 1962-63 tour, when Colin Cowdrey, one of England's most outstanding Test cricketers, scored the only English century made at the Basin Reserve ground.
REPORTER: KEITH QUINN
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Background: Cricket....and New Zealand had a slight advantage at the end of the third day's play in the first Test against England at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Sunday (12 february). New Zealand finished the day 12 for none in their second innings, after getting England out for 215. This was 13 runs fewer than New Zealand's first inning's score of 228. For England, new skipper Geoff Boycott finished top scorer with 77, made in an incredibly long seven hours 22 minutes. On the first day Boycott won the toss, and decided to put New Zealand in. In the opening session they made steady progress, as Keith Quoinn of the New Zealand Broadcasting council reports.