New Zealand XI make life difficult for England in Queenstown
Last Updated: 01/03/13 9:59pm
Matt Prior was a rare shining light for England as they struggled with bat and ball on the third day of their tour match with a New Zealand XI.
Having been well-placed after day two in Queenstown, England's attack managed to take just one more wicket before the hosts declared on 349-7.
Nick Compton and Kevin Pietersen were then among the notable failures in the England innings - with only Prior offering any serious resistance as they stumbled to 256-9 at stumps.
Resuming on 224-6, New Zealand were able to add 125 runs in 90 minutes - with Corey Anderson and BJ Watling cutting loose.
Graham Onions (1-131) suffered more that most as the duo put on 105 for the seventh wicket. Onions finally got some revenge as he had Anderson caught by Stuart Broad, but not before the 22-year-old from Christchurch had smashed 67 off 62 balls, including 13 boundaries and a six.
Neil Wagner also added a quickfire 11 to the total, with Watling unbeaten on 66 when the decision was made to declare - with the hosts still 77 runs behind.
However, worryingly for England the top of their order crumbled - with the tourists rocking at 67-4 at one point.
Compton, pencilled in to remain at the top of the order for the Test series, had managed only a single when he gloved an attempted pull behind off Mark Gillespie in the first over of the afternoon session.
Alastair Cook (24) was then run out for just the second time of his career - Neil Broom's accurate throw from the deep catching the skipper just short of his crease.
Pietersen (8) lasted just 11 balls before he was caught behind by a diving Watling as he tried to hook Neil Wagner.
And Watling had a hand in the fourth dismissal as well as he held on to edge from Jonathan Trott (20) off the bowling of Gillespie.
Prior, though, responded in emphatic fashion as he dragged the innings along - with his half-century coming off only 52 deliveries. His stand of 78 with Joe Root (17) was brought to an end, though, when Carl Cachopa removed the young Yorkshireman to leave England on 145-5.
Prior fell two runs later for 68 - the Watling-Wagner combination striking again - while Chris Woakes became Gillespie's third victim.
Broad added just 10 to the total, while Ian Bell and Graham Swann staged a lower order fightback. Bell added 38 before he was caught and bowled by Cachopa, while Swann had plundered 41 not out by the close