5 Jun 2015

Black Caps break 16 year drought

11:15 am on 5 June 2015

The New Zealand cricketers have beaten England by 199-runs in the second Test at Headingley to level the two-match series at 1-1.

England's Ben Stokes is caught by New Zealand wicket keeper Luke Ronchi off the bowling of Kane Williamson (centre, facing) during the second Test New Zealand at Headingley, Leeds.

England's Ben Stokes is caught by New Zealand wicket keeper Luke Ronchi off the bowling of Kane Williamson (centre, facing) during the second Test New Zealand at Headingley, Leeds. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Chasing a record 455 to win, England started the final day on 44 without loss and were bowled out for 255.

It was the Black Caps' first test win in England since 1999, and the team's fifth Test win in England. The result follows their 124-run loss at Lord's last week.

The Black Caps bowled with fire and fielded superbly to crush England on the final day with only defiant fifties from Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler holding the hosts up.

Adam Lyth failed to add to his overnight 24, feathering a swinging ball from paceman Trent Boult through to wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi.

Gary Ballance unconvincingly negotiated 25 deliveries for six runs before Boult produced a venomous full delivery that crashed into the left-hander's stumps.

Ian Bell, on one, turned a bouncing ball from spinner Mark Craig straight into the hands of Kane Williamson at leg-slip and Joe Root was brilliantly caught off Craig for a second-ball duck by Tom Latham at short leg.

With England's slim hopes of victory all but over, Cook and Ben Stokes adopted a cautious approach, although the all-rounder produced a couple of trademark crisp boundaries to entertain a sparse crowd on a chilly day at Headingley.

The pair added 40 for the fifth wicket but Stokes was out for 29 just before lunch, caught by Ronchi as he attempted an ambitious cut off Williamson.

Cook's innings, lasting nearly four hours, ended on 56 when he was trapped lbw by part-time spinner Williamson before Moeen Ali was bowled for two, shouldering arms to a ball from the Black Caps paceman Matt Henry that struck his off stump.

Stuart Broad made a breezy 23 before he was bowled by Williamson but Buttler and Mark Wood shared a gritty ninth-wicket partnership of 42.

Seamer Tim Southee, with the second new ball, had Wood caught in the slips by Craig for 17 and Buttler's brave three-hour knock ended on 73 when he offered no stroke to Craig and was out lbw.

The New Zealand spinners dominated on the final day with Mark Craig and Kane Williamson taking three wickets each.

New Zealand play Leicestershire in a one-day game before heading into a limited overs series against England.

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