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New Zealand's first-innings lead
to 60 at a cost of two wickets by
the close of day three in the first
cricket Test at Lord's yesterday.
England was 74-2 in its second
innings, with Alastair Cook and Ian
Bell settled after the side wobbled
again at 25-2.
The Kiwis were all out for 523
shortly after tea, for a lead of 134,
but if they strolled on mowed grass
on Friday, they hacked through
head-high weeds yesterday.
Nobody personified New
Zealand's grind and England's frus-
tration better than Kane
Williamson. After he made his 10th
test hundred in 148 balls, most of
it on Friday while the sun shone
and the pickings were good, it took
him 114 balls to add 32. He had to
batten down, almost beg for scoring
shots, as clouds came over and
turned the conditions in the
bowlers' favor. England seamers
Stuart Broad and Mark Wood men-
aced, and Ben Stokes was luckless.
Williamson gave them ulcers. On
106, an edge off James Anderson
dropped short of first slip. On 108,
he survived a run-out chance. On
112, he survived a video appeal by
England, given not out to a ball by
Wood pitching on leg stump. On
120, he was put down by Ian Bell
off Stokes, and on 122, another edge
off Wood dropped in front of first
slip. Yet, he made his score keep
ticking over, while losing team-
mates. He and Taylor resumed in
the morning with only three overs
before the second new ball, and
used them for milestones. In con-
secutive balls, Williamson got to
his ton, then Taylor reached his 50.
Struggling for form, Taylor had
taken three hours, but in conditions
he liked. It was his third half-cen-
tury in three consecutive tests
against England in England.
It also marked only the second
time, and first in 50 years, the New
Zealand top four in an innings all
Taylor, on 62, gloved a ball down
the leg side off Broad, ending a
partnership at 337 that extended
New Zealand's dominance after the
openers both fell on 148 the day
before. Taylor and Williamson
shared 189 runs, the second best
stand of their 38 test partnerships.
Captain Brendon McCullum
sparked up the Lord's gloom with
a quickfire 42 off 38 balls before
giving England debutant Wood his
first test wicket.
Rain prompted a slightly early
lunch, and delayed the restart for
an hour. Allrounder Corey Anderson
fell going down the leg side off
Wood, whose spell either side of
lunch produced 12-2-22-2.
Williamson was finally dismissed
by offspinner Moeen Ali, who was
touching the second new ball for
the first time after nearly 40 overs.
Williamson was pouched by Gary
Ballance at backward short leg, after
262 balls. In the same over, Ali took
out Mark Craig lbw without scor-
Tim Southee's failed hack on 11
gave James Anderson his first wicket
in the match, in his 29th over, Matt
Henry skied Wood to gully, and
Anderson finished off New Zealand
by taking a running catch over his
shoulder to see off Trent Boult and
give Broad three wickets.
Wood and Ali also finished with
three each. But England burnished
New Zealand's total with 67 extras,
the fifth highest in test history.
Wicketkeeper BJ Watling was
stranded on 61. He was cleared to
bat in the morning, after his right
knee was badly bruised by a Henry
delivery on the first morning, and
crucially marshalled the tail. He let
Latham take the gloves again when
England batted a second time.
Opener Adam Lyth hit three
boundaries off Boult, who got him
out for 12 with a slips catch, then
Ballance's off stump was grazed by
a wicked ball from Southee to follow
his first-innings 1 with a duck.
Bell floundered for a while but
found his timing as the lights came
back on, and he and Cook were on
29 and 32 respectively at stumps.
England trails NZ by 60
England 1st Innings: 389
New Zealand 1st Innings
T Latham lbw b Ali
M Guptill c Ballance b Broad 70
K Williamson c Ballance b Ali 132
R Taylor c Buttler b Broad
B McCullum c Root b Wood 42
C Anderson c Buttler b Wood 9
BJ Watling not out
M Craig lbw b Ali
T Southee c Wood b Anderson 11
M Henry c Root b Wood
T Boult c Anderson b Broad
Extras: (34lb, 1nb, 26b, 6w) 67
TOTAL: (all out)
Fall of wickets: 1-148, 2-148, 3-337,
4-403, 5-420, 6-470, 7-470, 8-493, 9-
Bowling: James Anderson 29-7-88-1,
Stuart Broad 26.2-4-77-3, Mark Wood
27-2-93-3 (1nb), Ben Stokes 21-2-105-
0, Moeen Ali 26-4-94-3, Joe Root 2-0-
England 2nd Innings
A Lyth c Southee b Boult
A Cook not out
G Ballance b Southee
I Bell not out
TOTAL: (for 2 wickets) 74
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-25
Still to bat: Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Ben
Stokes, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Stuart
Broad, James Anderson.
Bowling: Trent Boult 9-2-22-1, Tim
Southee 9-0-30-1, Matt Henry 5-0-15-
0, Mark Craig 3-0-6-0.
To s s : New Zealand.
Umpires: Marais Erasmus, South
Africa, and Sundaram Ravi, India.
Third umpire: Rod Tucker, Australia.
Match referee: David Boon, Australia.
BARCELONA, SPAIN---Valencia fought
back twice to earn a Champions
League berth with a 3-2 away win
that relegated Almeria on a dramatic
final day of the Spanish league yes-
Eibar also went down despite beating
last-place Cordoba 3-0, while Deportivo
La Coruna stayed up after coming from
two goals down to draw 2-2 at already
crowned champion Barcelona. Lionel
Messi had put Barcelona in front with
his 42nd and 43rd league goals of the
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick
to lead runner-up Real Madrid to a 7-
3 rout of Getafe as the Ballon d'Or
holder finished as the league's top scorer
with the outstanding mark of 48 goals.
That left him two goals shy of Messi's
milestone from 2012.
Granada was rescued by a 0-0 draw
with Atletico Madrid, which finished
in third place a year after winning the
Sevilla had to settle for a fifth-place
finish despite beating 10-man Malaga
3-2. Unai Emery's side can still reach
the Champions League by successfully
defending its Europa League title against
Dnipro in Warsaw on Wednesday.
Athletic Bilbao is bound for the
Europa League along with Sevilla and
Villarreal after securing seventh place
with a 4-0 rout of Villarreal.
Emotions ran highest at Almeria
where the hosts twice scored to go
ahead and provisionally escape the bot-
tom three spots.
But Valencia's Nicolas Otamendi
answered Thomas Partey's opener from
a free kick, and Sofiane Feghouli struck
just before halftime to cancel out Fer-
nando Soriano's goal.
After losing goalkeeper Diego Alves
to a left-leg injury, Valencia needed
Paco Alcacer to run onto a long pass
and fire the ball beyond goalie Ruben
Martinez with 10 minutes left to clinch
a top-four finish and a ticket to Europe's
At Camp Nou, Barcelona's fans paid
homage to Xavi Hernandez, who played
his last league game after 17 seasons
at the club. The midfielder is leaving
the club for Qatar this summer, and
supports held up an enormous banner
Xavi then received a standing ovation
when he was replaced by Andres Iniesta
with five minutes remaining. He
responded by blowing kisses to the
stands before showing some tears in
the dugout after taking his club record
to 765 appearances.
Xavi will get one more chance to
play at Camp Nou next weekend and
add to his club record 23 titles when
Barcelona hosts Bilbao in the Copa del
Rey final. Barcelona will then play
Juventus for the European Cup in Berlin
on June 6.
Barcelona received an honor guard
from Deportivo for its 23rd league
crown, and the visitors seemed ready
to roll over after Messi headed in Rafi-
na's cross in the fifth minute and tapped
in Neymar's pass to make it 2-0 in the
But Lucas Perez gave Deportivo a
lifeline seven minutes later with a rising
strike from just inside the area, and
Diogo Salomao got the goal they were
desperately searching for in the 76th.
It was a double jubilation on the
Camp Nou pitch after the game as
Deportivo's players celebrated staying
up, before Xavi received the league tro-
phy and presented it to the crowd.
Elsewhere, Real Sociedad thrashed
Rayo Vallecano 4-2, 10-man Celta Vigo
rallied to beat Espanyol 3-2, and Elche
drew 0-0 at Levante.
Eibar manager Gaizka Garitano
announced he was stepping down after
the Basque club failed to stay in the
topflight for a second season.
Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti may
be the next to go after a campaign with-
out a major title for the powerhouse.
MILAN---Juventus beat Napoli 3-1
in Serie A yesterday as it celebrated
winning the double of the Italian
league and cup in a party atmosphere
Stefano Sturaro put Juventus in front
with a spectacular first goal for the
club and Simone Pepe sealed the win
from the spot after Napoli defender
Miguel Britos was sent off in stoppage
time for headbutting Alvaro Morata.
Juventus had taken the lead through
Roberto Pereyra but David Lopez lev-
eled early in the second half after
Lorenzo Insigne's penalty was saved
by Gianluigi Buffon. Kwadwo
Asamoah, who was making his first
appearance since a knee injury in
November, conceded the penalty when
he was harshly adjudged to have inten-
tionally handled the ball. Napoli's
Champions League hopes are all but
over as it remained three points behind
third-place Lazio ahead of the Rome
derby on Monday. It cannot now catch
second-placed Roma and needs Lazio
to lose the derby to leave it all to play
for when the two meet in the final
match of the season. There was a spe-
cial atmosphere at the Juventus Sta-
dium, in the final match of the season,
and the team paraded the Italian Cup
before kickoff, while it was presented
with its fourth successive Serie A tro-
phy after the match.
Juventus beat Lazio 2-1 after extra
time on Wednesday to secure the sec-
ond trophy of a possible treble. Mas-
similiano Allegri's side faces Barcelona
in Berlin in the Champions League
final on June 6.
Allegri rested several of his star play-
ers, while Napoli captain Marek Ham-
sik was left on the bench by Rafa Ben-
itez. Juventus took the lead in the 13th
minute with a well-worked move,
which Pereyra finished off after beating
the offside trap and controlling Kings-
ley Coman's delightful chipped pass
before firing through the legs of Napoli
goalkeeper Mariano Andujar.
Spain's last CL spot
Juventus beats Napoli 3-1
New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates scoring a century during the third day of the first Test match
between England and New Zealand at Lord's cricket ground in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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