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LONDON---Ross Taylor made a lie of
the pitch being overly friendly for the
bowlers by smacking England s battery
to all parts of Lord s and keeping New
Zealand on top of the first Test after
Taylor made 66 off 72 balls in leading
the Kiwis to 153--4, well in sight of catch-
ing England s tedious 232 all out on a
cold, overcast yesterday.
Before Taylor livened up proceedings,
New Zealand woke up Lord s with a
bowling spell of 4--9 in the space of 17
balls before lunch to hurry along Eng-
land s demise.
England s batsmen laboured to score
at two runs an over, and Taylor made
them look even worse. He went after
their bowlers, finding plenty of short or
wide balls to flay to point or through
cover. He didn t play favourites, and was
notably harder on Stuart Broad, but also
hit fellow seamers James Anderson and
Steven Finn and spinner Graeme Swann
to the fence---13 boundaries in all.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Kane
Williamson was a comparative rock,
happy to absorb England s frustration.
He made 22 in their jet-paced stand of
93 that started with New Zealand at
England was so disbelieving of Taylor s
aggression that Anderson was reduced
to complaining to the umpires about the
ball after 23 overs because he couldn t
In making the highest score of the
match, Taylor brought up his 50 off 49
balls, his 18th test half-century. But
moments after getting New Zealand to
100, he played back to hit Anderson and
was beaten lbw on middle stump.
The knock was what the Kiwis had
been waiting for from their world-class
batsman, ever since he d led them to a
win over Sri Lanka in November and
lost the captaincy in controversial fashion.
He deliberately missed the South Africa
tour at the start of the year, then con-
tributed little with the bat in the home
series with England in March.
Williamson continued to be unfussed
and unmoved by England. He survived
a dropped catch on 23 by keeper Matt
Prior off Anderson and finished unbeaten
on 44, inching towards his third half
century against England this year.
Dean Brownlie, who got off the mark
with a back-foot drive for four through
cover off Anderson, made 23, and skipper
Brendon McCullum was on one when
play was stopped by bad light. They
helped take more shine off England s
enthusiasm from Anderson s early
Anderson dismissed openers Hamish
Rutherford for four and Peter Fulton for
two, both to slips catches, in the first
half hour. He became the fourth Eng-
lishman to 300 wickets, which used to
mean something when the last English-
man achieved it, Ian Botham (383) in
1992. With the wickets record at 800,
Anderson became the 26th bowler to
300. He could yet pass Fred Trueman
(307) in this test, and Bob Willis (325)
Earlier, New Zealand seamers Tim
Southee and Neil Wagner bowled out
England, which began the day on 160--4.
Southee, wicket-less on the first day,
struck with successive deliveries, getting
Joe Root caught behind for 40, then
trapping Prior, the England player of the
year, for a first-ball duck confirmed on
Wagner bagged his pair in a six-ball
span, claiming Broad lbw for a duck and
inducing a nick off Swann, on five, for
a catch behind.
Root was the big one. Since returning
from New Zealand, he d scored 182, 236,
and just last week, 179 against New
Zealand as the England Lions captain.
He d enjoyed two century partnerships
with Jonny Bairstow, including against
the Kiwis, and they were dug in as the
Root s first bat for England at home
ended when he made a mistake, edging
behind down the leg side off Southee.
He started the mini collapse.
Southee finished off England after
lunch, claiming Finn to leg before wicket
for four, and Bairstow, England s top-
scorer with 41, to a fine caught-and-
bowled. Southee took a leading 4--58,
and Wagner 3--70. (AP)
Jet-paced NZ 153-4 in
reply to England's 232
England 1st Innings
ACookcWatlingbBoult. . . . . . . . . . .32
NComptoncSoutheebMartin . . . . .16
JTrottcBrownliebBoult . . . . . . . . . .39
IBellcWatlingbWagner. . . . . . . . . . .31
JRootcWatlingbySouthee . . . . . . .40
JBairstowcandbSouthee. . . . . . . . .41
GSwanncWatlingbyWagner . . . . . .5
Extras:(9lb,1b,2w,5nb) . . . . . . . . . . .17
Fall of wickets: 1--43, 2--67, 3--112,
4--157, 5--192, 6--192, 7--195, 8--201,
Bowling: Trent Boult 27--10--48--2
(2nb), Tim Southee 28.2--8--58--4, Neil
Wagner 28--8--70--3 (2nb, 2w), Bruce
Martin 26--12--38--1 (1nb), Kane
New Zealand 1st Innings
PFultoncSwannbAnderson . . . . . . .2
H Rutherford c Cook b Anderson . . . .4
RTaylorlbwbAnderson.. . .... . ...66
TOTAL (for four wickets) . . . . . . .153
To bat: BJ Watling, Tim Southee,
Bruce Martin, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.
Fall of wickets: 1--5, 2--7, 3--100, 4--147
Bowling: James Anderson 15--7--32--3,
Stuart Broad 15--3--48--0 (1nb), Steven
Finn 11--2--42--1 (1nb), Graeme Swann
8--0--19--0, Jonathan Trott 0.4--0--1--0
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Pakistan, and
Steve Davis, Australia.
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus, South
Referee: David Boon, Australia.
Pakistan eased to a 96-run
win over Scotland in the first of
two one-day internationals in
Pakistan finished their 50-over
innings on 231-7 despite a decent
bowling performance from the
hosts at The Grange.
Three wickets from Majid Haq
meant he became Scotland s
leading wicket-taker in one-day
However, Scotland only man-
aged 135 as Pakistan bowled out
their opponents in the 40th over.
Head coach Pete Steindl s
Scotland side faced Pakistan for
the first time in seven years.
Pakistan last visited Scotland
in 2006, winning by five wickets
with 37 balls to spare at The
The two matches in Edinburgh
precede a game against Ireland
as Dav Whatmore s team prepare
for the Champions Trophy.
Misbah-ul-Haq s 78 not out
spearheaded Pakistan s attack
while opener Imran Farhat was
dismissed for 49.
In addition to Haq s hat-trick
for Scotland, Neil Carter, Iain
Wardlaw, Rob Taylor and Matt
Machan also took wickets for the
hosts before lunch.
Off-spinner Haq made it 44
wickets in one-day internationals
to overtake John Blain, who he
was previously tied with on 41.
Scotland began batting at 15:00
BST but it did not start well as
Carter was dismissed for a duck.
New captain Kyle Coetzer
scored highest for the hosts by
reaching 32 but Pakistan s Junaid
Khan and Saeed Ajmal each took
three wickets of their own to
bring about Scotland s demise.
The two sides meet again
tomorrow at The Grange.
set up 96-run win
BALTIMORE---Everything s a go
The Kentucky Derby winner was
in a playful mood the day before
the Preakness, making faces for
photographers between nibbles of
grass outside his stall at Pimlico
"He s really settled in well. He
seems to be energetic about what
he s doing so I couldn t be more
pleased," trainer Shug McGaughey
said on a warm and sunny Friday
morning. "We re excited about giv-
it done and go on to the next step."
Getting it done would mean
defeating eight rivals in the 1 3-
16-mile Preakness to set up a Triple
Crown try in the Belmont Stakes
three weeks from Saturday. Orb is
the even-money favourite, and
there s a growing feeling that this
three-year-old bay colt may be
special enough to give thorough-
bred racing its first Triple Crown
champion since Affirmed in 1978.
"We d sure love to have that
opportunity," said McGaughey,
seeming relaxed and confident.
"Probably the racing world would
love to see it, too. It brings a lot
more attention to what we re doing
from all standpoints."
Orb extended his winning streak
to five with a thrilling victory in
the Derby two weeks ago, when
jockey Joel Rosario patiently guided
the colt from 17th to first in the
final half mile over a sloppy track.
In the Preakness, Orb will break
from the No 1 post, a spot that has
seen only one winner---Tabasco Cat
in 1994. While rival trainers aren t
conceding the race, most agree Orb
is the best of the bunch.
"Orb, he s a freak. Right now,
everybody should be rooting for
Orb, except for the connections of
the other horses in the race," trainer
Bob Baffert said---and he s got a
horse in the race, 12--1 choice
Govenor Charlie. "Anybody who s
not rooting for Orb, there s some-
thing mentally wrong with them."
Baffert has been there before.
Three of his five Preakness winners
had also won the Derby, but were
unable to complete the Triple
Crown with a win in the Belmont.
He says the Preakness is the least
stressful of the three races.
Getting to the next one may
sound easy. It isn t. Six of the past
eight Derby winners did not win
the Preakness, and McGaughey is
well aware of the pitfalls.
"Orb s not like a one-race hit.
All year long he s been super
impressive," said Goldencents train-
er Doug O Neill, who won the
Derby and Preakness last year with
I ll Have Another, only to scratch
the colt the day before the Belmont
because of a tendon injury. "But
we ve seen Goldencents do some
brilliant things in the afternoon. If
he does, I think he can beat him."
Maybe it s Itsmyluckyday, anoth-
er top three-year-old who did not
handle the sloppy track and fin-
ished 15th in the Derby.
Or maybe it s Departing, one of
the three horses in the race who
did not run in the Derby. Orb
knows Departing well --- the two
were pals growing up at Claiborne
Farm in Paris, Kentucky, and ran
around together in the same field.
The gelding has won four of five
starts, and comes into the Preak-
ness off a win in the Illinois Derby.
Orb favoured to take
Preakness, set up Triple try
New Zealand's Ross Taylor sweeps a shot off the bowling of England's Graeme Swann in their first Test
match, at Lord's cricket ground in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Pakistan 231 for 7 (Misbah
83*, Farhat 49, Haq 3--39) vs
Scotland 135 (Coetzer 32,
Ajmal 3--25). Pakistan won by
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