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A Lovely Saturday at the Basin Reserve

A Lovely Saturday at the Basin Reserve

Words and Pictures Ethan Tucker

Basin Reserve boundary
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Wellington's random autumn weather plucked a mild day out of the hat for Saturday, day 2 of the second test against the West Indies. Starting the day at 182/8, the West Indies' tail was quickly edged out by Kyle Mills (53/3) for the addition of only ten runs. After a short break, New Zealand then set out in pursuit, suffering early nerves when they lost both openers Marshall (3) and How (0) cheaply.

A cracking Stephen Fleming cover drive
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Fulton (75) and captain Fleming (97) then wrestled back the initiative with a partnership of 165 for the third wicket, putting New Zealand firmly on top. Fleming's fifty came at a run-a-ball, but he perished going for his century with the total on 168, caught by Bravo on the third man boundary.

Astle Defends
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Astle (65) proceeded to carry on the job of building a first innings lead, helped by a cameo from McCullum (23) and an 86-run partnership with Vettori (42). New Zealand closed the second day of the test on 335/7, a lead of 143, hoping to extend their dominance over a demoralised West Indies attack into the third day of the test.

Bradshaw bowls
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Fulton looks on

12th person Jeetan Patel

A not quite fully automatic scoreboard

Two cool cats – umpires Benson and Harper (Aus

NZ Vice Captain Daniel Vettori playing an odd sort of shot

ENDS

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