Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stokes Shines Again as Kiwis Trounced by England; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Stokes Shines Again as Kiwis Trounced by England; CRICKET

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DURHAM all-rounder Ben Stokes was in the thick of the action again as England completed a once highly improbable victory in the first Investec Test by bowling New Zealand out in under three sessions at Lord's.

James Anderson must wait to become the first Englishman to 400 Test wickets, after taking only the first to move to 399 as the Kiwis were dismissed for 220 and went down by 124 runs.

England will head to Leeds knowing they cannot lose this two-match series, thanks principally to the heroics of captain Alastair Cook (162) and the fastest ever hundred at HQ from New Zealand-born Stokes as they combined to overturn a 134-run first-innings deficit.

They set the Kiwis a national record 345-run chase, and Stokes (three for 38) helped to ensure they saw their opponents off in 67.3 of a scheduled maximum 77 overs.

Anderson, who last month overhauled Ian Botham's longstanding record as his country's most prolific Test wicket-taker, will join even more elite company the next time he strikes. He could celebrate in any case after England closed out the win, with a spectacular catch by Moeen Ali at third man as Stuart Broad (three for 50) got last man Trent Boult, despite half-centuries from Corey Anderson (67) and BJ Watling (59).

It was England's leading wicket-taker who put the tourists in instant trouble when he had Martin Guptill edging an outswinger low to third slip off the second delivery of the innings.

Then Broad struck at the other end with more full-length swing into Tom Latham's pads to see him off lbw and make the total nought for two.

The Kiwi openers had each made half-centuries in the first innings, and shared a stand of 148. Second time round, they were both gone for nought and lasted three balls between them.

Broad soon doubled up with another lbw, Ross Taylor aiming to leg and missing to make the total 12 for three.

But thanks to stoic pair Kane Williamson and Watling, New Zealand recovered - and then after Stokes had his say with ball as well as bat, big-hitting Anderson launched 10 fours and a six in his 44-ball 50. …

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