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Mark Mitchener and James Gheerbrant

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  1. Post update

    That's about it from us - you can already read Stephan Shemilt's match report from Headingley and listen again to "Ask the Umpire" on the TMS podcast page, where it will be joined by the Agnew and Boycott review very soon.

    You can also read about an astonishing T20 game at Taunton where not even 151 from 62 balls from the self-styled coolest man in cricket was enough to save Somerset from defeat.

    Unquestionably New Zealand's day - but I know you'll want to join us tomorrow to bring you every cough and spit of day four. Test Match Special will be on air from 10:25 BST. Until then, enjoy the rest of your evening - see you on the morrow. TTFN.

  2. Highest chases at Headingley

    Geoffrey said earlier that records are there to be broken - well, only once have a team scored more than 315 in the fourth innings to win a Test at Headingley - and that team contained a certain Donald George Bradman. The highest successful chases are:

    • 404-3: Australia beat England, 1948
    • 315-4: England beat Australia, 2001
    • 219-7: England beat Pakistan, 1982
    • 186-5: England beat South Africa, 1929
    • 180-7: Pakistan beat Australia, 2010
    Donald Bradman
  3. New Zealand reaction

    New Zealand opener Martin Guptill on Sky Sports, on team-mate BJ Watling: "He is a gritty little character, he can bat anywhere in the order. When Watling gets going he can really get big scores."

    On how the pitch is behaving: "There is still a bit of up and down movement. it can only be good signs for us as we have to bowl last."

  4. Coach reaction

    More from England bowling coach Ottis Gibson on Sky Sports: "The New Zealand batsmen have been attacking. They hit some good balls and took the attack to us. They haven't allowed us to control our lengths.

    "We have set plans for every batsman but they haven't allowed us to settle into those plans. You can't have six slips if you aren't bowling enough balls in the right area. We just haven't created enough pressure on them with dot balls to be able to get the edge.

    "Tailenders have become a lot more competent with the bat than they used to be. Most tailenders are batting a lot better, they are hitting the ball harder. Pitching it up isn't always the best way. And there is no real right and wrong way."

  5. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Broad played splendidly. You hope that innings will bring his confidence back, because he's a good player down the order. Make no mistake, it's going to be a tough ask for England tomorrow."

  6. Forecast for Monday

    If you're travelling to Headingley tomorrow, it should be sunny early on but it looks like we might have a shower or two in the afternoon. (A cynic might add, if England haven't been bowled out by then).

    BBC Weather forecast
  7. Coach reaction

    More from England bowling coach Ottis Gibson on Sky Sports: "The one thing I have noticed about this team is that there is a lot of character in the dressing room. We haven't been as good as we could have been, but the character in the dressing room, means that we aren't out of this. We just lacked control.

    "There is a little bit in the pitch when you bowl into length. But we were guilty of overdoing it, we tried too hard to get wickets; we haven't been patient enough. We know we can bowl a lot better than that."

  8. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England have seven left-handers in their line-up and it's going to be important that they don't let the spinner Mark Craig settle."

  9. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    I, Rob: It might be time to warm up those rain dances.

    John M Butt: Magic Anderson seem to have lost his magic this last year.

  10. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "This match has been splendiferous and we want a result, whoever wins. If it's going to be be England, they're going to have to play out of their skins, but records are there to be broken."

  11. Coach reaction

    England bowling coach Ottis Gibson on TMS: It has been a difficult day, the Kiwis have put us under pressure with their attacking cricket and we haven't been as good as we can be. We've played ourselves into a hole, but there's still a lot of time left in this game.

    "As a bowling unit we try to bowl dot balls and create pressure and they haven't allowed us to do that. Stuart Broad knows his game inside out and we've been working on his mentality more than anything else, how to get players out when the ball's not swinging and stuff like that. Mark Wood is young, raw, full of energy and he's quite skilful as you saw when he got Brendon McCullum out."

  12. Text 81111

    Mark in Dulwich: I think England have placed too much stock in Moeen's performances with the ball against a disinterested India last summer. If we're going to compete in the Ashes we need to find a spinner who can either take wickets or can tie down an end. In 2015 Moeen has managed neither, and it's pretty obvious that Cook doesn't trust him to bowl more than a few overs at a time. Play him up the order as a specialist batsman who occasionally bowls, or don't play him at all. At eight he's a passenger.

  13. Player reaction

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    More from Tim Southee on TMS: "It started last night with that spell of bowling with the new ball and it was nice to be able to finish them off reasonably quickly this morning. The tail-enders came out and played their shots and if you get a couple out of the middle it's there to be hit.

    "My performance was disappointing at Lord's but you always want to get better and I looked back on a few things over the break so it was pleasing to get wickets. There's still a lot of time left in the game so hopefully we can edge that lead."

  14. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a fact of life that Moeen Ali isn't a bowler. He's a batsman who bowls a bit. To ask him to follow a top-class spinner who's retired [Graeme Swann], he will be exposed as he's a nice cricketer, but he can't control an end. The Aussies will target him as they've got a lot of right-handers, but you can't take it away from New Zealand today - BJ Watling batted magnificently. He can seriously bat, he's one of the unsung New Zealanders and I really enjoyed his innings."

  15. Player reaction

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    New Zealand bowler Tim Southee on TMS: "With the way the guys batted it turned out to be a pretty good day for us. BJ Watling is just a gutsy, determined player and it's nice to see him get the rewards for the hard work he puts in. If you'd said yesterday afternoon that we would end the day in the position that we are we would have grabbed it with both hands."

  16. Post update

    Stand by for some words of wisdom from Tim Southee on TMS, while who have England put up for interview? Err... it's bowling coach Ottis Gibson.

  17. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The whole tenor of the innings was playing in a positive, sensible frame of mind, not looking to whack it but not missing out on anything to score off. Take McCullum, we all know how expressive he is. He played a couple of shots early on, then realised England weren't going to get a new ball tonight and played very sensibly."

  18. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Simon Goodall: Time for Ali and Bell to move on. Just not good enough I'm afraid.

    george atutkwengo: BJ Watling has got to be the man of the series for New Zealand.

  19. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought it was a fantastic day's cricket again. The match has moved on and New Zealand won the day hands down. The total that England are going to have to get will be tough. In the morning, Stuart Broad got England up to par - he did to the New Zealand bowlers what they did to him. Martin Guptill can't have been looking forward to batting, but he batted beautifully."

  20. Text 81111

    Tom in Newcastle: Hang on BBC; I'm at the Magic Weekend in Newcastle being bored to tears by six hours of rugby league, wishing I was watching six hours of cricket in Leeds. Imagine my delight when I received a wicket notification from the BBC sports app saying Watling was out for 91, only for him to now be closing in on his century! Admittedly, I appreciate the momentary raising of my spirits, but now I'm even more depressed. You tease, BBC, you tease.

  21. Post update

    Stand by for Aggers and Boycott's review of the day. Taking a punt on this one, you may wish to cover your ears if you're a member of the Moeen Ali Fan Club.

  22. County Championship review

    All the County Championship games were on fast-forward mode on a rain-hit first day.

    In Division One, three late wickets for Worcestershire meant Hampshire ended day one on 119-4, while Warwickshire finished on 148-3 at Lord's against Middlesex.

    Everything went according to plan for Leicestershire, who bowled Essex out for 166 after sending them in and finished the day on 28-0 of their Division Two clash.

    Craig Meschede's run-a-ball century helped Glamorgan score 371 in just 71.3 overs against Northants in Cardiff.

    Gloucestershire recovered from 199-5 to close on 251-6 against Derbyshire, while at The Oval Surrey reached 145-4 after being put into bat by Lancashire, with former England batsman Kevin Pietersen making only two.

  23. Post update

    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That lack of maidens in Moeen's column is a real difficulty for England at the moment - they don't have a spinner to play that containing role."

  24. Close of play scorecard

    New Zealand 338-6 (75 overs) - lead by 338

    Batsmen: Watling 100*, Craig 15*

    Fall of wickets: 15-1 (Latham 3), 23-2 (Williamson 6), 122-3 (Taylor 48), 141-4 (Guptill 70), 262-5 (McCullum 55), 315-6 (Ronchi 31)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 16-4-58-1, Broad 13-1-52-2, Wood 14-2-64-3, Stokes 12-1-61-0, Moeen 15-0-70-0, Root 5-0-23-0

    New Zealand first-innings 350: Ronchi 88, Latham 84; Broad 5-109

    England first-innings 350: Lyth 107, Cook 75, Broad 46; Southee 4-83

    Full scorecard

  25. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Watling has played some lovely shots. He's been at the epicentre of this New Zealand effort. His best friend Kane Williamson is clapping wildly at the dressing-room window. It's looking like New Zealand will go into the rest of this Test match with quite a substantial total behind them - it's just a question of whether they are good enough to bowl England out."

  26. Post update

    Captain Cook and some of the England fielders shake BJ Watling's hand before they allow him to lead the players off. Good sportsmanship all round.

  27. Close of play

    NZ 338-6

    Moeen Ali, who it's fair to say has not had his most memorable day in an England shirt, will bowl the last over - and Craig easily guides a four past mid-on. "Too full," notes Jeremy Coney on TMS, and Craig sees off the rest of the over without any further qualms - he'll resume on 15 tomorrow morning.

  28. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Watling scored his hundred off 136 balls - the fastest of his five Test centuries. He's the first New Zealander to score a century in Leeds, in their eighth Test at this ground.

    "This would now be England's highest ever run-chase in Test cricket."

  29. NZ 334-6 (lead by 334)

    Craig steers a single wide of mid-on. Last over coming up.

  30. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Fantastic innings. He's driven very well today, looked immaculate off the front foot, cuts like a keeper and outscored McCullum in their partnership. He's held this New Zealand innings together."

  31. Watling 100

    NZ 333-6

    That's the century - BJ Watling pulls Anderson for a single to bring up his fifth Test hundred, and he removes his helmet before lifting his bat in celebration. They'll be dancing in the streets of Northern Districts...

  32. NZ 332-6

    Watling is progressing in singles - a dab to deep cover takes him to 99. Craig guides a two wide of gully to move to double figures. Two to come and Watling on strike...

  33. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Richard Beaumont: Did Yorkshire forget to sell tickets for the weekend or are the Yorkshire folk happy watching their own?

    billybunter3rd: Very poor crowd at Headingley. Perhaps used to Boycott style batting, Yorkshire crowds not keen on attacking cricket?

    andy mcclelland: packed in at Headingley aren't they? Do they only fill the stadiums when the tickets are free?

  34. NZ 329-6 (Watling 98*, Craig 8*)

    Anderson finds a bit of bounce as a delivery rears up and strikes Watling on the gloves, the right-hander taking one hand off the bat as he winces with pain. A single takes him to 98 from 134 balls. Gary Ballance dons a helmet and a box to crouch at short leg for Craig, but the left-hander defends immaculately. Three overs to come.

  35. NZ 328-6

    A change in the bowling as Stuart Broad replaces Root at the Kirkstall Lane End. Watling, on 92, confidently bisects cover and mid-off for four. A single takes him to 97, showing (justified) confidence in Craig's ability to hold out with four balls of the over left. Adam Lyth claps his hands in the covers, as much to keep them warm as to encourage his team-mates, I suspect. England are nine overs away from getting a new ball to use - and four overs from the close of play.

  36. Text 81111

    DW in Sussex: Delighted and saddened to hear John Holder's comments on league cricket. Foul language, dissent and poor sportsmanship is widespread and sets a poor example to young players. It is evident on most grounds on a Saturday afternoon and the authorities need to get a grip. Plenty of talented young players have left the game after moving up from youth cricket, disillusioned by what they see. Thanks, New Zealand for showing us how competitive cricket should be played.

  37. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Watling would love to get that hundred tonight, if he possibly can."

    BJ Watling
  38. NZ 323-6

    Anderson goes round the wicket to the left-handed Craig, can one breakthrough bring two? Craig plays and misses a couple of times, it's a maiden over. Five overs left.

  39. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen Ali has not had much of a run recently. He bowled poorly in Barbados, which might have dented his confidence, and also Cook's confidence in him. At the moment, he doesn't seem to be able to keep an end going."

  40. NZ 323-6

    It's still Root on - Craig unleashes a sumptuous cover drive for four, though can't connect cleanly with a juicy pie Root serves up short and wide outside off stump. (You can't beat a Root pie. I'll get my coat). But he does help himself to a three to push the lead to 323.

  41. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There are things that have got to be sorted out for England after this series. Catching is one, and the ability to tie an end down and restrict the scoring rate is another."

  42. Text 81111

    Dave in Bradford: Has there ever been a Test match where the score for the first THREE innings has been identical? Just wondering!

    Andrew, do you have an answer?

  43. NZ 316-6 (Watling 92*, Craig 1*)

    England are through the wicketkeepers and into the bowlers now - Mark Craig is the new batsman, he shoulders arms to his first ball and is millimetres away from being bowled, but the left-hander is up and running with a single off his legs to end the over. Seven to come tonight if they can get them in by 19:23.

  44. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Ronchi will be kicking himself, thinking, 'Why didn't I just smack it?' Can England, as New Zealand did last night, claim a few wickets now? It's difficult territory, but they are still in the game."

    Luke Ronchi
  45. WICKET

    Ronchi c Buttler b Anderson 31 (NZ 315-6)

    But then Anderson strikes - two-and-a-half days after his 401st Test wicket, his 402nd comes as he induces a rather tame, hesitant edge to the keeper from Ronchi.

    For a brief instant, while 31 not out, Ronchi had the highest average in the history of Test cricket (119). It's now down to a manageable 59.5.

    James Anderson
  46. NZ 315-5

    Send for the Burnley Express - James Anderson replaces Stokes, who's been rather expensive, and his introduction nearly forces an error as Ronchi nearly edges onto his stumps. Watling opens the face to steer a four past the slips to the vacant third man boundary - that's the fifty stand off only 40 balls.

  47. Post update

    Jeremy Coney

    Ex-New Zealand captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are looking at a 350-plus chase. It's a slightly wearing pitch with a little bit of erratic bounce. Someone is going to have to play well for them. Is it going to be Cook, or Lyth, or Bell?"

  48. NZ 309-5 (Watling 87*, Ronchi 30*)

    Joe Root on for some more part-time off-spin, but Watling is in no mood to quieten down, shovelling a four between the keeper and leg slip to move to within 13 of his century.

  49. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Geoff Ashton: Reading a detective novel and checking the score after each chapter. The scoreboard's beating the pace of the plot hands down.

  50. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a clever innings from Watling: he's found the gap all the time, just push-and-run, push-and-run, and he's hit a few boundaries too."

  51. NZ 304-5

    More easy accumulation - that's six from Ronchi as he launches Stokes over the ropes at mid-wicket and into about the fourth row of the stand. Two balls later, the Kiwi debutant swipes four more over third man to push the lead past the landmark figure of 300. Another loose delivery from Stokes is pummelled through extra cover for three, and the bowler shows his frustration by angrily throwing the ball at the stumps at the striker's end, despite there being no hope of a run-out.

  52. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "So far there's no question whose day it has been, despite England's little rally with the tail, and if New Zealand can get through the next 10 overs without losing another wicket then they hold the cards."

  53. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If things go really well, New Zealand could have some fun tomorrow and set England 400 to win. Once you get a certain sense of security in the number of runs you've scored - say 330, 340 - you can have a party."

  54. NZ 289-5

    Watling moves effortlessly into the 80s as he slices Wood over gully for four, before a more careful prod to the cover sweeper brings him a single. Do they have honours boards at Headingley? If they do, the Durban-born right-hander could well be the next name painted on. Ronchi, though, nicks the strike with a cheeky single to deep mid-wicket.

  55. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The outcome of this Test could all depend on the weather. If it's sunny like this, the ball seems to behave well. If there's cloud cover tomorrow, it will jag around."

  56. NZ 283-5 (Watling 77*, Ronchi 14*)

    Scrappy from Stokes, as Ronchi knocks the ball back to the bowler but Stokes can't field it cleanly and the ball scoots past the stumps as they scamper an unearned two. New Zealand basking in the evening sunshine, we're not too far away from the Longest Day so don't bank on bad light saving England tonight..

    The entertaining "Ask the Umpire" feature from lunchtime today is now available to listen again on the TMS podcast page.

  57. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Zishan: What a bowler Mark Wood is and potentially could be.

    Thomas Van Klaveren: Great bowling by Wood, crucial wicket. England need a couple more cheap wickets to get back in the driving seat though.

  58. NZ 280-5 (12 overs left today)

    Wood's effort today has been rewarded with three big wickets, can he find another? Not when Ronchi's in this mood - he's up into double figures after a couple of fortunate edges through gully bring him a two and a four, while another double off the last delivery takes him to 12 from nine balls.

    As things stand, this would be the third highest successful Test run chase on this ground - after that 404 we mentioned earlier, there's a 315 England made against Australia in 2001 when Mark Butcher saw England home.

  59. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Fenners: Moeen Ali doesn't contribute with ball, bat or in the field. Got to ask yourself why he gets selected.

    Ross Matthewman: I think we're going to have to accept that Moeen simply isn't good enough to be our spin bowler. Back to the drawing board.

    Gareth Keightley: Moeen should be taking wickets now. I'm afraid he's not good enough to be main spinner. Michael Clarke will be licking his lips.

  60. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a poor coming-back over from Stokes. He just couldn't get his rhythm right. It's one of those things you really have to learn at the highest level, how to get through that first over when you're not quite loose without damage."

  61. NZ 271-5 (Watling 75*, Ronchi 4*)

    Moeen Ali is removed from the attack after 14 wicketless overs, but the runs keep flowing as his replacement Ben Stokes is flogged through the covers for a couple of boundaries by Watling and Ronchi when he drops it short.

  62. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "If England are going to give themselves a chance here, they need to take these last five wickets quickly."

  63. Post update

    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Brendon McCullum has played 94 Test matches unbroken. If he continues, he will play his 100th Test match against Australia in New Zealand next spring."

    Andrew Samson adds: "If McCullum does get there, he will be the first player to play his first 100 Tests consecutively. AB de Villiers is currently on 98 Test matches but will miss the upcoming Test in Bangladesh because of paternity leave."

    Brendon McCullum dismissed
  64. NZ 262-5 (Wood 12-2-49-3)

    One wicketkeeper replaces another as Luke Ronchi, who made that sparkling debut 88 in the first innings, takes McCullum's place.

    There are 14 overs left today, and as things stand we can't go beyond 19:23 BST so we may need all of that time.

  65. Post update

    Vic Marks

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was an excellent innings, not quite the one everyone expected from McCullum, not full of all those sparkling shots he sometimes plays, but very valuable. Mark Wood has got something, he skids the ball in to right-handers."

  66. WICKET

    McCullum lbw Wood 55 (NZ 262-5)

    There's no Hotspot, clearly missing the bat. It looks a little high, but that might be umpire's call? Yes - impact in line, umpire's call on height (clipping the leg bail by a few millimetres) - so it's all over for McCullum. A different sort of innings from which we're used to, but no less important for his side.

    Brendon McCullum
  67. Umpire review

    Persistence from Wood looks to have made a breakthrough as he traps McCullum in front - but the Kiwi captain immediately calls for a review...

  68. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Headingley

    "In his four Test matches this year, including this one, Moeen averages more than 43 with the ball. No matter how many runs he gets batting at number eight, England will need a better return than that in the Ashes. Mind you, dropped catches aren't helping."

  69. NZ 262-4 (Wood 11-1-49-2)

    A bit of a comedy moment as Watling goes for a bloodthirsty slog-sweep against Moeen, doesn't connect cleanly but as he follows through, the ball ricochets off the back of his bat and flies over slip for four! I guess when the luck's with you... Or do you make your own luck at this level of cricket?

  70. Post update

    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Wood's release achieves a little bit of movement back in to the right-hander. He goes down the side of the ball. The ball is keeping a bit low and it's just getting a bit hard to judge the bounce."

  71. NZ 257-4 (59 overs)

    Wood probes outside McCullum's off stump but the New Zealand captain holds firm. Two singles from the over.

  72. NZ 256-4

    Moeen, bowling round the wicket, begins his 13th over, but New Zealand continue to play him with ease. Watling helps himself to a two and a single to move to 65 from 104 balls. I'm starting to wonder what the highest successful run chases at Headingley are...

  73. Honours for New Zealand duo

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson have been recognised by the Honours Committee as Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours for their performances during the Cricket World Cup earlier this year.

    Brendon McCullum and Mike Hesson
  74. NZ 252-4 (McCullum 53*, Watling 62*)

    Having served as the "Boundary Fox" last over, Mark Wood is pressed back into service to bowl, hoping to add to his two scalps earlier in the innings. Watling is looking every inch the specialist Test batsman, having sub-contracted wicketkeeping duties to Ronchi for this Test, and he calmly adds a single to his score.

  75. Post update

    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Watling is a quiet achiever. He may well be worth his place as a number six batsman if New Zealand were to want to continue to use Ronchi as the wicketkeeper."

  76. Email

    Margaret Ford: It's a public holiday today in New Zealand for the Queen's birthday. Was at Lord's on Monday! Great cricket!

  77. NZ 251-4 (19 overs left today)

    The New Zealand lead inexorably moves past 250 as McCullum guides Moeen for three to Mark Wood, who's patrolling the cover boundary. He has 53, while Watling is streets ahead on 61 - but their strike rate is virtually identical.

  78. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a chance, Wood just didn't get hands to it. England have dropped too many catches. McCullum has really played the supporting role for Watling, which is ominous for England."

  79. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "McCullum has now passed 6,000 Test runs. He's only the second New Zealander to reach the mark, after Stephen Fleming.

    "The last five times he's made 50 in Test cricket, he's gone on to get a century - two of them were double and one a triple."

  80. McCullum 50

    NZ 247-4

    Was that a chance? McCullum clubs Root just wide of the diving Mark Wood at mid-off for four, that takes him past 6,000 Test runs, while a single brings up his 29th Test fifty from 79 balls.

    He's 1,169 runs behind Stephen Fleming who is New Zealand's all-time top scorer with 7,172. Making up the top five are Martin Crowe, John Wright and Ross Taylor.

  81. Post update

    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Headingley

    "Even when the sun is out, it's very, very cold in Leeds. Umpire Rod Tucker stands at square leg, hands in the pockets of his white coat, running on the spot. If he's chilly now, we might have to thaw him out at 7.30."

  82. NZ 242-4 (McCullum 45*, Watling 60*)

    A smattering of applause as Watling flicks a single off his legs to bring up the century stand from 150 balls. Remember, with the first-innings totals level, the lead is 242, so England are already facing a large fourth-innings chase - with more than two days of the match remaining.

  83. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "This has been a brilliant partnership. They've played the gears beautifully. McCullum and Watling realised when the lead was 140 they had to be circumspect, but in the last half an hour they've really gone up a gear and targeted Moeen Ali. It's been very clever batting and it's got the feel of a match-winning partnership."

    England v New Zealand
  84. NZ 239-4

    Root, on paper the junior spinner of these two off-tweakers, is bowling with a shade more control than Moeen, but New Zealand are picking singles and twos up at will.

  85. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Moeen's into his 10th over and he hasn't bowled a maiden yet. Bottling an end up is such a key part of what a spinner is trying to do."

  86. Watling dropped on 50

    New Zealand again look to make hay against Moeen, McCullum smacking the bearded off-spinner for four through mid-wicket. Watling gives a very, very tough chance to keeper Jos Buttler as the ball flies through, takes the edge and come off his gloves - while Watling shows he can clear the ropes with a slog-swept six.

    England v New Zealand
  87. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kent batsman Joe Denly: Note to self: DO NOT DROP CHRIS GAYLE ON 40!!!!!!

    Gayle went on to hit an unbeaten 151 off 62 balls for Somerset, but Kent clung on to win by three runs in a thrilling T20 Blast match in Taunton.

  88. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is really poor batting. If a guy is coming round the wicket, he's trying to get you out sweeping - just play with a straight bat."

    England v New Zealand
  89. NZ 223-4 (McCullum 36*, Watling 50*)

    Was that England's chance? Another sweep, this time an orthodox sweep from Watling, but again the umpire shakes his head.

  90. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Alastair Cook is trying to find a combination just to get some sort of control here, because New Zealand are scoring at such a rate."

  91. NZ 222-4

    In fact, Hotspot shows the ball flicking the bottom of McCullum's glove, and he survives. England must do without any reviews for the next 29.5 overs.

  92. Umpire review

    This should liven up the crown - Joe "Goldenarm" Root to bowl, can he fulfil his usual role of partnership-breaker? First ball, McCullum reverse-sweeps, there's a big appeal for lbw and though the umpire shakes his head, England call for a review...

  93. 50 for Watling

    NZ 222-4

    Watling sweeps Moeen for four to reach his 11th Test fifty, from 79 balls. The Black Caps are "Richie Benaud" for four.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to break this partnership. They can't allow it to develop. But they know that wickets bring wickets at Headingley. It's at times like this in the field that you can't help but think, 'We really messed up our innings.'"

    England's Gary Ballance
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    James at Headingley: Just seen one of the minions getting arrested!

  96. NZ 216-4 (McCullum 35*, Watling 44*)

    They're restless in the stands, and Watling is restless at the crease, busily cutting Stokes for two and swatting him over the slips for four. Stokes has an unthreatening 0-34 from nine overs.

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    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are very poor at reviews at the moment. They don't have any characters strong enough to demand reviews."

    As we mentioned earlier, England have used eight reviews in this series, and none of them have been successful.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "That's the surest sign of intent. McCullum is thinking, 'Right, which bowler can I target?'"

  99. NZ 209-4

    McCullum sweeps and misses, and while England appeal for lbw, McCullum sets off for a run and then gets sent back by his partner. But then it's more like the McCullum we know and love - he comes down the wicket and launches Moeen for a huge six into the stand over long-on to stretch the lead past 200. Another big heave, of the slog-sweep variety, misses batsman and keeper alike, disappearing for four byes.

    Brendon McCullum of New Zealand
  100. T20 Blast: Notts beat Durham

    Brilliant death bowling from Luke Fletcher and Harry Gurney helped Nottinghamshire beat Durham by 15 runs.

    Riki Wessels smashed 67 off 41 balls and helped the hosts set Durham a target of 176. Aside from Gordon Muchall and Ryan Pringle, none of the Durham batsmen were able to score freely and quickly as they lost for the second time in three games.

    Click here for the final scorecard.

  101. NZ 197-4

    As Alison points out, McCullum's patience may pay dividends here - there are still plenty of overs left in this match, and England won't get a new ball for 33 overs after this one. The Kiwi captain can't connect with an attempted uppercut over the slips, but he eventually pokes a single to fine leg to nick the strike. Even better, Graeme Swann "outs" himself on TMS as a big fan of Star Wars.

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    "The longer these two stay in, the more tired the bowlers get, and then they can really pick up the pace. That's the game that McCullum wants to play. Whereas New Zealand knew last night that they would get a second crack with the new ball in the fading light, England don't have that opportunity."

  103. NZ 196-4 (McCullum 27*, Watling 36*)

    Back to the Test match now, as Moeen Ali takes up the attack. Just a McCullum single from the over, Watling carefully sees off five dot balls.

    New Zealand's BJ Watling
  104. Gayle hits 151* - but Somerset lose

    Somerset have lost - after a dot ball on the fifth ball of the over, Gayle hit the last ball of the match for six, but not even 151 not out from 62 balls (with 10 fours and 15 sixes) was enough to prevent a three-run defeat.

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    Still taking drinks at Headingley.

    At Taunton, Jamie Overton takes a single, Gayle manages a two and a four leaving 10 needed off two balls. Gayle facing the bowling of Mitchell Claydon.

  106. Drinks break

    NZ 195-4

    Ben Stokes replaces Broad, who's looked a little toothless since that early two-wicket burst. Two slips in for Watling, who sees off a maiden over, and that's drinks.

    In Taunton, with Gayle (139 from 58) having gone 6, 6, 4, 6 at the end of the penultimate over, Somerset need 17 off the last... and Sohail Tanvir is out off the first ball of the last over. 17 needed off five.

    Commentary on that, and all today's county games, can be found on the BBC Sport website.

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    Neil in Sheffield: I actually think it's a shame this isn't the main five-match series of the summer as these are two well-matched sides. The Ashes may be a little one sided.

  108. NZ 195-4

    Watling edges Moeen and they run two, a single brings McCullum on strike and there's an appeal for lbw... Graeme Swann on TMS immediately says "outside the line" and the umpire concurs.

    At Taunton, Gayle (129 from 56) has just hit his 13th six. 27 needed from eight balls.

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    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "This 50 partnership has come off 83 balls, which is easily the slowest of New Zealand's five 50 partnerships in this match. The others have all come off 55 balls or fewer."

  110. NZ 192-4 (43 overs)

    McCullum plays and misses at Broad, with Geoffrey purring at a ball bowled right down his beloved corridor of uncertainty. When McCullum does connect, he swipes a single through the covers to bring up the fifty stand.

    At Taunton, Gayle is on strike with two overs left, but 41 runs needed.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "280 plus would make England fidgety. When you're playing well at Headingley and you're smacking the ball when it's off-length, you think, 'This is all right.' But there's always something there for the bowlers."

  112. NZ 190-4

    Moeen spins down another over, Watling carefully dabs a two to third man. We have 33 more overs tonight.

    Down at Taunton, the Gayle force has reached 115 from 52 balls. Somerset need 43 from the last 16 balls to win, with Gayle having lost the strike.

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    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    "We're not going to have a draw unless something remarkable happens here. It fees like a result, and at the moment, New Zealand are ahead. England need a wicket."

  114. NZ 188-4 (McCullum 25*, Watling 30*)

    New Zealand are cruising to the verge of a 200 lead without too much trouble here, the leg side is virtually deserted so Broad has to be tight with his line - anything on middle and leg should be an easy single. After the assault from Guptill and Taylor earlier, this is a more controlled approach from New Zealand (which I'm sure, if the situations were reversed, would have many of you emailing in complaining that England were batting too conservatively). Three singles added.

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I've seen this type of cricket before. England used to do it under Andrew Strauss. They can't get a wicket, so they bowl the ball wide of off stump and wait for a mistake. Sometimes it works."

  116. NZ 185-4 (lead by 185)

    England turn to the spin of Moeen Ali at the Football Stand End, but the ones and twos are coming easily for New Zealand here. The fact that England and New Zealand's first-innings totals were exactly level does wonders for one's maths when trying to work out the lead...

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    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "You have to give your bowlers a little bit of protection, so that if they err a bit full you've got somebody to stop the odd boundary shot. 7-2 and 8-1 fields are very difficult for experienced bowlers, let alone a young lad in his second Test."

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    Yohan from London: Test cricket is completely different from T20, both need very different skills. Test cricket requires patience and technical skills to score big totals without conceding as many wickets. Those finding Test Cricket boring should watch T20 (e.g. IPL). In the IPL, totals of over 200 are obtained with run rates going up to 11 per over. This is more exciting for some, but the higher run rate in T20s does not mean Test cricketers are bad or that Test cricket in general needs rejuvenation.

  119. NZ 181-4

    Steady from New Zealand, picking off the singles where they can as the crowd is getting a little restless. Chilly but dry in Leeds, three from the over.

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    Stephan Shemilt

    BBC Sport at Headingley

    "In the best weather - and batting conditions - of the day, those on the sparsely populated Western Terrace are getting rowdy for the first time. There's a little pocket of Barmy Army there too, Billy the Trumpet has been on the brass for the first time this summer."

  121. Chris Gayle blasts off again

    Chris Gayle is tearing up the T20 Blast once again.

    After hitting 92 off 59 balls on his Somerset debut against Essex last Friday, he has just brought up a savage 45-ball century in today's thriller against Kent at Taunton.

    Chasing a daunting/modest 228 (delete according to whether you have Gayle in your team) after Sam Northeast's 114 from 58 balls, Somerset are 145-3, needing 83 off six overs to win.

    Get the latest score here, and listen to commentary on all today's T20 Blast games here.

  122. NZ 178-4

    Anderson, warned earlier for running on the wicket, doesn't look entirely happy with where he's landing. Just a McCullum single from the over, this stand is worth 37 and bad news for the Headingley fans - a sign goes up telling them the bars are closing shortly.

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    Bryan Waddle

    BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a more disciplined Brendon McCullum than we've come to know at times. He recognises the need to bat a long spell for New Zealand."

  124. NZ 177-4 (McCullum 18*, Watling 26*)

    A change of bowling at the Kirkstall Lane End as Stuart Broad replaces Mark Wood, who took 2-29 in that six-over spell. His imaginary horse can now go for a graze in the outfield, and it's as though New Zealand's batsmen have switched personalities as Watling has been the aggressor of late, with McCullum just adding a careful single to his score.

    Stuart Broad
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