Brisbane: The touring New Zealanders encountered stern resistance from the Queensland Academy of Sports (QAS) on the third day of the four-day cricket match here on Thursday.
| New Zealand declared its first innings at 297 for eight, giving its bowlers pushing for Test selection use of a wicket that had sweated under the covers for 24 hours after rain had washed out the second day's play. The QAS declared its innings at 267 for seven and immediately struck when wicket- keeper Chris Hartley took a great diving catch to remove opener Mark Richardson with the first ball of the second innings. At stumps, New Zealand was on 25 for one in its second innings, an overall lead of 55 runs with one day remaining. James Hopes, who bowled 29 overs without reward in New Zealand's first innings, made amends with the bat on Thursday. He carved up the tourists with some lusty shot making before a rash swing outside off stump on 75 sent him walking. |