Southee strengthens New Zealand

Published: Sunday, June 1, 2008, 0:49 [IST]
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Northampton: Tourists New Zealand had an an up-and-down day on the second day of their three-day match against Northamptonshire here on Saturday.

Kiwi Tim Southee claimed the first four Northamptonshire wickets only to be upstaged by home seamer David Wigley.

Southee took five for 42 to prove he was back to fitness in time to face England at Trent Bridge next week after missing the second Test with a stomach bug.

Kyle Mills (three for 41) removed Johann Louw (82) and Niall O'Brien (60) as a thin-looking Northants batting line-up mustered 214 for nine in reply to 363.

But it was Wigley who made a telling late bid for the headlines by taking three wickets for three runs to establish new career-best match figures of eight for 81 as the tourists struggled to 38 for three.

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