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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 June, 2004, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Harmison revives England
Third Test, Trent Bridge, day one (stumps): New Zealand 295-4 v England

Stephen Fleming
Fleming salutes his seventh Test century
Steve Harmison took two late wickets to haul England back into the final Test after New Zealand had got off to a great start at Trent Bridge.

After taking the new ball Harmison dismissed Nathan Astle for 15 and Craig McMillan for a first-ball duck as New Zealand reached 295-4 at stumps.

Earlier captain Stephen Fleming scored a rare Test century as England found the flat pitch hard going.

He was out for 117 and fellow opener Mark Richardson was dismissed for 73.

Fleming, with one of the worst conversion rates from 50 to 100, recorded his seventh Test ton, which included 12 fours and two sixes.

England had bowled well on a pitch which was giving little away and were unlucky not to given the benefit of the doubt on four lbw appeals.

Injury-ravaged New Zealand were battling to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash, their worst result against England since 1978, and gained some pride with Fleming and Richardson's 163-run opening stand.

They had weathered the early onslaught by England's bowlers but were both fortunate to remain at the crease.

Early in the match, Richardson was dropped by Andrew Strauss at short-leg and then Kent paceman Martin Saggers, preferred to James Anderson, appealed for lbw but it was not given.

Steve Harmison
Harmison's late burst helped England
Fleming also rode his luck and survived a hat-trick of lbw appeals by Matthew Hoggard, looking for his 100th Test wicket, Giles and Flintoff.

Richardson was dismissed in the afternoon session when he spooned a catch to Michael Vaughan at short-midwicket.

And Fleming's 198-ball innings came to an end when Graham Thorpe took a catch just wide of the slips off Andrew Flintoff.

Scott Styris was promoted to third and he showed he was no pushover with the bat, recording his fifth fifty and ended the day on 68 not out, with Jacob Oram unbeaten on 10.

But Astle was no match for Harmison, dragging onto his stumps for 15, and McMillan, recalled after missing the last Test with a broken finger, lasted only one ball for England's first positive lbw decision.

New Zealand were looking to score in excess of 400 in their first innings with a weakened team and made three changes from the side which lost by nine wickets at Headingley.

McMillan replaced Michael Papps, while seamer seamer Kyle Mills was given a debut and left-arm seamer James Franklin, who last played Test cricket three years ago, was plucked out of league cricket to replace the disappointing Daryl Tuffey.

England selected Kent's Saggers ahead of Lancashire fast bowler Anderson.


England: M E Trescothick, A J Strauss, M A Butcher M P Vaughan (Capt), G P Thorpe, A Flintoff, G O Jones (Wkt) A F Giles, M J Hoggard, S J Harmison, M J Saggers.

New Zealand: M H Richardson, S P Fleming (Capt), N J Astle S B Styris, C D McMillan, J D P Oram, B B McCullum (Wkt), C L Cairns J E C Franklin, K D Mills, C S Martin. New Zealand won toss and decided to bat Umpires: D J Harper and S J A Taufel


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