Joe Root century confirms England batsman's impressive form
Skipper Joe Root hit his third hundred in four innings as England Lions fought back strongly against New Zealand.
Last Updated: 11/05/13 5:20pm
Root (105no) and Michael Carberry (77) shared a stand of 182 in a stumps total of 219-2, Root taking his first-class tally well beyond 500 runs in just those four knocks so far this summer.
Toby Roland-Jones (4-54) had earlier doubled his wicket tally to help bowl the Kiwis out for 285.
After Hamish Rutherford went early, for the addition of only 10 to his overnight 116, the Kiwis never threatened significant consolidation despite a durable 42 not out from Dean Brownlie.
Tim Southee made an early breakthrough at the pavilion end for the tourists, finding enough movement for Varun Chopra to edge low to Brendon McCullum at second slip, but Root and Carberry closed out the middle session and then, between the evening showers, duly posted twin 50s.
The Lions' second-wicket pair always looked in control, apart from an escape for Root on 23 when McCullum dropped a tough chance high to his right at second slip off Doug Bracewell and then another close call for lbw when Trent Boult found some late inswing.
Carberry's half-century arrived first, from 117 balls, but Root's was quicker and completed impressively with a straight six after advancing to Bruce Martin's left-arm spin.
They became ever more authoritative until Carberry picked out Hamish Rutherford at deep square-leg off Martin to end his 187-ball stay.
Root, left with nightwatchman Chris Wright for company until the close, defied the gathering gloom to complete his hundred with a cut off Martin for his 15th four from his 161st ball.