England U-19s v New Zealand U-19s, 2nd Test, Worcester, 1st day August 1, 2008

Worker's application lifts New Zealand

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand U-19 (Worker 96, Williamson 75, Morgan 47*) v England U-19

George Worker proved as good as his name as his 96 lifted New Zealand Under-19s to 323 for 7 on the first day of the second Test against England Under-19s at Worcester, giving them hope of squaring the series after a defeat at Taunton.

Worker shared useful partnerships with fellow opener Dean Robinson, together putting on 89, and then adding 111 with Kane Williamson before perishing. His 96 came from 134 deliveries of good application before he fell to the medium-fast offerings of Ian Saxelby, while Williamson made 75. Greg Morgan reached the close on 47.

It was Liam Dawson whose spin helped England once again after the visitors had threatened to run away during the opening session. He grabbed the first wicket, Robinson for 29, and then picked up a further three to trouble New Zealand a touch.

But overall it was the visitors' day and they will resume on Saturday looking to build on their sturdy foundation.