Alastair Cook scores ton as England pile on runs against New Zealand at lunch on Day 4

Alastair Cook was dismissed by Kane Williamson for 130 runs © Getty Images

Leeds: May 27, 2013
 
Alastair Cook’s ton extended England’s lead to 429 runs at lunch on Day Four of the second Test at Leeds on Monday. England were 249 for the loss of three wickets.
 
Resuming at his overnight score of 88, Cook continued to stroke the New Zealand bowlers without any hassles. Trott, who failed to get going on the third day defending most of the deliveries moving his score at a snail’s place looked more comfortable the fourth morning. Credit to the batsman for hanging in and building his innings.
 
With a comfortable lead, Cook tried to go after the bowlers and eventually fell for 130. The England skipper tried to come down the wicket to loft Kane Williamson and was caught at mid-off by Tim Southee.
 
Ian Bell didn’t last long after he was caught by Martin Guptill off Williamson for six.
 
Post lunch, the home side will look to further increase the scoring rate and make the Kiwis bat post Tea.
 
Brief scores:
 
England 354 & 249 for 3 (Alastair Cook 130, Jonathan Trott 72*; Kane Williamson 3 for 68) lead New Zealand 174 (Peter Fulton 28, Hamish Rutherford 27; Graeme Swann 4 for 42, Steve Finn 3 for 36) by 429 runs.

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