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Mark Davies claimed four wickets to give England Lions control in Lincoln

Mark Davies starred with the ball once more to help England Lions take a firm grip on the second Test against New Zealand A in Lincoln.

The Durham seamer followed up his 4-54 return in the drawn opening Test with 4-47 to help bowl the hosts out for 243 on the second day at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

That gave England a first-innings advantage of 103, which had been extended to 159 by the close of play as Stephen Moore and Robert Key shared an unbroken opening stand of 56.

Earlier, England added just 15 to their overnight total of 331 for nine, although that was enough time for Sajid Mahmood to convert his unbeaten 40 into a half-century, made off just 57 balls.

Davies wasted little time in impressing when New Zealand began their reply, claiming four of the first five wickets to fall – and, in Aaron Redmond, Jamie How, Peter Fulton and James Franklin, Test players at that – as they slipped to 59 for five.

Wicketkeeper Reece Young spared the Kiwis’ blushes somewhat by making 71, while Ewan Thompson blazed 60 off just 56 balls to put a dent in the Lions bowling figures. All but 14 of his runs came in boundaries.

Their 83-run stand for the seventh wicket was ended by Gareth Batty, who finished with 3-49 to complement the useful 64 he made yesterday, while Mahmood claimed two late wickets.

Moore and Key will resume on 29 and 25 respectively tomorrow after negotiating the 19 overs possible before the close.

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