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The 13th ball of the day proved to be unlucky for Ed Joyce who pressed the self-destruct button when well-placed on 39 by crazily chasing a widish delivery from left-armer Neil Carterandnicking it to wicketkeeper Tony Frost.
Robert Croft and David Hemp paired up for a newlook opening partnership with Keith Newell dropped, but the combination failed to significantly improve on what had come before, with Hemp caught behind having made contact with an ugly carve at a widish delivery from Matt Whiley who struck again in the 11th over to see off Croft for 24.
Wagh struck the first boundary of the day but then chased a widish delivery from Essex captain Ronnie Irani - and Tim Mason held a stunning catch at point.
He will curse himself for missing a widish low full toss, allowing Healy to complete a stunning stumping from outside leg stump - and join Alan Knott and Rod Marsh as the only keepers with 100 Ashes victims.
The New Zealand seamers bowled a widish line outside off- stump to both the lefthanders, to try and induce a false stroke but, for once, Farhat and Butt stuck to the plan.
But in the very next over he edged a widish delivery from Edwards to first slip.
Left-hander Thorpe - twice fortunate to survive lbw appeals from Smith's part-time off-spin - was yorked by the impressive Andre Nel, and Flintoff was then caught behind slashing at a widish delivery from Hall.
He took 11 balls to get off the mark, hit a couple of nice boundaries and then slashed at a widish Heath Streak delivery which was well taken at first slip by Sean Ervine.
The form is rock-solid and he will go well provided his inexperienced rider can drop him in from a widish draw.
Harris grabbed Craig White's wicket for 11 with a dubious lbw decision, but Ashley Giles (12) fell when he swiped at a widish ball from Harris and hit it straight to Daniel Vettori at mid-on.
The fourth-wicket partnership was worth 139 when he slashed a widish delivery from Caddick to Ben Phillips at gully.
Goodwin (21) was beaten by Sanath Jayasuriya's direct hit at the non-striker's end, then Flower's innings of 42 off 69 balls ended when he aimed an attempted cut at a widish delivery from Wickremasinghe and was caught behind.
Smith pouched the slip catch to bring in Pietersen, and he and Alastair Cook set out to play for lunch only for Cook to waft at a short widish one and Mark Boucher accepted the gift.
An elegant straight drive off Anyon yesterday was followed by the most perfect cut and it was some surprise when, one short of a double-century, he drove at a widish delivery which swung back a little and gave an inside edge to Frost.