6.30PM: England 76-1 (27 overs) - As Brian Moore once said, it's up for grabs now! Strauss (23) and Michael Vaughan (12) see England through to the close and they need a further 222 runs for victory. The highest fourth innings total to win a Test at Manchester is currently 231 by England against West Indies in 2004. It's anyone's game, join us at 10.30am to see how it goes.
6.15PM: England 68-1 (24 overs) - WICKET! The commentators curse strikes as Cook gets an inside edge onto thigh pad and Marshall takes the diving catch at short leg to give Vettori his first, and probably not, his last wicket. Michael Vaughan strokes O'Brien down the ground for a neat four.
6PM: England 57-0 (20 overs) - England must have had an epiphany during lunch. They are batting with far more postive intentions now and here we were preparing our Moores must go copy for Tuesday.
5.45PM: England 47-0 (16 overs) - Cook flips Vettori off his pads for his second four and it's serene progress so far for England. The hosts are now the favourites with the satchel swingers but beware on this pitch one could bring six. Time for a drink.
5.30PM: England 40-0 (12 overs) - Vettori has not got his line right and Strauss nudges him off his pads for his first boundary. Then too much width from Mills and the Middlesex left-hander slashes him to the fence.
Maybe New Zealand don't like being favourites at anything (take every Rugby World Cup for instance).
5.15PM: England 20-0 (8 overs) - Strauss tickles Martin for four off his pads and the opening ball have been a little wayward. Time for the skipper.
5PM: England 9-0 (4 overs) - It's still doing plenty for the seamers but surely only a matter of time before Vettori is on. A group of superheroes have just done a conga at the Brian Statham end - strange you should name a stand after an average Tottenham full-back of the mid eighties.
4.45PM: England 1-0 (1 overs) - The satchel swingers have the Kiwis at 4/5 to win this match and forgive me for not being patriotic but that's a stellar bet. And if I'm not right you have permission to poke me with a cattle prod.
4.32PM: NZ 114 (41.2 overs) - WICKETS! Panesar has six appeal. A bit of extra bounce and Mills' attempted sweep goes three and a quarter miles up in the air and Ambrose pouches the catch. A career best 6-37 for Monty and the innings is wrapped up as O'Brien hits Sidebottom straight to Anderson at mid-on. Dan Flynn won't bat as he is still feeling ill so England chase 294 for victory.
4.15PM: NZ 107-7 (36 overs) - WICKET! Cowers has already booked his tee time for Tuesday morning and it looks a wise move as Oram departs to the 19th ball of the evening session. The big man has a sore shoulder and flashes outside off to Sidebottom and Ambrose takes a good catch, away to his right.
sir_skillalot - I can confirm several beek snakes at Old Trafford, sadly the fascist junta, otherwise known as stewards, put pay to them before any length is acheived (and not the kind of length meangirl10012 is after).
3.40PM: NZ 99-6 (32 overs) - WICKET! And 100 for Monty in Test cricket. His fourth lbw this afternoon as he gets another to pitch and turn and it would have clipped Taylor's off-stump. He stuttered to 15 in 48 balls after playing so fluently in the first innings - this game is moving along at some pace. If you have no plans for tomorrow afternoon, get some as this is going to be over. Time for a cool cup of tea.
3.25PM: NZ 91-5 (29 overs) - WICKET! Vettori is batting at six thanks to Oram's injury and he does not stick around too long as he top edges an attempted sweep off Panesar and Broad takes the catch at deep square leg. 4-29 for Monty, g_hine tell your wife that you have a grandmother to bury, this is worth following.
3.10PM: NZ 86-4 (25 overs) - WICKETS! It's turning square for Monty and he gets two more. Marshall is squared up and struck in front of middle - David Blunkett could have given that out and then McCullum attempts to sweep but is struck on the back pad and departs for a third ball duck. Panesar could get an ulcer if he gets any more excited.
2.55PM: NZ 75-2 (22 overs) - A familiar demented appeal from Panesar is declined by Taufel although Hawkeye suggests it would have pegged back Ross Taylor's leg stump. Broad, like Cowers after eating a bath tub full of baked beans, is struggling with the wind. He's bowling both sides of the wicket and is helping Marshall back into form as the frizzy haired twin moves to 27 with a clipped three off his pads
2.40PM: NZ 65-2 (18 overs) - Even Marshall can dispatch a juicy half-volley on leg-stump and that's a buffet ball from Anderson. He also tickles Broad off his pads to the fence.
Cowers has been known to consult the satchel swingers from time to time and he finds them offering only 10/1 on an England victory. Note the highest fourth innings score ever to win at Old Trafford is 231 - New Zealand already lead by 244.
2.25PM: NZ 50-2 (15 overs) - James Marshall is sipping in the last chance saloon as far as a Test match career goes. He is off the mark with a thick outside edge off Panesar which goes down to the boundary andh he then chops Anderson wide of gully for his second boundary. WICKET! How dispatches a Panesar half volley to the cover fence and the 50 is up in just the 13th over but he departs plumb lbw as he simply misses a straight one from the slow left-armer.
2.10PM: NZ 29-1 (10 overs) - WICKET! Hair denies Anderson twice after strong lbw appeals as he strikes How on the roll in front of middle. But he removes the out of his depth Aaron Redmond as the former Wigan club pro drives loosely outside off and Collingwood takes the catch at gully.
1.55PM: NZ 17-0 (7 overs) - Two thumping straight drives down the ground from Jamie How as Ryan Sidebottom bowls down wind and the Kiwi opener thrashes Jimmy Anderson through the covers.
A bit of a debate is raging about the England XI and whether it is time for changes. Well a footnote about the top six - only Strauss averages more than 40 in the five home and away matches against New Zealand.
1PM: NZ 1-0 (3 overs) - LUNCH! All those who were saying this series was just a warm-up for the South Africans, look rather silly. That's lunch.
12.36PM: England 202 (83.3 overs) - WICKET! England are rolled over as Broad attempts to up the tempo only to drive straight to sub Patel at mid-off. They trail NZ by 179 runs and after being 111-1 yesterday afternoon that was pretty shambolic from the hosts.
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12.30PM: England 198-9 (82 overs) - Broad pushes Vettori for two through the covers and England avoid the follow-on. He is showing the eight blokes before how to bat as he hammers Mills for back-to-back boundaries through the covers. The left-hander is driving like David Gower and has raced to 29.
12.15PM: England 180-9 (78 overs) - WICKETS! A 15th Michelle for Vettori in Test cricket as he claims his five-for. Sharp turn and Ambrose's attempted drive only nestles in the hands of Taylor who claims his third catch of the morning. Then Brendon McCullum takes an absolute rip snorter, diving away full length to his right as Kyle Mills extracts Monty Panesar's outside edge. England still need 2 to avoid the follow-on!!
NOON: England 177-7 (75 overs) - England in real danger of being made to follow on here but after 56 minutes we have the first boundary as Broad flicks O'Brien off his legs and then spanks him through the covers.
Tim Ambrose gets a long way forward but it's still a very strong lbw shout declined by senor Hair. New Zealand going through the hosts faster than a dodgy curry on tour in Rawalpindi.
11.45AM: England 164-7 (70 overs) - WICKETS! Some extra bounce for O'Brien and Ian Bell drives away from his body and offers another catch to Taylor who juggles but claims at the second attempt. Then Vettori traps Paul Collingwood on the back leg in front of middle as his horror run continues. Broad is out at the wicket and the competition is now closed.
11.30AM: England 161-5 (68 overs) - WICKET! Daniel Vettori has been getting the ball to spit even more than John Terry on Wednesday and he accounts for Pietersen with some sharp turn and KP, playing from the crease, meekly edges to Ross Taylor at slip as he prods away from his body.
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11.15AM: England 158-4 (63 overs) - Big shout early doors against Pietersen but he is just outside the line of off-stump and umpire Taufel is right to decline O'Brien's appeal. Oram has a shoulder problem and is off the field getting a nice rub down.
Did anyone see Bumble and Ian Smith in the Circus Tavern in Manchester last night? Cowers was tucked up in bed, watching Eurovision and wishing that he could get away trips to Eastern Europe on expenses.
11AM: England 152-4 (59 overs) - Iain O'Brien is given the honour of bowling into the gale force wind and the Kiwis come out with a couple of subs - Jeetan Patel on for Daniel Flynn, who is still back in the hotel, and Peter Fulton for Jacob Oram
10.45AM: England trail by 229 runs and need a big innings from Kevin Pietersen. Today's quiz question is how many runs will Panesar, Broad and Anderson score in the day - prize details to follow.
10.30AM: The pitch is looking fine, it's dry and will offers some assistance for the spinners but beware the cracks are beginning to open.
10.15AM: It's dry but very windy. A 23mph north-easterly and the heavy bails will be on.
10AM: Welcome to Old Trafford for day three of the second Test. Fellow cattle are reporting wet conditions across much of the south of England but it's dry for a change in Manchester.