Australia extended their lead by taking the first two doubles today, but England clawed a vital point back by winning the third, to leave them two behind in the best of 21 contest. It is definitely getting hotter, with only a light breeze. The club kindly entertained the players to a "wickets and wine" event, a social, with rather more wine than wickets, which provided a good crowd to watch the resumed NZ v USA doubles match ... which was pegged down again once a three ball ending (NZ 1 and peg; USA 2-back) had been reached.
England and Australia play their remaining singles tomorrow: we need to win at least half of them to stay in the test match. The line-up is:
New Zealand and the USA shared their singles to leave the USA leading 7-4. If the USA win all their doubles tomorrow, including the pegged down one, they would clinch it.