Debutant Devon Conway’s blistering Century helped the Black Caps to take a dominant position against England on Day One of the ongoing first Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Wednesday. At the end of Day, New Zealand was at 246/3 with Devon Conway & Henry Nicholls staying unbeaten on 136 & 46 respectively. Both the batsmen together stitched a flourishing partnership of 132 runs.
Devon Conway & Williamson guided New Zealand to 85/1 at Lunch
Opting to bat, New Zealand got off to a cautious start as openers Tom Latham & Devon Conway saw the new ball out & the duo together score 58 runs for the first wicket. Both the batsmen scored runs at a brisk pace in the first hour of their innings. The opening stand was broken in the 16th over as Ollie Robinson bowled Latham for 23 & this brought New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson to bat on the crease. Along with Debutant Conway, Williamson ensured that New Zealand didn’t lose more wickets before the lunch break & at lunch, the kiwis were at 85/1.
Conway & Nicholls helped the Black Caps squad to post a domineering 246/3 at Stumps
After the lunch break, New Zealand suffered a major blow as the New Zealand Captain was clean bowled by James Anderson for 13 in the 26th over of the innings. Ross Taylor came to bat at No.4 & along with Conway the duo put 28 runs stand. However, this stand was also broken by Ollie Robinson in the 38th over as he dismissed Taylor for LBW reducing New Zealand to 114/3.
Nicholls came out to bat at No 5 & he along with Conway helped to bring New Zealand innings back on track. Both the duo scored runs cautiously to avoid further fall of wickets. At tea, break New Zealand’s score was 144/3 with Conway & Nicholls batting at 71 & 10 respectively. After tea break, Conway scored his maiden century in the 61st over of Kiwis Innings & he brought up his maiden century in style by hitting a six. Nicholls & Conway smashed the host’s bowlers & England was not able to register even a single wicket in the post-tea session of Day 1. As a result, New Zealand was 246/3 at the stumps.