Conway Scripts Records With Classy Double Ton On Debut At Lord’s

Conway Scripts Records With Classy Double Ton On Debut At Lord’s

5 June 2021 01:13 pm

1st Test - England vs New Zealand - Day 2 (Lord's)

By Brandan White

Rory Burns and Joe Root led England's fight back in a wicket-less final session on Day 2 after a couple of early wickets had dented the hosts early in the first innings.

From 18 for 2, the pair added an unbeaten 93-runs to cut New Zealand's deficit down to 267. 

Burns was unbeaten on 59, while Root was on 42. 

That was after Devon Conway earlier led New Zealand to 378 with a double century on Test debut.

England's top order didn't rise up to the challenge in a manner they would've liked, being reduced to 25 for 2 at Tea after a brilliant ten-over burst from Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson.

Both pacemen found swing and tested England's batsmen, with Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley failing. 

Southee put on a display some superb outswing bowling, getting the ball moving and one such away swinger from a wider angle lured Crawley into the booming drive, only to eke out an outside edge to the 'keeper.

Before that, Jamieson gave New Zealand their first scalp after trapping Sibley leg before for a duck.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand's crummy collapse in the first session where it seemed that Conway would be left stranded at the other end. 

He was the lone man standing for New Zealand after wickets tumbled in a heap, reducing them from 288 for 3 to 294 for 7.

Conway was in the 170s and had a visible shot at a double ton on debut, but it wasn't until Neil Wagner came in to inject some momentum into New Zealand's innings that Conway made a move on to become only the second New Zealander to score a double century on Test debut.

In the opening hour, England had made an ordinary start to the second day with Conway and Henry Nicholls carrying on from where they'd left off. 

Runs flowed with Nicholls reaching his fifty and Conway, his 150, on a wicket that seemed to be pretty flat.

But in the span of eight overs, the game turned on its head with four New Zealand wickets falling thanks to a brilliant spell from Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson who picked up four wickets for six runs in that period.

They pitched it up, used the crease well with variations and bowled at high speeds, to be rewarded in proportion. The gates opened when a short ball from Wood forced Nicholls into a tangle. He scooped it away to Robinson in the deep. B.J. Watling fell soon after playing across the line to one bowled just outside off. Then Santner was caught by Anderson at mid-off. Wood had figures of 3-7 in his spell.

Robinson managed to extract bounce and kept the batsmen in check. He was rewarded for his persistent spell when although there were two sounds; England decided to review a leg-before call against Colin de Grandhomme off Robinson. Replays showed daylight between bat and ball and three reds meant New Zealand were slipping fast, with a serious danger of undoing all the good work from the opening day.

Robinson fell just one wicket short of a five-wicket haul, finishing with 4 for 75 on debut.

Brief scores: New Zealand 378 (Devon Conway 200, Henry Nicholls 61, Neil Wagner 25 Not Out; Ollie Robinson 4-75, Mark Wood 3-81) England 111/2 (Rory Burns 59 Not Out, Joe Root 42 Not Out; Tim Southee 1-17, Kyle Jamieson 1-29)