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Watling leads New Zealand fight back against England in 1st Test

New Zealand v England - First Test - Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - November 23, 2019 New Zealand's BJ Watling celebrates his century

Only two wickets fell on day 3 as New Zealand were 41 runs ahead at close of play on 394-6, having begun the day 209 behind.


Match Summary

England - 353 (124 Overs) – (Rory Burns 52, Joe Denly 74, Ben Stokes 91, Jos Buttler 43; Tim Southee 4-88, Neil Wagner 3-90, Colin de Grandhomme 2-41)

New Zealand – 394-6 (141 Overs) – (Kane Williamson 51, BJ Watling 119*,  Colin de Grandhomme 65; Sam Curran 2-74, Ben Stokes 2-37)

At the Close of Play on Day 3 -  New Zealand lead England by 41 runs with 4 wickets remaining


An unbeaten century by BJ Watling (119* ) and a battling half century from Colin de Grandhomme (65) kept England at bay in the 1st Test at Mount Maunganui.

England’s bowling attack lacked that wicket-taking flare, although they would have ben disappointed to have missed a chance of dismissing Watling when the Kiwis were still 157 runs behind.

New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling commented at the close of play: "It was very special, I love scoring runs for New Zealand and it was good to get us into a position of parity and hopefully we can take it forward.

"We have to eke out as many runs as possible because it's going to be really tough batting on day five here."

England head coach Chris Silverwood responded: "I wouldn't say we are out of the game yet. They have a small lead. If we show the same attitude there is no reason we can't pick some wickets up."




Match Details

New Zealand - Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling(wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

England - Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler(wk), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach


Start Time: 22:00

Toss: England won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Bay Oval, Tauranga

Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Wilson, Christopher Brown, Javagal Srinath


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