London: Speedster Tim Southee bagged six wickets in the first innings while Rory Burns slammed a ton for England as New Zealand extended their lead to 165 runs on Day Four of the ongoing first Test match at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday in London.
At stumps on the fourth day, the visitors’ second innings score climbed up to 62/2 with New Zealand successfully extending their lead to 165 runs. For the tourists, Tom Latham (30*) and Neil Wagner (2*) stayed unbeaten at the crease.
After securing a lead of 103 runs, Kiwis openers Latham and Devon Conway saw out the new ball. While the scoreboard ticked at a snail’s pace, both players managed to keep the England bowlers at bay. The pair managed to put on a 39-run stand for the first wicket after England finally got the breakthrough in the 19th over of the second innings with Ollie Robinson clean bowled Conway (23). Skipper Kane Williamson (1) failed to get things going as he was adjudged leg-before wicket (LBW) on a ball bowled by Robinson.
Nightwatchman Neil Wagner came in next to bat and along with Latham, he ensured that New Zealand reach stumps with hefty number of wickets in hand.
Earlier, resuming Day Four at 111/2, England was given a major blow at the start of the day as overnight batsman Joe Root (42) was sent back to the pavilion by Kyle Jamieson. Ollie Pope then joined Burns in the middle and the duo put on 29 runs for the fourth wicket, but the stand was cut short by Southee, as he dismissed Pope (22) in the 53rd over. Soon after, Dan Lawrence (0) and James Bracey were also sent back to the pavilion by Southee, reducing England to 140/6.
The home side, however, kept pushing on and managed to put up 275/10 thanking to Burns’ inspirational 132-run stand against the Kiwis.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 378 and 62/2 (Tom Latham 30*, Devon Conway 23, Ollie Robinson 2-8); England 275 all out (Rory Burns 132, Joe Root 42, Tim Southee 6-43).