That’s it then from me, the match report will land here soon. New Zealand showing just why they are contesting the World Test Championship final later this month. Thanks for the correspondence, good night!
An old fashioned, attritional day of Test cricket, dominated by Devon Conway’s superb debut century. He looked the part- calm, balanced, unfussy, yet with flair – and backed up the first-class figures which had had everyone talking beforehand. He was briefly perturbed by Mark Wood bowling at 94-95 mph at the body in the morning, but rode it out.
England’s bowlers kept plugging away. Robinson probably the pick, tireless on debut, picking up two wickets. Anderson swept up his bunny Williamson, while Mark Wood had to bowl longer spells than would be ideal. England’s decision to not play a front-line spinner could bite them later, though Root held up one end well without threatening.
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86th over: New Zealand 246-3 (Conway 136, Nicholls 46) Broad runs in for one last hurrah. His fifth ball zips past Nicholls’ outside edge and is greeted by rueful grins from the slips. The New Zealanders have a hug on the pitch, Root bumps fists with Conway as he walks off and England, and the 6 and a half thousand crowd, applaud him up the empty pavilion steps. Well played!
And a final word on the lemon top as well, this from Tim Sanders:“Whitby is well-known for the lemon bun as well as the lemon-top ice cream. Presumably Whitby’s status as a busy port gave local bakers and the antecedents of Mr & Ms Whippy the opportunity to develop these culinary delights. I’ve turned up more or less conclusive evidence in a PhD thesis from 1982 by one Stephanie Jones of University College London. According to her research, 175 chests of lemons were imported into Whitby in the year 1790 alone. Those not commandeered for the prevention of scurvy at sea must have been a blessing and a boon for those we would today call artisan foodies.”
85th over: New Zealand 246-3 (Conway 136, Nicholls 46) In some sudden sun, Conway drives Anderson with a flourish, behind point for four. The penultimate over of the day ticks by.
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84th over: New Zealand 242-3 (Conway 132, Nicholls 46) Three slips wait as Broad runs in to Conway, who sends the ball off his legs, through some scavenging pigeons and picks up three. Now, in answer to an earlier question from an OBO correspondent – the highest score at Lord’s on debut before today was Sourav Ganguly’s 131 – it is now Conway’s 132 not out!
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83rd over: New Zealand 239-3 (Conway 129, Nicholls 46) Anderson’s palms and the inside of Bracey’s gloves are stained red from the new ball. The skies are darkening over Lord’s, and Anderson makes the ball dance, beating Nicholl’s outside edge one ball, before sending the ball zipping across his pads the next.
82nd over: New Zealand 239-3 (Conway 129, Nicholls 46) Can Nicholls clear from his mind the thoughts of a fifty? Broad tempts Conway to nibble at the new cherry, but he resists.
81st over: New Zealand 235-3 (Conway 129, Nicholls 43) Anderson rushes in with the new ball for the first time; Nicholls takes a look and swishes it off his hip for four. An lbw appeal that was too high follows, then more probing and defending – the thread of the day.
“Haiya Tanya Aldred.” Hello Sandip-bike.
“Greetings from a toasty Portland in Oregon, where yes, it is 22C and rising!
I felt compelled to write as there is much talk on heat on your obo. I also find the OBO (along with the other offerings at Graun, mbm, etc) are where I learn much about the rest of the world.
However today, the page keeps skipping and I did wonder if Peter ‘low over rae’ Salmon has finally found home (59th over).
There is a question that has kept me puzzled, and it is about the umpire reviews in regard to lines (for instance, run-out and stumping). The DRS draws lines, just like the VAR does on footy fields. Do you or any of your contributors-readers know if the line in cricket (DRS) is same thickness as the offside line that the VAR chappies draw?
And now back to regularly programmed scheduling for me, which is mucking about with macros to remove unwanted cells and rows in worksheets.”
I think this might be one for Rob. I’ll forward your email to him, unless any OBO-ers can help?
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80th over: New Zealand 231-3 (Conway 129, Nicholls 38) Root isn’t going to have any of his bowlers box-fresh for the new ball, but new ball it will be as Broad finishes the 80th over, with three runs off it, and the third umpire runs on with a shiny new one in his hand.
79th over: New Zealand 228-3 (Conway 129, Nicholls 36) Wood sends one wide of Conway who drives fiercely and Rory Burns makes a superb flying save that wakes the Lord’s crowd from their evening slumber.
Fantastic fact from Sky: 85 players have made their debut since Jimmy Anderson first pulled on an England shirt.
“I’ve just looked up lemon tops and now I have a different kind of ice cream envy,” writes Phil Sawyer. “I would very much like one of those right now. I’m not sure 1980s Lancashire would have been ready for them, mind.”