New Zealand debutant Devon Conway batted the day amassing an unbeaten 136 to give the Black Caps a strong start on the opening day against England in the First Test at Lord’s on Tuesday.
Tourists New Zealand finished at 3-246 from 86 overs at stumps, with Conway playing the lead role with no other batsman able to make a half-century.
Conway’s score was the highest ever by a debutant at Lord’s and gets his name up on the famous ground’s honours board.
England debutant Ollie Robinson claimed two wickets to finish with 2-50 from 16 overs, while James Anderson got the other wicket, the prized pole of Kane Williamson for 13. Anderson has dismissed Williamson seven times at this level.
“The job’s not done but I’m very happy,” Conway told Sky after the day’s play. “I had a conversation with Kane a couple of days ago and asked him what it feels like to go on that (Lord’s) honours board; the first thing he said to me was: now you’re on it, boy.”
Conway has played for the Black Caps in white-ball cricket, but he never dreamed about a Test debut at Lord’s, let alone capping it with a hundred.
“Never came across my mind - just getting a Test debut and the chance to play at this level was not something I’d thought about,” he said.
“Very special feeling… The biggest thing I’ve been working on is my mindset, keeping positive throughout. The last thing I want to do is be tentative.”
Conway, who saw off the new ball and a tough spell from Mark Wood, will resume on day two alongside Henry Nicholls (46no).
Earlier, Williamson had won the toss and elected to bat against an England side drafting in two debutants, in Robinson and wicketkeeper James Bracey, whilst not selecting a specialist spinner.
England did reduce New Zealand to 3-114 in the second session but the Black Caps won the day with a strong final session and a half.