New Zealand beat England

Twitter Reactions: New Zealand hand England heavy defeat in the first Test at Bay Oval

New Zealand thumped England by an innings and 65 runs in first of the two-Tests at the Bay Oval.

Resuming on 55/3, England needed to bat through the day to save the Test match but were bowled out for 197 with 21.4 overs remaining in Mount Maunganui.


Joe Denly scored 35 runs off 142 deliveries, and Ben Stokes made 28 off 84, but no batsman could produce a defining innings.

Fast bowler Neil Wagner took a superb 5-44 and Mitchell Santner 3-53 as the Black Caps secured a 1-0 series lead.


Earlier, Rory Burns (52), Joe Denly (74), Stokes (91) had slammed crucial half-centuries to help England post a formidable total of 353 runs in the first innings. Still, the duo’s efforts were outshone by New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling (205) and all-rounder Santner (126).

Brief Scores:


England 353 (Ben Stokes 91, Joe Denly 74; Tim Southee 4-88, Colin de Grandhomme 2-41) and 161/8 (Joe Denly 35, Rory Burns 31; Mitchell Santner 3-40, Neil Wagner 3-40) trail New Zealand 615/9 declared (BJ Watling 205, Mitchell Santner 126; Sam Curran 3-119) by 101 runs.

The second and final Test will be played from Thursday onwards at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.


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