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Conway, Young keep New Zealand in charge

New Zealand are trailing by 74 runs with seven wickets in hand in their first innings of the second Test versus England at Edgbaston.

Young and Conway revived New Zealand after the fall of first wicket. Photo: Getty Images


New Zealand quick bowlers Trent Boult and Matt Henry took 11 overs on day two to restrict England to 303 in the first innings. The hosts were 258/7 overnight.

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Dan Lawrence remained stranded on unbeaten 81 runs from 124 balls, including 13 boundaries. Mark Wood (41* off 80) struck a 66-run stand for the eighth wicket after England were 222/7.

Boult claimed four wickets on his comeback while Henry took 3 for 78.

Stuart Broad returned New Zealand’s stand-in skipper Tom Latham (6) in the sixth over which put England in a comfortable position. Devon Conway and Will Young battled in a partnership for 122 runs, remaining untroubled in the second session as well.

Conway became Broad’s second victim by playing the same shot – a flick – he played to get to his debut hundred at Lord’s last week. This time he fell after making 80 off 143 (12 fours).

Ross Taylor struggled to get set on the wicket against the formidable pair of Broad and James Anderson. Taylor however managed his way to 46* at stumps but lost well-set Young on the last ball of the day.

Lawrence’s part-time off-spin had Young, who made career-best 204-ball 82, at short-leg to close the day’s play on 229/3.

Brief scores:

England 303 all-out in 101 overs (Lawrence 81*, Burns 81; Boult 4/85, Henry 3/78)

New Zealand 229/3 in 76.3 overs (Young 82, Conway 80, Taylor 46*; Broad 2/22, Lawrence 1/8)

New Zealand trail by 74 runs

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