BLACKCAPS v England, 1st Test, Bay Oval

Honours even on day one

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It was a day one of toil with bat and ball as England went to stumps at 241/4 after Joe Root earlier won the toss and elected to bat first.

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The weather didn't disappoint in Bay Oval's inaugural Test match, the match doubling as theย 50th Test played between the two teams in New Zealand.

In a disciplined bowling effort, Colin de Grandhomme was the pick of the attack taking 2-28 from his 19 overs.

For England, Joe Denly (74) top scored with a strong knock batting at number three while Ben Stokes (67*) and Ollie Pope (18*) will resume when the teams return to Bay Oval for day two.

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Southee swings into action

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The BLACKCAPS have finished day two 144/4 a further 209 runs behind England's first innings total, with Henry Nicholls (26*) and BJ Watling (6*) at the crease.

The home side's batting effort included a Kane Williamson half century (51) on his home ground, however the captain was dismissed by a jumping Sam Curran delivery after reaching the milestone.

Earlier, Tim Southee went to lunch with figures of 4-74 as the BLACKCAPS bowling unit fought back in the second hour of the second morning.

Southee was on a hat-trick after claiming the wickets of Ollie Pope and Sam Curran in consecutive balls, the senior paceman showing all his class on a good batting surface.

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England went to lunch 329/8 with Jos Butler and Jack Leach at the crease.

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Watling stars as BLACKCAPS build lead

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BJ Watling was the star of day three at Bay Oval, the wicket-keeper batsman notching his eighth Test century and first on the ground, as the BLACKCAPS finished the day 394/6 with a lead of 41 runs.

The middle order dug in early on day three, closing in on England's first innings total thanks largely to the efforts of Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme.

Watling and de Grandhomme put on 119 runs for the sixth wicket before the keeper combined with Santner later in the day to take the home side past the English first innings total.

Watling (119*) and Santner (31*) will resume on day four with the BLACKCAPS looking to build a lead.ย 

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Watling and Santner set up push for victory

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BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner were the heroes on day four as they piled on the runs then combined for the first of three late wickets to push the BLACKCAPS closer to victory in the first Test at Bay Oval.

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Earlier, Watling scored his maiden Test double century and Santner his first Test ton as the BLACKCAPS batted themselves into a dominant position against England on day four.

Wicket-keeper batsman Watling (205) and all-rounder Santner (126) combined for a mammoth 261-run seventh-wicket stand, New Zealand's highest seventh-wicket partnership in Test cricket.

It was also the BLACKCAPS eighth-highest Test total in history and both Watling and Santner's scores were their best efforts in Test cricket to date.

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Late in the day it was Santner who put the icing on the cake for the hosts.

He first deceived and took the edge of Dominic Sibley before claiming fellow opener Rory Burns and nightwatchman Jack Leach to leave England 55/3 with a day to play.

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Wagner magic sets up win

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The BLACKCAPS have claimed victory by an innings and 65 runs in the first Test against England at Bay Oval.

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Neil Wagner was the star turn on day five, finishing with 5-44 in a spirited effort with the ball.

It was Wagner who cracked the Test open after lunch taking three quick wickets to put the BLACKCAPS in the box seat to push for victory.

Despite some late resistance from Sam Curran and Jofra Archer, Wagner was on hand to finish things off to help complete the victory.

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