- Watling’s eighth Test century was the 1st at the ground, which is receiving its inaugural Test match
- It was also Watling’s 2nd weight in a row later he scored 105 not out vs Sri Lanka in Colombo in Aug
- New Zealand finished the day at 394 for 6 (Watling 119 not out, Santner 31 not out) with a trace of 41 runs over England (353)
BJ Watling 119 not out benefits New Zealand: BJ Watling got the 1st Test century on Bay Oval as New Zealand established a 41-run lead upon England on Sat, reaching 394 for six at the close of the 3rd day of the 1st Test in Mt. Maunganui.
Watling finished the day on 119, having appeared at the crease on Friday with New Zealand on 127–4 and in danger of conceding a sizeable first-innings debt to England, who had been first bowled out for 353.
The wicketkeeper, however, slowly restored New Zealand’s innings with a 70-run alliance with Henry Nicholls, 119 with Colin de Grandhomme, and a winning 78 runs with Mitchell Santner, who ended the day-31 not out.
Watling’s eighth Test time was the 1st at the ground, which is hosting its inaugural Test match.
It was also his 2nd in series after he scored 105 not out upon Sri Lanka in Colombo in Aug and was brought up with a single wide of mid-on from the bowls of Sam Curran.
The 34-year old, who had worn fur England’s bowlers to the time they saw exasperated for much of the last session, was trapped in port by Jofra Archer about 25 minutes before stumps.
Watling, however, now reviewed the resolution and technology showed he had cut the ball into his home.
New Zealand had begun the day on 144-4 and England high hopes of going through their middle order, particularly given the fact Nicholls had provided a nasty blow on the mask from an Archer bouncer late on Friday.
Nicholls had to pass injury Tests to continue batting on Sat, and while he recovered, he added just 15 runs to his late score of 26 before being caught in front by Joe Root quickly before lunch.
Watling and de Grandhomme (65) then blocked England’s bowlers for the average session and went to tea on 316-5 and insight of establishing a first-innings lead.
De Grandhomme, however, fell on the 1st ball after tea when he was brilliantly caught one-handed and low-down by Dom Sibley at gully off Ben Stokes.
BJ Watling 119 not out benefits New Zealand, While Stokes claimed Santner early in his innings with a short-pitched bowling plan, the left-arm spinner was ready to see it off and grew in faith as the England bowlers’ shoulders and the pace dropped as the day wore on.