New Zealand batsman Devon Conway only became the sixth batsman in the history of Test cricket for scoring a century on his debut at Lord’s but also broke former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly’s record at the venue. Conway achieved the feat on Day 1 of the ongoing first Test against England. The southpaw is playing unbeaten 136 as New Zealand marched to a strong position, finishing Day 1 at 246 for three.
On his debut at Lord’s, Ganguly played a knock of 131 on his Test debut at Lord’s in 1996 which was also the highest score by a debutant at the venue until Conway playing an unbeaten 136 on Wednesday. Interestingly, Conway and Ganguly also share a birthday of July 8. With this century, Conway became only the third foreign batsman to score a Test ron on debut at Lord’s.
Australian batsman Harry Graham had scored 107 against England on his Test debut in 1893. Meanwhile, in the first Test, New Zealand finished with the score of 246/3 at stumps, with Conway and Henry Nicholls made a brilliant partnership of 132 runs with the latter stauing the at the crease with teh score of 46*.
Opting to bat, New Zealand got off to a steady start as openers Tom Latham and Devin Conway saw the new ball out, adding 58 runs for the first wicket. England’s debut pacer, Ollie Robinson broke the partnership bowled Latham (23), bringing New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson to the middle. After the lunch break, New Zealand lost Williamson (13) was clean bowled by James Anderson in the 26th over of the innings.
Ross Taylor also failed to stay longer as he was adjudged leg-before wicket, reducing New Zealand to 114/3. Nicholls along with Conway helped New Zealand to retrieve their innings. The run-scoring was not brisk like the first session, but both the batsmen got into the tea break with seven wickets in hand.
In the the tea break, debutant Conway registered his century in the 61st over of the innings as he surpassed three-figure mark by dispatching Robinson for a six. Nicholls and Conway kept England bowlers at bay and the hosts were not able to take any wickets in the final session on the opening.