Matthew Potts’ dream England debut continues as New Zealand slip to 38-3


Matthew Potts’ dream England debut continues as his two wickets leave New Zealand teetering at lunch…and the world champions are in danger of losing the first Test TODAY

  • New Zealand are 38-3, leading by just 29 at lunch on day two at Lord’s
  • Matthew Potts and James Anderson shone with the ball in the opening session
  • England had earlier been skittled out for 141, a first innings lead of just nine 

Matthew Potts’ dream England debut continued as he took two wickets to help reduce New Zealand to 38-3 after the hosts had been skittled out with an innings advantage of just nine in another chaotic session at Lord’s.

Potts again took got captain Kane Williamson before having Tom Latham caught behind to leave the visitors leading by just 29 at the lunch interval.

New Zealand had slipped to 5-1 after James Anderson found Will Young’s edge with another teasing delivery.

Matthew Potts took two wickets in the opening session on day two against New Zealand

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Potts got the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for the second straight innings

After 17 wickets tumbled on the opening day, a further six fell in the first session on Friday – raising the incredible possibility of the match finishing at the end of the second day.

Resuming on 116-7 following a trademark middle-order collapse and still trailing by 17, England limped past New Zealand’s total of 132 as they were bowled out for 141.

England made a positive start with the ball as Anderson produced a typically superb spell, snaring his fifth wicket of the match by having Young caught behind by Ben Foakes.

New Zealand gradually began fight back and were in danger of ruining a good start by England until Potts was introduced into the attack by new captain Ben Stokes.

Potts then had Tom Latham caught behind following a thin edge after a review from New Zealand

Potts then had Tom Latham caught behind following a thin edge after a review from New Zealand

The 23-year-old quick, who ended yesterday with figures of 4-13, had Williamson’s number again as his thick edge was caught in the slips by Jonny Bairstow.

Potts, bowling a testing line and length, tempted Latham into a prod outside off-stump that made the thinnest of contacts with the ball before safely falling to Foakes, with the wicket given following an unsuccessful New Zealand review.

Leg-spinner Matt Parkinson had earlier made his long-awaited debut after becoming the first concussion substitute in England’s Test history to replace the injured Jack Leach, who fell awkwardly on his head in the first hour of play yesterday.

But it came with the bat rather than the ball, with Parkinson the last wicket to fall after scoring eight.

Parkinson could bowl for the first time in a Test match later this afternoon. 

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