The second Test match against New Zealand: England were 237 for 7 at the close of play at Lords this evening.
The second Test match against New Zealand: England were 237 for 7 at the close of play at Lords this evening. May had won the toss and put his own side in, with Smith and Richardson as openers. The score was 54 and they had been in nearly two hours before the first wicket fell.
Off a ball from Hayes, the left-hander Richardson tried a leg glance, but an enthusiastic Petrle caught him behind the wicket.
The Worcestershire captain, Richardson, had scored 36, and his place was taken by Graveney. Smith was in for nearly four hours to score his 47.
When the players went off to lunch only one more run had been added to the England score, making it 55. During the afternoon Graveney and Smith's wickets fell. MacGibbon's first ball after the tea interval accounted for May, caught by Alabaster for 19. But May's tenth run had made him the first player to score a thousand this season. England were now 141 for four. But now Cowdrey was in and bringing a touch of welcome liveliness to the game with his boundary hits.
Bailey and Evans had gone when Hayes got Cowdrey's wicket, his third of the day for New Zealand. Cowdrey, at 65, had done most to give England a score of 237 for seven in six hours of play.