Twitter Reactions: Latham ton stands out on rain-marred day in Hamilton

Twitter Reactions: Latham ton stands out on rain-marred day in Hamilton

The 116-run stand between Latham and Ross Taylor helped the hosts recover from a jittery start.

Tom Latham
Tom Latham. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Both England and New Zealand would be pretty content of how the first day’s play of the Hamilton Test panned out. But one man, who stood out at the Seddon Park was southpaw Tom Latham courtesy his 11th century in the longer format. In only 54.3 overs of play, the Black Caps managed  a reasonable 173 for the loss of three wickets. Rain played spoilsport in the latter part of the day.

Broad and Woakes make inroads for England

England’s decision to field first paid dividends to start with. Stuart Broad struck first blood, dismissing opener Jeet Raval. The speedster found the batter’s outside edge and Joe Root took the catch at first slip. Six overs later, Chris Woakes came to the party, getting rid of Kane Williamson. Both Raval and Kane perished in single digits and the Kiwis found themselves at 39/2 in 14 overs.

Thereafter, Tom Latham (101*) and Ross Taylor (53) put their heads down and took the Kiwis to Lunch with the score at 86/2 in 28 overs. In the meantime, Latham got to his half-century in 87 balls to restore sanity. The duo carried on with the good work even in the second session. Just when it seemed that they will play out the second session without a hiccup, Woakes broke the stand.

Latham remains unscathed

Just after he got to his fifty off 99 balls, Taylor tried to drive Woakes on the up. To his dismay, he could only manage a nick and Root grasped the leather in the slip cordon. Latham and Taylor put on a significant 116 runs for the third wicket in 33.4 overs. It was then the turn of Henry Nicholls to join Latham in the middle. Amidst some competitive cricket, rain halted proceedings at around 4:00 pm.

The conditions never improved and around an hour and 15 minutes, play was called off for the day. Prior to the rain delay, Latham notched his ton off 159 balls and he will have a big task at hand on the second day. The partnership between him and Nicholls is 18 off 41 balls. For the Brits, Sam Curran was disappointing as he conceded 38 runs in nine overs. Jofra Archer went wickeless as well.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the day’s play