Jamie Overton hit a stunning 97 on his England debut, then fiddled with the ball as the hosts pulled in a series of clean sweeps against World Test champions New Zealand at Headingley. New Zealand was 168-5 in its second innings, leading 137, with pacer Matthew Potts having taken 2-20 when rain cut the third day of the third test on Saturday. But with England chasing 299 in a day to win the second Test and lead 2-0 in the three-game streak, the Black Caps still had plenty to do if they wanted to avoid a whitewash, with two more playing days in Leiden.
Previously, fresh off his match and series-winning century at Trent Bridge, Jonny Bairstow did not extend his 130 overnight to 162.
He was joined by Overton on Friday, with the hosts in heavy weather at 55-6.
But their England-record seventh-wicket score of 241 was the cornerstone of a final tally of 360 – a first-innings lead of 31.
Black Caps opener Will Young then fell cheaply before a second-wicket score of 97 held the tourists steady.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson cover-ridden the opening ball of opposing skipper Ben Stokes’s first bowling stint this Test for four.
Tom Latham forced the all-rounder before his sixth mark before a single took him to a 70-ball-fifty in a series where his previous best score was a measly 26.
Dropped by Joe Root in the briefs at 72, Latham fell on the first ball after tea.
The towering Overton, in for injured England great James Anderson, had him caught for 76 behind by stand-in wicketkeeper Bairstow, with first-choice gloveman Ben Foakes sidelined by a stiff back on Saturday.
Devon Conway spun Root’s first ball after the break from his pads, only for Ollie Pope to hold a superb one-handed catch on short leg.
Conway’s exit led to a mini-collapse losing three wickets for just nine runs, with New Zealand’s 152-2 quickly converted to 161-5.
Williamson casually tapped Potts outside the stump to give Bairstow a simple catch, the star batsman throwing his head back in terror after finishing a well-made 48 with eight limits.
Left arm spinner Jack Leach, fresh off his 5-100 in the first innings, then tricked Henry Nicholls by offering a low return catch.
Daryl Mitchell, who has hit three hundred this streak, was out of four when the rain ended the game of the day, with Tom Blundell unbeaten on five.
Overton had resumed Saturday at the start of the game at 89 which was not out.
But the 28-year-old never regained the fluency he had on Friday and it was no shock when Trent Boult, who had cleared all of England’s top three with a stunning display of new-ball bowling, got Overton in the slip.
England’s new leadership duo, Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, had urged the team to play with freedom after taking charge of a team that had won just one of 17 tests prior to this series.
Stuart Broad embraced the new approach by hitting Boult 14 runs into three balls courtesy of two fours in a quickfire 42.
And one ball after Broad’s exit, he holed up spinner Michael Bracewell to end a brilliant innings of 157 balls, including 23 fours.
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