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Mitchell and Blundell lead New Zealand fightback MPNRC

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Broad made sure the inaugural season was England’s, however, when he dismissed Williamson for 31, getting just enough momentum off the pitch to take a simple catch for keeper Ben Fox to take the lead.

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It could have been better for England as the spotless Broad got the inner edge of Conway’s bat, but Foakes could not catch a brilliant diving catch.

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England debutant Jamie Overton produced quick pace after a nervous start and celebrated his first Test wicket when he bowled Conway inside for 26.

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When Nicholls suffered one of the most brutal dismissals, England were elated and New Zealand’s decision to bat first seemed to be poor.

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But Mitchell (78) and Blundell (45) – who shared 195 and 236 at Lord’s and Trent Bridge – again proved to be hard work for England’s attack.

Mitchell was left on eight when England captain Ben Stokes opted not to review a potential lbw off Matthew Potts – replays show he would have been out.

And the 31-year-old took full advantage of his half-century by hitting a straight six off Leach.

England thought they had Blundell when he was stretched by a loose, wide ball off Root and was caught out – only for the New Zealander to review successfully.

After a rain delay, Overton tried to break the stand, topping 90 mph, but New Zealand avoided further crashes and Mitchell eyed a third century of the series.

England are looking to win every match of the home series with at least three Tests for the first time since their 4-0 4-0 loss to India in 2011, while New Zealand are desperate to avoid four consecutive Test losses.

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