England Lions toil as How flourishes
England Lions endured a tough day in the field as New Zealand A steadily batted their way to 375 for three on the third day of the opening Test in Queenstown.
Centuries from Jonathan Trott and Samit Patel on day two and had put England firmly in control as they racked up 493 for five declared in their first innings, and Durham seamer Mark Davies had removed Tim McIntosh to leave the hosts to resume on 22 for one.
But an unbeaten century from Jamie How and notable contributions from Peter Ingram (73) and James Franklin (83 not out) frustrated the England attack.
The tone for the day was established when How and Ingram added 177 for the second wicket before the latter was caught behind by Middlesex wicketkeeper Ben Scott off Davies.
Only Davies (2-48) with the wicket of Ingram and Worcestershire spinner Gareth Batty (1-62) - who bowled Kane Williamson for 22 - enjoyed any success as the match moved towards a draw.
How has now batted for seven and a half hours to reach 161 not out, his innings containing 20 fours and a six from 328 balls faced.
Franklin scored at a more lively pace, his effort coming from 130 balls with 13 fours and one six, and the fifth-wicket stand was worth 139 by stumps.
The third day had been extended to 105 overs to make up for time lost to weather on day one but with the notable exception of Davies the rest of England’s seam attack must have wished it had not as Robbie Joseph, Liam Plunkett and Luke Wright all toiled for no reward.