Cricket: Devon Conway carves majestic hundred for Blackcaps on opening day of first test against Bangladesh

Blackcaps batting maestro Devon Conway has scored a superb century on his first test in New Zealand to open the summer of cricket at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

The left-hander scored 122 as New Zealand finished day one against Bangladesh 258/5 after being sent in to bat.

It could have been even better for the Blackcaps who were 189/2 just before drinks in the final session, but lost 3/59 in the final 20 overs of the day.

Skipper Tom Latham was out quickly after being asked to bat first, edging the impressive Shoriful Islam through to Liton Das who took a superb diving catch to leave New Zealand 1/1.

But Conway, who survived an umpires call LBW decision before he had scored, and Will Young slowly went about their work, building a brilliant launching pad for the rest of the order.

Batting at No.3 in place of regular captain Kane Williamson, Conway brought up his half-century with a six, while Young (52) mixed sublime stroke play with some loose shots as the pair added 128 for the second wicket.

But with a potential maiden test hundred in his sights, Young ran himself out after a 135-minute stay that included six boundaries. 

Enter Ross Taylor, 48 hours after announcing this series will be his last in test cricket, and the 37-year-old was in vintage form, carving four boundaries through the offside.

He provided able support for Conway who had a sketchy period in the 90s, before the South African-born batsman brought up his second test match hundred.

Tom Blundell
Tom Blundell Photo credit: Photosport
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor Photo credit: Photosport

The pair added 50 for the third wicket before Taylor (31) was caught at short cover midway through the final session.

Conway fell 48-runs later, strangled down the legside an over before the new ball by the left-arm spin of captain Mominul Islam.

Henry Nicholls (32) and Tom Blundell (11) looked to have survived until the close of play, but the wicket-keeper played onto his stumps on the final ball of the day to give Bangladesh some hope they can avoid a big New Zealand score.