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England get New Zealand cricket tour off to good start

England have started their two month cricket tour of New Zealand in style, beating a New Zealand XI by 46 runs in Whangarei.

 
 

Jos Butler

ENGLAND have started their two month cricket tour of New Zealand in style, beating a New Zealand XI by 46 runs in Whangarei.

After the first match between the two sides was called off due to rain, England made up for lost time by scoring 186 for 3 in their 20 overs at the crease.

Jos Butler top scored with 57 not out, while Eoin Morgan scored an unbeaten 48 in their 77-run stand off just six overs.

Along with Luke Wright, who hit 44, England punished the Kiwi bowlers, with Matthew Henry the best with 1 for 28.

The New Zealand XI chase got off to a poor start, with openers Anton Devcich and Hamish Rutherford getting out early.

Colin Munro hit 55 off 32 balls, but played a lone hand as his side was dismissed for 140 on the penultimate ball of the innings.

Chris Woakes was the best of the English attack, taking 3 for 27 off his four overs.

Skipper Stuart Broad claimed a rare hat-trick, getting rid of Andrew Ellis (8), Ian Butler (0) and Henry (0) in consecutive balls.

The teams will meet again tomorrow, before the international series against the Black Caps begins in Auckland on Sunday (NZ time).

IMAGE: ecb.co.uk

 
 

 
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