Broad Hat-Trick, Buttler Heroics As England Win
England XI 186-3 (Buttler 57no) beat
New Zealand XI 140 (Munro 55) by 46 runs
Twenty20 warm-up, Whangerai
Stuart Broad took a hat-trick and Jos Buttler struck an unbeaten 57 in just 24 balls as England opened their tour of New Zealand with a 46-run win in their rescheduled opening Twenty20 warm-up game.
Playing a New Zealand XI, they racked up 186 for three with Eoin Morgan (48) and Luke Wright (44) also making contributions before Broad's three for 22 saw the home side dismissed for 140 in reply.
Batting first, England lost Alex Hales for two before Michael Lumb's 25 in as many balls and Wright's 44 in 32 got the innings moving.
Morgan then struck 48 in 32 balls and Buttler took centre stage, blasting six fours and three sixes.
Chris Woakes then removed openers Hamish Rutherford (9) and Anton Devcich (5) and England never looked back.
Woakes struck again to remove wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi for 12, Jade Dernbach removed the dangerous Neil Broom for 23 and Colin Munro for a well made 55 in 32 balls before Broad had Andrew Ellis caught by Jonny Bairstow, Ian Butler caught by Hales and Matt Henry caught behind by Buttler in consecutive deliveries.
Dernbach then removed Matthew Bates for three to complete a comprehensive win.
Woakes ended with three for 27 and Dernbach three for 24.
The two sides meet again tomorrow and the first of three Twenty20 Internationals between England and New Zealand is in Auckland on Saturday (9th February).
© Cricket World 2013
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