Buttler And Morgan Hit Fifties In England Defeat
New Zealand XI 171-7 (Latham 64) beat
England XI 170-5 (Morgan 51no) by 3 wickets
Tour Match, Whangarei
New Zealand XI held their nerve to beat England off the final ball of the final warm-up match ahead of the first Twenty20 International on Saturday.
Tom Latham led the home side’s run chase with 64 off only 38 balls, but a clatter of wickets threatened to derail their run chase. However, Matt Henry hit the required single from the last delivery bowled by Jade Dernbach to complete a thrilling win.
Openers Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich had added 58 inside seven overs after England had posted a strong 170 for five. Rutherford departed to Samit Patel for 30, with Devcich following a little later to James Tredwell for 33.
Stuart Broad then continued his good form and took three wickets to end as the pick of England’s attack with three for 24 from his four overs. Samit Patel was the only other bowler to concede less than nine an over as Steven Finn (one for 44), Jade Dernbach (one for 38) and James Tredwell (one for 44) all endured disappointing days.
Earlier, Alex Hales had fallen for his second single-figures score in as many days, but Michael Lumb managed to hold off a top-order wobble by hitting 45 off 36 balls. Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler then both hit 51 and put on 87 for the fifth-wicket in just 50 balls. Buttler fell to Neil Wagner in the final over for 51 off 31 deliveries, with Morgan ending on 51 off 28.
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