Ian Bell Strikes Century As England Fight Back
England XI 357-7 (Bell 127no) v New Zealand XI
Tour Game, Queenstown, day one
Ian Bell struck an unbeaten century to guide England to 357 for seven at stumps on the opening day of their tour game against a New Zealand XI in Queenstown.
Bell was unbeaten on 127 having repaired the damage caused by a James Neesham triple strike which reduced England to 81 for three before lunch.
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Neesham dismissed Nick Compton (21), Jonathan Trott (1) and Kevin Pietersen (14), finishing the day with figures of four for 65 when he had Matthew Prior caught by Jeetan Patel for 41.
Prior had added 60 for the sixth wicket with Bell, who also received support from Joe Root, whose 49 in 75 balls helped put on 97 for the fifth wicket.
Alastair Cook was England's other mainstay, making 60 at the top of the order but when he was caught by BJ Watling off Neil Wagner, England were 124 for four.
Bell stepped forward, and along with Root, Prior, Chris Woakes (16) and Stuart Broad (6 not out), led England's fightback, facing 196 balls and hitting 18 fours.
Wagner had Woakes caught late in the day to end with two for 65 and Carl Cachopa was the other man to take a wicket when he bowled Root.
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