Wednesday 11 June 2008 

McCullum Century As New Zealand Prepare For ODIs

Brendon McCullum hit a typically aggressive century as New Zealand switched effortlessly into One Day mode, beating Worcestershire by 95 runs in their warm up match at New Road ahead of the Twenty20 International and One Day International series against England.

New Zealand posted an imposing 358 for eight with Ross Taylor also scoring a half-century before Worcestershire were bowled out for 263 in 48 overs.

McCullum added 101 with Jamie How (48) before How was caught by Worcestershire captain Vikram Solanki off of Chris Whelan before Whelan then picked up the wicket of Peter Fulton for two, caught by Gareth Batty.

Whelan struck for the third time to remove McCullum, but not before he had hit 12 fours and three sixes on his way to 123 from 98 balls.

However, that wasn't going to stop the Black Caps' charge with Taylor scoring 75 from 71 balls and Scott Styris (36) and Jacob Oram (24) contributing quick knocks in the lower order.

Whelan struck again, removing Daniel Flynn for 13, to end with figures of four for 78 as a Worcestershire attack missing Simon Jones struggled.

The batting also struggled, although New Zealand looked in some danger when Vikram Solanki and Steve Davies (48) added 98 for the first wicket.

Scott Styris (three for 25) then ripped out the heart of the Worcestershire batting line up and it was left to Solanki to try and turn the match.

He received solid support from Gareth Batty, who hit 34, and Kabir Ali, who hit 43, but when Solanki was caught by Mark Gillespie off of Daniel Vettori for 80, the game was over for the home side.

Gillespie finished with two for 63 and Vettori two for 52.

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