New Zealand Take Comfortable Win Over Kent

Ross Taylor hits out for New Zealand
New Zealand Take Comfortable Win Over Kent
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New Zealanders 185-7 (Guptill 56) beat
Kent 143-7 (Butler 2-28) by 42 runs
Twenty20 tour game, Canterbury

New Zealand warmed up for their two-match Twenty20 International series with England by comfortably beating Kent by 42 runs at Canterbury.

Batting first, half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor helped them post 185 for seven, a score that proved well beyond Kent, who closed on 143 for seven.

Guptill hammered 56 in 44 balls and Taylor 52 in 37 after Hamish Rutherford (0) and Brendon McCullum (7) fell early on.

Tom Latham also smashed 38 in 18 balls to boost the Black Caps while Colin Munro hit a quickfire 15 in eight balls and despite Mitchell Claydon taking five for 31 they had more than enough runs on the board.

In reply, Daniel Bell-Drummond led the way with 31 in 29 balls and while Kent, like New Zealand, lost early wickets, they were unable to hit back.

Bell-Drummond fell in the 11th over to Munro and although Darrren Stevens hit 41 in 33 and Fabian Cowdrey 21 not out in 14, they fell well short as Ian Butler (2-28) emerged as the pick of the bowlers.

Doug Bracewell, Roneel Hira, Corey Anderson and Munro took one wicket apiece.

The first Twenty20 International against England is at The Oval on 25th June with the second match taking place two days later.

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