New Zealanders Enjoy Good Opening Day In Derby
New Zealanders 289-5d (Watling 77no) v
Tour Match, Derby, day one
BJ Watling and Dean Brownlie both hit half-centuries as the New Zealanders enjoyed a good first day to their tour of England in Derby. The duo added 116 for the fifth-wicket to help the tourists recover from 126 for four and declare on 289 for five.
Following a slight delay for rain, it was Derbyshire who won the toss and elected to bowl in chilly conditions. New Zealand left out Brendon McCullum, who only arrived in the country from playing in the IPL yesterday, and were also without Ross Taylor, who arrived safely today. Tim Southee and Trent Boult were also left out from what is likely to be New Zealand’s line-up for the first Test at Lord’s on 16th May so it is Kane Williamson who leads a side that includes squad players such as Mark Gillespie and Tom Latham.
Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford were a familiar opening pair and were given a few scares by a fast and erratic Mark Footitt and a more consistent Alasdair Evans who were helped by the conditions. It was sometime Scotland seamer Evans who struck first, bowling Rutherford for 13, before Footitt trapped his opening partner leg before for 21.
Williamson and crowd favourite Martin Guptill - who played a starring role as Derbyshire’s overseas player as they earnt promotion to Division One of the LV= County Championship last season - then added 44 before Guptill’s brief stay was ended at 25 off his 35th delivery as he became the first of three catches for wicket-keeper Richard Johnson. Williamson progressed to 43 but his dismissal in the same manner as Guptill’s left the tourists on a slightly perilous 126 for four.
However, Derbyshire’s second-string attack weren’t able to sustain any pressure that had been built up and Brownlie and Watling tucked into the change seamers Matt Higginbottom and Ross Whiteley and off-spinners Peter Burgoyne and Wes Durston. Brownlie raced to 71 off 109 balls before completing the hat-trick of catches for Johnson and giving Footitt his fourth wicket but, by that point, New Zealand had shrugged off any danger. Watling was joined by reserve wicket-keeper Latham and the pair added a further 47 before Williamson called them in. Watling finished unbeaten on 77 off 133 balls, with Latham on 21 off 41.
Derbyshire’s openers Billy Godleman and Chesney Hughes - who carried his bat for 270 in his last first-class outing - then looked like they might survive the remaining 12 overs unscathed, but Hughes was beaten for pace by Neil Wagner from what turned out to be the final ball of the day. Derbyshire closed on 24 for one and trail by 265 runs.
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