New Zealanders 285 (Rutherford 126) v
England Lions 219-2 (Root 105no)
Tour Match, Grace Road, day two
Day One Report
It was the England Lions’ chance to dominate on day two of their tour match against the New Zealanders as the tourists failed to capitalise on the start that Hamish Rutherford gave them yesterday. He was run out in the first half hour, allowing the Lions bowlers to find their range and take the last seven wickets for the addition of only 74 runs.
Joe Root and Michael Carberry then added 182 for the second-wicket following the early departure of Varun Chopra as the English second string closed on 219 for two to trail by only 66 runs.
New Zealand’s opening bowling pair of Trent Boult and Tim Southee - both playing their first game of the tour - looked rusty and sent down 13 no-balls between them in 25 overs. Boult was particularly culpable and started the England Lions innings with three no-balls, delivering four in all in the first over. Southee was the man responsible for the New Zealanders’ first, and for a long time only, success when he had Chopra caught by Brendon McCullum for just four in his third over.
Root and Carberry then set about the attack, with Carberry making 77 before giving Bruce Martin a first wicket shortly before the close. By that time, though, he and Root had take the game away from the tourists with a dominant stand of 182 in little more than 48 overs. Root was the aggressor and finished not out on 105 off only 163 balls.
Earlier in the day, it had been the England Lions bowlers who had brought their side back into the match following their disappointing showing yesterday, and on the eve of the announcement of the squad for the first Test at Lord’s. Chris Woakes began things by running out Rutherford, at which point the rest chipped in to deny the tourists’ lower-order useful time at the crease.
McCullum made just one before being dispatched by Graham Onions, with BJ Watling and Tim Southee the only men to reach double figures other than Dean Brownlie who was left not out on 42. Toby Roland-Jones took the last two wickets to end with four for 54, while Onions ended with two for 46, and Ravi Bopara and Simon Kerrigan chipped in with one apiece.
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