New Zealanders 184-3 (Rutherford 116no) v
Tour Match, Grace Road, day one
The New Zealanders enjoyed the better of a blustery and rain-hit first day of their final warm-up match ahead of the first Test at Lord’s. Despite losing both Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson for seven, they closed strongly on 184 for three as Hamish Rutherford hit an aggressive century.
The tourists began by selecting a side that is closer to the one they are expected to field in the first Test on 16th May by bringing in Tim Southee and Trent Boult for Mark Gillespie and the luckless Neil Wagner.
They were asked to bat by England Lions captain Joe Root on a pitch that was tinged with green and on an overcast, albeit windy, day. The pitch didn’t offer as much encouragement as the Lions attack would have hoped as, barring Graham Onions, they struggled for consistency.
Indeed, Onions was the man to claim the first wicket when he trapped Fulton leg-before in his fourth over, with Toby Roland-Jones, coming on as first change, having Williamson caught by Simon Kerrigan. That made it 41 for two after 12 overs, but the remaining 32 overs that were bowled belonged emphatically to the New Zealanders.
Rutherford dominated a third-wicket stand of 127 with a skittish Ross Taylor and brought up his hundred from only 110 balls. Taylor marked his first match on tour by making 35 before handing Roland-Jones a second wicket shortly before the premature close.
Dean Brownlie joined Rutherford and finished on four with Rutherford on a commanding 116 off only 135 balls.
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