New Zealand XI 376-9 (Blundell 131no) v England
Warm-up game, Hamilton, day one
Tom Blundell and Kyle Jamieson shared an impressive 163-run stand for the seventh wicket as New Zealand XI made a remarkable comeback to end the first day of the warm-up game against England with a score of 376 for nine.
Jeet Raval (7) and Tom Latham (10) opened the batting for New Zealand XI after they won the toss and decided to bat first but the start wasn't an ideal one with both the players edging deliveries from Stuart Broad (1-46) and James Anderson (4-56) behind the stumps.
The innings sunk further when Martin Guptill (2) was trapped LBW by Anderson while Henry Nicholls (14) chipped one to mid-wicket. With Colin de Grandhomme (4) edging a delivery from Mark Wood (2-80) to the keeper, they were left reeling at 30 for five.
Blundell (131 not out) must have felt hard done by the New Zealand selection as he was left out for the fit-again BJ Watling despite scoring a century in his debut outing against Windies. He shared a vital 73 run stand with Doug Bracewell (34) as New Zealand XI went past the 100-run mark.
Wood, who had opened the bowling for England returned back to castle Bracewell as England were looking to bowl the hosts out for under 150 but Blundell and Jamieson (101 retired hurt) decided to counterattack the opposition attack with confident stroke-making.
Jamieson, a fast bowler from Canterbury was the aggressor among the two scoring 16 boundaries and two sixes but eventually retired hurt on completing a fine century also ending the 163 run stand for the seventh wicket.
Even though, Anderson helped England stage a comeback in the end with the wickets of Scott Kuggeleijn (45) and Seth Rance (0) while Raval, edged a Broad delivery behind the stumps for the second time, Blundell showed a lot of maturity in batting the day through and helping New Zealand XI post 376 for six at the end of the day.
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