Watling Leads New Zealand XI To Victory Over England

Watling Leads New Zealand XI To Victory Over England
Watling Leads New Zealand XI To Victory Over England
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New Zealand XI 349-7d. & 334-7 beat
England XI 426 & 256-9d. by three wickets
Tour game, Queenstown

BJ Watling's unbeaten 89 guided the New Zealand XI to an impressive three-wicket victory over the touring English side on the final day in Queenstown.

Set 334 for victory after England declared on 256 for nine in their second innings, the home team reached their victory target to leave England with a few questions to ponder ahead of the first Test in Dunedin.

England chose to declare on their overnight score instead of batting on, but New Zealand XI quickly showed they were going to make an assault on their target as openers Tom Latham (48) and Hamish Rutherford (33) put on 56 for the first wicket in good time.

Chris Woakes removed Rutherford and one run later Stuart Broad bowled Carl Cachopa without scoring before Latham and Neil Broom (41) extended the score to 129 before the fourth wicket fell. Broom was trapped in front by Broad and it was the wicket of Dean Brownlie, caught by Swann off Woakes for 17 that brought Watling to the crease.

With Corey Anderson, who made 44 in 63 balls, Watling added 82 for the sixth wicket to steer the New Zealanders back into the game. Anderson, who hit a quickfire 67 in the first innings, hit two fours and a six but was bowled by Joe Root, who went on to have James Neesham caught by Broad for 20.

At 282 for seven, the match was there for both sides to take but Watling, who faced 122 balls in all, hitting eight fours and two sixes, found another willing ally in Neil Wagner, who celebrated being added to New Zealand's Test squad by hitting 28 not out in 31 balls to help finish England off.

The first Test begins on Wednesday (4th March).

© Cricket World 2013

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