England Lions v New Zealand - Hamish Rutherford hits unbeaten ton
Hamish Rutherford tamed the England Lions with an unbeaten hundred on day one of the tour match at Grace Road.
Last Updated: 10/05/13 7:39pm
The New Zealand opener, who made a century in his first Test innings against England at Dunedin two months ago, warmed up for the start of another two-match series at Lord's next week with an impressive effort.
His unbeaten 116, full of trademark off-side fluency with a clutch of big hits over the top in a short spell for left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan, was the driving force behind the tourists' 184-3 as the first day of four was restricted by rain to just 44 overs.
It was all hardly what Joe Root could have envisaged when, leading the Lions for the first time, he unsurprisingly chose to bowl first on a pitch with plenty of green about it on a cool and cloudy morning.
Rutherford's opening partner Peter Fulton lasted only until the seventh over before Graham Onions had him lbw aiming to his favoured leg-side.
Chris Woakes dropped Kane Williamson at gully off Onions, but the number three was soon gone anyway, when he pulled a short ball straight to midwicket in Toby Roland-Jones' first over.
Rutherford was then joined by Ross Taylor, with the pair putting on a stand of 127 either side of lunch, although the afternoon resumption was delayed by the first sign of forecast rain.
When play got back underway, Michael Carberry dropped a steepling and swirling chance at deep midwicket to reprieve Rutherford on 85 in Kerrigan's second over before the opener pushed on for his century.
Taylor was then out for 35, lbw to Roland-Jones shortly before more rain brought an early tea and wiped out the evening session entirely.
New batsman Dean Brownlie had spent 19 balls on nought but opened his account with an on-drive for four and will resume with Rutherford on Friday.