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England won by 34 runs.

Canterbury vs England

Wright stars in England win

Bell in the runs, Anderson takes five-for in England win.

Wright: Brutal knock

Luke Wright made a dazzling 42 off just 15 balls to help fire England to a 51-run victory in their opening match of their tour of New Zealand against Canterbury on Saturday.

Ian Bell looked in good touch as top scored with a fine 79 off 89 balls and Alastair Cook passed fifty as England made 295-6 thanks to Wright's sparkling late rally.

James Anderson starred with the ball as he took five wickets to restrict Canterbury Wizards to 244 all out.

Peter Moores took the chance to use 13 players in England's first warm-up match of the tour, which begins with two Twenty20 internationals next week followed by five ODI's.


There were plenty of positives from England's victory, with wicketkeeper Phil Mustard making a steady 22 in a 73-run opening partnership with Cook, who went on to make 51.

Bell put on 88 runs for the third wicket with Kevin Pietersen who made some welcome runs but fell two short of his half century after smashing six fours and a six.

Bell went on to make 79 from 89 balls but when he went the ball after Owais Shah, England's hopes of a big score looked to have gone as they sat on 236-6.

Sussex man Wright then took centre stage though as he hammered three fours and three sixes in just 15 balls to make an unbeaten 42 - and help put on 37 in the final three overs along with Ravi Bopara to drag propel England up to 295-6.

Wright's brutal knock was a timely reminder for Moores as he decides on his line-up for the Twenty20 internationals next week.

Anderson hit Canterbury's reply early on by getting rid of both openers Iain Robertson and Michael Papps, but Johann Myburgh stood firm until he was run out by England skipper Paul Collingwood for 87.

That wicket effectively signaled the end of Canterbury's chances of victory, as England's bowlers grabbed some welcome wickets.

Even after England had won the match, they continued for the full 50 overs, and they claimed an 11th wicket, when Ryan Sidebottom had last man Andrew Ellis caught at mid-on by Ian Bell.

Anderson was the star overall with 5-47 from his ten overs, but Ryan Sidebottom also enjoyed decent figures of 2-34, while Dimitri Mascarenhas chipped in with 2-43.

Match Details

1st - 2nd Feb 2008
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
BF Bowden and AL Hill

canterbury BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Robertson c Anderson 24
Papps c Anderson 4
Myburgh run out 87
Fulton c Wright b Mascarenhas 31
Stewart c Mascarenhas 7
van Wyk c Shah b Collingwood 25
Hiini c Sidebottom b Anderson 27
Frauenstein b Anderson 0
Ellis c Bell b Sidebottom 11
Davidson b Anderson 6
Astle b Sidebottom 7
Burson not out 7
McClone not out 2
Extras 2nb, 10w, 4b, 7lb 23
Total 50.0 Overs 261
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Full Bowling Card