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New Zealand win by 42 runs

Kent vs New Zealand

New Zealand beat Kent by 42 runs under lights in Canterbury

Ross Taylor: Hit half-century in New Zeland win

Mitchell Claydon: Claimed 5-31 for Kent

New Zealand warmed up for their two Twenty20 internationals against England next week with an emphatic 42-run win over Kent under lights in Canterbury.

The tourists coped with bad light, rain and a 5-31 haul by Kent's on-loan Durham seamer Mitchell Claydon to set the hosts a daunting target of 186 at 9.3 an over.

After being put into bat, Kent reduced the tourists to 9-2 with the wickets of Hamish Rutherford (nought) and skipper Brendon McCullum (seven).

But New Zealand regrouped through experienced third-wicket partners Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, who both reached half-centuries in adding 98 in 11.1 overs.

Tom Latham then blasted 38 from 18 balls as the tourists finished on a competitive 185-7, which Kent fell well short of despite a poor fielding performance by New Zealand, who dropped two catches and missed three run-out opportunities.

Decent start

Kent made a decent start to their pursuit in front of a partisan crowd of 4,000 through young openers Sam Billings, 22, and 19-year-old Daniel Bell-Drummond, who added 26 before Billings (nine) miscued a pull-shot against former Kent seamer Ian Butler high into the hands of Nathan McCullum at mid-off.

Fresh from a maiden one-day hundred against Sussex on Wednesday, Kent's acting skipper Sam Northeast had reached only two when he advanced looking to force left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira only to be bowled.

At the mid-point Kent, who rested six first-team regulars, were hopelessly behind the asking rate at 56-2. With a further 130 required from 60 balls, Stevens teed off by hitting Colin Munro for six into the Frank Woolley Stand.

Four balls later, however, Bell-Drummond (31) perished to a skier at mid-wicket when attempting a similar shot, then Ben Harmison (nine) was caught behind by a tumbling Brendon McCullum having made room to cut a short one from Doug Bracewell.

On 41, Stevens was bowled trying heave a Corey Anderson free hit out of the park, but his luck ran out on the very next delivery that was miscued to mid-off.

With the contest as good as over, Fabian Cowdrey, the grandson of former Kent and England skipper Colin and son of Chris Cowdrey, marched in for his first-team debut and showed immediate class with a ramp over fine leg for four against Butler.

Cowdrey finished unbeaten on 20, but Butler hit back by having Alex Blake (12) caught at mid-off to finish with 2-28 as Kent lost Matt Coles to a final over run out to finish well short of their target.

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Match Details

22nd Jun 2013
Kent won the toss and elected to bowl.
St. Lawrence Ground
M Mike, N G B Nicholas


Batsman R
D.J. Bell-Drummond c Anderson b Munro 31
S.A. Northeast b Hira 2
D.I. Stevens c Guptill b Anderson 41
B.W. Harmison c McCullum b Bracewell 9
F.K. Cowdrey Not out 21
C.J. Haggett Not out 1
Extras 1nb, 8w, 1lb 10
Total 20.0 Overs 143 - 7
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
D.A.J. Bracewell 3 0 21 1
I.G. Butler 4 0 28 2
N.L. McCullum 4 0 42 0
R.M. Hira 4 0 19 1
C.J. Anderson 3 0 10 1
C. Munro 2 0 22 1
Full Bowling Card