Lions fall short

New Zealand A claim 35-run victory in one-day series opener

Last Updated: 14/03/09 10:03am

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Trott: missed out on century

Trott: missed out on century

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First A One Day International
Palmerston North
New Zealand A 373-6 (P J Ingram 135, S L Stewart 59, N L McCullum 50 no) v England Lions 338-9 (I J L Trott 94, G R Napier 77, E J G Morgan 74)
New Zealand A beat England Lions by 35 runs

Jonathan Trott's 94 could not prevent England Lions losing the first match of their one-day series against New Zealand A by 35 runs.

Chasing a target of 374, Trott, Graham Napier (77) and Eoin Morgan (74) all hit half-centuries before the tourists eventually finished short at 338 all out.

Captain Robert Key and Trott gave their team a solid platform in reply, sharing a 61-run stand after Joe Denly had gone early.

But Key fell six short of his 50 via a run-out - and although Morgan and then Napier's power hitting subsequently kept England competitive, the lower order could not keep up the momentum.

Michael Mason (3-61) and Brendon Diamanti (3-74) were New Zealand's most successful bowlers as England were bowled out at the start of the 49th over.

Earlier, Kiwi opener Peter Ingram anchored his side's innings with 135 from 129 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six as the hosts took a liking to the short square boundaries at Fitzherbert Park after being invited to bat first.

There were also half-centuries down the order from Shanan Stewart (59) and Nathan McCullum (50no) - the latter smashing five fours and three sixes off only 26 deliveries as he and Brendon Diamanti blasted an unbroken 73 from only 26 balls together after Ingram was last out.

Essex all-rounder Napier (3-74) fared best of the England bowlers, although none managed to concede less than Sajid Mahmood's (0-60) six-an-over.

The second match of the series takes place at the same venue on Monday.

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