Jos Buttler stars as England cruise to victory in New Zealand tour warm-up
Last Updated: 05/02/13 10:37am
Jos Buttler's maiden England 50 helped Stuart Broad's tourists to a 46-run win over a New Zealand XI in their rearranged Twenty20 warm-up match at the Cobham Oval.
A typically inventive and powerful innings from Buttler (57no) contained six fours and three sixes as he dominated an unbroken stand of 77 with Eoin Morgan (48no) to help England rack up 186-3 after being put in.
Then after Chris Woakes had taken two wickets with the new ball, the hosts - without the destructive Ross Taylor - could not get competitive and were dismissed for 140, despite a belligerent 55 from Colin Munro.
The left-handed number five, who made his Test debut in his native South Africa last month, almost matched Buttler with three sixes and three fours in his 28-ball 50.
But he needed more support to push England and Broad grabbed some minor late glory with a cheap hat-trick off the tail.
The tourists had lost Alex Hales early while Michael Lumb was also gone before the 50 was up, caught at deep cover in Ian Butler's first over.
Luke Wright struck England's first six and shared a stand of 61 in seven overs until the number three went up the wicket and was stumped when slow left-armer Nick Beard drifted one a little wider.
He had nonetheless helped to pave the way for Buttler and Morgan to take toll of the seamers in the final five overs - and the wicketkeeper-batsman, in particular, did not disappoint.
The New Zealand XI reply was soon in disarray, thanks to Woakes who saw off both openers cheaply.
Anton Devcich was caught at point when the Warwickshire medium-pacer got one to pop from just short of a length and a similar delivery to Hamish Rutherford in Woakes' next over resulted in an upper-cut into the hands of third-man.
Tom Latham and Neil Broom hinted at a recovery, only for the former to be run out by a Lumb throw after wandering out of his crease looking for a second into the leg-side deep. Then Broom missed a low full-toss and was bowled by Jade Dernbach.
Munro and Luke Ronchi kept hope alive for the home crowd, the former completing his half-century by flicking a Wright full-toss for six but soon afterwards was bowled by some more full-length pace from Dernbach.
His departure settled the issue for sure before Broad turned on the style with his hat-trick in the penultimate over - two caught in the leg-side deep and a third edging behind.