England dismissed for 258 in first one-dayer against New Zealand
Last Updated: February 17, 2013 9:02am
Jonathan Trott: Top-scored for England with 68
England will have to defend a total of 258 if they are to make a winning start to their one-day international series with New Zealand.
Jonathan Trott (68), Ian Bell (64) and Joe Root (56) all made half-centuries, but the rest of the order could not build on their foundations at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Mitchell McClenaghan returned figures of 4-56 - although he was forced out of the action late on with an injury - as the Black Caps gave themselves every chance of a successful run chase after putting the tourists in to bat.
Skipper Alastair Cook was the left-arm seamer's first victim as he was bowled through the gate for four in the fourth over, but Bell and Trott then built a solid second-wicket partnership of 84.
Bell was given a huge let-off on 26, mistiming a slog-sweep in Nathan McCullum's first over and being dropped at deep midwicket by BJ Watling.
The opener completed his 50 from 67 balls but soon after he edged behind while trying to manufacture runs into the off-side off James Franklin (3-38).
Joined by Root, Trott gradually increased his strike rate, while the former was saved by a review after initially being ruled caught behind on 32 by the economical Kyle Mills.
Trott was bowled making room for a slog in powerplay but Eoin Morgan's planned follow up did not materialise as he was caught well by Martin Guptill for just one.
Jos Buttler (21) stayed long enough to hit two sixes off just 13 balls but immediately after the second he toe-ended a full-toss straight into the hands of extra-cover.
When Root also went trying to slog, bowled by Franklin, England were in danger of falling disappointingly short.
The tail chipped in to help boost the total somewhat but England still turned in a disappointing 68-7 in the last 10 available overs.