Big centuries help NZ A to big total in England

Last updated 10:20 01/08/2014
Colin de Grandhomme
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SMASHED IT: Colin de Grandhomme, pictured, and Colin Munro both scored 151 for New Zealand A against Northamptonshire.

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Big centuries to Colin de Grandhomme and Colin Munro set up New Zealand A's comfortable win over Northamptonshire today.

Both middle order batsmen hit 151 to help New Zealand to a massive 424-7 off their 50 overs at Northampton.

With rain arriving, the home side's run chase was affected and they ended up losing by 70 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system, hitting 184-2 off 31 overs.

The day belonged to de Grandhomme and Munro with some remarkable hitting.

They came together with New Zealand teetering at 104-5 following the dismissal of Anton Devcich for 45.

They smashed 199 in less than 20 overs.

De Grandhomme's 151 came off just 86 balls as he hit 16 fours and eight sixes.

Munro's innings came off 100 balls and included 15 fours and six sixes.

BJ Watling chimed in with 44 runs off 22 balls as New Zealand rocketed past 400.

The match opened New Zealand A's tour of England, Scotland and Wales.

Their next match is a 50-overs game against Sri Lanka A in Cardiff on Sunday (NZ time).

Meanwhile, former Black Caps star Scott Styris played a central role in Leicester's 34-run win over Essex in the English county one-day competition.

Styris top-scored with an unbeaten 48 as Leicester struggled through to 142 off 40.3 overs.

But Essex collapsed to be all out for 108 in a disastrous run chase. Jesse Ryder hit 17 off 15 balls, with four fours.

Stryis bowled three overs, conceding just five runs.

At Gosforth, New Zealand offspiner Jeetan Patel took 2-43 off his 10 overs. But that couldn't prevent Durham chasing down Warwickshire's 264, winning by five wickets with 23 balls left.

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