A Dean Brownlie century laid the foundation for New Zealand A's solid one-day win over the England Lions in Bristol today.
Brownlie scored a fine 115 off 107 balls as the Kiwis compiled 282 after winning the toss and batting.
They dismissed England's backup team for 260 off 47.4 overs, registering a 22 run victory in the tri-series that also includes Sri Lanka A.
It was Brownlie's first 50-overs century and shows there's life in his Black Caps comeback hopes.
Grant Elliott's 42 was the next best score amongst the New Zealand batsmen and Matt Henry and Doug Bracewell both took three wickets in a good allround showing in the field.
New Zealand coach Bob Carter said Brownlie's century was an outstanding knock considering the quality of the England bowling attack that had been boosted by the addition of Steve Finn from the England test squad.
"There were 11 boundaries in Dean's first 50 and they were all quality shots on both sides of the wicket," Carter said.
Carter also praised the efforts of the opening bowlers Henry (3-48) and Scott Kuggeleijn who had prevented England getting off to a good start, while he felt Bracewell's haul of 3-43 showed a real step up in his character.
"We were also very strong in the field today with two runs outs and a couple of superb catches in the outfield from Tom Latham and Anton Devcich."
New Zealand A now face Sri Lanka A in Bristol tonight (NZ time) before meeting the England Lions again in the last match of the series in Worcester on Tuesday. Rain ruined the Kiwis' opening fixture in the series
against Sri Lanka A.
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