New Zealand A side claim tri-series silverware

Last updated 08:00 13/08/2014
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OPENING BAT: Hamish Rutherford.

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Hamish Rutherford steered New Zealand A to a commanding win over the England Lions today to claim a tri-series one-day title.

Rutherford hit a fluent 95 to give New Zealand a win by seven wickets with 21 balls to spare in a rain affected match played at Worcester.

Rutherford hit 10 fours and two sixes to lead New Zealand's successful run chase, adjusted under the Duckworth Lewis system.

Following their opening match wash out against Sri Lanka, New Zealand A have won all three subsequent matches to claim the tri-series silverware.

Winning the toss and bowling first, New Zealand made early progress through fast bowlers Matt Henry (3-56) and Scott Kuggeleijn (2-57).

The Lions fought back with a 91-run partnership between Jonny Bairstow (77) and Tom Smith (71), to post a competitive 255-8 off their 50 overs.

Rain at the innings break disrupted the start of New Zealand's chase, changing their equation to require 220 from 36 overs.

But that was never a problem with Rutherford in good touch, ably supported by Anton Devcich (49) and Tom Latham's unbeaten 48, which included a six for the winning runs.

New Zealand finished at 225-3 off 32.3 overs.

New Zealand A coach Bob Carter was delighted with the win and the effort throughout the series and that the team was adding to the country's depth as the World Cup approached.

"We've played consistent cricket throughout the series and that's been really pleasing," Carter said.

"Coming from winter at home we worked hard in the build up to make sure we'd be competitive against two really strong sides and that's what makes winning this trophy so rewarding.

"The players have really stepped up in their positions and to see them make these strides forward with the World Cup around the corner is exciting for everyone.

"Matt Henry has been exceptional with the ball for us, while Tom Latham and Hamish Rutherford have led what has been a strong performing top order."

New Zealand A now faced Scotland in three one-day fixtures, before rounding off their tour with three-day matches against Kent and Surrey.

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