England make winning start to NZ tour

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 17:19 05/02/2013
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GOT HIM: Stuart Broad celebrates taking a wicket against the New Zealand XI in Whangarei.

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England have thrashed a New Zealand XI by 46 runs to kick off their two-month tour of New Zealand in style in Whangarei.

The tourists were sent into bat by the New Zealand XI - in a match being played after yesterday's was abandoned due to rain - and bludgeoned the hosts' attack to notch a commanding 186 for 3.

Joss Butler (57 not out) and Eoin Morgan (48 not out) were the main destroyers with the bat - with the duo combining for an unbeaten 77-run partnership off just six overs for the fourth wicket.

Earlier, Luke Wright had slugged 44. Along with Buttler and Morgan, the trio smashed 12 fours and seven sixes to all parts of the ground.

All of the New Zealand XI bowlers took tap - though Matthew Henry did look the the best. The Canterbury seamer's figures were destroyed by a costly fourth over, finishing with 1 for 28.

The New Zealand XI chase never really got out of second gear in reply. The openers, Anton Devcich (9) and Hamish Rutherford (5), fell early, and Tom Latham, who looked the most at ease at the crease, was run out for 22.

Auckland's Colin Munro showed why he received an international call-up recently, hitting 55 off 32 balls, but received little assistance from the middle and lower order. 

The New Zealand XI were all out for 140 with one ball remaining.

Chris Woakes was the pick of the English bowlers, taking 3 for 27 off his four overs. 

Skipper Stuart Broad claimed a hat-trick, dismissing Andrew Ellis (8), Ian Butler (0), and Henry (0) off the first three balls of his last over - a triple wicket maiden, and ended with 3 for 22.

A second Twenty20 between the two sides will take place at the same venue tomorrow. 

The three-match Twenty20 international series between New Zealand and England will began at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

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