On another gloomy day for New Zealand’s cricketers in Leeds, Daniel Vettori offered a glimmer of hope about 200km away.
The former skipper who ruled himself out of contention for the second test on the eve of the match, made an impressive all-round contribution as the ODI specialists played a low-key warmup match in Northampton.
Opening the batting, Vettori scored 150 retired as New Zealand racked up 308 in the 50-over match. Nathan McCullum also chimed in with 52.
Then Vettori bagged four wickets with his left-arm spin as the Northampton selection were dismissed for 130. Other scoring details were sketchy.
The home side were made up of local second XI players and club cricketers, who also bolstered the New Zealand team.
The New Zealand ODI specialists arrived last week and trained under the guidance of bowling coach Shane Bond. Vettori and Nathan McCullum were joined by Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro and Luke Ronchi.
New Zealand’s ODI series opener against England is at Lord’s on Friday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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