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NZ XI hold nerve to topple England in T20 rematch

Published: 3:51PM Wednesday February 06, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

Bowler Matt Henry starred with the bat, slogging a four off the last ball to carry the New Zealand XI to T20 victory over the touring England side at Whangarei.

Set a target of 171 by their rivals, the Kiwi second-stringers always seemed well in the chase, led by Tom Latham's 68 runs off 38 balls. He and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi  combined for 19 runs off nine balls that swung momentum their way towards the end of the innings, but when Latham fell, caught near the boundary, the NZ side still needed seven runs off eight balls.

They had lost three wickets for four runs, reviving memories from the previous day, when a hat-trick from England captain Stuart Broad helped mop up the tail in a 40-run loss.

This time, though, the scores were tied as Henry faced the final ball from Jade Dernbach and with the field gathered around the batsman, he was able to loft over their heads to the rope for the win. 

Openers Hamish Rutherford (30 runs off 25 balls) and Anton Devcich (33 off 25) had set the foundation with their 58-run stand at the start of the chase.

Broad again starred with the ball, taking 3-24 off his four overs.

Earlier, another rollicking inngings from wicketkeeper Jos Buttler helped England to 171-5. He had dismantled the attack in the tourists' first-up win, and stroked 51 from 31 balls today, teaming with Eoin Morgan for an 87-run partnership that carried their side from the brink of collapse.

Morgan finished the innings unbeaten on 51 from 28 balls, after he and Buttler clubbed 23 runs off the final over.

For the NZ side, Neil Wagner and captain Andy Ellis had two wickets each.

England began well enough, with opener Michael Lumb anchoring the innings with 45 off 36 balls, but the home side got back in contention with 3-21 in the middle overs.

Buttler and Morgan came together at 77-4, and swung the encounter back the visitors' way.

The New Zealand run chase began with openers Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich at the crease.


Lumb c Broom b Wagner 45

Hales run out (Henry) 4

Wright c Rutherford b Ellis 11

Bairstow lbw b Ellis 2

Morgan not out 51

Buttler c Bracewell b Wagner 51

Patel not out 0

Extras 6

Total (for five wickets) 170

Bowling: Henry 4-0-35-0, Bracewell 4-0-39-0, Wagner 4-0-38-2, Beard 4-0-28-0, Ellis 4-0-27-2