New Zealand A v Sri Lanka A, Lincoln, 2nd day March 20, 2004

New Zealand take charge of tour game

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New Zealand A 336 for 3 (Bell 92, How 92) lead Sri Lanka A 276 (Daniel 124) by 60 runs
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Four batsmen passed 50 as New Zealand A made a strong reply to Sri Lanka A's total of 276 at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln. Having started the day on 14 for 0, New Zealand A finished at 336 for 3, with Matthew Bell and Jamie How - both made 92 - narrowly missing out on their centuries.

There was little to celebrate for the Sri Lankans as Bell and How added 193 for the first wicket. There were also half-centuries for Mathew Sinclair (50) and Lou Vincent (62 not out) as those on the fringes of New Zealand's Test side made the most of good batting conditions.