Kent v New Zealanders, Tour match, Canterbury June 22, 2013

Guptill and Taylor shine in solid workout

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New Zealanders 185 for 7 (Guptill 56, Taylor 52, Latham 38, Claydon 5-31) beat Kent 143 (Stevens 41) by 42 runs

The New Zealanders warmed up for the Twenty20 series against England with an efficient 42-run win against Kent on a murky evening in Canterbury. Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor hit half-centuries to leave the home side a demanding chase and they fell well short.

There was cause for Kent pride, however, in the debut of Fabian Cowdrey, the grandson of the former Kent and England captain Colin and son of Chris Cowdrey, who took the Cowdrey name into its third generation in Kent colours.

Guptill and Taylor added 98 in 11 overs after Hamish Rutherford and Brendon McCullum had fallen inside the first two overs to leave New Zealand 9 for 2. Both batsmen cleared the boundary twice, but the significant acceleration came from Tom Latham who clubbed 38 off 18 balls.

Latham was part of the Test squad last month and has been playing for Scotland while not need for the Champions Trophy campaign. Although he did not keep wicket in this match he is an option to take the gloves if McCullum's back causes him problems.

Mitchell Claydon, who is on loan at Kent from Durham, struck regularly in the closing overs having earlier trapped McCullum lbw and finished with 5 for 31.

In reply, Kent struggled from the outset to keep up with a required rate of more than nine an over. Sam Billings pulled to mid-off and Sam Northeast, the captain for the match and who had hit a maiden one-day hundred in the high-scoring YB40 match against Sussex, was bowled by Ronnie Hira as he came down the pitch.

The hero of Kent's chase of 337 against Sussex, Darren Stevens, was given two lives early in his innings and managed to strike three sixes but Kent were always behind the rate.

The youngsters, though, were certainly not overwhelmed with Daniel Bell-Drummond making 31 and Cowdrey marking his first-team debut with 21 off 14 balls which included a ramp shot against Ian Butler.

Most of New Zealand's bowlers chipped in; Hira was especially economical with his four overs costing just 19 and Butler claimed two scalps. Mitchell McClenaghan and Kyle Mills were rested after their efforts in the Champions Trophy.

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  • jared on June 24, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    agreed Gagg latham has not failed in recent times, he done a good job for NZA against england in queenstown then never got a game, hadn't been dismissed in england untill his last innings of 38 so he better not be riding the pine for the next match, they need to give him the gloves though otherwise that part of his game will never get up to speed and we need some mccullum injury insurance, especially now we know ronchi isn't the super star he was hyped up to be.

  • Garry on June 23, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Latham also played in a warm up game before the test series and also score runs, seems to be in good form so it makes you wonder why he didn't take the gloves instead of Ronchi in the champions trophy or at least McCullum taken the gloves in the England clash and Latham played as a batsman, either way I could almost guarantee that we would have been playing in the final today.

  • Suraj on June 23, 2013, 9:32 GMT

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