New Zealand XI v England XI, T20, Whangarei February 5, 2013

Broad hat-trick lights up England win

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England XI 186 for 3 (Buttler 57*, Morgan 48*) beat New Zealand XI 140 (Munro 55, Broad 3-22, Dernbach 3-24, Woakes 3-27) by 46 runs

Stuart Broad, the England T20 captain, took a late hat-trick to light up what was already shaping up to be a comfortable win for England XI against New Zealand XI in Whangarei. Fifty-one runs were required off the last two overs when Broad struck with the first three balls of the 19th with the wickets of Andrew Ellis, Ian Buttler and Matt Henry and hastened the end.

Chasing 187, New Zealand's innings never picked up after Chris Woakes dismissed openers Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich early. The middle order, led by Colin Munro, managed to string together a few partnerships, but England's bowlers were always in control of the game. Munro was dismissed by Jade Dernbach in the 18th over after a fighting 55, effectively ending New Zealand's challenge. Broad then bowled the triple-wicket maiden and Dernbach sealed the win in the last over.

"England have pace in their attack," Munro said. "The wicket didn't really suit them as much today, but they bowled with good variation and changes of length were key, especially on this wicket as it was quite slow. We have to be a bit smarter with the batting group tomorrow, and hit the zone and do it a bit earlier so we are not behind the eight ball

Earlier, the England batsmen got themselves some valuable batting practice after being put in to bat. Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler were among the runs. Buttler remained unbeaten after scoring 57 off just 24 balls. His innings included six fours and three sixes.

"Buttler is a fine player and a very clean striker of the ball," Ellis said. "He stands very still at the crease and is good at clearing the front leg, which gives him options. If you get the ball in his areas he'll make you pay. It's our challenge to come up with a plan to negate that."

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  • Dummy4 on February 8, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    It was really a Great day For Stuart & England! I'm Glad with his wonderfull come back!

  • John on February 6, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    @SamuelH/jmcilhinney - Yes the SL/Eng game was definitely televised. Could be to do with Indian TV but it seems poor that there were no cameras in a WC tie esp as there were cameras to show the 1st warm up game in the mens game. I hope they show the rest of the tourn from now on. Another thing I think was a bit weird was that the Ind/SL game was played at a different time to the WI/Eng game. As it happens , so dominant was the SL win it didn't matter but had SL narrowly beaten India in a game which looked to be coasting along it may have looked bad to WI.Always thought that the final matches of group stages naturally started at the same time to avoid the possibilty of the 2 teams playing 2nd manufacturing a result to suit both

    Please publish. There is nothing of offence and it's not insinuating anything - just saying that the scheduling could lend itself to controversy if the 2 teams playing 2nd have a close game where both qualify at the expense of one of the teams playing 1st

  • Mark on February 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @Trickstar I think that his idea is to lose against weaker opposition to lull the opposition into a true sense of security. After all, if you don't get wickets against weaker opposition, how are you ever going to take them against the likes of South Africa? Reading the comments, it seems that there is a real collective insecurity in Australian fans who seem to look on the next 12 months with some foreboding. It's a curious turnaround as, only a few years ago, it was England would look on a tour of India and playing Australia with some dread. This New Zealand tour is about getting players like Broad into some form and confidence and trying out some new options to make sure that the likely reserves for the summer have some experience. I'm expecting New Zealand to put up a battle at home as they always do: it will be good for these players to have to work for wickets and runs.

  • Jon on February 5, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    I get that this is just a warm up match but why are NZ selecting Ellis? The guy is a handy late order batsmen (at best) and a Gavin Larsen-type bowler. Decent enough at first class level but he's not an international player and he's 30 years old. Come on selectors, give a younger player a shot!

  • paul on February 5, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    @ RandyOZ Oh no Randy, if only we had the class of Doherty, Maxwell, Smith, Cowan & Henriques, The Don must be turning in his grave.

  • GARY on February 5, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @ RandyOZ Well if their getting wickets against so called 'minows', it's very good practice for the likes of you lot, innit. If I was you I'd be more concerned of all the club cricketers that are playing for you lot. I'd also be extremely concerned about the dearth of spin bowlers and that you're actually going to India with, the likes of Maxwell, Smith & Doherty are no 2nd spiners. You've also got an all rounder who doesn't ball, or bat too well either and a bowling attack that's like the walking wounded. Not to mention a opener that obviously isn't international class, as well as the big gaping holes left by Hussey and Ponting. Also you seem to be a misapprehension, if England were crushed so was Oz, we both got smashed in a Test match and both had close games in the other two. It's almost become folklore that Oz were so much better against them than us, if we'd have taken simple catches we could have won the series, just like you could if you'd have taken 20 wickets lol

  • David on February 5, 2013, 19:57 GMT


    You must be confusing England's test selection policy with that of Oz; Maxwell...

  • Nicholas on February 5, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Randy, since when has Denbach ever been considered for tests? Similarly with Broad, why does one reasonable performance in a practice ODI have any bearing whatsoever on the Ashes?

  • Randolph on February 5, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    With the inevitable failure of the so-called 'new wave' of South Africans, England are looking increasingly weaker, and the inevitable slide is continuing. Can they stop it against a side who, like them, was crushed at the hands of South Africa.

  • Randolph on February 5, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Great to see Broad and Dernbach get in the wickets against these minnows. We can only hope they play in the Ashes. Clarke must be licking his lips!

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