New Zealand Emerging Players v England Lions, 2nd day February 23, 2009

Easy runs for Moore and Scott

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New Zealand Emerging Players 321 for 7 dec (Brodie 124, Trott 3-31) drew with England Lions 277 (Moore 75, Scott 53*, Davis 3-61)

Stephen Moore and Ben Scott starred with fighting fifties for the England Lions as their two-day tour match against New Zealand Emerging Players drifted to a draw.

The hosts declared at the start of play and Moore, along with captain Rob Key, then got the England Lions off to a breezy start, putting on 59 by the ninth over. Te Ahu Davis then had Key caught by Jeet Raval, the first of three quick blows. Davis went on to pick up Samit Patel in the 13th over after Lance Shaw removed Jonathan Trott for a second-ball duck in the 10th.

Eoin Morgan joined Moore and added 48 for the fourth wicket. But once Mitchell McClenaghan had Morgan caught behind, England Lions were pegged back further by the exits of Steve Davies and Luke Wright in the next two overs.

Moore got out in identical fashion to his opening partner Key, but not before he had stroked 12 fours and a six in his 82-ball innings. A 63-run stand between Scott and Gareth Batty lent some respectability to the score but though Scott remained unbeaten on 53, the tail could not hold out.

Davis was the most successful bowler for the New Zealand Emerging Players picking up 3 for 61, while McClenaghan, Brandon Hiini and Nick Beard grabbed two apiece.