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Stewart and Hopkins punish England Lions

New Zealand A 227 for 6 (Stewart 88*, Hopkins 41) beat England Lions 143 (Patel 64, Thompson 3-23) by 84 runs

A blistering 88 off 39 balls by Shanan Stewart and 41 from wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins helped New Zealand A shut England Lions out of the Twenty20 match in New Plymouth after scoring a mammoth 227 for 6.

England had themselves to blame as they squandered a dominant position - they had restricted New Zealand to 100 for 5 at one stage. They fell to the sucker-punch from Stewart, who hit six fours and seven sixes, and, along with Hopkins, added 96 for the sixth wicket in little time to turn the game around.

England faltered at the start of their chase, losing openers Joe Denly and Robert Key to run-outs. Though a fiery 64 by Samit Patel helped them recover somewhat, they were always behind in chasing the formidable target. Regular strikes - Ewen Thompson, who made his ODI debut against India, took 3 for 23 - ensured England's innings was wrapped up fairly quickly; they were bowled out for 143 with more than three overs to spare.

New Zealand A won their one-day series against England Lions 2-0 and Thursday's Twenty20 defeat marks the end of a tough tour for the visitors.

  • Stewart and Hopkins punish England Lions

    A blistering 88 off just 39 balls from Shanan Stewart and an aggressive 41 from wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins shut England Lions out of the Twenty20 match in New Plymouth as New Zealand A punished their bowlers, scoring a mammoth 227 for 6

Eng Lions 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st17RWT KeyJL Denly
2nd2RWT KeyIJL Trott
3rd11GR NapierIJL Trott
4th18IJL TrottSR Patel
5th63SR PatelEJG Morgan
6th6SR PatelSC Moore
7th3BJM ScottSC Moore
8th19SC MooreLA Dawson
9th4LE PlunkettLA Dawson
10th0SI MahmoodLE Plunkett