2 Mar 2013

NZ XI beat England in Queenstown

6:33 pm on 2 March 2013

The New Zealand XI cricketers have won their warm-up match against England on the final day in Queenstown by three wickets.

BJ Watling anchored the chase with a knock of 89, with Neil Wagner adding a crucial 28 runs, as the hosts made 334 for seven to reach the target with just over one over of play remaining.

England sportingly declared their overnight score on 256 for nine, a lead of 333 runs.

Hamish Rutherford couldn't back up his outstanding and patient first innings of 90, the opening batsman was caught out for 33. Fellow opener Tom Latham made 48 in almost three hours.

Meanwhile the Otago fast bowler Wagner has beaten Mark Gillespie for the vacant pace spot in the Black Caps squad for next week's opening test in Dunedin.

The four-day match was the only warm-up England had before their three-match series against New Zealand begins at the University Oval on Wednesday.