May 042013
 

Dean Brownlie and BJ Watling scored half centuries as New Zealand made a solid start to their cricket tour of an England on the first day of the three-day match against Derbyshire.

The tourists declared on 5-289 at the County Ground in Derby before seamer Neil Wagner bowled Derbyshire opener Chesney Hughes with the last ball of the day to have the hosts 1-24.

Brownlie (71) and wicketkeeper Watling (77 not out) made the most of better batting conditions late in the day with a 116-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Fighting to retain his Test middle-order berth, Brownlie struck 12 fours in a 109-run innings before he was caught behind off left-arm seamer Mark Footitt, who took 4-65.

Footitt was effective early on in helpful seam conditions after his team won the toss and capitalised on some morning showers.

He trapped opener Peter Fulton LBW for 21 and had stand-in captain Kane Williams (43) and Martin Guptill (25) both caught by the wicketkeeper.

Opener Hamish Rutherford was the only batsman not to reach 20, bowled by seamer Alasdair Evans for 13.

Guptill, playing on a ground he knows well after a county stint with Derbyshire, will be disappointed not to score more as he seeks to regain his Test spot, probably in place of Brownlie.

New Zealand left out captain Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, even though both Test veterans joined the team over the weekend, having left finished their Indian Premier League duties early.

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