Test wicketkeeper B.J. Watling made an unbeaten 89 on Saturday to lead a New Zealand XI to a three-wicket win over England in a four-day tour match. England declared its second innings at its overnight total of 256-9, setting the New Zealand XI 334 in 90 overs to win the match at the Queenstown Events Center.
Watling formed partnerships of 82 for the sixth wicket with Corey Anderson (44), 46 for the seventh wicket with Jimmy Neesham (20) and 52, unbroken, for the eighth wicket with Neil Wagner (28 not out), to guide New Zealand to victory.
South African-born fast bowler Wagner received a call-up to the New Zealand squad for the first test which starts at Dunedin on Wednesday after taking six wickets in the match. England made 426 in its first innings, led by Ian Bell's 158, and took a 77-run lead when the New Zealand XI declared at 349-7. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior top-scored with 68 in England's second innings of 256-9 but its bowlers were unable to contain the New Zealand XI as it chased its winning target.
Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Joe Root all took two wickets for England who stood down the test new ball pair of James Anderson and Steven Finn. Some of the England batsman, notably Bell, Prior and captain Alastair Cook who made 60 and 24 capitalized on the chance for batting practice ahead of the first test.
But top-order batsmen Nick Compton, who made 21 and 1, and Kevin Pietersen, who made 14 and 8, failed to take advantage of their only chance to bat in New Zealand conditions ahead of the test at the University Oval. England may now have to decide whether to retain Compton as an opening batsman in its test lineup or hand that role to the youngster Root, who had scores of 49 and 17.
Krrish Delhi Smashers icon player Jwala Gutta appeared visibly livid after she was peppered with some lewd comments from the fans during her tie against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton league at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here late Sunday night.
England had to settled for a 3-0 victory in the Ashes series against Australia after the fifth and final Test ended in a thrilling draw at The Oval here.
Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar was offered cash to lose the 2010 world championship final.
The Hyderabad Hotshots defeated the Mumbai Masters 3-2 in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) tie to top the points table at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
Manchester United have reportedly enquired about the availability of Chelsea's Juan Mata.
Awadhe Warriors won their first tie of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) in style by drubbing Krrish Delhi Smashers 4-1 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
from Associated Press
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