New Zealand tourists continue Test preparations at Chelmsford

County Select XI v New Zealand – Four-Day Friendly Match – Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford – Day One – Summary

New Zealand 298/8 (90.0 overs)

County Select XI (Yet to bat)

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat

Matt Henry and Cameron Fletcher put together an unbeaten ninth-wicket stand of 79 as the New Zealand tourists continued their preparations ahead of the forthcoming Test series.

Facing a County Select XI at Chelmsford, Daryl Mitchell scored 58 off 119 balls, while opening batter, Will Young looked in good nick, hitting 46 from 96.

New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell finished the day unbeaten on 22 (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Nottinghamshire’s Liam Patterson-White impressed with the ball, taking three for 60, while Worcestershire’s Ben Gibbon (2/54) and Lancashire’s Jack Blatherwick (2/63) also enjoyed some success.

Essex’s Jamie Porter toiled fruitlessly, but economically during his twenty overs. Meanwhile, Henry and Fletcher carried the tourists towards 300 by the close. Henry had reached 65* from 68 balls at stumps. Mitchell provided plentiful support and will proceed on 22*. Play resumes on Friday at 11am.

County Select XI (from): Jack Blatherwick (Lancashire), Michael Burgess (Warwickshire), Ben Compton (Kent), Ben Gibbon (Worcestershire), Nick Gubbins (Hampshire), Tom Haines (Sussex), Lyndon James (Nottinghamshire), Ryan Patel (Surrey), Liam Patterson-White (Nottinghamshire), Jamie Porter (Essex), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire)

New Zealand (from): Kane Williamson (Capt), Tom Blundell (WK), Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Fletcher, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Will Young

Umpires: BJ Debenham and RA White

Scorers: AE Choat and AJ Thurogood

Match Referee: S Cummings

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