Watling shines as England fall to New Zealand XI in Test warm-up

Stuart Broad produced a glimmer of hope when he bowled Carl Cachopa for a duck before Neil Broom (41) settled in with Latham to lead New Zealand out of trouble.

updated: March 02, 2013 14:03 IST
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Queenstown, New Zealand: England lost their four-day warm-up match by three wickets on Saturday when a New Zealand XI chased down a 333-run target with eight balls to spare.

BJ Watling led the charge with an unbeaten 89 while opener Tom Latham made 48 as England lost a first-class warm-up match for the first time since being beaten by an Indian side seven years ago.

England declared at their overnight second innings total of 256 for nine - with Matt Prior (68) the main contributor and Graeme Swann unbeaten on 41 - but their hopes for an early breakthrough did not eventuate.

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