9 Aug 2014

Brownlie lifts NZ 'A' to win

1:38 pm on 9 August 2014

A century from Dean Brownlie has lead New Zealand 'A' to a 22-run victory over the England Lions in Bristol, in their opening match of their one-day Tri-series which includes Sri Lanka A.

The Northern Knights batsman blasted 115 to ensure the victory.

New Zealand A won the toss and made 282 thanks to Brownlie's knock and 42 from Grant Elliott.

In reply the home side could only manage 260 despite a century from Jonny Bairstow (123).

The NZA Coach Bob Carter says Brownlie's century was an outstanding knock considering the quality of the England bowling attack that had been boosted by the addition of Steve Finn from the England Test squad.

"There were 11 boundaries in Dean's first 50 and they were all quality shots on both sides of the wicket."

Carter also praised the efforts of the opening bowlers Matt Henry (3-48) and Scott Kuggeleijn who had prevented England getting off to a good start, while he felt Doug Bracewell's three wicket bag (3-43) showed a real step up in his character.

"We were also very strong in the field today with two runs outs and a couple of superb catches in the outfield from Tom Latham and Anton Devcich."

New Zealand A now face Sri Lanka A in Bristol tonight (NZ time) before meeting the England Lions again in the last match of the series in Worcester on Tuesday.

Rain ruined New Zealand's opening fixture in the series against Sri Lanka A.