New Zealand pile on the runs in Hove tour match

Tom Latham, Will Young, Michael Bracewell and Tom Blundell all hit half-centuries before retiring not out as New Zealand racked up 342-3 on the first day of play in their warm-up match against Sussex at Hove; Ollie Robinson gets through 18 overs on his return from injury and illness

Last Updated: 21/05/22 9:37pm

Tom Latham made 65 before retiring not out as New Zealand racked up the runs at Hove
Tom Latham made 65 before retiring not out as New Zealand racked up the runs at Hove

New Zealand’s batters piled on the runs as their tour match against Sussex belatedly got started at Hove.

After day one was washed out on the south coast, the Black Caps racked up 342-3 on day two with four of the top five registering half-centuries before retiring not out.

Captain Tom Latham top scored with 65 while fellow opener Will Young made 55 and the runs continued to flow as Michael Bracewell and Tom Blundell each added 51 in good time.

Meanwhile, having been left out of the England squad for the first Test, Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson got through 18 wicketless overs on his return after injury and illness.

Delray Rawlins was the most successful of the Sussex bowlers, taking 2-63, as he removed Hamish Rutherford (31) and Cam Fletcher (0).

Left-armer Sean Hunt (1-51) took the only other wicket to fall as he had Colin de Grandhomme (26) caught behind.

No new Covid cases in New Zealand camp

New Zealand reported no new COVID-19 cases among players and staff, the country’s cricket board (NZC) said before the start of play on Saturday.

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Batter Henry Nicholls, bowler Blair Tickner and bowling coach Shane Jurgensen, who returned positive rapid antigen tests on Friday morning, will remain in isolation until Wednesday.

“All remaining players and support staff Rapid Antigen Tests returned negative this morning,” NZC said in a statement.

New Zealand take on England in the first Test of their three-match series at Lord’s starting June 2, live on Sky Sports.

Source : Sky Sports