Stuart Broad guides England to tour game win
Broad picks up a hat-trick on his return to cricket.
Broad's hat-trick wins England a tour game
A low key T20 warm up match in Whangarei wouldn't normally warrant more than a sideways glance, in its significance for forthcoming international cricket.
However, the game between England and a New Zealand XI saw the come back of England's T20 captain, Stuart Broad, who suffered both injury and a woeful lack of form in India before Christmas.
Not only did Broad return to the side, but he took a hat-trick late in the innings to make an important statement of intent.
Even before Broad's late fireworks, England were poised to complete an easy victory, with fifty-one runs needed by the hosts from just two overs.
The first three balls of the 19th over, delivered by Broad, all brought wickets, with Andrew Ellis, Ian Buttler and Matt Henry being Broad's victims.
England's batsmen had gained valuable batting practice, with Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler all scoring runs, with Buttler in particular looking impressive, as he struck an unbeaten 57 off just 24 runs, which included six fours and three sixes.
The New Zealand team's chase of 187 never recovered from the early loss of openers Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich to Chris Woakes.
Although the hosts middle order, with Colin Munro looking the most effective, did put a few partnerships together, England's bowlers always held the upper hand, and once Monro was dismissed for a battling 55 in the 18th over by Jade Dernbach, their challenge was effectively over.
Broad followed up with his triple-wicket maiden and Dernbach completed the victory in the last over.