Martin Guptil’s century helped New Zealand beat England by 5 wickets in their first one-day cricket International at Lord’s in London.
The opening batsman hit 103 from 123 balls to pull New Zealand to victory after the visitors started 2-2, with Luke Ronchi and Kane Williamson both out without scoring. Guptil won the match with a four, pushing New Zealand to 231-5, as James Franklin finished 16 not out.
“It’s a confidence booster,” New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said in a televised interview.
James Anderson took 3-31 for England, which lost the toss and was put in to bat.
The hosts reached 227-9 in their 50 overs as Jonathan Trott led the way with 37 runs. Anderson finished not out on 5 after Graeme Swann was caught on 15 on the final ball of the innings. Tim Southee was the leading wicket taker for the visitors, finishing 3-37.
“Its frustrating,” England coach Alastair Cook said in a televised interview. “We’ve got quality players: we’ve got to score runs.”
New Zealand, which lost the opening two-match Test series on this tour of England, takes a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The sides will meet again June 2 at Southampton before it ends three days later in Nottingham.
Pace bowlers Stuart Broad and Steven Finn will miss the first two games of the series for England because of injuries. Broad bruised his right knee in the recent Test match against New Zealand and Finn has soreness in his shin, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on its website.
Both players will be reassessed early next week ahead of the final game June 5 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. England added pace Boyd Rankin to the squad for the Southampton match.
New Zealand named seam bowler Ian Butler as the replacement for Trent Boult, who was ruled out of the series yesterday with a torn muscle in his side.