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Jos Buttler hits century but England held to draw
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Jos Buttler hits century but England held to draw

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Jos Buttler’s century could not help England to muster a victory against New Zealand in Whangarei and their final warm-up match ended in an unfortunate draw.

Resuming on 88 on day three, Buttler made 110 to help his side post 405 in reply to the hosts' 302-6 declared. Jofra Archer and Sam Curran took three wickets each to reduce New Zealand A to 129-8, a lead of just 26.

But William Somerville and Ajaz Patel held firm for 22.4 overs to guide their side to 169-8 and ensure the draw. England face New Zealand in two Tests, with the first match at the Bay Oval in Tauranga starting on Wednesday.