New Zealand's batsmen got a solid workout on the first day of
their three-day match against a South African invitational
team in Paarl as they finished on 311 for six.
A number of batsmen got starts, with skipper Brendon McCullum
top-scoring with 65 and Kane Williamson hitting 59.
Positive batting from Peter Fulton and Martin Guptill got the
side off to a decent start, with the pair putting on 80 for
the first wicket before Fulton was caught at cover for 39 and
Guptill was held at short mid-wicket for 42.
Williamson and McCullum then added 108 for the third wicket
before South Africa fought back through off-spinner Coin
Ackermann, who had Williamson caught behind, Daniel Flynn
caught at mid-wicket for 23 and McCullum trapped in front.
James Franklin and BJ Watling consolidated with a 72-run
partnership for the sixth wicket before Franklin was bowled
for 37 during the final over of the day. Watling was unbeaten
Ackermann was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with three
for 46 off 21 overs.
New Zealand 311-6 (P Fulton 39, M Guptill 42, K Williamson
59, B McCullum 65, D Flynn 23, J Franklin 37, B Watling 32*;
C Ackermann 3-46)