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NZ XI declares at 227 on day 1 against Windies

November 27, 2013

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Test opener Hamish Rutherford top-scored with 61 for a New Zealand XI which declared at 227-8 at stumps Wednesday on the first day of a three-day match against the touring West Indies.

Rutherford dashed to a half century from 29 balls and included 12 fours in an innings of just 49 deliveries. Fellow test opener Peter Fulton was out for 1 and Dean Brownlie, who is likely to play in the first of three tests between New Zealand and the West Indies at Dunedin from Dec. 3, made 6.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, battled chronic back pain to make 22.

Shannon Gabriel took 2-53 and Sheldon Cottrell 2-60 for the West Indies who are short-handed as they await members of their limited overs squad currently in India.

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