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Stephen Moore's composed fifty helped England Lions recover from a shaky start

Stephen Moore continued his fine form for England Lions but his fellow top-order batsmen endured more frustration on the first day of their second tour match against NZC Emerging Players.

Worcestershire opener Moore, batting at three, followed up his 75 against the same opponents at the Lincoln Oval with 59 as the tourists went one better than in their innings earlier this week - posting 278 all out.

The Lions were indebted to top-scorer Gareth Batty, whose 66 down the order, including a last-wicket stand of 64 with Sajid Mahmood (29), helped his side to a respectable total.

Seamer Mitchell McClenaghan starred for the Kiwi side with 5-36. The hosts will resume on 12 without loss on the final day, having negotiated seven overs before the close.

England made a dreadful start following Rob Key’s decision to bat first. Joe Denly was bowled before they scored and both Key and Jonathan Trott followed soon after to reduce them to eight for three.

Moore set about rebuilding the innings, putting on 87 with Samit Patel (31) before Luke Wright added 38.

However, Batty and Mahmood’s contribution was crucial in another 12-a-side contest in which the regulation 11 are allowed to bat.

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