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Jonathan Trott's 94 was not enough for England to derail New Zealand in the 1st ODI

England Lions lost a high-scoring first one-day international against New Zealand A by 35 runs, despite 94 from Jonathan Trott.

Graham Napier (77) and Eoin Morgan (74) also hit quickfire half-centuries but could not pull off the run-chase for Robert Key's tourists, who found themselves in pursuit of a mammoth 374 at Palmerston North.

Opener Peter Ingram anchored the New Zealand innings with 135 from 129 balls, hitting 15 fours and a six as the hosts took a liking to the short square boundaries after being invited to bat first.

There were also half-centuries down the order from Shanan Stewart (59) and Nathan McCullum (50 not out), the latter smashing five fours and three sixes off only 26 balls as he and Brendon Diamanti shared an unbroken stand of 73 off only 26 deliveries.

Napier, who took 3-74, fared best among the England bowlers, although none managed to concede less than Sajid Mahmood's six an over.

Key and Trott gave their team a solid platform in reply, in a 61-run stand after the captain's county team-mate Joe Denly had gone early.

But Key fell six short of his fifty via a run-out mix-up with Trott, and, although Morgan and then Napier's power hitting kept England competitive, the lower order could not help the Essex all-rounder provide the late surge required.

Test seamer Michael Mason (3-61) and Diamanti (3-74) were New Zealand's most successful bowlers as England were bowled out for 338 at the start of the 49th over.

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