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Robert Key ended the day unbeaten on 79 as England Lions were asked to bat first

Only 37 overs were possible on a day blighted by rain as England Lions put on 123 for no loss against New Zealand A in Queenstown.

Captain Robert Key lost the toss and was asked to bat first - something which he may well have chosen to do had he won, after ending the day unbeaten on 79.

Stephen Moore was given the chance to open after impressing in the two warm-up games, and he kept his skipper company in making 42 not out on the first day of four.

The first rain break came after 26.3 overs, with the teams and umpires deciding to take lunch whilst they waited for it to stop.

However, the rain started falling again four overs after the resumption, with a further 17 runs added, to take England past the 100 mark.

Runs were slightly harder to come by in the remaining six and a half overs before play was abandoned for the day, with just 13 coming in that last mini-session - the lack of boundaries showing signs of a slow, wet outfield.

However, England will be pleased with what play they did get and will be hoping to build on the openers’ platform when they resume tomorrow.

Sajid Mahmood experienced a minor upper back strain and therefore as a precaution was not considered for selection for this match.

He is expected to be fully fit and available for selection in time for the second Test starting on March 7 in Christchurch.

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