Davies to the fore in Lions draw
England Lions’ attack demonstrated their potency to spark a mini-collapse as their opening Test against New Zealand A meandered to a draw in Queenstown.
Resuming their first innings on the final day on 375 for three - trailing the Lions by 118 - New Zealand's hopes of adding significantly to their total were undermined by a sudden collapse when they lost their last six wickets for 45 runs in just 17 overs to be dismissed for 430.
Durham seamer Mark Davies, the pick of the Lions bowlers the previous day, finished with 4-54 from 29 overs while A team captain Jamie How boosted his claims for a Test recall with an unbeaten 190, made over more than nine hours.
Resuming on 161, How went to record his highest first-class score, which included 21 fours and two sixes, to enhance his chances of being included in the senior New Zealand squad for the first Test against India at Hamilton starting on March 18.
Having claimed a first-innings lead of 63, but with little prospect of a result, the Lions batted on to reach 158 for one at the close, with captain Rob Key and Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott hitting their second half-centuries of the match.
The two teams meet again for the second Test on Saturday in Lincoln, near Christchurch, with England hopeful that Sajid Mahmood can shrug off the minor back injury which kept him out of this match.