Broad stars again, but England lose
NOTTS star Stuart Broad grabbed another three-wickets but could not prevent England slipping to defeat in their final warm-up match.
Broad, coming back after injury, took his combined figures to 6-46 after one comfortable win and then a narrow defeat against a New Zealand XI at the Cobham Oval.
Broad also produced an athletic catch to see off the dangerous Colin Munro as England managed to delay the outcome to the last ball before their hosts overhauled their 170-5 with three wickets in hand. England's total owed much to half centuries from Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler.
In a near action replay of the tourists' first batting performance at the same venue 24 hours earlier, the middle-order pair were the most telling contributors after a solid, but unspectacular, start above them.
Despite Broad's best efforts and a tidy spell from Notts team-mate Samit Patel (1-20), the England's bowlers were unable to defend a total ahead of their three-match series against New Zealand on Saturday
Notts colleague Michael Lumb, who hit 45, was just happy to see Broad back and bowling well. "It was good, especially for the four bowlers, to be put under some pressure," he said.
"It's great to have Broady back. His body is moving well, and he's bowling nicely.
"He's obviously had a few little niggles, but he's back fit and raring to go. We're really chuffed with that."