Leicestershire were left powerless by Grant Elliott © Getty Images (File Photo)
Leicestershire were left powerless by Grant Elliott (behind) and Luke Ronchi © Getty Images (File Photo)

London: Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi scored unbeaten centuries as World Cup finalists New Zealand prepared for their one-day series against England with a 198-run win over Leicestershire on Saturday.

Leicestershire kept New Zealand to 142 for five halfway through their 50 overs, with most of the runs coming from Ross Taylor (77) and Kane Williamson (45). England vs New Zealand 2015 ODI series: Tale of numbers

But they were left powerless by Elliott, one of the heroes of New Zealand’s thrilling World Cup semi-final win over his native South Africa, and wicket-keeper Ronchi. Elliott played T20 for Leicestershire earlier this season. VIDEO: Alastair Cook’s journey from debut Test ton to 9,000 Test runs

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Pakistan‘s Umar Akmal threatened briefly while Australia-born Angus Robson, brother of England batsman Sam Robson, scored his maiden senior one-day fifty before he was bowled by uncapped Central Districts paceman Ben Wheeler. Resting Anderson, Broad, Bell and others for ODI series against NZ can work

However, there was little else in the way of batting resistance from the Midlands county and Leicestershire were bowled out for 175. New Zealand left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan took four for 31. Mike Hesson delighted with New Zealand’s aggressive approach against England

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Brief scores:

New Zealand (Ross Taylor 77, Grant Elliot 106*, Luke Ronchi 106*; Atif Sheikh 3 for 49) beat Leicestershire (Angus Robson 67, Umar Akmal 26; Mitchell McClenaghan 4 for 31) by 198 runs.

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