England draw New Zealand A tour match

David Charlesworth

Jofra Archer has turned up the heat after a Jos Buttler century, but England have settled for an underwhelming draw to complete their preparations for the Test series against New Zealand.

Buttler brought up his sixth first-class hundred - and only his second in five years - on Sunday's final morning of the three-day practice match against New Zealand A n Whangarei, as England were all out for 405 - a first-innings lead of 103 runs.

Archer's pace ruffled a number of batsmen as he and Sam Curran collected three wickets apiece to put England within sight of victory.

But a battling ninth-wicket rearguard from Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel snuffed out the chance of a result.

The home side had lurched to 8-129 eight before tea. but Somerville (32no from 87 balls) and Patel (10no off 67) resisted England's best efforts for 22.4 overs. The teams shook hands with a little less than an hour remaining, with the locals 8-169.

Ultimately, while Archer proved a handful on an unresponsive pitch, and Curran produced some movement, as wind swept across Cobham Oval, England were unable to make inroads with the ageing ball.

However, this has been a good workout for an XI who, will almost certainly play the first Test against the Black Caps at Mount Maunganui from Thursday, fitness permitting.

A stalemate was probably a fair result, given the hosts had declared their first innings on 6-302.

Buttler had earlier been content to nudge his way to the 12 runs needed to reach three figures from 141 balls before demonstrating his brute strength with a monstrous straight six off Somerville.

He departed for 110 after gloving a pull from Kuggeleijn to wicketkeeper Blundell to end a 71-run stand for the ninth wicket.