Hamish Rutherford had to sit out the final part of New Zealand ‘A’s fighting draw with England in a three-day match in Whangarei.

Worcestershire’s 2020 season overseas signing had scored an impressive 59 on the opening day of the first class fixture.

But the opener was struck on the helmet by Jofra Archer during his fine knock.

It led to Rutherford being replaced during the latter stages of the game by Scott Kuggeleijn following a concussion test.

Rutherford’s team-mates looked to be facing defeat after England, with the aid of a Jos Buttler century, totalled 405 in their first innings – a lead of 103.

New Zealand were then reduced to 129-8 in reply – a lead of just 26 – with Archer and Sam Curran both picking up three wickets.

But an unbroken ninth wicket stand of 40 in 22.4 overs by William Somerville and Ajaz Patel secured a share of the spoils for the Black Caps.