Bairstow unable to save Lions
A superb century from Jonny Bairstow wasn't enough to prevent England Lions slipping to a 22-run defeat to New Zealand A at Bristol.
Despite 123 from wicket-keeper Bairstow, England's second string fell short in their bid to overhaul New Zealand's total of 282 and make it two wins from two in the 50-over triangular series that also involves Sri Lanka A.
Bairstow hit 12 fours and two sixes in his 116-ball knock that was eventually ended by Matt Henry. With his departure came an end to the Lions' chase, as they were bowled out for 260 in 47.4 overs.
Henry had rocked England at the start of their innings by removing openers Alex Hales, who hit a century in the opening victory over the Sri Lankans on Wednesday at Taunton, and James Vince.
Lions captain James Taylor and Ravi Bopara then both departed with the score on 48, the latter for 25 having hit five boundaries.
Bairstow combined with Surrey's Jason Roy to give the home team hope with a fifth-wicket partnership worth 95, only for the latter to then become one of three wickets for seamer Doug Bracewell.
The sam bowler also accounted for Lancashire all-rounder Tom Smith for 20, while a pair of his team-mates being run out didn't help Bairstow as he single-handedly tried to keep the Lions alive in the contest.
The Yorkshireman was the second player to reach three figures in the match, Dean Brownlie having earlier made 115 from 107 deliveries for the Kiwis.
Experienced all-rounder Grant Elliott weighed in with 42 and wicket-keeper Scott Kuggeleijn made 33 but Northamptonshire left-arm seamer David Willey helped restrict the Black Caps by claiming 5-62.
Smith picked up two wickets himself during his eight overs, while Steven Finn - who missed out on selection for England's XI for the fourth Test against India at Old Trafford on Thursday - picked up 1-68 from 10.
England Lions will look to bounce back at New Road on Monday when they take on Sri Lanka, with their next opponents first facing New Zealand in Bristol on Saturday.