Batsman Jos Buttler and seamer Stuart Broad stood at the fore of England's comfortable 46-run victory over a New Zealand XI in Tuesday's Twenty20 tour match at the Cobham Oval.

Buttler struck an unbeaten 57 off a mere 24 deliveries, leading the tourists a formidable total of 186 for three, before a hat-trick from Broad resigned the hosts to an insufficient 140 all out.

The fixture was originally scheduled for Monday, but heavy rain in Whangarei saw it pushed back 24 hours, with England putting in a sound all-rounder performance in preparation for their three-match T20I series against the Black Caps later this month.

Buttler's cameo was superbly supported by the left-handed Eoin Morgan's unbeaten 48 and all-rounder Luke Wright's 44. Broad enjoyed the complementary services of fellow right-armers Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes, who also fetched three wickets apiece.

The performance of Broad was particularly telling, with the departures of all-rounder Andrew Ellis and tail-enders Ian Butler and Matt Henry compeleting his hat-trick.

Delivering his full four-over allotment discomfort-free, the fast bowler's heel injury has all but healed - and he will lead England against the Black Caps. Wright, too, has recovered from the hand injury sustained at practice recently.

A belligerent 55 from the South African-born Colin Munro, meanwhile, was as good as it got for the home side's failed pursuit. The teams will meet again at the same venue on Wednesday, after which the T20I series gets underway at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.