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Champions Trophy 2017: Hosts England Beat NZ, March Into Semis

First team at ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to qualify for the semis.

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Cricket
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England’s Mark Wood celebrates the wicket of New Zealand’s Kane Williamson with teammates. (Photo: Reuters)
Snapshot
  • England: 310 all out in 49.3 overs (Joe Root 64, Jos Butler 61 not out, Alex Hales 56; Corey Anderson 3/55, Adam Milne 3/79)
  • New Zealand: 223 all out in 44.3 overs (Kane Williamson 87, Ross Taylor 39; Liam Plunkett 4/55)

England advanced to the semifinals of a tournament it has never won with an 87-run victory over New Zealand in the Champions Trophy at a wind-swept Sophia Gardens on Tuesday.

Jos Buttler hit an undefeated 61 off 48 balls as the hosts were put into bat and scored 310 all out in 49.3 overs. New Zealand was 223 all out in 44.3 overs and can still qualify for the last four, but now needs a favor from England against Australia.

Joe Root scored 64 off 65, opener Alex Hales 56 off 62, while Ben Stokes smashed a morale-boosting 53-ball 48 for England. Tim Southee ended on 2-44 off 9.3 overs, Adam Milne took 3-79 and Corey Anderson 3-55.

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2017 England’s Jason Roy shakes hands with New Zealand’s Tim Southee at the end of the match. (Photo: Reuters)
2017 England’s Jason Roy shakes hands with New Zealand’s Tim Southee at the end of the match. (Photo: Reuters)

In reply, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hit 87, the top-score of the day. It wasn't enough as New Zealand slowed down and lost wickets, collapsing from 158-2 in the 31st over to all out only 65 runs later.

Man-of-the-match Jake Ball (2-31 off eight overs) gave England a great start by bowling power-hitter Luke Ronchi for 0 in the first over before Martin Guptill and Williamson stabilized the innings. A menacing Stokes forced Guptill to edge to lone slip Root for 27 with his 33-ball knock taking New Zealand to 63-2.

Williamson and Taylor shared a 95-run partnership for the third wicket and were on the brink of taking control of the game. But Mark Wood struck at a key time for England, with Williamson caught behind for a 98-ball knock which included eight fours.

England’s Jake Ball celebrates taking the wicket of New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi. (Photo: AP)
England’s Jake Ball celebrates taking the wicket of New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi. (Photo: AP)

It was Williamson's fifth straight ODI 50 against England and the Black Caps captain appeared distinctly unhappy with the state of the pitch — but it was one of those unusual days. Fierce winds regularly blew the bails off the stumps and disturbed bowlers' runups, with Wood trying four times to bowl one delivery.

Even the boundary markers were blown further in by a few meters, and a section of the pitchside advertising toppled over to cheers from the non-capacity crowd. On a day for the unusual, Mitchell Santner was stumped off a wide against Adil Rashid, who impressed on his return with 2-47 off 10 overs.

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