England set for a tougher test against NZ

Lynette Rowe
June 21, 2017

England became the first team to qualify for the Champions Trophy semifinals with a thumping 87-run victory over New Zealand here Tuesday.

In reply, New Zealand looked on course for a successful run chase when they reached 158-2 after 30 overs but crafty bowling from England saw the pre-tournament favourites bowl their opponents out for 223.

Earlier, Jos Buttler´s quickfire unbeaten 61 helped take England to a total of 310 all out after being sent in to bat in overcast conditions by New Zealand captain Williamson. England lost three wickets for a run in the 48th and 49th over.

The restart was temporarily delayed as a fourth match of the tournament was disrupted by rain and when Ronchi was castled by Ball four balls into the innings it looked like England would be the team to take advantage of the break in the weather.

Adil Rashid was restored to the team here in place of the injured Chris Woakes and the leg-spinner was impressive, taking two for 47 from his 10 overs.

England captain Eoin Morgan says they will not take their foot off the gas as they prepare to face Australia on Saturday.

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Wood produced a superb delivery that Williamson, seemingly on course for a second successive century after his hundred in the Blackcaps' rain-ruined no result opener against Australia, could only glove to diving wicket-keeper Buttler. Morgan insists there will be no easy ride. I think Tamim at the top of the order is a quality player.

"The ICC have assured us that our safety is their number one priority, and they keep giving us updates daily about what's happening and what their plans are for us", Guptill explained.

"Our batting performance was probably par or below par - so pretty average". "It should be a very good encounter".

'England bowled very, very well, ' said Williamson, who was fined 40 per cent and his team 20 per cent of their match fees for a slow over rate in England's innings by the International Cricket Council.

The victor will progress to the semi-finals if England, who have already qualified from Group A, beat Australia in the section's final match at Edgbaston on Saturday.

The No.3 accumulated a solid fifty from 66 balls without ever dominating and was undone by a snorter from Mark Wood which bounced off his gloves to the keeper.

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