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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 September 2007, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
England facing exit after defeat
WORLD TWENTY20 Super Eights, Durban:
New Zealand 164-9 bt England 159-8 by five runs

By Sam Lyon

Stuart Broad (right) trudges off as New Zealand celebrate victory
Stuart Broad (right) trudges off as New Zealand celebrate victory
England fell five runs short of New Zealand's total to leave their World Twenty20 bid in tatters in Durban.

Craig McMillan (57) and Scott Styris (42) rebuilt after a fine start from England's opening bowlers, helping New Zealand to 164-9 off their 20 overs.

Darren Maddy, who had taken two wickets and a run out in the field, then struck a 50 to put England on course at 80-1.

However, they crumbled to 159-8 after that, meaning England must beat India and hope other results go their way.

It is an unlikely scenario for Paul Collingwood's side, who must defeat India by a big margin on Wednesday and hope that South Africa are well beaten by India and New Zealand.

And that after England had started so well, James Anderson taking two wickets and Andrew Flintoff, who looked in discomfort on his ankle throughout, and Stuart Broad one apiece as the Black Caps limped to 60-4 off the first 10 overs.

606: DEBATE

However, McMillan and Styris struck out in the middle overs, sharing eight sixes, and at one point the pair looked like taking the Kiwis to a huge score.

Maddy, recalled at Jeremy Snape's expense, looked to have kept England in it, though, with two wickets and a run out.

It was a vital contribution from the medium-pacer, who removed McMillan and dangerman Jacob Oram in his first over, having run out Styris with a fabulous piece of fielding from long-on.

And it was in stark contrast to fellow medium-pacers Paul Collingwood and Dimitri Mascarenhas, who received some brutal punishment as McMillan and Styris shared eight sixes.

Craig McMillan
McMillan's brutal knock rescued New Zealand's innings

After 10 overs of their reply, England looked on course, Vikram Solanki, who had acquitted himself well behind the stumps in the absence of the injured Matt Prior, and Maddy putting on 62 for the first wicket.

Daniel Vettori (2-20) came into the attack to turn things New Zealand's way, though, removing Solanki before Maddy was run out for exactly 50 after turning back on a needless run.

Kevin Pietersen struck a six and two fours as he attempted to lead an England rearguard action.

But he fell to Vettori attempting an ill-advised reverse-sweep and Paul Collingwood and Andrew Flintoff went in quick succession to leave the chase in tatters.

Still the match looked to have turned England's way once again when Owais Shah combined with Luke Wright to put on 42 from 4.3 overs and leave them needing 20 off the last two overs to pull off victory.

But Shane Bond's final over proved decisive, with Shah being run out for 21 and the pace bowler dismissing Mascarenhas for a first-ball duck and Wright for 24 as England fell agonisingly short.


  • England captain Paul Collingwood:
    "We just seem to be teasing ourselves all the time. We're getting so close to knock the runs off and then we lose an important wicket and that partnership we need at a vital time we've just not been able to get.

    "Whether that's experience or not I don't know, but it's a game that puts you under immense pressure.

    "You have to go in and score from ball one and we just weren't up to it."

  • New Zealand man-of-the-match Craig McMillan:
    "I think this cricket is made for me. It was a good win. The boys scrapped pretty hard after a couple of tough periods.

    "We have got hitting power all the way down and at 30 for four we were struggling but we knew if we got 160 on the board we could defend it."



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