Updated: 25/06/2013 22:32 | By Press Association

England miss out on record chase



England came up just short again as New Zealand won a thrilling Twenty20 at The Oval

England came up just short again as New Zealand won a thrilling Twenty20 at The Oval

England narrowly failed to complete a record run chase as New Zealand won the first NatWest Twenty20 international at the Kia Oval by five runs.

Ravi Bopara failed to hit a six from the final ball, which would have sent the game into a super over, after New Zealand set a target of 201 for four - their highest total on foreign soil.

That meant England had to better their best ever chase - the 178 they managed against India in Mumbai last December - and were on course for the majority on a fast-paced surface. But their pursuit faltered on the back of some inspired captaincy from Brendon McCullum, who earlier joined Hamish Rutherford (62) in a blistering 114-run stand.

With England 134 for two in the 14th over McCullum rolled the dice and left in a slip for Eoin Morgan. The stand-in England skipper obliged by slashing a chance that Ross Taylor brilliantly held on to before Luke Wright edged behind in the next over for a 34-ball 52.

Bopara (30 not out) and Jos Buttler - two of the players retained from Sunday's Champions Trophy defeat to India - edged them close but they ended up losing by the same margin again.

Morgan led the side in the absence of Stuart Broad and his fellow Irishman Boyd Rankin, the 6ft 7in quick, was handed his England debut. While he took four balls to snare his first wicket for his adopted country, Rutherford and McCullum took charge thereafter to make Morgan's decision to send them in appear the wrong one.

England got off to the flying start they required in pursuit as openers Alex Hales (39) and Michael Lumb crashed 50 from the first 28 balls. Lumb (29) brought up the landmark with a straight six off Nathan McCullum, but unluckily jammed the next ball into his pads and on to his stumps.

Hales mis-hit a Ronnie Hira full-toss down the throat of deep midwicket, but Wright loomed as the key man as he reached 50 off 29 balls. With New Zealand starting to need wickets Brendon McCullum bravely inserted a slip to Morgan and, when Wright followed, England suddenly needed 63 from the last five overs.

Bopara and Jos Buttler reduced the ask to 26 from the last two overs, which further decreased when Buttler scooped Butler for six to start the penultimate over. Buttler was then run out at the non-striker's end and 16 was needed from the final over from Corey Anderson. Ben Stokes hit the first ball for six, but when Bopara needed to repeat the dose at the end fell short.

Earlier, Rutherford had made an impressive 64 from just 35 balls and Brendon McCullum a powerful 68 from just 48 deliveries before Taylor chipped in with an unbeaten 32.

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26/06/2013 10:55
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One day England will discover that they can win T20s by picking the best players, something that seems to elude Flower and Giles at the moment. They have been appointed as our representatives to organize English cricketers into a winning side at all formats. They have not been appointed to indulge themselves and lesser talented cricketers which they seem to be doing. As an England fan of getting on for 60 years I am horrified by the way the management treat us, the paying public. Come on ECB, sort them out, lay down the law.
26/06/2013 00:03
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Lame.... useless..... waste of time...... couldn't win an arguement in an empty room!

 

And they think the halfwit Peterson will save them?

 

They're looking like a true England team......LOSERS

26/06/2013 08:28
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When will Morgan do something - anything - bat, field, - anything??????
26/06/2013 11:04
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England did not sink to defeat they were only 5 runs short of victory and New Zealand won a very close exiting match which was a lot more interesting then a lot of the Ashes matches ever are.The thing is sport is mean't to be entertainment and not sleep inducing which a lot of five day test matches are can you imagine what the reaction would be if television showed five days of the same programme they would not get away with it. I enjoy cricket but watching a game for three days that you know the only outcome is a draw is like watching paint that has already dried  its not entertainment and is why cricket is a minority spectator sport in this country.
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