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England hammer NZ in Cardiff

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017

Hosts England have become the first team to qualify for the Champions Trophy semi-finals after hammering New Zealand by 87 runs in Cardiff.

Eoin Morgan's side mastered tricky conditions to reinforce their credentials as tournament favourites with an excellent team performance.

Joe Root top-scored with an impressive 64 - his 32nd fifty in 85 ODIs - as England posted an all-out score of 310 after losing the toss.

In reply, New Zealand struggled to overcome the first-over loss of Luke Ronchi for a golden duck and, although Kane Williamson struck an assured 87, his teammates were picked off by England's impressive attack.

Williamson afterwards said England stepped up with both bat and ball.

"They had a number of contributions which allowed them to get what I think was an above-par score.

"England outplayed us in all areas today - credit to them for the way they went about their business, especially with ball in hand."

The Kiwis were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during their defeat, ruled two overs short of the target when time allowances were considered by match referee Andy Pycroft.

Williamson accepted a fine of 40 per cent of his match fee, while his players received a fine of 20 per cent.

If there is a second minor over-rate infringement, Williamson will be suspended for one match.

Liam Plunkett was the pick of the England bowlers, taking four wickets as New Zealand subsided to 223 all out in the 45th over.

After the dangerous Martin Guptill departed, edging Stokes to Root for 27, New Zealand's hopes rested firmly on Williamson, who had scored a century in their abandoned opener against Australia.

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.

With Ross Taylor departing soon after for 39, and the run rate climbing further, New Zealand's reply subsided as England closed in on a comfortable victory.

The result means England are the first team to qualify for the semi-finals. New Zealand can still reach the semi-finals if they beat Bangladesh in their final game on Friday, also in Cardiff, and Australia lose to England on Saturday.

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