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White Sox downed by China

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/07/2016

New Zealand have finished eighth at the World Cup of Softball tournament in the United States to complete their preparations for the world championships.

The White Sox lost a classification game 2-1 to China, with the game stretched to an extra eighth innings to determine the winners.

New Zealand finish the tournament at Oklahoma City with two wins - over the Czech Republic and Mexico - and five losses.

Two-time defending world champions Japan were to face the United States in the final.

New Zealand open their account at the world championships in Surrey, Canada on Friday against Kenya, followed by pool games against Peru and Italy.

They placed eighth at the 2014 world championship in the Netherlands.

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