Blackcaps crash to heavy defeat to hosts England at Champions Trophy

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

Jake Ball said he had enjoyed a day to "cherish" after England's 87-run victory over New Zealand in Cardiff on Tuesday saw the tournament hosts become the first team into the semi-finals of cricket's Champions Trophy.

Joe Root (64) and Ben Stokes (48) all impressed after England were put into bat, while Jos Buttler raced to an unbeaten 61 off 48 balls, though they were unable to complete 50 overs. England are sitting atop the Group A having won their opening game against Bangladesh by 8 wickets, whereas New Zealand are at No. 3 after rain washed out their clash against Australia.

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

The New Zealand side meet Bangladesh in Cardiff on Friday night (NZ time) in their final pool match of the one-day cricket worldwide competition, with England and Australia facing off in the pool's other fixture. "So pretty average. So I thought the bowlers today as a collective unit were brilliant, really", Morgan was quoted as saying by the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday. Not for long, with Morgan dismissed for 13 in 12 balls after nicking the ball behind while attempting to punish Anderson.

On a short-boundary pitch, England opted for a second spinner - Adil Rashid - to replace the injured Chris Woakes.

'We never take any position we're in for granted. "I think if we're truly going to be contenders for this tournament, we need to beat the best teams and Australia are one of the best teams".

England have set their sights on ending Australia's Champions Trophy campaign after progressing to the semi-finals.

Mark Wood dismissed the unsafe Williamson on 87 with a ball that exploded off the pitch and was duly edged to Jos Buttler, before Taylor (39) went three overs later when he picked out Root at midwicket off Ball. "I'm sure we'd love to come hard at the top order, which has been playing very well". The trio weren't overly explosive with the bat but steadily added to the score, as the Black Caps couldn't find the wickets they desperately needed.

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