England 287-6 beat New Zealand 253 all out by 34 runs
Jos Butler smashed an incredible 47 not out from just 16 balls as England claimed victory in the final One Day International in the three-match series against New Zealand.
The Black Caps had already wrapped up the series with crushing wins in the first two matches, but England restored some confidence ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.
Butler’s brilliance gave England a more-than competitive total at Trent Bridge, propelling his side from 210-6 in the 46th over, to finish the innings 287-6. Eoin Morgan returned to form to scoring a rapid 40-ball 49.
New Zealand skipper Brendan McCullum won the toss, and on a cloudy afternoon chose to bowl first in Nottingham. And the decision paid off in the early stages of the host’s innings, as captain Alistair Cook was trapped leg before on 0. Ian Bell (82 from 96) however, along with Jonathon Trott (37) and Joe Root (33), rebuilt the innings to provide a platform for the finishers.
Eoin Morgan then began accelerating before being run-out, leaving Butler to take the headlines with six fours and three sixes. His 47 came from just 16 deliveries. Had the Somerset and England wicketkeeper hit the final ball for six, he would have completed the fastest fifty in ODI history.
The Black Caps’ attack had restrained England for much of the innings, but Morgan and Butler ruined their final figures. Mitchell McClenaghan (3-54), Kyle Mills (0-55) and Tim Southee (0-64) all disappeared around the ground in the closing stages.
Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi left New Zealand 39-0 after six overs, providing a flying start for the series winners. Guptill had struck 103* and 189* in his previous two knocks, was finally out bowled by James Tredwell for 38.
After that, New Zealand collapsed to 122-6. Ross Taylor (71) and Nathan McCullum (28) gave their side a glimmer of hope with 53 un partnership for the seventh wicket, only for Stuart Broad to catch the later off Tim Bresnan’s bowling.
Taylor smashed two consecutive sixes against Tredwell in the 41st over, only to be out caught going for a third in a row. Steven Finn and Bresnan combined well on the boundary to secure the catch before Finn fell over the rope.
Kent spinner Tredwell finished with figures of 3-51, as Finn (2-57), Broad (2-56) and Bresnan (2-27) shared six wickets between them.
England completed the victory, but following defeats at Lord’s and The Ageas Bowl, New Zealand claimed a 2-1 series victory. Now both sides turn their attention to the Champions Trophy, with England’s first match agaisnt Australia coming up on Saturday. New Zealand face Sri Lanka the following day.
England 287-6 (50 overs)
Bell 82, Morgan 49, Butler 47*; McClenaghan 3-54
New Zealand 253 all out (46.3 overs)
Taylor 71, Gutpill 38, Mills 28*; Tredwell 3-51
Man of the Match: Jos Butler (47* from 16 balls)
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