Black Caps' Williamson proud to beat 'very strong' England


Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill both hit half-centuries as New Zealand set England a challenging target of 197 in the fourth match of the Twenty20 tri-series in Wellington on Tuesday.

New Zealand got off the mark in the Trans-Tasman Twenty20 global tri-series with a 12-run win over England in the fourth match in Wellington on Tuesday (February 13).

Williamson shared an 82-run second wicket partnership with Martin Guptill (65) which laid the foundation for the innings and with his strike rate of 156.5 - 72 from 65 balls - put an end to rumblings that he might be out of place in the shortest format. Chapman, now a dual global, became the first player born in Hong Kong to play for a full member side since Dermot Reeve's England debut in May 1991.

Sodhi, Boult and Mitchell Santner took two wickets apiece, while Southee claimed one.

But the gamble backfired as the wicket held up and New Zealand s batsmen finally hit their stride after three straight T20 losses. Beating Australia in the next match will put them in the final.

Williamson's first job was to back up Guptill, who launched Adil Rashid for three slog-swept sixes en route to 65 from 40 balls.

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The fielding highlight for England was a spectacular leaping catch at long off from Chris Jordan to remove Colin de Grandhomme first ball.

Continuing their stand-out form from the domestic T20 competition, Auckland's Mark Chapman made a confident and composed 20 off 13 balls, while Northern Districts wicketkeeper Tim Seifert blasted an unbeaten 14 off just six deliveries in a critical late cameo to push the Blackcaps total just shy of the 200 mark.

Run out of Vince by skipper Williamson and Sodhi's second victim skipper Buttler saw England slide further in the run chase. They are not as proficient at T20 as they are at one-day internationals, but even in the absence of a number of key players, they should be so much better... We had to play very good cricket and we did that today'.

"You always want more runs, you always train hard, that's the focus", he said.

England captain Jos Buttler said he wanted to see what his attack could do on an unpredictable looking drop-in pitch at Westpac Stadium that features huge bald patches. We dragged it back pretty well but they got too many. "Trent was outstanding at the death, but we knew it would be a challenge and the guys stepped up to the mark today".

"We'll need to think on our feet and adjust quickly".