England cashed in on the curious dimensions of Eden Park to pile up a record-breaking 214 for seven in the first Twenty20 against New Zealand.
England headed south for Auckland disappointed to have lost their final warm-up match, but encouraged by a clutch of impressive individual performances at Whangarei’s Cobham Oval.
Tourists beaten on the final ball
Stuart Broad's late hat-trick confirmed the outcome at the Cobham Oval today, after Jos Buttler's maiden England half-century had put the tourists on course for a comfortable victory.
Dimitri Mascarenhas used his platform as winning captain as Hampshire won the 10th edition of England's Twenty20 Cup to urge the national selectors to give Danny Briggs the opportunity to help defend the ICC World Twenty20 crown in Sri Lanka next month.
Jonny Bairstow was Yorkshire's star as they booked a place in the Friends Life t20 showpiece with a 36-run win over semi-final opponents Sussex in Cardiff.
Championship favourites Warwickshire escaped from a below-par performance with a draw against Middlesex here, where time lost to rain and bad light may well have spared them defeat.
Ben Stokes registered his first century in more than a year to give Durham an outside chance of arresting a miserable start to the season by beating Lancashire at Chester-le-Street.
England seam bowler Jenny Gunn has been reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on account of her bowling action in the first one-day international against New Zealand.
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Team director Andy Flower has warned Eoin Morgan there will be no easy return to England's Test side after being dropped for next month's trip to Sri Lanka.
England Women wrapped up a 4-0 series triumph after winning their final Twenty20 match against New Zealand by five wickets in Invercargill. New Zealand made 109 for six, Anya Shrubsole and Georgia Elwiss taking two wickets each. England reached their target with seven balls to spare for a whitewash of the completed matches – Saturday's fourth rubber was washed out.
Shane Warne's return from retirement has been confirmed after the Melbourne Stars announced the legendary leg-spinner will play for them in the inaugural Big Bash League.
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