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.
Eoin Morgan hit the last ball for a straight six as England pulled off their highest Twenty20 run chase to conclude their 2012 schedule with a thrilling six-wicket victory over India.
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.
Warwickshire need only 41 on the final morning at The Oval to complete a win that will give them a 15-point lead at the top of the First Division, with a fourth victory in six matches.
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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.
England were today digesting the disappointment of their opening defeat in the three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan, and planning already how they can come back to win 2-1.
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