Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

England Fall Just Short

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

England Fall Just Short

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ENGLAND lost by just five runs for the second time in just a few days after being left with a record chase as New Zealand hit their highest ever Twenty20 international score on foreign soil yesterday.

Ravi Bopara finished on 30 not out from 18 balls while Durham's Ben Stokes scored nine from five balls, but England came agonisingly short at the Kia Oval.

Luke Wright top-scored for England with 52.

Hamish Rutherford (pictured left) and Brendon McCullum plundered halfcenturies as the Black Caps took full toll of the weakened England side to score 201 for four.

Wright, England's most experienced player on show, removed both men to stem the damage - but otherwise a ragged performance in the field was fully punished.

Morgan led England last night with just four of the team that suffered the heartbreaking Champions Trophy final defeat to India on Sunday involved.

Morgan's fellow Irishman, 6ft 7in fast bowler Boyd Rankin, was given his England debut. …

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