But­tler be­moans a missed op­por­tu­nity

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Tim Seifert, mak­ing his T20 in­ter­na­tional de­but, runs out Eng­land bats­man David Wil­ley at Welling­ton’s West­pac Sta­dium, North­ern Dis­tricts player Seifert helped Bark­island win the Sykes Cup in 2015 JOS BUT­TLER was left to re­flect on a squan­dered op­por­tu­nity as a missed run out cost Eng­land dear against New Zealand.

Af­ter los­ing the first two games of the Trans-Tas­man T20 se­ries to Aus­tralia, the tourists lit­er­ally threw away their hopes of get­ting back to win­ning ways agains the Black Caps.

Mark Wood was the man re­spon­si­ble for Eng­land’s slid­ing doors mo­ment, hurl­ing the ball wide of the stumps to re­prieve home cap­tain Kane Wil­liamson on nought.

Wil­liamson went on to take play the evening’s de­ci­sive in­nings of 72, pour­ing salt into Wood’s wounds with a hand­ful of big hits at the Durham seamer’s ex­pense.

Eng­land gave a de­cent ac­count of them­selves with the bat, Alex Hales rac­ing to 47 and Dawid Malan mak­ing a neat 59, but a reg­u­lar tum­ble of wick­ets left them 184-9 at the close of play.

“That’s al­ways the way it goes, a bit of luck for Kane and he goes on to be­come the player of the match,” he said.

“It would have been nice to take that chance but games are de­fined by fine mar­gins the whole time.”

With Aus­tralia al­ready as­sured of a place in the fi­nal, New Zealand are now firm favourites to join them.

They ef­fec­tively have two chances to book their spot in Auck­land later this month, with one win from their next two games enough to edge out Eng­land.

Eng­land have sev­eral ques­tions to an­swer as they await their fate, hav­ing seen their bat­ting mis­fire in Ho­bart and Mel­bourne fol­lowed by a lack­lus­tre bowl­ing per­for­mance at the West­pac Sta­dium.

Wood and Adil Rashid took two wick­ets apiece but proved far too costly, while there was a lack of con­sis­tency across the board.

“They prob­a­bly got a few too many, we were just off it a lit­tle with the ball,” said But­tler.

“We didn’t put enough pres­sure on them and gave them 10 to 15 runs too many, which was the dif­fer­ence in the game.”

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