‘That’s one that got away,’ ad­mits Mor­gan af­ter Eng­land’s bat­ting col­lapse costs them match against Ki­wis in Nel­son

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Cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan ad­mit­ted Eng­land had blown their chance af­ter a dra­matic bat­ting col­lapse saw his side lose five wick­ets for only 10 runs and al­lowed New Zealand to snatch a 14-run vic­tory in their Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional in Nel­son.

Eng­land were on track to over­haul New Zealand’s 180 when they reached 139-2 in the 15th over, with Mor­gan in full flight as he cracked sixes off con­sec­u­tive Mitchell Sant­ner de­liv­er­ies.

But with Eng­land need­ing 42 off the re­main­ing 31 de­liv­er­ies Sant­ner turned the match when he had Mor­gan caught by Colin Munro off the fi­nal ball of the over.

Dawid Malan (55) and James Vince (49) had laid a solid foun­da­tion for Eng­land at the top of the in­nings.

But Mor­gan’s dis­missal started a col­lapse which saw Munro run out Sam Billings for one in the fol­low­ing over be­fore Blair Tick­ner re­moved Vince.

In the space of two de­liv­er­ies Lockie Fer­gu­son bowled Lewis Gre­gory with­out scor­ing and had Sam Cur­ran caught for two, leav­ing Tom Cur­ran and Saqib Mah­mood to strug­gle through to the end.

“That’s one that got away,” Eng­land cap­tain Mor­gan said, point­ing to the lack of ex­pe­ri­ence in his squad.

“We were in con­trol for the whole chase un­til we were three or four down, prob­a­bly that’s a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence. The guys need to get more games into them at this level.”

Fer­gu­son and Tick­ner both fin­ished with 2-25 while spin­ner Sant­ner and Ish Sodhi took a wicket apiece.

“It could have gone ei­ther way at the half­way mark. But we knew if we could keep tak­ing wick­ets it would be touch for them,” New Zealand cap­tain Tim Southee said.

Eng­land’s lineup con­tained six play­ers who had not fea­tured in a T20 in­ter­na­tional be­fore this se­ries and only Mor­gan and Sam Billings, the Irishman’s deputy for this se­ries, had been capped more than a dozen times.

Mor­gan said: “It is the most in­ex­pe­ri­enced side that we will field. We can’t come out ex­pect­ing to win 5-0, we do need to learn and make mis­takes through­out the whole se­ries.

“An im­por­tant part of learn­ing is recog­nis­ing ex­actly where you were and what you did wrong. You can’t be blind­sided or be stub­born enough to not take in good in­for­ma­tion.”

A sound mid­dle-or­der part­ner­ship by Colin de Grand­homme and Ross Tay­lor laid the ba­sis for New Zealand af­ter Martin Gup­till had given them a fly­ing start with 33 off 17 de­liv­er­ies.

Man-of-the-match de Grand­homme smacked 55 off 35 while Tay­lor pro­duced a more se­date 27 from 24 in a 66-run stand af­ter New Zealand were three down in the eighth over.

It was a bet­ter per­for­mance by Eng­land in the field with a much-im­proved catch­ing ef­fort which ac­counted for four of the seven wick­ets.

Matt Parkin­son marked his Eng­land de­but with 1-14 but cu­ri­ously bowled only two overs, while Mah­mood was ex­pen­sive and fin­ished with 4-0-49-1. The Cur­ran brothers bowled well to record com­bined fig­ures of 3-58, but the bowl­ing dis­ci­pline dropped as New Zealand ben­e­fited from eight wides and two no balls. The hosts now lead 2-1 up in the five-match se­ries.


Eng­land col­lapsed once Eoin Mor­gan was out caught with 42 runs needed from 31 balls

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