Learn­ing day as Eng­land suf­fer bat­ting col­lapse

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

Eng­land cap­tain Eoin Mor­gan hopes his in­ex­pe­ri­enced side learn quickly af­ter a bat­ting col­lapse led to a 14-run de­feat against New Zealand in the third Twenty20.

Chas­ing 181, Mor­gan was at the crease along­side James Vince as Eng­land got the equa­tion down to 44 re­quired from the fi­nal 34 de­liv­er­ies with eight wick­ets in hand at the pic­turesque set­ting of the Sax­ton Oval in Nel­son.

How­ever, the Eng­land cap­tain’s de­par­ture sparked a dra­matic dis­in­te­gra­tion that saw the tourists lose five wick­ets in the space of 19 balls, ir­repara­bly dam­ag­ing their pur­suit as they fell 2-1 down in the five-match se­ries.

Eng­land’s line-up con­tained all 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. It has been a great learn­ing day for us and hope­fully the guys take in the in­for­ma­tion and learn from that, hope­fully pretty quickly.”

Mor­gan was caught on the bound­ary while Billings was need­lessly run out af­ter a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Vince, who tamely chipped to mid-off to fall one short of his half-cen­tury. By the time Lewis Gre­gory and Sam Cur­ran fell, Eng­land’s hopes had all but van­ished, and they limped to 166 for seven.

Dawid Malan moved through the gears as he went from 15 off his first 14 balls to take 40 off his next 20, the last of which saw the opener belt an Ish Sodhi full toss to Martin Gup­till at deep mid­wicket.

Matt Parkin­son marked his de­but with one for 14 but cu­ri­ously only bowled two overs, while Lan­cashire team-mate Saqib Mah­mood was ex­pen­sive and fin­ished with 4-0-49-1.

The Cur­ran broth­ers bowled well to record a com­bined three for 58 as New Zealand posted 180 for seven. On his in­ter­na­tional bow, highly-rated opener Tom Ban­ton kick-started Eng­land’s re­ply by club­bing ex­press pace­man Fer­gu­son for six over mid­wicket but was bowled for 18 off 10 balls af­ter miss­ing a ramp off Blair Tick­ner.

Eng­land’s Eoin Mor­gan

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