Blackcaps crash to heavy defeat to hosts England at Champions Trophy

Brendon Mc Cullum tore the England attack chiefly Steven Finn apart to win by eight wickets

Brendon Mc Cullum tore the England attack chiefly Steven Finn apart to win by eight wickets

Ben Stokes scored 48 and it was Jos Buttler's 48-ball 61 that lifted England to 310 before they were all out three balls short of the 50 over.

Leading the chase, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hit a 98-ball 87, the top-score of the day.

He received good support from Liam Plunkett (15) in an eighth-wicket stand of 49 in 31 balls.

The England bowlers later on bowled with fire to restrict the New Zealand batting line up to 223 runs.

The result sees England take the top spot in Group A and qualify for the knockout stages, with the match against Australia still to come.

New Zealand's bowlers finally found their groove in the final overs, but by that point, England had already put together a solid innings. Tim Southee bowled tailenders Jake Ball and Mark Wood for golden ducks, while Buttler was stranded at the other end.

The New Zealand side meet Bangladesh in Cardiff on Friday night (NZ time) in their final pool match of the one-day cricket global competition, with England and Australia facing off in the pool's other fixture.

England came to bat after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and invited Eoin Morgan to bat first.

The hosts will have to deal with the absence of fast bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes, who was ruled out of the tournament with an injury after bowling just two overs against Bangladesh.

This match was set to be halted after 30 minutes' play to observe the national minute's silence at 11:00am local time (1000 GMT) in memory of the victims of Saturday's London terror attack. It was still only an unlucky-for-some 13 and takes his summer's tally to 47 runs in seven attempts.

Root, fresh from his career-best 133 not out in England's opening eight-wicket win over Bangladesh, twice drove left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner for six.

Hales slapped Milne high over long-off before he was bowled next ball by Milne.

Stokes had looked in ominous form until a poorly played ramp shot to third man off Trent Boult (1-56), who then pulled off a stunning overhead catch to dismiss Moeen Ali (12).

Buttler extravagantly "flicked" Boult for six and flat-batted another off Milne.

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