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Guptill seals series win for Black Caps

Martin Guptill proved to be England’s scourge for the second time in three days with another unbeaten century as New Zealand won the second one-day international at the Ageas Bowl by 86 runs to seal a NatWest Series triumph.

Fresh from his match-winning 103 not out at Lord’s on Friday, opener Guptill continued his fine form by bludgeoning a career-best unbeaten 189 to underpin the Black Caps’ 359 for three, their best score against England in this format.

In reply, Jonathan Trott also recorded three figures but, unlike Guptill, his partners came and went without significantly contributing to the scoreboard as England were dismissed for 273 to fall to their first one-day series defeat on home soil in almost four years.

Kiwis captain Brendon McCullum, who often thrives on the chase, had elected to bat on a sun-drenched day on the south coast. And after James Anderson had snared Luke Ronchi early on, McCullum was vindicated by Guptill’s heroics.

He was there from the start until the end although he was dropped on 13, incidentally just as he was at Lord’s. Again Chris Woakes was the bowler, this time Trott putting down the chance at midwicket, as Guptill once more survived on a number which supposedly contains connotations of bad luck.

In the process he built second- and third-wicket partnerships worth three figures with Kane Williamson and then Ross Taylor, the former being bowled by Graeme Swann before Taylor's bid to hit consecutive sixes was scuppered when he found Woakes on the rope from Anderson's delivery.

It meant the seamer moved level with Darren Gough to be England's all-time leading wicket-taker in one-day internationals. Yet neither Anderson nor his team-mates were able to make another breakthrough.

Instead Guptill and McCullum wowed the crowd during the innings’ closing stages when they helped put on 132 in the final 10 overs by feasting on a tiring attack to ramp up the pressure on their opponents.

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell both made encouraging starts before they fell in quick succession, a shortcoming which the skipper conceded blighted the top five at the Home of Cricket.

Joe Root too holed out before he made 30 and, while Trott remained a constant presence at the crease, the game soon got away from England.

McCullum made productive bowling changes at both ends of the ground as Grant Elliott had Eoin Morgan caught behind before fellow big-hitter Jos Buttler fell to Mitchell McClenaghan six balls later with a tentative prod to cover.

While the hosts stayed ahead of where New Zealand were after 20, 30 and 40 overs, their hopes evaporated with the departures of their power-hitting duo.

Williamson played a role in the demises of Woakes, Tim Bresnan and Swann, having the former stumped, running out the second and bowling the latter as Cook’s men faltered.

In spite of it all Trott continued unflustered. Anderson was an unlikely source for some fireworks and he found the fence with regularity while his partner quietly moved into three figures.

But when McClenaghan halted Anderson’s resistance, the end was nigh, and Jade Dernbach was the last wicket to fall, ensuring Trott’s unbeaten century counted in vain, unlike Guptill’s.

England Innings

To watch highlights of the reply, click here.

6:27pm - END OF MATCH! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 86 RUNS. Dernbach c Mills b McClenaghan 2; ENGLAND 273 ALL OUT – And there's the last wicket. Dernbach picks out Mills at mid-off with a fairly routine take to give McClenaghan three victims today. Trott carries his bat with 109, an innings which amounts for little in the collective grand scheme of things.

6:18pm - WICKET! Anderson b McClenaghan 28 ; England 265/9 - The fun ends for everyone's favourite Lancastrian. A peach of a yorker from McClenaghan would no doubt have done for a more-established batsman. Anderson can certainly hold his head high.

6:13pm - CENTURY! Trott (98b 5x4 1x6) - The England pair run hard for two which puts Trott on 99. He lifts one off his toes down to fine-leg for the necessary single to reach three figures. A fine knock. Anderson, though, could yet overshadow it all! Back-to-back fours give the hosts 16 off Bracewell's over.

6:09pm - James Anderson and Trott are giving the crowd plenty of entertainment out there and have not given this up just yet. The former's scoring at a run a ball and Trott's just three shy of a century.

6pm - It is easy to forget Trott’s still out there. He’s denied a boundary down at long-on so opts to lift Mills over gully for a four. Trott’s now moved on to 90.

5:53pm - WICKET! Swann b Williamson 1 England 218/8 - I'm afraid they're falling like dominoes now. Swann looks to drive Williamson through the off side but inside-edges on to his stumps. He swings his bat in the air in frustration. It's just not been England's day.

5:47pm - WICKET! Bresnan run out (Williamson) 0; England 213/7 - New batsman Tim Bresnan is wrapped on the pads by Mills. He survives that call yet sets off on an ill-fated run. Trott sends him back but not before Williamson steams in from point with the direct hit.

5:44pm - WICKET! Woakes st Ronchi b Williamson 13 England 212/6 – Shots like that are, I’m afraid, always likely when you are chasing such a huge target. Woakes dances down the pitch to Williamson and is beaten by the spin. Ronchi’s left with a simple stumping to break up the all-Warwickshire alliance.

5:39pm - Trott picks up on Franklin’s slower delivery and plunders him for four through deep midwicket. That ends a seven-over drought for a boundary and a couple of singles bring up the 200 before Trott finds the fence at third-man. Good over for England.

5:34pm - A lull has descended upon the Ageas Bowl again with England perhaps acknowledging this huge ask is beyond them. This powerplay, though, could change things…

5:13pm - WICKET! Buttler c Guptill b McClenaghan 2; England 169/5 – A quick double blow for England as Buttler follows his big-hitting friend straight back. Again, credit to Brendon McCullum for his bowling change, this time McClenaghan’s brought back into the attack and Buttler’s tentative prod to cover is gobbled up by Guptill.

5:09pm - WICKET! Morgan c Ronchi b Elliott 21; England 166/4 – The introduction of spinner Grant Elliott pays instant dividends for captain Brendon McCullum. Morgan looks to plant him into the fans on the leg-side fence but only succeeds in edging to Luke Ronchi, standing up behind the stumps.

5:05pm - FIFTY! Trott (62b 2x4 1x6) – This could be a crucial contribution by Trott, the man who put down Guptill on 13. Franklin’s full ball outside off-stump is dabbed to gully and Trott scampers through to bring up his half-century.

4:58pm - That’s vicious from Trott as he walks down to meet the final delivery of Franklin’s set of six to thump it back at him. The Kiwi seamer takes cover only to see the ball skip to the fence. Trott is in the mid-forties now.

4:51pm - At the half-way point England are 11 runs ahead of where New Zealand were, albeit they have lost one more wicket. You feel much depends on Trott’s ability to build a big total and Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler’s penchant to score at a rapid pace.

4:37pm - WICKET! Root c Bracewell b McCullum N 28; England 122/3 – This has an eerily similar feel to how things developed at Lord’s. Captain Cook admitted the top five failed to build on promising starts there and Root’s gone just short of 30 in Hampshire. He looks lift to Nathan McCullum back down the ground for six but does not get all of it and Bracewell wheels round from long-on to make the catch. 

4:32pm - Root comes forward to meet McCullum on the half-volley and lifts it over long-off for four. Trott is clearly encouraged by his partner’s attacking instinct as he goes one better to record a maximum off Franklin. England are ahead of where New Zealand were at this point in their innings and the fifty partnership comes up too. 

4:22pm - MISSED CHANCE! - There’s not been a boundary for a considerable time which probably justifies Root’s big sweep attempt off Nathan McCullum. Guptill, at full-stretch, gets a hand to it but that would have been a catch to rival any of his impressive boundaries earlier. And now Trott finds the rope for the first time in seven overs by steering the Kiwi spinner down to third man. 

4:08pm - As you might expect the quick-scoring has slowed considerably with two new men at the crease. Both Jonathan Trott and Joe Root are just looking to find their rhythm in the embryonic stages of their respective innings.

3:53pm - WICKET! Bell c Franklin b Bracewell 25; England 64/2 – Bell breathes a sigh of relief as his chip shot falls just short of extra-cover, but he is soon heading back anyway as he loops Bracewell straight to James Franklin at mid-off. It's a wicket-maiden too.

3:42pm - If you're looking for highlights of Guptill et al setting this huge target, click here.

3:39pm - WICKET! Cook b Mills 34; England 50/1 - Oh, it had started so well. The fifty partnership is up in double-quick time but Cook is soon sent packing. In a manner similar to Luke Ronchi’s dismissal, the England skipper rocks back and is bowled with one which stays low.

3:27pm - This is what is needed from England’s opening pair. Cook drills Mills past cover-point to the ropes before finding the fence again by going slightly finer with the very next ball. Doug Bracewell replaces McClenaghan at the other end.

3:22pm - MISSED CHANCE! - Guptill is unable to match his heroics with the bat in the field. Bell offers him a sharp one-handed catch at point which he cannot grasp from McClenaghan’s bowling.

3:12pm - The captain’s looking to lead from the front, cutting Kyle Mills away for England’s first four and then really attacking some shorter stuff from McClenaghan which somehow only yields a single. Bell, meanwhile, likes this ground. Two of his three one-day hundreds have come here.

3:17pm - Brilliant timing from Bell as he meets Mills’ delivery on the up to post his first four of the day. While New Zealand did score at a good rate early on, they only recorded three boundaries inside the opening 10 overs. England have two already.

3:04pm - A big target for England to chase down then, but they can take heart from a pitch which they should comfortably score freely on. Mitchell McClenaghan opens the bowling for New Zealand with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell both off the mark in the first set of six.

New Zealand Innings

2:23pm - END OF INNINGS – New Zealand 359/3 – Wow. Guptill and McCullum have taken a good score to a seriously impressive one with devastating power, smart placement and some fortune, which they certainly deserved. A trio of fours to end the innings off Dernbach has taken New Zealand to their highest one-day score against England. Guptill was at the heart of it with an unbeaten 189. McCullum carries his bat too with an entertaining 40. England have a lot of work to do.

2:19pm - New Zealand have now scored 107 runs off the last eight overs, a figure padded by three successive Guptill fours to end that Bresnan over. The hundred partnership soon follows as McCullum continues this boundary-laden innings by driving Dernbach back down the ground.

2:13pm - Had Trott taken that catch at the second timing of asking, Anderson would have become England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in one-day internationals. As it is, he ends the over by seeing the Kiwis captain dispatch him into the lower section of the crowd.

2:11pm - If you want a couple of seconds to sum up England’s poor luck in this match then that is it right there. McCullum blasts an Anderson full-toss down to Trott at long-on. He catches it but, falling over the rope, throws it back in the air and jumps on the field again ready to claim it in the air. Yet Trott’s disorientated and the ball drops beyond him, taking once bounce before going for four.

2:05pm - 150! Guptill (141b 12x4 2x6) – Slower delivery from Dernbach but Guptill has seen it all the way and just caresses the ball to the square-leg fence to bring up another milestone, with New Zealand now comfortably past 300.

2:02pm - No sign of these two abating, sadly. That is epitomised by McCullum’s slog-sweep six off Bresnan. The pair have raced to their fifty stand and have now got the highest one-day total on this ground.

1:54pm - Dernbach is too short and offers too much width to Guptill, who duly obliges by crashing him for four. It is the same outcome from McCullum off a full-toss and it looks as though England are going to be pursuing over 300 here.

1:49pm - MISSED CHANCE! – Brendon McCullum wants to get in on the act and his almighty heave off Anderson sends the ball soaring into the mid-afternoon sky. Cook is after it at mid-off but it just evades him as he dives. The visiting skipper times his next effort far better and is rewarded with a first four.

1:45pm - MISSED CHANCE! - Fortune, they say, favours the brave and Guptill has just smashed Swann back over his head despite Root’s presence on the boundary. He can only palm it over the rope and would have done well to stay the right side of it upon landing anyway. And with that six, Guptill now has his career-best in this format.

1:39pm - WICKET! Taylor c Woakes b Anderson 60; New Zealand 241/3 – Taylor ups the ante with a leg-side six and he looks to replicate the feat off the very next delivery. However, this time he skies straight in to the air and Woakes watches into his hands at deep square-leg. 

1:35pm - Guptill lifts Root back over his head and the ball takes a couple of bounces before meeting the rope to give New Zealand another century stand. But, adopting a glass half-full mentality, a wicket soon followed shortly after the last one...

1:32pm - There were 39 runs from that powerplay and, after chasing down 227 inside 50 overs at Lord’s, New Zealand have recorded that total from just 40 overs here.

1:28pm - FIFTY! Taylor (47b 3x4 1x6) - Smiles all around as Bresnan produces one of the strangest dot balls I have ever seen. The Yorkshireman’s bouncer was so short it almost landed on his own toes. A perplexed Taylor swats at and misses before duly steering the next delivery through point to reach a fifty. 

1:14pm – CENTURY! Guptill (111b 7x4 1x6) – A textbook Guptill pull sends him to 99 and he brings up three figures from the very next Dernbach ball with a single. Back-to-back centuries from a man in form. What a start he has made to the one-day season in this country.

1:11pm - Cook calls for the second powerplay and Bresnan responds to the pressure well before undoing the hard work with a juicy full-toss to Taylor. He needs no second invitation and records New Zealand’s second maximum of the day. Time for the hosts to regroup over a drink.

1:01pm - Taylor and Guptill are sharing the strike smartly, finding gaps with regularity. Anderson is taken off, with Cook no doubt mindful of the closing stages of this innings, and Bresnan comes back on. Taylor’s eyes light up as he greets a shorter ball by dismissively swatting it to the square-leg fence which brings up the fifty stand between these two.

12:50pm - Anderson is back into the attack but that does not unnerve Guptill as he flicks him off his pads for four from the seamer’s first ball back. At the other end, Swann turns in frustration as Buttler lets the ball squirm past him with only his sprawling captain keeping it to three byes.

12:38pm – That wicket, crucially, has slowed things down somewhat but new batsman Ross Taylor showcases his class by guiding Woakes down to long-on for his first four.

12:25pm - WICKET! Williamson b Swann 55; 132/2 - Guptill eventually gets hold of one of his leg-side swipes, clearing the ropes off a despondent Woakes. But England finally break up this pair as Williamson, down on one knee and unbalanced, looks to pull Swann only to see his stumps disturbed.

12:20pm - FIFTY! Williamson (59b 3x4 0x6) - Williamson joins Guptill in the fifties with a single off Swann. England could do with breaking up this alliance soon.

12:15pm - MISSED CHANCE! After another fortuitous four via an edge, Guptill pulls Dernbach and gets his timing wrong again. However, his placement is spot on, right between Morgan and the onrushing Bresnan. Frustratingly for the hosts, the hundred partnership soon follows.

12:13pm- FIFTY! Guptill (61b 4x4 0x6) – Williamson draws audible gasps from the Ageas Bowl crowd by hoisting Dernbach towards the fence, yet he only gets two. The spectators are soon reacting again, this time to greet Guptill’s half-century, and New Zealand’s ton, as he claims a single off Swann.

12:06pm - Graeme Swann joins the party and Guptill promptly crashes him through the covers for a boundary as he enters the mid-forties. Both New Zealand batsmen motoring along nicely here.

11:52am - New Zealand are struggling to find the rope with frequency and Root races around from third man to save two from Williamson. However, he enjoys a spot of fortune by toe-ending Woakes past a wrong-footed Buttler for four.

12:04pm - Dernbach switches ends and Jos Buttler continues to be beaten by ugly-looking shots from Williamson. This time a slower ball is sneaked past him via another thin bottom edge for four.

11:48am - Jade Dernbach lasts just two overs before Alastair Cook hands the ball to Joe Root. Williamson and Guptill resist the urge to take on the spinner and instead rotate the strike, bringing up a fifty partnership in the process. 

11:38am - Guptill displays all his power by bludgeoning Woakes back down the ground for his third four which brings up New Zealand’s half-century. 

11:29am - MISSED CHANCE! - Chris Woakes replaces Bresnan and almost accounts for the dangerman Guptill. He hooks straight to Jonathan Trott at midwicket, but Woakes’ Warwickshire colleague spills the chance above his head. England, of course, were made to pay last time Guptill earned a reprieve at a similar stage in his innings at Lord’s. 

11:19am - Uncharacteristic wild swing and miss from Guptill as he fails to move his feet to one which stayed low from Bresnan. Good recovery from the Yorkshire all-rounder as he gives up just two runs following his previous set of six which cost 10.

11:11am - Kane Williamson is the new batsman and, unlike Ronchi, he appears to be brimming with confidence. He picks up a couple of singles through the point region off Bresnan either side of a boundary which he raced to the long-on fence.

11:00am - WICKET! Ronchi b Anderson 2; New Zealand 12/1 - It’s Anderson who strikes first again! Ronchi’s beaten all ends up by a fine delivery which zipped through and clattered into his wickets. Great start for the hosts.

10:56am - Tim Bresnan shares the opening bowling duties and begins with a wide but soon tightens his line to Luke Ronchi. The wicketkeeper-batsman avoids the unwanted distinction of successive ducks by prodding a single beyond Eoin Morgan at point.

10:49am - Fresh from his match-winning unbeaten century Martin Guptill leaves the first two balls from James Anderson. The Lancastrian nearly makes an early breakthrough, though, with a delivery which squares the Kiwi opener's shoulders and just avoids clipping off stump. Guptill then strokes a four to the off-side fence to get off the mark.

Pre-Play News

10:44am - England, resplendent in red, take to the field and it'll be James Anderson to send down the opening set of six. Less than 48 hours ago he claimed two scalps with his first five balls. A repeat would be very welcome indeed.

10:27am – Alastair Cook’s men remained unchanged so Tim Bresnan, due to become a dad for the first time at the start of next week, does feature. The visitors make just one change with Tim Southee replaced by fellow seamer Doug Bracewell.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Chris Woakes, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Jade Dernbach, James Anderson.

New Zealand: Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper) Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Brendon McCullum (captain), James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan.

10:19am - NEW ZEALAND WIN TOSS & BAT – Brendon McCullum wins the toss again yet this time the Black Caps skipper has opted to bat first. New Zealand enjoy a chase but in these glorious conditions that call makes a lot of sense.

10am - Good morning from a very sunny Ageas Bowl and welcome to’s live coverage of the second NatWest Series one-day international. England are looking to bounce back from a five-wicket loss at Lord’s two days ago while New Zealand are hoping to become the first visiting side to win a one-day international series on these shores for nearly four years.

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