England clinch ODI series win as Finn blows away Black Caps in Auckland
David Clough, Press Association
07:59 GMT, 23 February 2013
08:06 GMT, 23 February 2013
England cashed in on a fine performance with the ball and in the field to coast to victory at Eden Park and wrap up the one-day international series 2-1 against New Zealand.
Steven Finn was the driving force as the tourists bowled their hosts out for 185, and today's decider turned into a mis-match.
Even Brendon McCullum's third successive half-century was unable to rescue a defendable total for New Zealand, albeit on a pitch which had offered plenty early on to well directed seam bowling after Alastair Cook had won the toss.
Finn when you're winning: The England fast bowler (left) picked up three wickets
England's two premier exponents, Finn and James Anderson, soon reduced the hosts to a hapless 11 for three.
McCullum (79) refused to let England have it all their own way with six
fours and five sixes but, without significant support, could not turn
the tide on his own.
It seemed a foregone conclusion that England would make light work of their target.
In the event they were not flattered by a five-wicket margin, and it was
more instructive that they also had 12.3 overs to spare.
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