Published: Thu, July 04, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Streaker with acrobatic skills interrupts England vs New Zealand World Cup match

Streaker with acrobatic skills interrupts England vs New Zealand World Cup match

England scored a comprehensive 119-run victory in their must-win match against New Zealand at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.

Earlier, Bairstow and Jason Roy (60) got England off to a flyer with an opening partnership of 123 - their third century stand in a row.

At 194-1 New Zealand appeared to have little answer only for the downfall of Joe Root, caught behind attempting to pull, to start a slide to 214-4.

England were unchanged from the side that bounced back after two straight defeats with a 31-run win over previously unbeaten India at Edgbaston on Sunday.

One consolation for the Black Caps is that they should still join Australia, India and England in the last four as it will take a colossal change in net run-rate for Pakistan to overtake them even if Sarfaraz Ahmed´s side beat Bangladesh at Lord´s on Friday.

Bairstow would not be denied three figures after becoming the first Englishman to score 500 runs at a World Cup, leaping into the air in celebration after putting a Tim Southee (1-70) full toss to the rope. They put us under pressure from the start.

New Zealand, who would have reached the semi-finals had they won this match, saw their chase start badly when Henry Nicholls was lbw for a golden duck to Chris Woakes and decided against a review that would have reprieved him.

Jimmy Neesham the pick of the Black Caps' bowlers with 41/2 from his 10 overs.

So far, the seasoned Martin Guptill has looked off-colour, adding pressure on captain Kane Williamson and the middle-order.

It was the cruelest of run outs, but Taylor went from an unlucky onlooker to a guilty party just nine balls later, when he went for a ludicrous second run, and was caught well short after a good throw from backward square leg from Adil Rashid.

However, moments of brilliance from England and some ordinary cricket from the Black Caps led to their downfall as they folded up for 186 in 45 overs.

Bairstow reached his ninth one-day worldwide hundred off 95 balls, including 14 fours and a six.

New Zealand, who are bidding to avoid a third successive defeat, should be safe in the final four whatever the result. An English victory would see the hosts qualifying to the four of the tournament.

Ferguson has been one of the stars of the tournament for the Kiwis, taking more wickets than anyone other than Australia's Mitchell Starc with 17.

Funny Viral Memes Troll Pakistan As England Beat New Zealand to Knock PAK Virtually Out of CWC 2019. They can be matched on 11 points by Pakistan but have a significantly better net run rate.

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