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England claim morale boosting win over New Zealand

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England won the third and final ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday evening, ensuring they recorded a morale boosting victory ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy opener against Australia on Saturday.

New Zealand had secured the series win after triumphing in each of the first two encounters, but England proved too strong for the Kiwis at Trent Bridge thanks to some destructive lower order batting from Jos Buttler.

Ian Bell laid the foundations for the late assault with a well crafted 82, but Buttler and Eoin Morgan ensured England posted a formidable total when the innings appeared to be meandering towards a less than competitive score.

Buttler crashed three sixes in an unbeaten 47 from only 16 balls, and shared 62 off 24 deliveries with Morgan, who was out for 49 in the final over having himself clubbed three huge maximums.

England's total of 287-6 from their allocated 50 overs looked unachievable entering into the final 10 overs, with the blitzkrieg from Buttler and Morgan deflating a New Zealand side who had bowled with good discipline for the rest of the innings.

New Zealand lost both openers in side the first 10 overs of their response with Stuart Broad (2-56) doing for Luke Ronchi and James Tredwell (3-51), in for Graeme Swann, becoming the first bowler to dislodge Martin Guptill in the series.

Ross Taylor hit a patient 71 for the visitors but New Zealand lacked a Buttler-esque acceleration when it mattered, and England claimed a 34-run victory in the 47th over when Steven Finn dismissed Mitchell McClenaghan.

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