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England in New Zealand: Tourists collapse to 14-run defeat in third T20
Third Twenty20, Saxton Oval, Nelson
New Zealand 180-7: De Grandhomme 55 (35), Guptill 33 (17), T Curran 2-29
England 166-7: Malan 55 (34), Vince 49 (39), Ferguson 2-25, Tickner 2-25
New Zealand won by 14 runs; lead 2-1 in series
England collapsed to a 14-run defeat in the third Twenty20 in Nelson as New Zealand took a 2-1 series lead.
Chasing 181, England were 139-2 with 31 balls remaining and seemingly cruising towards victory before they lost 5-10 in 18 balls.
Colin de Grandhomme made 55 in New Zealand's 180-7, with Tom Curran taking 2-29 and Matt Parkinson 1-14 on debut.
The fourth game of the five-match series is in Napier at 05:00 GMT on Friday.
With England looking set for victory, captain Eoin Morgan was caught at deep mid-wicket off the final ball of the 14th over.
Sam Billings was then run out second ball by a brilliant piece of fielding from Colin Munro before James Vince picked out mid-off to fall for 49.
Lockie Ferguson dismissed Lewis Gregory and Sam Curran in the 18th over and England never recovered.

England slump after top order impresses

England's chase started perfectly as Tom Banton, on debut, and Dawid Malan took 25 off the first two overs.
Banton played a glorious off-drive before lofting Ferguson over mid-wicket for a mighty six. The 20-year-old Somerset opener was soon bowled, attempting to ramp, but his 10-ball 18 was a glimpse of his undeniable talent.
Malan batted beautifully for a 34-ball 55. He was strong all round the wicket, with a number of superb cover drives, before he clothed a filthy full toss from Ish Sodhi to Martin Guptill at deep mid-wicket.
Malan's dismissal gave Vince impetus as he was struggling at less than a run a ball before three fours and a six in four balls kick-started his innings and England's chase.
They looked to be cruising towards their target after partnerships of 63 and 49 respectively between Malan and Vince, and then Vince and Morgan.
However, the collapse that followed ended England's hopes of taking a series lead.

Rugby World Cup: Emotional New Zealand coach Steve Hansen bows out with win
An emotional Steven Hansen said it was a "privilege" to lead New Zealand after they beat Wales 40-17 in his final game to claim third place at the World Cup.
Hansen, who led the All Blacks to victory at the 2015 World Cup, said it was important to "honour the jersey" after the semi-final loss to England.
"It was a tough game for both sides so congratulations to Wales too," he said.
"We have played good footy all the way through, but you have one bad day and you're out. That's knockout footy."
Hansen ends a 15-year association with the All Blacks, having joined the set-up as assistant to predecessor Graham Henry in 2004.
The 60-year-old took over from Henry in December 2011, just weeks after the All Blacks won the World Cup on home soil, and has since achieved an 87% win ratio.

Bulgaria fans' racism: Racist abuse of England players leads to stadium ban

Bulgaria have been ordered to play two matches behind closed doors - one suspended for two years - for their fans' racist abuse of England players in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
England's 6-0 win in Sofia was stopped twice and could have been abandoned, but the visitors chose to play on.
The hosts already had a partial stadium closure for that match on October 15 because of previous racist behaviour.
Bulgaria have also been fined 75,000 euros (£65,000) by Uefa.

Tiger Woods wins 82nd PGA Tour title to equal record
Zozo Championship final leaderboard (US unless stated)
-19: T Woods; -16: H Matsuyama (Jap); -13: R McIlroy (NI), S Im (S Kor); -12: G Woodland
Selected others: -8: I Poulter (Eng); -7: P Casey (Eng); -6: T Fleetwood (Eng)
Tiger Woods equalled the PGA Tour record of 82 tournament wins with victory at the Zozo Championship.
The 43-year-old world number 10 had seven holes to finish in Japan on Monday as he matched fellow American Sam Snead's record, set in 1965.
It was his first event since having his fifth knee operation nine weeks ago.
In April, Woods won his first major for 11 years with victory at the Masters,leaving him three short of Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major titles.
Snead was aged 52 when he won for the final time on the PGA Tour, while Nicklaus was 46 when he lifted the last of his major trophies.
After his record-equalling victory, Woods said: "As far as playing until 52, I hope that's the case.
"If you would have asked me a few years ago, I would have given you a different answer, but certainly the future looks brighter than it has.
"The body can't do what it used to but I can still think my way around the golf course.
"I know how to play and I was able to do that this week. There was a time if I didn't know if I would play again so I am very appreciative."

Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales 16-19 South Africa
2019 Rugby World Cup semi-final
Wales (6) 16
Try: Adams Con: Halfpenny Pens: Biggar (3)
South Africa (9) 19
Try: De Allende Con: Pollard Pens: Pollard (4)
Wales missed out on a first World Cup final in gut-wrenching fashion as Handre Pollard's 76th-minute penalty snatched victory for South Africa in a gripping semi-final to set up a showdown against England.
The first half was a war of attrition, three Pollard penalties giving the Springboks a 9-6 lead as they sought to overpower Wales up front and kick them into submission.
Dan Biggar dragged Wales level with a penalty early in the second half, but then Damian de Allende burst through the Welsh defensive line to put South Africa 16-9 ahead.
Wales sensed they had to go for broke and, after boldly opting for a scrum rather than a penalty in front of the posts against their hulking opponents, they worked the ball wide for Josh Adams to dive over for a converted try that made it 16-16.

Mexican GP: Max Verstappen loses pole after grid penalty
Red Bull's Max Verstappen has been demoted from pole position at the Mexican Grand Prix by a penalty for ignoring warning flags.
The Dutchman was given a three-place grid drop and will start fourth, behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen failed to slow down for yellow caution flags after a crash by Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Sunday's race live on 5 Live and the BBC Sport website at 19:10 GMT.
The error cost Verstappen pole, as his first lap was also faster than anyone else's.
In front of him, Vettel had slowed down for the flags, a decision that he believed cost him a shot at fastest time.
Verstappen's quickest lap beat Leclerc by 0.266 seconds - and his first run was 0.114secs faster than the Monegasque.
Hamilton, who will win the championship on Sunday if he finishes 14 points ahead of Bottas, starts third, with Red Bull's Alexander Albon still fifth but now right behind his team-mate.
Hamilton improved his overall lap time on his final run, on which he was running behind Bottas and passed his crashed car, but crucially he did not go faster in the final sector - in fact, he slowed down.
And Vettel expressed his dismay at the turn of events as he saw the flags, saying over the radio: "You're kidding me. That was going to be a good lap."
Later, Vettel said of the incident: "For me it was clear it was double yellow. I saw Valtteri was in the barrier, people were jumping on the track to help. It was clear you had to lift."
Initially, stewards did not investigate the incident with Verstappen, even though television pictures showed him passing a yellow flag and Bottas' car without slowing down.
But after he admitted in the news conference that he was "aware Valtteri crashed" but did not slow down, he was summoned to see the stewards.
Bottas crashed as he ran wide out of the final corner trying to make up time, sliding into the barriers and causing considerable damage to his car. The Finn was released from the medical centre after a precautionary check-up.
It was a blow for the Finn as he tries to prevent Hamilton putting the championship out of reach. But starting third, it is still a big task for Hamilton to make as much of a gain on Bottas as he needs to clinch his sixth title.
Hamilton needs to finish on the podium at least and hope Bottas' results go his way.
Hamilton's job would be made a lot easier if Bottas has to take a grid drop, but team boss Toto Wolff said he was "90% confident" the car could be repaired without incurring penalties.

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