By Peter Moore

  • England move into semi-finals of Cricket World Cup for the first time since 1992
  • Black Caps bundled out cheaply in heavy defeat
  • Hosts will now face either India or Australia in semi-final at Edgbaston
CHESTER-LE- STREET, DURHAM – Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow share in another century stand to ease past New Zealand, but who starred in their must win game?

 

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England

Jason Roy – 9/10 – Another classy knock from the blade of the Surrey man. Hit a run-a-ball 60 in typical fashion. Sadly, he didn’t go on to a bigger score after getting caught at short cover. Averaging a shade over 68 in the tournament so far. England have certainly looked back to their old selves since his return from injury.

Jonny Bairstow – 10/10 – Was helped by some wayward bowling from the Kiwis at the start of the innings. Back to back hundreds from the Yorkshireman have put England right on the front foot from the off. 106 from 99 balls in another batting masterclass. Going well until playing on, but along with Roy sharing in yet another century stand for England.

Joe Root – 8/10 – Still scoring at a run a ball in every game he has played so far. With his low risk and calmness, he will be such a vital asset for England in the rest of the tournament.

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Eoin Morgan – 8/10 – A sensible innings from the Captain of 42 off as many balls kept the momentum going for the hosts, before miscuing to mid-off. Rallied his troops well and once again can be commended for his bowling changes.

Jos Buttler – 8/10 – Took an outstanding catch down the leg side and a fine grab for a run out. Always looked calm and composed behind the stumps. Has had very little batting time since his hundred against Pakistan. A slight worry for the home fans, but you know eventually a big score is just around the corner.

Ben Stokes – 7 /10 – Came in when batting was more difficult. Not enough time for him to tee off after his recent two half-centuries. Holed out to long on for 11. Very tidy and economical spell of 1 for 10 off only five overs.

Chris Woakes – 9/10 – Another consistent day’s work from the Warwickshire all-rounder. Very tidy spell with the new ball, giving little away. Didn’t get going with the bat.

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Liam Plunkett – 9/10 – Bringing him back into the side for the past two games has been a master stroke from the England management. Another consistent performance from the experienced Surrey man. A super cameo unbeaten knock of 15 at the end of the innings backed up a fine performance with the ball.

Jofra Archer – 7/10 – Got everything right on the money. Good length and line with excellent figures of 1 for 17 off only seven overs with a measly economy rate of under 2.5 an over. As a batsman you would always be intimidated by his slow ball bouncers.

Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Nice cameo with the bat. Good effort in the field to initiate a run out. Still a big worry that he isn’t taking many wickets in the tournament.

Mark Wood – 9/10 – Bounced back after a torrid time against India. Took the crucial wicket of Jimmy Neesham. Ended up with excellent figures of 3 for 34 off nine overs.

 

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New Zealand

Martin Guptill – 6/10 – Failed to shine with the bat. Made ten before being caught behind, thanks to a cartwheeling effort from Jos Buttler.

Henry Nicholls – 2/10 – Fell fifth ball of New Zealand’s reply without scoring. Has been disappointing for the Kiwis in just two matches he has featured in, has failed to reach double figures.

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Kane Williamson – 7/10 – Looked to be a danger for England until unluckily being run out by an opportunist moment from Wood.

Ross Taylor – 7/10 – Like Williamson appeared to be in very little trouble until a poor piece of running led to his downfall when he had made 28.

Tom Latham – 8/10 – The pick of the Kiwi batting line up. A fine half-century before falling to a short-pitched delivery.

Jimmy Neesham – 8/10 – Overall, had a very good all-round game. Looked composed at the crease until chopping on. Confident spell of bowling from the all-rounder who finished with figures of 2 for 41 from ten overs.

Colin de Grandhomme – 3/10 – Poor shot to get out to, caught at deep square leg for just three runs. Bowled just a single over, which went for 11 runs.

Mitchell Santner – 7/10 – Never really threatened with both bat and ball on the day. Walked across his stumps and was plumb LBW. Didn’t do much better with the ball, after picking up just a single wicket at a cost of 65 runs.

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Tim Southee – 3/10 – Definitely a day to forget from such an experienced campaigner. Very expensive with the ball- 70 runs conceded off nine overs.

Matt Henry – 7/10 – Steady with the ball, after picking up two wickets at a cost of 54 runs.

Trent Boult – 7/10 – Would have been pleased by picking up the scalps of both Root and Buttler. Bowled well on the day and ended up with two for 56.

 

England face either Australia or India in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston, on Thursday 11 July.

 

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