England fail to chase down record target

NEW Zealand hit their highest ever Twenty20 international score on foreign soil to beat England by five runs in a thrilling contest at the Oval yesterday. Hamish Rutherford (62) and captain Brendon McCullum (68) put on 114 for the second wicket as the tourists closed on 201-4. In reply, Michael Lumb (29) and Alex Hales (39) put on 50 for the first wicket and they were ably backed up by Luke Wright (52). But England, captained by Eoin Morgan (pictured), fell short in their allotted 20 overs, closing on 196-5 to fall 1-0 down in the two-match series.