Williamson and Taylor Strike Tons as New Zealand Claim Win at the Ageas Bowl
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor both hit superb centuries during a sumptuous 206 run partnership, as New Zealand chased down the 303 target set by England to go 2-1 up in the five match One Day International series.
Eoin Morgan scored a steady 71 off 82 balls and Ben Stokes smashed 68 off 47 to help England reach 302 all out at the end of their innings.
Joe Root, who shared a 105 run stand with Skipper, Morgan, hit a composed half century but the hosts lost five wickets for just 14 runs as they were bowled out with over four overs remaining.
Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists taking 3 wickets for 44 runs. He was backed up well by debutant Ben Wheeler who bagged himself a trio for 63.
New Zealand had to recover from 36-2 after Martin Guptill and Captain Brendan McCullum were both trapped LBW for low scores, courtesy of David Willey and Mark Wood.
Williamson, 118, and Taylor, 110, struck 25 boundaries between them, as they set the biggest ever partnership at the Ageas Bowl.
The Black Caps stumbled slightly late on as they lost five wickets for 58 runs in the space of 10 overs, but did enough to creep over the line. Southee hit the winning runs as the visitors finished on 306-7 with one over to spare.
Stokes had backed up his batting with two wickets for 35 but left arm Willey took centre stage, claiming three wickets on his ODI debut for England.
The sides meet next at Trent Bridge on Wednesday afternoon for the fourth match, where the hosts need a victory to keep alive their hopes of winning the series with just two games left to play.
By Matthew Tilbury, Image Credit to Hampshire Cricket