18 Feb 2013

Black Caps win comes at a cost

11:05 am on 18 February 2013

The New Zealand cricketers' first-up one day win over England on Sunday night in Hamilton has come at a cost.

The pace bowler Mitchell McLenaghan suffered a side strain which has ruled him out of the other two matches in the series, and the rest of the domestic season, and a hamstring injury to the opening batsman Martin Guptill will keep him out of the second match.

Skipper Brendon McCullum scored an unbeaten 69 and Kyle Williamson 74 as the Black Caps reeled in their target of 259 with seven balls and three wickets to spare.

The two injured players both played significant roles - McLenaghan took four wickets, and McCullum says opening bat Guptill was heroic on his return with New Zealand teetering at 218 for seven, the opening helping steer the side to victory with an unbeaten 27 not out.

Wednesday's match is in Napier.