1 Oct 2009

NZ through to Champions Trophy semi-finals

6:53 am on 1 October 2009

The New Zealand cricketers are through to the Champions Trophy one day semi-finals in South Africa, and they've finished top of their group after beating already-qualified England with four wickets to spare.

In a low-scoring match on an unpredictable Wanderers pitch in Johannesburg, the Black Caps dismissed England for 146, and the NZ opening batsmen Brendon McCullum Martin Guptill set up the victory with a whirlwind partnership of 84 runs before England fought back to claim six wickets.

Man of the match was the Black Caps South African-born all rounder Grant Elliot who returned career best one day figures of 4 for 21.