Martin Guptill of New Zealand celebrates the winning runs.
Brendon McCullum produced a match winning innings while a
limping Martin Guptill returned after retiring hurt to guide
New Zealand to a three-wicket victory over England in their
first one-day international at Seddon Park.
McCullum finished on 69 while Guptill, who retired hurt on
three after he strained his left hamstring only to return
when New Zealand were 218 for seven, was on 27 as the hosts
scored 259-7 in 48.5 overs, having bowled England out for
The 31-year-old McCullum had needed to provide the
game-winning innings after he ran out Kane Williamson earlier
when New Zealand appeared well placed for victory at 142-3 in
the 34th over.
The dismissal came with Williamson on 74 and McCullum
starting to look settled as the batting power play
Williamson, who had been the most assured of New Zealand's
batsmen, guiding the ball around the ground with ease, was
run out when McCullum called for a single, changed his mind
and left his partner short of his ground at the non-striker's
His departure produced a tighter-than-expected finish as New
Zealand wickets fell regularly before McCullum seized the
initiative and Guptill returned to flail away and give the
hosts a 1-0 series lead.
England were dismissed for 258 in the final over of their
innings after Ian Bell (64), Jonathan Trott (68) and Joe Root
(56), provided a platform from which England could attack in
the final overs but the visitors failed to capitalise on the
small ground hosting the opener of the three-match series.
Trott's dismissal at 184-3 in the 39th over actually sparked
a dramatic loss of momentum as the visitors went on to lose
their final six wickets for 38 runs in six overs.
Mitchell McClenaghan finished with figures of four for 56
from 9.4 overs but he picked up a side strain that his
captain believes could rule him out for the remainder of the