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Thursday, 04 July 2019 - 6:55
England v New Zealand: Hosts reach World Cup semi-finals
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England surged into their first World Cup semi-final since 1992 with a comprehensive 119-run defeat of New Zealand at Chester-le-Street.

The hosts are set to finish third in the group and will meet India or Australia at Edgbaston next Thursday for a place in the final.

Needing to defeat the Black Caps to be sure of progressing, England was led by Jonny Bairstow's dominant hundred, his 2nd century in the space of 4 days.

Though they were checked as the New Zealand bowling improved, the England total of 305-8 seemed imposing on a pitch that gradually got harder to bat on.
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