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  1. New Zealand beat England by eight wickets
  2. NZ chase 124 in 12.2 overs - joint record v England
  3. McCullum 77 (25 balls) - fastest World Cup fifty
  4. England 123 (33.2): Root 46; Southee 7-33
  5. England bottom of Pool A; NZ top

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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So, the time has come to close down this live text. Let's just say it's been emotional... from an England perspective at least.

Thanks, as ever, for your company and contributions. We'll be back later today at 22:00 GMT for Pakistan against West Indies. See you then.

No surprise that England have drifted out to odds of 20-1 to lift the World Cup now. I expected those odds to be bigger, mind. New Zealand? They are 3-1, but only third favourites behind Australia and South Africa. The Kiwis are no longer dark horses.

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New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor

tweets: Now that's a great win @BLACKCAPS . Big congrats to Tim and Baz. Amazing by both of them.

Ireland batsman

Ed Joyce: One of the best spells of swing bowling you'll ever see from Southee #CWC15 and pretty handy from McCullum!

The grim statistics

Eoin Morgan

Cyclone in Brisbane

And here's Saturday's forecast for Brisbane. It'll be nicer in Bury, by the looks of it.

Brisbane weather

Chris raises a very good point there. That cyclone affecting the Queensland area could see the game between Australia and Bangladesh

washed out. That would mean Bangladesh possibly gaining an unexpected point in Pool A, further hampering England's chances of progression.


Chris: Hideously inclement weather here in this part of Queensland meant a short day at work. I picked up a few beers on the way home then settled down to watch England. I've seen some rubbish from them over the years but that was surely the mother of all nadirs. Embarrassing.

The new table

Here's the updated standings in Pool A - and it makes grim reading for England.

Pool A table
Adam Williams-Online

You could call their match against Scotland on Sunday evening a real World Cup four-pointer.

'We can still reach quarters'

More from England captain Eoin Morgan, speaking to Sky Sports: "I think the basics of our plans and our thinking is there, it's just about having a good enough skill level to execute them.

"We intend to go about putting it right by getting a win in and putting in a performance against Scotland.

"Our first goal is to get to the quarter-finals and we can still do that."

'No positives'

England captain Eoin Morgan, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's a very disappointing day. Considering we've lost our two opening games now, we did say they were going to be hard, but I'd have expected a bit more from us.

"We were outperformed. A lot of credit has to go to New Zealand - they bowled very well and again outperformed us.

"There are no positives to take from today, which is probably the most disappointing thing.

"But we have to go back to getting the basics right in order to get any momentum in this tournament."

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Andrew Buckingham: How many runs would New Zealand have got if they had batted first? 400, 450 even? It could have been even worse for England.

Anil Hanagud: Pakistan in 92 had a bad start too; don't worry; England might pick themselves up and then may go on to win the WC.

Circle the wagons

Here's a wagon wheel of Brendon McCullum's innings, which contained eight fours and seven sixes. Brutal.

Brendon McCullum wagon wheel

Tim Southee's 7-33 were the best one-day figures by a New Zealander. Then the real carnage began.

Brendon McCullum walloped the fastest World Cup fifty in history - beating his own record with this 18-ball knock - on his way to recording 77 off 25 balls. Steven Finn copped the worst punishment with his two overs costing 49 runs. The end was never far away following that, as Geoffrey Boycott put it, "murderous assault".

To offer you a bit more information on the damning end result, England collapsed from 104-3 to 123 all out once captain Eoin Morgan (17) was dismissed by Adam Milne's superb catch at long-on.

Joe Root, who top-scored with 46, could only watch on in sheer disbelief as the wicket tumbled at the other end. Tim Southee was bowling fast, full and straight. Throw in a hint of movement - just a hint - and England couldn't cope.

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Paul Collins: NZ were brilliant but England will try to fully use that to excuse own performance. Got their head in the sand. Just rubbish

Michael Gillon: England deserve what they get. Bring back KP as captain, Morgan out, Finn out, Ballance out, Hales in. Jordan in.

Keith Lawton: Went to sleep at 53/3 wake up three hours later and we've lost! Pathetic and embarrassing.

Final scorecard

New Zealand 125-2 (12.2 overs) - target 124

Batsmen: Williamson 9*, Taylor 5*

Fall of wickets: 105-1 (McCullum 77), 112-2 (Guptill 22)

Bowling figures: Anderson 5-0-37-0, Broad 2.2-0-27-0, Finn 2-0-49-0, Woakes 3-1-8-2.

England 123 (33.2): Root 46, Southee 7-33

England won toss

Full scorecard

What's happening in the cricket?

The 6am alarm clock has just gone off. First job of the day... check in on the cricket.

I'm sorry everyone, but I have bad news. There is no cricket. It's all over. Finished. Kaput.

England were bowled out for 123. New Zealand knocked them off in 12.2 overs. Trounced.

Full report here, if you dare read the grisly tale.

What next?

What next for England? A tricky banana skin of a game against Scotland in Christchurch on Sunday evening (22:00 GMT). Then they play Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

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Sudip Bhaduri: Embarrassment! Coach and selectors deluded when they say we can shock anyone in this World Cup! You've shocked us! Shocking.

Giles H Newton: I wake up early to watch some cricket and New Zealand need 12 to win. England shambles. Back to sleep.


Rich Hughes in Tamworth: That has got to be the worst ever performance from any cricket team.

On that showing Scotland will beat us easily.

Fancy making a comeback, Geoff Boycott?

'This could all blow over'

More from Eoin Morgan, speaking to Test Match Special: "Moving forward, it's certainly early in the tournament. If we win our next two or three games, this all blows over.

"It's difficult to take on a personal front, but I'll take it and move on.

"I've always said that it would be a tough ask in the first two games, but given where we want to be in the quarter-finals as our first target, it's still at the forefront of our minds.

"Given the way New Zealand performed as a bowling unit, the boys can put their hands up today and say we were outplayed."

Eoin Morgan shakes hands at full-time

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Batting-wise, this was worse than against Australia. We had three batsmen getting out to yorkers to a medium-fast bowler and they were playing it to the wrong line. Morgan lobs one to the outfield with plenty of overs to go. We're yet to see if the death bowling has improved as the game didn't get that far."

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Nick Wall: I understand that a captain has to stand up for his team but that interview by Eoin Morgan is just baffling.

Sam Olsen: That's simply the worst England display I've ever seen, and I've seen a few. Moores must go. I mean, what just happened? Incredible.

Ian Murdey: What an anti-climactic finish ruined by a stupidly placed lunch interval.

'Tough to take'

England captain Eoin Morgan on Test Match Special: "To be honest, winning the toss in what I thought were batting-friendly conditions, it was pretty hard to take after 15 overs when the ball swung for so long and New Zealand kept taking wickets. After I was out, the ball continued to swing and with the expectation to get 270, it was quite difficult to cope with.

"The bowling unit is the best we've come across in this hemisphere since January and being that we've faced Australia, that's quite a compliment. They've performed out of their skin against us and that's quite tough to take."

'Incredible performance'

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "It was an incredible performance. We wanted to bat first too and it shows the ability of our bowlers to get swing through the air.

"We have got some guys on the sidelines too, so we're lucky we've got this strength in depth. The crowd were amazing and the guys enjoyed playing in front of a big crowd. We've had a huge first week in the tournament and now we can regroup.

"I might have a quiet beer in the changing room now."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"There was opportunity of a good pitch and we folded. If we're going to make a fist of this tournament, I want to be able to say 'well done England'. But, how do I say something praise-worthy about that or the Australia game? I can't lie about it. Stop telling us that everything's alright, because it isn't."

'We need a win'

England captain Eoin Morgan: "I thought New Zealand bowled really well. Conditions suited them - it swung throughout our innings which was unexpected. Credit to them, they built pressure. Our first two games were always going to be tough, we need a win as soon as possible now. In terms of form, having some time at the wicket helped me today. Batting in those conditions and trying to get 270 plus was tough."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"Morgan's shot was poor. He'd just got in and got a partnership going and then he tried to hit the spinner over the top into the outback and he just lobbed a catch up. There was so much time still left in the innings and it was unnecessary."

Geoffrey's coming off his long run for this analysis...

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"If I was captain, I'd try not to get in the position where I have to answer these questions. It's up to me as a leader to make sure I don't get in those positions. I'd like to hear Eoin Morgan put his hand up and tell us how they could all get out for that score on that pitch."

Player reaction

Man of the match Tim Southee, who took 7-33: "We've bowled well as a group for some time and that was one of those days where it all clicked. It's a pretty good performance.

"We set the tone from the start after losing the toss and the way Brendon played just shows the confidence around the group at the moment.

"It swung around even with the old ball. We've played some good cricket in the first two games and today was even more convincing. It's a team game and it's just another good bowling performance. You always want to get better and improve your game somehow, so there's always work to be done."

Tim Southee receives award

Final scorecard

New Zealand beat England by eight wickets

England 123 (33.2): Root 46, Southee 7-33

NZ 125-2 (12.2 overs): McCullum 77

Fall of wickets: 105-1 (McCullum 77), 112-2 (Guptill 22); Not out batsmen: Williamson 9*, Taylor 5*

Bowling figures: Anderson 5-0-37-0, Broad 2.2-0-27-0, Finn 2-0-49-0, Woakes 3-1-8-2

England won toss

Full scorecard

Player reaction

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "It's a great win. While England have probably struggled of late, we knew we'd have to keep them quiet.

"Tim's was one of the best spells of bowling I've seen for a long time. Tim's been leading our group for a long time and, with Trent Boult, he got the ball swinging a huge amount. To win by that sort of margin, it's bizarre really. We've earned ourselves a good break after a great first week of the tournament."

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Chris Chapman in Taupo, New Zealand: Not fun living in NZ at times like this and working with a couple of cricket fans. Fearful of the 'minnows now. The associate teams will smell blood...

Man of the match

New Zealand's Tim Southee is named man of the match after taking 7-33: "A packed house was pretty special to come out in front of. We've been bowling well as a group for a long time and today was one of those moments when it all went well for us. Our coach, Shane Bond, does a lot of work behind the scenes and puts confidence into us. We've got some time off to rest now after three games in a week."

Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"We haven't had half a game yet as we haven't had 50 overs yet. This has been a murderous assault by McCullum after some excellent bowling by Southee and this will not put England supporters in good heart going down to Christchurch to play Scotland."

'Murderous assault' - Boycott

Brendon McCullum's 77 from 25 balls in numbers
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Here's a graphic to bring tears to the eyes of every England bowler...

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Coldownunder: What time does the beer match start? Do we still reverse batting orders? Will anyone notice with England?

So, New Zealand overhaul England's 123 with eight wickets and 226 balls to spare. They've wrapped it up before the floodlights have been turned on.