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2nd Test: NZ crush England by 8 wickets, win series 1-0

Edgbaston, Jun 13 (UNI) New Zealand thrashed England by 8 wickets in the second and final Test, to clinch the two-match series 1-0, here on Sunday.

England had been reduced to 122-9 at stumps on day three with a slender lead of 37 runs and Olly Stone was caught behind off Trent Boult on the first ball of the Day 4.

Chasing the target of 38 runs for victory, New Zealand lost Devon Conway for three after the opening batsman fished at a Stuart Broad delivery only to edge it to James Bracey.

Thereafter, Will Young (8) played a ball on to his stumps off Stone to leave the visitors at 33-2.

In the end, stand-in skipper Tom Latham (23 not out) who was leading the team in place of the injured Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor (0 not out) guided them to 41-2 in 10.5 overs.

This was only third series victory for New Zealand in England and the first since 1999.

On the other hand, England go down to their first home series defeat since 2014, when Sri Lanka won a two-match series 1-0.

Brief scores: England 303 & 122 (Ollie Pope 23, Mark Wood 29; Matt Henry 3-36, Neil Wagner 3-18, Trent Boult 2-34, Ajaz Patel 2-25) lost to New Zealand 388 & 41/2 Tom Latham 23*) by eight wickets.

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