England beat the weather and New Zealand to enter semi-finals
England clinched a 10-run victory over New Zealand in a rain-shortened 42 overs-a-side game at Cardiff to seal their passage in to the semi-finals.
Alastair Cook played a captain's knock with a chancy half-century in testing conditions. Cook scored a brisk 64 off 47 balls with four fours and two sixes.
Nathan McCullum had a day he would never forget. The Kiwi dropped Cook 3 times in the match before finally catching him off his own bowling. Nathan took a total of 4 catches in the England innings.
Cook was involved in a fruitful 75-run third wicket partnership with Joe Root (38) after the hosts were reduced to 25 for 2 in the fourth over of a rain-hit match.
New Zealand kept taking wickets at regular intervals, with Kyle Mills finishing with 4/30 - that makes him the highest wicket-taker in Champions Trophy history - with 28.
More than half the match was lost after rains lashed Cardiff and the Sophia Gardens was mostly under covers throughout the day. Good work by the groundstaff enabled a late afternoon start after the rains relented, but sky remained overcast.
In the chase New Zealand batsmen faltered around Kane Williamson, who's gutsy 54-ball 67 failed to take the game to the wire.
James Anderson was yet again England main bowling threat, ending with 3/32. He moved the ball both ways and generated some hostile pace as the Kiwi batsmen failed to find their feet.
With four points from three matches in group A, England are currently on top of the table and are likely to stay there heading in to the semifinals.