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ICC CWC Memories: England v New Zealand

CWC Memories

With the first match of their ODI series taking place on Sunday, we revisit the clashes between the two sides at the ICC Cricket World Cup over the years.

New Zealand and England have met on 84 occasions in one-day internationals, and face off again in a five-match series starting on Sunday, 25 February.

New Zealand have the upper hand, slightly, winning 41 compared to England’s 37 victories. Of those 84 games, eight have been played at the ICC Cricket World Cup.

11 June 1975 (Trent Bridge, England)

England won by 80 runs

New Zealand faced England for the first time in the inaugural edition in 1975
New Zealand faced England for the first time in the inaugural edition in 1975


The first meeting came in the inaugural edition in 1975, with England coming out on top on home soil.

England’s win was thanks mainly to an exceptional 131 from Keith Fletcher – just the third century at the tournament – as they finished on 266/6 after 60 overs.

Despite a half-century from opener John Morrison, New Zealand fell 80 runs short of England’s total, with Tony Greig taking 4/45 to bowl New Zealand out for 186.

20 June 1979 (Old Trafford, England)

England won by 9 runs

Mike Brearley, the England opener, scored 53 in 115 balls with four boundaries
Mike Brearley, the England opener, scored 53 in 115 balls with four boundaries


The clash in 1979 was a closer affair, but again, England came out on top in the semi-final at Old Trafford.

Batting first, Mike Brearley (53) and Graham Gooch (71) scored half-centuries, while Derek Randall struck a crucial 42 not out as England reached 221/8.

In reply, John Wright top-scored with a patient 69 from 137 balls, but New Zealand ended on 212/9 at the end of their 60 overs, 10 shy of the target.

9 June 1983 (The Oval, England)

England won by 106 runs

Richard Hadlee was New Zealand's most economical bowler with figures of 1/26
Richard Hadlee was New Zealand's most economical bowler with figures of 1/26


England and New Zealand met twice at the 1983 World Cup, with their first clash coming on the opening day of the tournament at The Oval.

England batted first once again, and scored an impressive 322/6. Allan Lamb scored at nearly a run a ball as he hit 102, with good support coming from Chris Tavare (45), David Gower (39) and Mike Gatting (43).

New Zealand fell well short in reply, despite Martin Crowe scoring 97, as England bowled them out for 216.

15 June 1983 (Edgbaston, England)

New Zealand won by 2 wickets

David Gower top scored for England with 92 not out
David Gower top scored for England with 92 not out


New Zealand finally got one over England at the fourth time of trying, and they did so in the most dramatic fashion at Edgbaston.

Chasing a target of 235, New Zealand got there with two wickets and just one ball to spare.

David Gower top scored for England with 92 not out, while Graeme Fowler hit 69.

In reply, New Zealand got off to a disastrous start, as Bob Willis got rid of their openers for just three runs. However, half-centuries from Geoff Howarth (60) and Jeremy Coney (66 not out) helped them reach their target, just about.  

15 March 1992 (Wellington, New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 7 wickets

New Zealand’s first World Cup game against England on home soil ended with a comfortable victory.

England were kept to a total of 200, despite a half-century from Graeme Hick and 41 from Alec Stewart.

The hosts knocked off the runs with just under 10 overs remaining thanks to half-centuries from Andrew Jones (78) and Martin Crowe (73 not out).

14 February 1996 (Ahmedabad, India)

New Zealand won by 11 runs

The next meeting was a Valentine’s Day clash in Ahmedabad at the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996.

A century from Nathan Astle fired New Zealand to a total of 239/6 at the end of their 50 overs, which they successfully defended to make it a hat-trick of wins over England at the tournament.

Graeme Hick struck 85, but England fell 12 runs short of the target set by New Zealand.

16 March 2007 (Gros Islet, Saint Lucia)

New Zealand won by 6 wickets

Scott Syris's 87 not out helped steer New Zealand to victory with nine overs remaining
Scott Syris's 87 not out helped steer New Zealand to victory with nine overs remaining


It was the opening group game for both sides in Saint Lucia at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

Batting first, England struggled to get going, and finished on 209/7 after 50 overs, thanks mainly to 60 from Kevin Pietersen and a valuable partnership between Paul Nixon (42 not out) and Liam Plunkett (29 not out).

They had more luck with the ball, though, as three early wickets left New Zealand at 19/3. However, unbeaten knocks from Scott Styris (87 not out) and Jacob Oram (63 not out) helped steer them to victory with nine overs remaining.

20 February 2015 (Wellington, New Zealand)

New Zealand won by 8 wickets

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Tim Southee's 7-wicket haul v England at CWC15
Tim Southee's spectacular display of swing bowling sends England packing for 123 in Match 9 of CWC15 in Wellington on February 20.


A truly sensational performance with the ball by Tim Southee inspired New Zealand to victory in their most recent ICC Cricket World Cup game against England.

Southee took 7/33 – the first New Zealand player to take seven wickets in an innings at the World Cup – to help dismiss England for a paltry 123.

Brendon McCullum then smashed 77 off 25 balls to fire New Zealand to their target in just 12.2 overs.

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