McMillan half-century lifts New Zealand v England

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DURBAN, South Africa, Sep 18 (Reuters) - Craig McMillan blasted a rapid half-century to help New Zealand recover to post 164 for nine in their Twenty20 World Cup Super Eights match against England today.

McMillan top scored for New Zealand with a 57 that included three fours and four sixes, as he added 60 runs for the fifth wicket with Scott Styris (42) after the side had slumped to 31-4 in the sixth over.

Darren Maddy, who took two wickets for six with his medium pace, broke the partnership in the 13th over with a direct hit from mid-wicket at the non-striker's end to run out Styris.

Maddy's productive over helped England fight back at the end of the innings with three wickets falling for 11 runs in eight balls.

Batsman Vikram Solanki kept wicket for England after Matt Prior was ruled out with a broken thumb he sustained in a practice session on Monday.

REUTERS BJR VC1530

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