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Alex Hales' brilliant 47 in 24 balls was in vain as England fell short by 12 runs in their T20 global against New Zealand in Wellington.

England's hopes of qualifying for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series T20 final took a blow as they were beaten by New Zealand by 12 runs in the 4th match.

The defeat means England are now struggling to qualify for the tri-series final, also involving Australia, who are top of the table.

Jason Roy went into the must-win Twenty20 global here against New Zealand determined to remember this tri-series for more than being denied the catch that cost England a victory against Australia. Guptill targeted Rashid, taking him for consecutive sixes over the leg side - the first raising a 31-ball fifty - while Williamson started to relocate the middle of the bat, which has proved elusive in the last few weeks.

The Yorkshireman sits 26th, with England's highest placed bowler Chris Jordan in 15th, but is unconcerned about such matters.

England went into their game with New Zealand in Wellington having suffered two defeats to the Baggy Greens, but a 12-run setback against the Black Caps has left the tourists on the brink of finishing in last place.

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Buttler called correctly and chose to bowl, but quickly found Martin Guptill on rambunctious form, swatting four boundaries in the space of five balls between the second and third overs.

First ball he pushed a delivery from fast bowler Mark Wood back down the onside of the pitch, hesitated, then set off for a run. Chapman scored 20, while wicketkeeper Seifert hit two sixes in his six-ball innings of 14 to take the hosts to the equal highest Twenty20 global score on the ground.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Mark Chapman, who has also played global cricket for Hong Kong, and debutant Tim Seifert then did what they had been brought into the side to do with quick-fire cameos in the middle order.

Opener Jason Roy went for eight but Hales and Malan put on the kind of display which looked like being the launchpad for an important victory.

"We've had a couple of losses in a row, which hasn't been what we've wanted but we've just been looking at how we've been playing and how we want to try and improve, and when we do that's when the results happen for us".

"It's been hugely frustrating because of the line-up we've got". He thundered his way to 46 off 20 balls - including 20 off one Trent Boult over - and ensured England were just ahead of the asking rate in the early stages of their chase.

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