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Jonny Bairstow has backed up his talk again to propel England into the Cricket World Cup semi finals with a crushing victory over New Zealand.
Opening batsman Bairstow made it back-to-back hundreds, this time smashing 106 in England's 8-305 batting first at Chester-le-Street.
The knock was an ominous sign for both Australia and India, against whom he scored his first World cup hundred, with results to determine which of the two nations England faces in the semi finals.
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"I'm really pleased obviously. I felt like I needed to contribute with some runs," Bairstow said.
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"I'm disappointed not to go on with a big one but pleased to have got a hundred. You want to fire against the best teams in the world."
The Black Caps were never in the hunt in reply, crashing to be all out for 186, some 119 runs short.
After losing two wickets early, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor set out to rebuild the run chase.off the bowling of Mark Wood for 27.
It set off a chain reaction as wickets fell at regular intervals, with all realistic hope disappearing when Colin de Grandhomme held out in the deep at 6-128. Tom Latham's fighting 57 was the sole score of substance, while Wood (3-34) was the leading bowler for England.
Earlier, Bairstow's ton came in yet another century opening partnership with Jason Roy (60) as England made the most of good batting conditions early in the day.
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New Zealand clawed its way back into the match through Trent Boult (2-56), Matt Henry (2-54) and Jimmy Neesham (2-41), ensuring what looked like being a score in the region of 350 would not eventuate.
But a late scrap from Eoin Morgan (42) along with his lower order pushed the score past 300 on a slowing wicket, providing New Zealand with a chase they were unlikely to achieve.
"We're really pleased, we knew these were must-win games. The performances in a couple of games hadn't been quite up to scratch," Bairstow said post-match.
"On a different day we could have been bowling first, but the guys applied themselves pretty well.
"I think batting with Jason for a period of time helps. You understand each other's games and moods.
"New Zealand are a class side, so we needed to put in a performance today, and we're pleased to do that after a tough few weeks."
The result saw England, fighting to stay in the tournament less than a week ago, leapfrog New Zealand into third place.
Only a 316-run victory for Pakistan over Bangladesh would knock New Zealand out of the semi finals, while the make up of the top two between Australia and India will be determined in their final round robin matches in the coming days.
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