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Kane Williamson. Picture: Neil Marshall
Kane Williamson. Picture: Neil Marshall
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KANE WILLIAMSON took great satisfaction in 
guiding New Zealand to victory as he thrived at the Ageas Bowl.

The Kiwi batsman struck a fine 118 as he found a superb batting track to his liking and enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Ross Taylor (110) that proved decisive in his side’s three-wicket win.

Williamson said: ‘It was a good team performance and an improved bowling effort as well.

‘To bowl them out before the 50 overs was key.

‘They were on track for a few more runs.

‘They played really well again with the bat and it was nice to restrict them.

‘You can play a lot worse than that and win, from an England perspective.

‘I thought it was a very good game of cricket and both sides played very well.

‘In terms of the style, I don’t look at it as being relentlessly attacking.

‘But England are picking players for roles that hopefully push the boundaries of the game and get those high scores. I think it’s suited to the English side at the moment and suited to the team that we’ve picked as well.

‘It certainly brings an attractive game that I’m sure all the crowd has been enjoying.

‘It was a really good batting surface and we did have some batters to come, so that’s always nice and gives you that confidence.’

Williamson admitted there was a hint of frustration that he was unable to see his team over the line and also felt England’s 302 was still a testing target to chase.

He said: ‘It was great to form that partnership with Ross, who batted outstandingly to take the game deep.

‘It was frustrating for one of us not to be there at the end but the guys who came in formed the little partnerships that were required to get us over the line.

‘I suppose any time you chase a total you want to do it with less wickets but it was a really good team performance.

‘Any score as big as that it a real challenge and it requires a full team batting performance to chase it.

‘Scoring 300 second is probably harder than scoring it first in terms of trying to make the calculations along the way.

‘England have been batting and playing really well and they did again.

‘It was a great game of cricket and it was really pleasing to bowl them out and also to put together a chase to achieve that total was a good effort.’