Another sterling knock from Martin Guptill was key as New Zealand clinched the ODI series against England at the Rose Bowl on Sunday.
Guptill played a major part in his country's win in the opening contest of the three-match series and stepped up to the mark again with 189 not out as New Zealand moved into an unassailable 2-0 lead with an 89-run victory in the second game.
Opener Guptill's knock came off 155 balls and featured 19 fours and two sixes, while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor added contributions of 55 and 60 respectively.
By the time the 50 overs were up, Brendon McCullum had weighed in with 40 not out and New Zealand were looking comfortable with 359, a score that England never really threatened to reach despite the efforts of top scorer Jonathan Trott.
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell got England off to an unremarkable start, posting 34 and 25 respectively, before Trott set about replicating Guptill's efforts for his side.
During an impressive stint at the crease, Trott scored 109 off 104 balls, a far cry from Joe Root and James Anderson's respective hits of 28 and Eoin Morgan's 21.
While it was always an uphill task for England, the final nail was put in their coffin when Jade Dernbach was caught by Mills for just two off the bowling of Mitchell McClenaghan as the home side mustered just 273.
New Zealand's series win poses England a number of questions ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy, which gets underway on Thursday.
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First Posted 03 June, 2013 7:44AM AEST