<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Brendon McCullum" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130617101913.jpg" title="Brendon McCullum" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Brendon McCullum's New Zealand lost to England by 10 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Cardiff: Jun 17, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/New-Zealand/post" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> skipper <a href="/tags/Brendon-McCullum/post" target="_blank">Brendon McCullum</a> blamed his team's batsmen for the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/ICC-Champions-Trophy-2013-England-through-to-semi-finals-with-10-run-win-over-New-Zealand/27983" target="_blank">10-run defeat against England</a> in a rain-hit Champions Trophy group match match which severely jeopardised their chances of making the semifinals.<br /> <br /> "It was a huge moment for us but we let the opportunity pass," he said in a post-match chat.<br /> <br /> New Zealand lost half their batting side for 62 runs in the 24th over and managed to put up a fight only after <a href="/tags/Kane-Williamson/post" target="_blank">Kane Williamson</a> struck a 54-ball 67 and stitched 73 runs for the sixth wicket with debutant <a href="/tags/Corey-Anderson/post" target="_blank">Corey Anderson</a> at the Sophia Gardens on Sunday.<br /> <br /> "Our batting needs work. There was pressure after we lost early wickets and the England pacers really bowled well," McCullum said.<br /> <br /> The Kiwi skipper didn't make an issue of the controversial <a href="/tags/Stuart-Broad/post" target="_blank">Stuart Broad</a> no-ball that claimed the wicket of Williamson. TV replays showed Broad's heel clearly overstepped the line, but Williamson was given out.<br /> <br /> "It was close, real close. Sometimes the rub of the green doesn't go your way. But that's the way it goes," McCullum said.<br /> <br /> Williamson was unhappy that New Zealand got close but could not finish the job.<br /> <br /> "It's a shame that we lost our wickets at key times. We lost our momentum every time a wicket went down."<br /> <br /> The 22-year-old Williamson, who has played for <a href="/tags/Gloucestershire/post" target="_blank">Gloucestershire</a>, said he was too wary of James Anderson's incoming deliveries.<br /> <br /> "The challenge of the scoreboard was too much and there was no time to think of him," he said.<br /> <br /> New Zealand (three points from three matches) now await the outcome of today's last group A ICC Champions Trophy match between Sri Lanka and Australia. Only an Australian win will bring the Kiwis back in the reckoning for a spot in the semis.<br /> <br /> "Really like Australia to play some excellent cricket against Lanka," McCullum said jokingly, but on a serious note, added: "Can't expect Australia to do us a favour. We didn't take our opportunities at the end of the day."