Allrounder Jimmy Neesham has been omitted from New Zealand Cricket’s list of contracted players for the first time in three years

For the New Zealanders, it was a measure of revenge for a runner-up finish in the 50-over World Cup in England in 2019. The final between England and New Zealand finished in a tie — with some critics questioning an umpiring decision which potentially cost the Blacks Caps a victory — then the teams couldn’t be split in a Super Over tiebreaker. England was awarded the World Cup on a countback determined by the number of boundaries hit.

Now the New Zealanders are potentially one win away, again, from capturing their first major limited-overs prize.

The final is Sunday, with New Zealand set to play the winner of Thursday’s semifinal match between Australia and Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup.

On Wednesday, Mitchell struggled to play his shots early on a sluggish wicket, but he hung in with Devon Conway (46) in a crucial 82-run stand before anchoring the chase in style with Neesham.

“A bit of a whirlwind, nice to get the job done and move on to the big dance,” Neesham said, acknowledging his father in the crowd. “We knew we needed one or two big overs … for my dad to travel halfway around the world and be here is pretty cool.”

Woakes had made early inroads in his first two overs when he dismissed Martin Guptill and Williamson as New Zealand slipped to 2-13.

England didn’t allow Mitchell and Conway to score freely, with Liam Livingstone (2-22) bowling an impressive spell in the middle overs and getting the wickets of Conway and Glenn Phillips.

But Neesham’s clean hitting followed by Mitchell’s superb finishing denied England a second successive appearance in the final.

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