At Christchurch, March 22. New Zealand won by 53 runs. On a much faster wicket and outfield, New Zealand were given a flying start by Edgar and Rutherford, whose opening partnership of 125 took 111 minutes. Coney scored the fastest of the three half-centuries - off 50 balls. Only Boon, who hit nine 4s in his 47, looked capable of a substantial reply, and McDermott brought the later part of the innings to life by hitting 37 from 29 balls.

Man of the Match: J. V. Coney. Attendance: 20,500.