New Zealand recorded their first victory of the tri-nations Twenty20 international series on Tuesday as England lost by 12 runs in Wellington to remain winless.
Australia have already reached the decider in Auckland next week after beating first the Black Caps and then England twice in their opening three matches.
It was New Zealand's turn to get off the mark at Westpac Stadium, thanks largely to Martin Guptill (65) and Kane Williamson (72), who helped the hosts post 196-5 batting first.
Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santer and Trent Boult then restricted England to 184-9, as Dawid Malan (59) and Alex Hales (47) lacked the support they needed to stage a meaningful run chase.
After winning the toss and choosing to field, England fatally failed to subdue New Zealand's dangermen.
Guptill survived the loss of Colin Munro (11) to form what proved to be a match-winning partnership of 82 with Williamson, whose place in the side had been questioned following a run of low scores.
The remaining opener tucked in to claim successive boundaries off Mark Wood (2-51) and then David Willey (0-36) in the second and third overs respectively.
And worse was to follow for Adil Rashid (2-36), Guptill bringing up his fifty by slog-sweeping the spinner over the ropes between deep midwicket and long-on. A second maximum followed off the next delivery for good measure.
Williamson, who ought to have been run out by Wood before he had scored, went one better than his colleague, the skipper plundering four sixes, with Liam Plunkett (0-33) and Wood his victims.
The captain reached his own half-century by clearing the boundary over deep midwicket, as a length ball outside off from Wood was seized upon with relish.
Guptill eventually slipped up when he paddled Rashid's low full toss outside leg stump to Plunkett at fine-leg.
And Williamson was dislodged when Chris Jordan (1-34) beat the bat and hit off stump via the batsman's pads, but the damage was already done.
England attempted to follow the example set by the hosts' big-hitters in their reply, albeit without the same success.
Alex Hales raced to 47 from just 24 deliveries, thanks to six fours and three maximums before he was caught by Colin de Grandhomme at deep midwicket off Sodhi (2-49).
And Dawid Malan, in putting on 65 for the second wicket with Hales, top scored for his side to no avail.
Two sixes and six fours saw Malan notch 59, with the highlight a huge slog sweep deep into the crowd behind cow corner off Sodhi.
Santner (2-29) gained revenge for his affronted team-mate, with the help of a Boult catch at long-on.
Boult (2-46) accounted for Jordan and Plunkett as England's tail offered little resistance, potential middle-order saviours James Vince (10) and Willey (21) having both been run out.
New Zealand will now face Australia in Auckland on Friday, before taking on England again in Hamilton two days later.
|Rams defeat Chiefs in one of the highest scoring games in NFL history|
|Kemba Walker leads Hornets to win over Celtics|
|Gomez praises ´top player´ Van Dijk, Stones|
|Cricket Australia to maintain Smith, Warner ball tampering bans|
|Brazil´s Tite encouraged by Neymar captaincy|
|Holmes set for NFL switch after Cronulla release|
|Dier encourages English youngsters to follow Sancho´s lead|
|Southgate promises further changes to England squad|
|Jones sceptical over Pocock injury|
|Sane encouraged despite Germany´s ´annoying´ Nations League draw|
|Character got Netherlands through, says Koeman|
|Netherlands´ focus still on Euros - Van Dijk|
|Ireland will be ready for qualifiers, insists O´Neill|
|Smith undergoes successful surgery, Redskins sign Sanchez|
|Germany 2 Netherlands 2: Dramatic five-minute fightback seals Oranje progression|
|Denmark 0 Republic of Ireland 0: Thrills at a premium again in Aarhus|
|O´Brien could return for start of Six Nations|
|Cavani: Neymar and I are ´friends, brothers, team-mates´|
|Pothas named Windies interim head coach|
|LA Galaxy planning for Ibrahimovic stay|
|NFL will return to Mexico City in 2019|
|Broner vows to end Pacquiao´s career in Las Vegas|
|UEFA should punish PSG and Man City, says LaLiga chief|
|Teenage driver Floersch has ´no fear of paralysis´ after operation|
|Mancini bemoans Italy´s misfortune in front of goal|
|Sprint legend Johnson ´pretty much back to normal´ after stroke|
|Bournemouth defender Adam Smith out for three months|
|World champions France out to end 2018 on a high|
|I told him there´s no future in football! A-Rod relieved to be ignored by Mahomes|
|Dembele must focus and be more responsible - Suarez|
|Neymar could return one day – Barca chief|
|Cole backs West Ham to keep Arnautovic|
|Injury rules Bernardo Silva out of Poland clash|
|Lamar Jackson debut start ´spectacular´ - Ravens coach Harbaugh|
|Babar run out the turning point, laments Sarfraz|
|West Ham boost London Stadium capacity to 60,000|
|A great advertisement for Test cricket - Williamson revels in stunning win|
|Van Dijk one of the world´s best - Klaassen|
|Floersch had ´angel on her shoulder´ in horror crash|
|Gascoigne charged with sexual assault|
|I am going to stay at Chelsea and fight, insists Giroud|
|Hansen to make announcement on All Blacks future|
|I have reached the top by joining Chelsea - Sarri|
|Bonucci tells Italy boo boys to ´live with less envy´|
|Dramatic Pakistan collapse gives Stead first New Zealand Test win|
|Button enjoying racing for first time in years|
|Dortmund chief not planning Pulisic sale|
|Theismann: Smith leg break ´heart-wrenching´ to watch|
|Wolves defender Jonny suffers knee injury|
|Holmes to meet with Sharks amid NFL switch talk|
|LeBron made 51 points ´look easy´, says Walton|
|McGuire signs four-year deal with Cowboys|
|Bears beat Vikings to extend NFC North lead|
|Peng overcomes Davis in Houston final|
|Kerr says this has been his toughest stretch as Warriors coach|
|LeBron scores 51 in Lakers´ win, Warriors fall to Spurs|
|Win more than Djokovic? Let´s chill out – Zverev|
|Steelers´ rally highlights wild day of close, last-minute finishes|
|Modric not worried about Ballon d´Or|
|Saints pull away for blowout victory over Eagles, extend winning streak to nine|
|Martinez laments loss of control by Belgium|
|Logano claims first NASCAR Cup championship|
|Luis Enrique delighted with attitude of Spain´s squad|
|Stevens tells Celtics to get ´tougher´|
|Griezmann: Being Messi´s lieutenant played a part in rejecting Barcelona|
|Curry proud of how Warriors handled Green-Durant incident|
|Courtois: Belgium thought Nations League job was done|
|Howell ends 11-year title drought to deny record-breaking Rodgers|
|Robben dismisses Bayern title talk|
|Huge blow for Redskins as QB Smith breaks tibia and fibula|