Chester-le-Street - Ben Stokes' three wickets helped England restrict New Zealand to 283-9 in the first sub-300 target of the one-day international series in the decider on Saturday.
England was set a target of 284 to claim a 3-2 victory in this run-laden, record-breaking series, despite half-centuries from Martin Guptill (67) and Kane Williamson (50), and a late 39 not out from Ben Wheeler.
After being put in to bat on a cloudy morning, New Zealand lost captain Brendon McCullum in the first over.
Although the Kiwis did reach 150-3, Stokes (3-52) ensured the second half of the innings wasn't as fruitful.
Williamson under-edged a front-foot pull on to his stumps, and Guptill went caught behind to some extra bounce.
Wheeler hit 22 in the final over off Steven Finn.