Three had been needed off the last two balls but Killeen then bowled Simon Cook and restricted last man, Durham old boy Martin Saggers, to a scrambled leg bye
off the final delivery.
From the start batting looked tough work as the first half dozen overs produced just one leg bye
as David Harrison and Kasprowicz enjoyed a profitable time.
Glover was then run out within touching distance of the target but a leg bye
from the final delivery was not enough for Ansley as they finished on 195-9.
The runs were really drying up when South African David Miller declined Blackwell's call for a leg bye
and the ex-Somerset man was run out for 43, made off 27 balls.
A scrambled leg bye
off the penultimate ball gave Orrell Red Triangle a two wicket win in a thriller with Skelmersdale.
But with wickets tumbling the Kiwis reached the final over needing seven to win, and Collingwood gambled by turning to Luke Wright and it paid off as Jamie How was run out for 139 and Daniel Vettori could only scramble a leg bye
off the final delivery to tie the match and leave the Kiwis 2-1 ahead going into Saturday's decider.
And, when Ravi Bopara completed the victory with a leg bye
, he earned the appreciation of punters who backed England to win the series at a high of 5-1 following their massive 119-run defeat in the first ODI at Dambulla at the start of the month.
Play got under way at 4pm but Northants had added just one leg bye
to their overnight total of 75 for three when the drizzle returned.
Gloucestershire skipper Jon Lewis held his nerve with the visitors requiring just three off the last three deliveries and conceded only a leg bye
off the last.
On a glorious day in Manchester - six words you don't often use consecutively - Vaughan punched the air as if he had won the Ashes as he scrambled the winning leg bye
We needed just four runs of the last over but after taking a leg bye
from the first ball we failed to score from the next four.
And Gayle's force was just what Adams ordered as the scorebook tally read in order of deliveries: Paul Franks run out; Stewart leg bye
; Darren Gough bowled; Alan Mullally no run; Mullally bowled.