NEW ZEALAND 137/9: 20 Overs Bates 31 Hazell 2-20, Ecclestone 2-26, Brunt 2-26
ENGLAND 141/3: 17.1 Overs Wyatt 50 Kerr 2-22, Bates 1-17
England win by 7 wickets
England Women produced a dominant display to win by seven wickets against New Zealand in the Vitality IT20 Women’s Tri-Series Final at Chelmsford on Sunday, as the World Champions continued to assert their dominance in this tournament and see the hosts lifting the Tri-Series trophy.
Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine both got the ‘White Ferns’ off to a great start in their Innings, as the English bowlers were finding it hard to get the ball into right areas and saw the New Zealand openers punishing them. Bates and especially Devine – have both been standouts with the bat and looked like they were building towards a big total until Katherine Brunt finally made an important breakthrough for England in the fifth over of the contest, as she trapped Sophie Devine LBW for 31.
Brunt then repeated the trick again on Katey Martin two balls later, as she went for 2 and saw New Zealand 57-2. Amy Satterthwaite and Suzie Bates then put together a handy little partnership on for the tourists, as the tourists began to rebuild their Innings thanks to the batters. Sophie Ecclestone then got the prized wicket of Bates, bowled for 31, and soon saw Danielle Hazell trapping her fellow Lancs teammate LBW in Amy Satterthwaite for 19, as the England bowling was taking over.
England’s World Cup final hero last year in Anya Shrubsole – then saw the Middlesex bowler having Maddy Green lofting a shot towards captain Heather Knight for 8 and have the Kiwi’s in a spot of bother at 97-5. Katie George then claimed the wicket of Jess Watkins for 5 as she picked out Amy Jones stood by the boundary rope.
Anna Peterson was then the next to go – as she made 7 before Danielle Hazell spun one to bowl the New Zealander out to collect her second wicket of the match and see the hosts taking over. England’s most improved player of this Tri-series has been that of Sophie Ecclestone and the Lancashire spinner managed to get a slight edge off Leigh Kasperek and into the gloves of Sarah Taylor stood behind the stumps too take the catch to see her out for cheaply.
Amelia Kerr tried her best to help force the score along for her team – after she played a lovely lofted shot to the boundary before Hayley Jensen was then run out for 9, following a good throw to the non-strikers’ end and saw Nat Sciver breaking the stumps to see the ‘White Ferns’ nine down. England used just five bowlers in their bowling attack and saw Danielle Hazell as the pick of the bowlers, with the spinner taking 2-20 in her four allotted overs.
The hosts were set a target of 138 for victory and saw the openers making early inroads through Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont, as the England duo was easing towards the total with Wyatt reaching her half-century. Unfortunately, following her fifty, the very next ball she faced saw the opener playing at a shot and saw the ball loop up a see Leigh Kasperek juggling the ball a few times before finally holding on to the ball and help to dismiss Wyatt for 50.
In came wicketkeeper extraordinaire in Sarah Taylor, as she came out to the middle and played some brilliant shots as she and Beaumont moved the England total along, but the Tri-Series top run-scorer in Tammy Beaumont- then saw her attempting to hit Amelia Kerr for six, but didn’t get all of it and saw Amy Satterthwaite taking the catch to see the opener dismissed for 35.
Kerr then got one to spin by Taylor and bowl her out for 12 and that saw the youngster taking two in two balls, to have England three down for 102 – while still needing another 36 runs from 43 balls for victory. Heather Knight and Nat Sciver were the two to finish the job off England, with Sciver hitting the match-winning runs to have the home side winning by seven wickets.
Katherine Brunt was named the player of the match with her two important wickets in the New Zealand Innings when things getting away from the hosts, while Sophie Ecclestone took home the player of the tournament thanks to her fantastic bowling performances throughout the Tri-Series and was a breakout series by the Lancashire spinner.
The sides renew acquaintances next Saturday when they meet in the first of a three-match ODI series starting at Leeds, Emerald Headingley before then heading to Derby and ending with the third match at Leicester’s Grace Road.
Scorecard from ECB.co.uk