After taking the 3 matches T20 series 2-1, England Women are off to a winning start in the ODIs as well against the visitors, New Zealand Women.
England was put to bat by New Zealand in the first of the five ODIs and was able to score a below-par score of 241 all out with three balls left in the innings. Though captain Heather Knight led the team from the front after scoring a brilliant 89 hitting 8 fours, the others failed to contribute much except Beaumont’s 44 and Brunt’s 43. However, the bowlers didn’t upset the home crowd after they pulled out this low-scoring match by bowling out New Zealand for 211 with every bowler adding a wicket or two to her account. The star bowler for the day was Katherine Brunt who bowled four maidens and took a wicket from her 8 over spell, followed by two wickets and just 10 runs by Natalie Sciver in her 5 overs, Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone adding two wickets each to the score while Freya Davies and Charlotte Dean got one each.
That special moment for debutant Charlie Dean 🥳pic.twitter.com/X9uBCvE3dq
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) September 16, 2021
For New Zealand, after getting to a poor start by scoring just a hurried single out of the first three overs and ending the powerplay with just 17 on the board and 2 wickets down, it was only Amy Satterthwaite who dominated the game with a score of 79 Not Out and tried to maintain a steady partnership with captain Devine in the middle of the innings but that didn’t last much and after Devine’s dismissal for 34, Amy hardly got any support from her teammates except a little show by the bowlers Tahuhu and Kasperek who managed to get 25 of 14 and 14 of 21 respectively while Jess Kerr led NZ-W with the ball by taking a three-wicket haul and bowling a maiden.
Amy Satterthwaite dominated the game with a score of 79 Not Out in the 1st ODI but couldn’t take her team across the line.
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) September 17, 2021
Player of the Match
For her brilliant 89 with the bat, Knight was adjudged as the player of the match.
A low-scoring match turned interesting. This is what cricket is all about. It would be exciting to see how both the teams come back from here in the next match scheduled to be played on Sunday 19th September in New Road, Worcester 3:30 PM onwards.
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