Devine’s cen­tury leads tourists to vic­tory

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(BBC) Eng­land women wasted a fan­tas­tic start to lose the third one-day in­ter­na­tional against New Zealand by four wick­ets yes­ter­day.

The home side reached 104-0 af­ter win­ning the toss at Grace Road, but lost all 10 wick­ets for 115 runs to be bowled out for 219.

So­phie Devine’s un­beaten 117 led New Zealand to vic­tory with more than five overs to spare.

It gives the White Ferns a con­so­la­tion win in a se­ries that Eng­land have taken 2-1.

Per­haps more im­por­tantly, New Zealand claim two points in the Women’s Cham­pi­onship, putting them sec­ond and ahead of Eng­land in the race for qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2021 World Cup.

For Eng­land, it ends an in­ter­na­tional sum­mer dur­ing which they have also won an ODI se­ries against South Africa and a Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing both the Proteas and New Zealand.

Their play­ers now turn their at­ten­tion to the do­mes­tic T20 Su­per League, which be­gins on 22 July, be­fore they bid to add to the World T20 to their 50-over world ti­tle in the Caribbean in Novem­ber.

The progress made by Eng­land open­ers Amy Jones and Tammy Beau­mont on a bright af­ter­noon sug­gested New Zealand were on the way to a ham­mer­ing.

Jones and Beau­mont were en­tirely un­trou­bled in their cen­tury stand, pun­ish­ing some sloppy White Ferns bowl­ing.

How­ever, Beau­mont’s de­par­ture for 53 - caught be­hind try­ing to re­verse-sweep off-spin­ner Leigh Kasperek - was the be­gin­ning of Eng­land’s strug­gles against New Zealand’s slower bowlers.

The ac­cu­rate Kasperek led the way with 5-39, while Jess Watkin chipped in with 2-38, in­clud­ing Jones stumped for 78.

New Zealand’s field­ing im­proved - they took some smart catches and en­joyed some luck - and Nat Sciver was run out back­ing up af­ter Kasperek dropped a re­turn catch.

Eng­land, though, did not adapt to the slow­ing con­di­tions and were bowled out with 16 de­liv­er­ies still re­main­ing.

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