White Ferns crushed by Eng­land

Marlborough Express - - FRONT PAGE -

be­fore the teams meet again dur­ing the week, hav­ing quickly turned around their for­tunes af­ter a sur­prise loss to South Africa ear­lier in the day in the first game of their dou­ble-header.

Just three days ago, on the same ground, the White Ferns had scored a world record in beat­ing South Africa by 66 runs, then Eng­land had bet­tered it in crush­ing them by 121 runs. But the hosts’ 160-5 was this time not enough, as South Africa tri­umphed by six wick­ets with three balls to spare. How­ever, the White Ferns weren’t able to land a dou­ble blow.

Eng­land won the toss and elected to bat, and were led to their 172-8 by No 4 Natalie Sciver’s 59 off 37 balls (seven fours), while for New Zealand off­spin­ner Leigh Kasperek re­turned the pick of the fig­ures, with 3-35 off her four overs.

New Zealand openers So­phie Devine (13 off seven) and Suzie Bates (23 off 17) got them up and run­ning, but no-one was able to hang around. At 77-3 in the 11th over the White Ferns still had wick­ets in hand to launch, but they were never able to shift the mo­men­tum up, as the English bowlers took con­trol, and in the end, Bates’ 23 was to be the equal top score, with Maddy Green.

Left-arm spin­ner So­phie Ec­cle­stone claimed 4-18 off four overs (in­clud­ing a maiden) and off-spin­ner Heather Knight also pro­duced a tight spell, of 2-17 off four, as New Zealand lost their last seven wick­ets for 41 runs.

The White Ferns now face their dou­ble-header day on Fri­day, when they’ll play South Africa then Eng­land, as they strive to book their place in the fi­nal, which is on Mon­day morn­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.