England Girls cruised to an eight-wicket victory towards New Zealand of their first 50-over worldwide in additional than a yr.
Tammy Beaumont, who hit 71, and their captain, Heather Knight (67 not out), steered the vacationers to the profitable goal in solely 33.four overs, having skittled their hosts for 178 at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval. The victory places England 1-Zero up within the three-match collection.
England, again in motion within the ODI enviornment for the primary time since playing Pakistan in December 2019, misplaced the toss. New Zealand elected to bat, however regardless of being disadvantaged of Anya Shrubsol – who’s lacking the tour with a knee damage – England had been quickly on the entrance foot after Tash Farrant and Katherine Brunt each struck contained in the opening 10 overs.
Hayley Jensen offered New Zealand with some hope after she claimed her first ODI half-century, however her dismissal by Sarah Glenn left the hosts on a precarious 94 for 4.
Brooke Halliday struck 50 from 54 deliveries in her first ODI look earlier than she was the final girl dismissed – run out by Danni Wyatt – with the hosts’ innings ending after 45.1 overs.
In reply, Wyatt’s wicket fell within the eighth over after she registered 17. However Beaumont and Knight steadied the ship, with the previous reaching her 50 from 67 balls – her 10th ODI half-century – earlier than she was caught behind off Lea Tahuhu’s supply.
Knight then reached her 20th ODI 50 in 58 balls, with Nat Sciver, who made an unbeaten 21, hitting the match-winning boundary in a crushing triumph for the vacationers.
The perimeters will meet in Dunedin on Friday with England bidding to take an unassailable 2-Zero lead.