England Women v New Zealand Women – First T20I – The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford – Summary
England 184/4 (20.0 overs)
New Zealand 138 (18.5 overs)
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl
England won by 46 runs
Tammy Beaumont provided the fireworks as England’s women recorded a 46-run victory over their New Zealand counterparts in the first of their T20I series at Chelmsford.
Beaumont wooed the sellout Chelmsford crowd with an exciting knock of 97. Her 79-minute stint at the crease consisted of 65 balls and included thirteen 4s and one 6. She was eventually snared off the penultimate delivery of England’s innings, scooping Hayley Jensen into Katey Martin’s gloves.
The Tourists’ frustrations heightened when Beaumaint was twice dropped – New Zealand Skipper, Sophie Devine the unfortunate fielder on each occasion.
Amy Jones contributed 31, while Sophia Dunkey was unbeaten on 24 as England posted their highest total against New Zealand. – Jensen the pick of the White Ferns attack with 2/26.
Amy Satterthwaite offered some resistance, reaching 43. However, her departure – brilliantly caught by Mady Villiers at deep extra-cover off the bowling of Katherine Brunt – left New Zealand floundering on 82/6 – The outcome never really in question.
Brunt starred with the ball for England, taking 2/9 from her three-over spell – Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn each chipping in with 2/24 apiece.
England: Tammy Beaumont, Danni Wyatt, Nat Sciver (Capt), Amy Jones (WK), Sophia Dunkley, Emma Lamb, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers, Tash Farrant
New Zealand: Bates, Sophie Devine (Capt), Amy Satterthwaite, Claudia Green, Brooke Halliday, Katey Martin (WK), Hayley Jensen, Thamsyn Newton, Hannah Rowe, Jess Kerr, Leigh Kasperek
Officials: Sue Redfern, Graham Lloyd, Martin Saggers, Billy Taylor and Wayne Noon