The 24th match of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 was played between the hosts England and New Zealand at County Ground, Derby on Wednesday. England eased to a 75-run victory over New Zealand to book their semi-final spot.
England won the and chose to bat first against New Zealand. England didn’t start off well: they lost their opener Lauren Winfield for 11 courtesy an extraordinary catch by Amy Sattherthwaite (who was playing her 100th ODI) at backward point, followed by the wickets of Sarah Taylor and captain Heather Knight who fell lbw to her opposite number Suzie Bates, in quick succession. England were wobbling, but they no longer depend on their top three and are a young side filled with belief. Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver regrouped the innings, the used pitch and slow outfield made them run 72 singles, 12 twos and a pair of threes before Sciver stepped on the accelerator. Beaumont fell 7 short of what would have been a brilliant hundred while Sciver went on to score 129 invaluable runs. Their mammoth fourth wicket stand of 170 runs laid the foundation of a winning total of 284/9 for the hosts. The sensational teenager, Amy Kerr took 4 wickets for the White Ferns and forced a frantic end to the English innings as they lost their last 6 wickets for just 56 runs but England had managed enough runs on the board. Only a record chase would have seen the White Ferns through, they fell short by 75 runs instead. Amy Satterthwaite and Suzie Bates did give some hope in the form of their second wicket partnership of 75 runs but it didn’t last long as Hartley struck just at the right time to get rid of Bates who was batting at 44 and Satterthwaite’s wicket fell soon after. The explosive batter Sophie Devine who hit 9 sixes against Pakistan was struggling with a side strain, she didn’t trouble the scorers much either. Shrubsole took 2 wickets, Marsh 1, Gunn 2, Hartley 3 and captain Knight also got a crucial wicket to finish off the White Ferns innings on 209 in the forth-seventh over.
England will be super pleased with their all round effort with both bat and bowl, their last game before the semis is against West Indies. The match between New Zealand and India will be a virtual quarterfinal.
England v New Zealand ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 Full Match Highlights
Player of the match, Nat Sciver struck her second century of the tournament off just 92 balls. When she came out to bat her team was under immense pressure as they had lost 3 wickets in the first 14 overs. She took her time to settle down, and alongside Tammy Beaumont added 170 runs in 27 overs to rescue her team. Her innings of 129 off 111 balls oozed class, she also hit 11 fours in the process. Nat Sciver is proving to be one heck of a player already, more power to her.
Spinner Alex Hartley in her brief career has been super impressive already, Her knack of taking crucial wickets and breaking important partnerships is proving to be more than handy for England. Just when the partnership between Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite started to look slightly threatening, Hartley struck to get rid of Suzie Bates. Her other two wickets were of the dangerous Sophie Devine and tail-ender Holly Huddleston. Hartley now has 7 wickets in the tournament.
Suzie Bates falls to Alex Hartley for 44
Sophie Devine falls to Alex Hartley for 8