New Zealand vs England: Vacationers win 32 runs to get a clear run


Mady Villiers had the best 3:10 career in two overs

Third Twenty20, Sky Stadium, Wellington
England 128-9 (20 overs): Wilson 31 (23), Devine 3-30
New Zealand 96 (18 overs): Satterthwaite 25 (26), Villiers 3-10
England won by 32 runs; won the series 3-0

England beat New Zealand by 33 runs to get a clean run in their Twenty20 streak with three games.

England, with no captain Heather Knight from a minor hip injury, made an unbeaten 31st with Fran Wilson 128-9.

Sophia Dunkley made 26 while captain Sophie Devine took 3-30 for the hosts.

New Zealand lost two goals to Katherine Brunt in their first game before weirdos Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn and Mady Villiers limited the hosts to 96 6:36.

England have now won their last eleven completed 20 internationals, a run that began after losing six wickets in the opening game of the World Cup in March 2020.

Her only flaw in the format during this time was the controversial washout Semi-final against India that eliminated them from the tournament.

Fans were allowed to take part in the game in Wellington after lockdown restrictions introduced in the region following the one-day series that England won 2-1.

It is not yet known when England will next be in action. The summer plan has yet to be confirmed.

Squad players compete with bats

Wilson played their first game of the T20 series, playing a crucial hand at 70-4.

She only hit two fours in her 23-ball stroke, but amassed superbly the last eight overs of the innings to bring England to a sum that could be defended on a tricky spinning wicket.

Dunkley, who is only 22 years old, has already played 15 T20 internationals and was recently tipped from teammate Anya Shrubsole with a bright future.

She had only fought in six of her appearances before, and never higher than six in order, so being promoted to four was a true creed of England.

She showed maturity and serenity as England battled 24-2 and 34-3 to turn the strike and hit a six as she got her second highest international score.

One concern for England will be the form of the opener Danni Wyatt, who only scored 63 runs in the six games in the two series.

England got New Zealand on its toes

New Zealand lost two early gates in both the one-day and T20 series – the opening pair never lasted more than 9.1 overs in the ODI series and after the end of the fifth in the T20 series.

Brunt met Devine and Hayley Jensen in the first round before Amy Satterthwaite and Amelia Kerr stabilized the ship at 37-2.

However, when former captain Satterthwaite was caught off guard by Amy Jones off Glenn for 25 years, the tide turned again.

This sparked a 6-26 breakdown in less than six overs as New Zealand struggled with the quality of English weirdos on a field that provided support.

Kerr and Leigh Kasperek also both danced in the past of Ecclestone and Villiers, who got the best numbers of their careers of 3 to 10 from their two overs.

A final wicket stand of 33 between Maddy Green and Rosemary Mair held up England's victory before the former was caught in the middle of substitute captain Nat Sciver.

The win completes a near-perfect tour for England. Head coach Lisa Keightley begins to shape her style on the team after replacing Mark Robinson in October 2019.

"Brilliant preparation for summer" – what they said

England's substitute captain Nat Sciver: "Everyone came on today and raised their hands. We were a bit dissatisfied with the bat, but we managed to maintain the positive attitude in order to achieve a defensible score."

"Bowling was our strong point throughout the tour, so the early wickets were key and then the weirdos did really well.

"This was an excellent preparation for the summer and before we return here for the World Cup next year."

New Zealand captain Sophie Devine: "I thought we'd probably let them get 30-40 more runs than we would have liked. We know how good this English team are and unfortunately one of the issues in this series was not being able to pressure them. "

"We're on a journey and we need to see the bigger picture. We've been below par but we need to learn how to play consistent cricket against the best teams."

The English all-rounder Katherine Brunt: "We have a mix of experience and youth so it's about learning from each other and I think the youth on our team are really experienced right now, so they teach us as much as we teach them.

"It's a day for me right now, almost 36. It's about enjoying the moment and staying in it and enjoying what I have left with the girls."


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