Hello all, welcome to cricket town. Today: the second One-Day International out of five matches between the women’s teams of England and New Zealand. We’re at New Road, Worcester, for today’s outing, with the cathedral watching over and the ground remarkably not underwater, which is how it seems to spend most of the months between about August and June.
Game one was in Bristol, where England won pretty comfortably in the end, more so than a margin of 30 runs suggests. Heather Knight did the bulk of the batting to make 89, first with a partnership with Tammy Beaumont up top, then with Katherine Brunt down the order, to make 241. New Zealand had Amy Satterthwaite bat through for 79 not out, but she didn’t have enough support, and the Kiwis got bowled out for 211 with 21 balls to go. Had they batted their full allotment, they were a good chance to win.
They have chance to make good today: lock, load, and go again.