23rd over: England 102-5 (Winfield-Hill 35, Wyatt 12) Jess Kerr comes back to see what the ball is doing, and again the batters can’t do much with her. A couple of singles, then Winfield-Hill can’t beat the field three times in a row.
22nd over: England 100-5 (Winfield-Hill 34, Wyatt 11) Tahuhu bowls in Wyatt’s zone, short with width outside off. Wyatt actually steps across to get closer to that ball and then cuts it away. England need her scoring rate badly. Wyatt is playing her 200th match for England today across the two limited-overs formats. She adds three more runs, cutting Tahuhu through cover at the top of the bounce, up on her toes. Great shot.
21st over: England 91-5 (Winfield-Hill 33, Wyatt 4) Leigh Kasperek on to bowl New Zealand’s first over of spin for the day. Floating them up right at the toes. Misses her length with a full toss that Wyatt baseballs away, but Rowe on the rope this time makes the stop and saves two runs.
20th over: England 85-5 (Winfield-Hill 28) Dunkley out off the last ball of the over.
WICKET! Dunkley c Jensen b Tahuhu 11, England 85-5
Another wicket trying to force the pace with nothing in the surface. That might have been the slower ball from Tahuhu as well. A shortish ball, but dug into the pitch and it stops dead. Dunkley tries to pull but her timing is all wrong. Just lollops it to midwicket. She’s made 11 from 27 balls, not good reading.
19th over: England 82-4 (Winfield-Hill 29, Dunkley 10) Rowe gets through another cheap one, three runs with another Dunkley brace behind point. She now has 2 for 10 from five overs.
18th over: England 79-4 (Winfield-Hill 28, Dunkley 8) Again Dunkley can’t time the back cut, nearly chopping the ball into her stumps off Devine. She slaps the final ball past backward point for two runs to get something from the over.
17th over: England 76-4 (Winfield-Hill 27, Dunkley 6) Rowe mixing up her lengths well. Beats Dunkley’s attempt to cut with some extra bounce, then nearly slips a yorker through at her toes. No score from the over. The run rate 4.48 though thanks to that brief fast start.
16th over: England 76-4 (Winfield-Hill 27, Dunkley 6) It looks pretty hard to time shots on this surface, and England look pretty reluctant to try. Not a winning combo. Two singles and a wide from Devine’s over.
15th over: England 73-4 (Winfield-Hill 26, Dunkley 5) Rowe keeps hitting a full length, looking for swing or for some grip off the pitch by working her fingers over the seam. Dunkley clubs away one wide ball with a square drive, but the boundary is the only score from the over.
14th over: England 69-4 (Winfield-Hill 26, Dunkley 1) Lauren Winfield-Hill becalmed as wickets have fallen at the other end. Sophia Dunkley next to the middle. Devine 2 for 23 from three overs.
WICKET! Jones c Halliday b Devine 1, England 68-4
Another one. Devine bought a wicket earlier, but brings herself to bowl stump to stump after the powerplay – and it works. A tiny bit of swing, perhaps, but really it’s a lack of pace that does for Jones. She sees the line of a straight ball, tries to flick through midwicket, but is early on the stroke. Chipped up to midwicket for a simple catch.
13th over: England 68-3 (Winfield-Hill 26, Jones 1) England’s keeper Amy Jones is next to the middle, while Lauren Winfield-Hill has to bat long now.
WICKET! Sciver c Green b Rowe 1, England 67-3
Another very simple dismissal, and another wicket from the first ball of an over for Rowe. Bowls length, Sciver drives, and the ball sticks in the wicket a tad, perhaps. She’s through her shot too early, chipping it up towards cover. It’s dipping as it approaches Maddy Green but she isn’t fazed. Captain and vice-captain gone to Rowe.
12th over: England 67-2 (Winfield-Hill 26, Sciver 1) Overpitched this time from Tahuhu, and Winfield-Hill throws her hands through it and scores four through cover.
11th over: England 61-2 (Winfield-Hill 21, Sciver 0) Only a couple of wides from Rowe’s first over, after dismissing Knight with the first ball of it.
WICKET! Knight c Martin b Rowe 18, England 59-2
Straightforward as Rowe comes on, bowls the outswinger, and Knight drives and edges behind. Full, but the movement does for the captain.
10th over: England 59-1 (Winfield-Hill 21, Knight 18) The Tahuhu problem persists: too short, belted away for four. Winfield-Hill on the pull shot this time.
9th over: England 55-1 (Winfield-Hill 17, Knight 18) Too much inswing for Kerr! All the way from outside the off stump, down the leg side for five wides. A similar ball hits Knight on the back leg, umpire says too high. Not sure about that… Knight gets width to follow and crashes through cover, and through Kasperek, who misfields on the circle to concede four.
8th over: England 45-1 (Winfield-Hill 16, Knight 14) Both batters go after Tahuhu, who is bowling too short. Forced off the back foot through cover for three, which brings Knight onto strike who pulls another short one for four.
7th over: England 36-1 (Winfield-Hill 13, Knight 8) There’s a slip in for Knight facing Kerr, but undeterred the batter goes with the late cut this time. Thick edge, high and wide of the catcher, and Hannah Rowe’s dive after a long third umpire replay is deemed not to have stopped the ball before her body touched the rope.
6th over: England 29-1 (Winfield-Hill 11, Knight 3) Devine drags herself from the attack and brings in Lea Tahuhu, who bowls briskly on the line of off stump. Just a couple of singles. The scoring has been really quiet aside from those two Devine overs.
5th over: England 27-1 (Winfield-Hill 10, Knight 2) The Kerr tidiness continues, three singles from her third over, Knight just trying to run the inswing off her outside edge where possible.
4th over: England 24-1 (Winfield-Hill 9, Knight 0) Devine is leaking boundaries despite the wicket she’s taken. LWH gets going with a sliced drive over backward point, then a bottom-handed drive along the ground through cover.
3rd over: England 15-1 (Winfield-Hill 1, Knight 0) Jess Kerr continues, and she really is getting that UFO inswing working, in at Lauren Winfield-Hill, who scores a single at the end of the over. That’s 13 deliveries including the wide that LWH has faced from Kerr to score one run.
WICKET! Beaumont b Devine 12, England 13-1
2nd over: England 14-1 (Winfield-Hill 0) What an over that is. Something for everyone. Tammy Beaumont props forward and drives four through cover. Flicks another one through midwicket, then square drives a full toss. Last ball of the over, it’s length, it’s angling in a touch, and Beaumont leaves it alone! Loses her off stump to the Kiwi skipper. Goodness me.
1st over: England 1-0 (Winfield-Hill 0, Beaumont 0) Jess Kerr to start the bowling, with her drastically hooping in-swingers at times. Winfield-Hill soaks up the whole first over without scoring, only a wide results.
England Tammy Beaumont Lauren Winfield-Hill Heather Knight * Natalie Sciver Amy Jones + Sophia Dunkley Danni Wyatt Charlie Dean Sophie Ecclestone Kate Cross Tash Farrant
New Zealand Lauren Down Suzie Bates Maddy Green Amy Satterthwaite Sophie Devine * Brooke Halliday Katey Martin + Hannah Rowe Jess Kerr Lea Tahuhu Leigh Kasperek
New Zealand win the toss and bowl first
Both captains say they would have chosen to chase. Sophie Devine gets that opportunity. Heather Knight says that she doesn’t mind. She’ll be doing some bowling today too, with Brunt rotating out for a “structural change” that brings batter Danni Wyatt in to bat at seven.
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.