England women fight to settle series

London: England’s women overcome a shocking start in Auckland to defeat New Zealand by 10 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method and get an incontrovertible 3-0 lead in the 5-match T20 series.

The tourists well again from 12 for four to reach 108 for 6 as Jenny Gunn and Susie Rowe put on a continuous 44.

New Zealand again in progress powerfully with the bat but spinners Danielle Wyatt and Danielle Hazell claimed 2 wickets apiece as they were pegged back to 90 for 7 by the time rain forced the players off with seven balls residual.

England lost Laura Marsh to the 2nd ball of the match and skipper Charlotte Edwards in the next over and the run-outs in consecutive balls of Sarah Taylor, backing up, and Arran Brindle, with no facing, left them in great problem.

But Lydia Greenway made 26 before becoming the 3rd run-out injured party of the innings and Gunn then destroyed 30 not out from 26 balls, Rowe 15no contribution helpful help as 17 came from the last over to lift England to an aggressive sum.

Frances Mackay and Suzie Bates done 19 apiece and put on 31 for New Zealand’s first wicket, and Sara McGlashan 20 runs and Amy Satterthwaite 16 runs maintained up the impetus.

But both fell to Wyatt, and Hazell then unconcerned Katey Martin and Rachel Candy in consecutive balls, as 80 for three became 89 for 7.

Kate Broadmore got a single from the hat-trick ball but that was the end of events, with the sprinkle intensifying and little time available for any potential resume owing to the subsequent men’s international among New Zealand and South Africa.