Here is the match report.
Right people, that’s us for this time. Our report will be up shortly, but otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day/night. Ta-ra.
The player of the match is Tammy Beaumont, who made what turned out to be a definitive 97. She didn’t notice the tunes so must’ve been in some kind of zone, she says, and though it can be tough opening sometimes when you’re caught second ball at mid off, her and Wyatt were told that they’re backed and encouraged to get after it. She wants to become more consistent in future, not playing the anchor role but dictating the match.
Nat Sciver, meanwhile, has a large smile and is enjoying her leadership role. She felt a lot calmer than the last time she captained, having done the job for Trent Rockets, and also thinks weight of matches worked for her side. Naturally, she praises Beaumont, saying she bats well to heavy metal - I guess the band were playing that but I couldn’t hear – and wants her players to continue with their aggressive approach, namecheking Amy Jones.
Sophie Devine tells Sky that they leaked too many runs and calls the two catches she dropped “a shame”. She congratulates Beaumont on a great knock and also Jensen for her bowling, saying England’s score was over par, but notes that her team have played less cricket and will improve. She wants more from her bowling unit and though she praises the fight shown with the bat, thinks they need to build partnerships.
I totally get why NZ opted to bowl – they probably wanted to ease into the series, see how the pitch played, and have the ball skid on when they batted. But they weren’t good enough with the ball or in the field to put England under pressure and might’ve been better to try and set a target then rely on the scoreboard to help them out.
That’s an absolute hiding it really is; at no point were New Zealand in the game, absolutely blown away by a side superior in every aspect. They’ll improve, of course, but England can play better than they did tonight too.
ENGLAND BEAT NEW ZEALAND BY 46 RUNS!
WICKET! Kasperek st Jones b Ecclestone 0 (New Zealand 138 all out)
Jones is ridiculous! Kasperek twinkles down to hurl everything but Ecclestone bowls a dart and she misses it, Jones seizing and swiping in one fluid movement.
19th over: New Zealand 138-9 (Kerr 12, Kasperek 0) Target 185 Sciver tosses Ecclestone the ball and Kerr forces her over cover for four, then takes one to midwicket.
WICKET! Newton run out (Sciver/Jones) 14 (New Zealand 133-9)
Yup, out by a stride.
18th over: New Zealand 133-8 (Newton 14, Kerr 7) Target 185 Oh! Farrant fires one down leg side and Newton misses with her mow, so the ball races to the fence and the umpire signals four byes not four wides. Amy Jones won’t like that and rightly so, then after two singles Newton spots a slower ball out of the hand and pulls hard over square leg for another four. The next delivery is forced to mid on and Sciver hurls to the keeper’s end as Kerr sends her partner back. Jones removes the bails and that’s looks gone to me, but the umpire isn’t sure...
17th over: New Zealand 122-8 (Newton 8, Kerr 6) Target 185 Sciver tries a slower ball, then another, and the second time Kerr isn’t having it at all, absolutely cleansing six straight back down the ground; that’s the biggest hit of the night.
WICKET! Rowe c Jones b Sciver 11 (New Zealand 116-8)
Jones is so, so good, and after Rowe unloads the suitcase and misses, she’s there to snaffle a tickled edge, on the leap. It’s incredible that England had Sarah Taylor and now they’ve got her.
17th over: New Zealand 116-7 (Newton 8, Rowe 11) Target 185 It’s Sciver again and Rowe clatters her first ball to the long on fence, then top-edges a pull that Lamb can’t quite reach ... and for extra nause, the ball pitches, spins and leaps over the rope.
16th over: New Zealand 108-7 (Newton 8, Rowe 3) Target 185 NZ need 85 from 30 balls as Tash Farrant returns, and after each of her first two deliveries yields a single, Jones misses a knuckle ball that goes through Newton at a cost of four byes. Two more singles follow, and we’re waiting for the end now. NZ, though, will improve through the series and we should get ourselves a very decent 50-over contest ahead of next year’s World Cup, in New Zealand.
15th over: New Zealand 100-7 (Newton 6, Rowe 1) Target 185 Rowe shoves a single to third man, then Newton raises NZ’s hundred with a mow to midwicket. The required rate is now a flat 17.
WICKET! Jensen b Glenn 16 (New Zealand 98-7)
You miss I hit, the sequel. Again Jensen comes down, but this ball’s a bit fuller and she’s through the shot early, missing by plenty and bowled.
15th over: New Zealand 98-6 (Jensen 16, Newton 5) Target 185 Glenn returns and Jensen, who’s having a good match, retreats in the crease and chops hard to the point fence, then flays a short one over mid off for a second four in two balls.
14th over: New Zealand 90-6 (Jensen 8, Newton 5) Target 185 Ecclestone returns, just what NZ need. They actually make a decent fist of the over though, taking three ones and two twos, but we’re a bit beyond the milking stage, though I’m sure the batters fancy some fun in the middle.
13th over: New Zealand 83-6 (Jensen 6, Newton 0) Target 185 Jensen turns a short one to fine leg and they run one, the required rate now 14.57.
WICKET! Satterthwaite c Villiers b Brunt 43 (New Zealand 82-6)
This is superb bowling, Brunt sending one down out the back of hand, and when Satterthwaite goes at it, she can’t give it enough to clear the fence, Villiers coming in and diving forward, taking a solid grab that probably finishes whatever semblance of a contest we were pretending we had.
13th over: New Zealand 82-5 (Satterthwaite 43, Jensen 5) Target 185 Brunt returns and Satterthwaite turns into the on side; they sprint through for two, to the bowler’s intense amusement.
12th over: New Zealand 80-5 (Satterthwaite 41, Jensen 5) Target 185 New Zealand have to go here, the rate almost at 13 now, but Jensen cuts her first ball hard to wide third man for four. A single follows, then Satterthwaite, who’s not had much of the strike recently, slog-sweeps four more to square leg.
WICKET! Halliday b Villiers 2 (New Zealand 70-5)
This one goes straight on with the arm but Halliday falls away to the off side and the ball follows her only to clip her pad and nip the other way, punkt into the stumps.
11th over: New Zealand 70-4 (Satterthwaite 36, Halliday 2) Target 185 There’s some sort of stump situation so someone comes on to fiddle with them – perhaps the electrics are on the blink – but we’re back underway soon enough, Halliday forcing a pull to midwicket for one, and a leg bye follows, then another single follows, but it’s a disappointment, Halliday tucking into a full-bunger but picking out the fielder on the midwicket fence.
WICKET! Martin b Glenn 7 (New Zealand 67-4)
You miss I hit. Martin comes down and swings just as the ball dips and skids on, scuttling through the gate and rattling the stumps.
10th over: New Zealand 66-3 (Satterthwaite 35, Martin 7) Target 185 Villiers into the attack and after two dots, Satterthwaite gets after a drag-down, clumping a pull through midwicket for four. She’s got a problem, though, because three singles follow off the three remaining deliveries and she needs to both bat through and drive the necessary hitting. That said, England were 75-2 at this stage – but will they catch as poorly?
9th over: New Zealand 59-3 (Satterthwaite 29, Martin 6) Target 185 Sciver, whose first over went for 10, returns. Her first two balls yield a 1 then a 2, before Jones performs an expert’s leg-side grab and there’s an appeal ... but the noise was pad not bat. Sciver’s next delivery is dragged down and Martin doesn’t miss out, cutting hard for four, but the rate is up at 11.45 now.
8th over: New Zealand 52-3 (Satterthwaite 28, Martin 0) Target 185 At the moment, it looks like England just have too many weapons.
WICKET! Green c Farrant b Ecclestone 19 (New Zealand 52-3)
Ecclestone drags down and Green pulls hard, but Farrant , coming in off the fence at deep backward square, sees it early and dives forward to hold a pearler!
8th over: New Zealand 52-2 (Satterthwaite 28, Green 19) Target 185 Ecclestone is into her spell now, mixing line well to earn four dots ... so Green lines her up, twinkling down to spank one given some air for six over long on!
7th over: New Zealand 46-2 (Satterthwaite 28, Green 13) Target 185 Glenn into the attack and her loosener is well down leg side but Green can only pick out the fielder and they run one. Satterthwaite, though, does not miss out when a drag-down sits up, muscling it from outside off through midwicket for four – if NZ are going to get close here, it’s going to be her making it happen. But don’t sleep on Green, who pulls towards the square leg fence ... and Dunkley runs past it, looking a right charlie when it spins on the bounce and misses her! Eeesh. a single follows, and that’s 11 off the over, a decent bounty but only in line with the rate.
6th over: New Zealand 35-2 (Satterthwaite 23, Green 7) Target 185 Sciver tosses herself the ball and when ger second delivery rears up off a length but outside off, Satterthwaite collars it to midwicket, where Dunkley dives over it; four. Satterthwaite looks in really good touch here so she goes again, lifting over mid on ... just ... and earning fo mo. A two follows and that’s 10 off the over, as well as the end of the powerplay.
5th over: New Zealand 25-2 (Satterthwaite 13, Green 7) Target 185 Nz won’t be too despondent, but they need to get a wriggle on and soon.
Yup, the ball was bouncing over leg stump.
I’m not sure this was hitting...
5th over: New Zealand 25-2 (Satterthwaite 13, Green 7) Target 185 Yup, here’s Sophie Ecclestone, everything you don’t want to see with the rate up at 10.53. But after two singles, a poor delivery, on the pads and moving away, is feathered behind by Green for four, then after a dot Ecclestone beats the bat, contacts the pad, and the appeal is rejected.
4th over: New Zealand 19-2 (Satterthwaite 12, Green 2) Target 185 Farrant is really powering through the crease but after Green clatters one just past her outstretched arm, Satterthwaite strikes the pose, hoisting over the bowler’s head in gorgeously aesthetic style before lofting the next ball straight to mid off ... but Villiers doesn’t retreat quickly enough, diving late and tipping over the bar. A dot follows, then Satterthwaite skilfully turns one off her pads for four to deep backward square, and that’s 13 off the over; do we got ourselves a ball-game?
3rd over: New Zealand 6-2 (Satterthwaite 0, Green 1) Target 185 NZ do have batting to come but already the rate is above 10, and a wide then a single to Green, tucked to deep backward square aren’t going to help much. I’d not be surprised to see Ecclestone on shortly to ram home England’s advantage, which already looks definitive.
WICKET! Bates b Brunt 1 (New Zealand 4-2)
This is a terrific ball from Brunt, a cross-seaming cutter that seemed to gather pace off the surface, jagging in and cramping the batter, who swipes at fresh air. New Zealand’s two biggest threats are already back in the hutch, and already it’s hard to see a way for them!
3rd over: New Zealand 4-1 (Bates 1, Satterthwaite 0) Target 185 Brunt continues, and if England can get one more quick wicket, this’ll be half past over.
2nd over: New Zealand 4-2 (Bates 1, Satterthwaite 0) Target 185 Farrant celebrates her return to international cricket with a wicket-maiden and already NZ are struggling!
It was umpire’s call on the stumps, but was hitting leg, and England are rolling!
NEW ZEALAND REVIEW!
Farrant’s left-armer but bowls so full I’d be surprised if this was outside the line, and I thought it was hitting...
WICKET! Devine lbw b Farrant 2 (New Zealand 4-1)
The returning Farrant opens with three dots, then swings one in, it straightens off the seam, hits the pad, and up goes the finger!
1st over: New Zealand 4-0 (Devine 2, Bates 1) Target 185 New Zealand’s best batters are up front so we should see fireworks to begin with, while the ball’s hard and the field’s up. It’ll be Brunt to open, and her first over is good enough, just three and a wide from it.
Off we go again!
I’m off to get a drink, but will return in plenty of time for the New Zealand reply.
New Zealand looked undercooked while England, fortified with Hundred goodness, were very good. Kasperek’s 1-54 represents the worst-ever analysis recorded by an NZ bowler, and her mates have a lot fo work to do redeeming a poor effort with the ball and in the field.
England set New Zealand 185 to win!
20th over: England 184-4 (Dunkley 23, Lamb 0) Lamb who’s been stretching on the boundary for time, comes out to stand at the non-striker’s, and Dunkley canes the final ball of the innings down the ground for four. New Zealand are in immense trouble.
WICKET! Beaumont c Halliday b Jensen 97 (England 180-4)
Beaumont tries a reverse-ramp and gets plenty of it but with insufficient power - I think Jensen bowled that one a bit slower - and she’s caught shy of her ton at slip. What an innings, but!
19th over: England 180-3 (Beaumont 97, Dunkley 19) Now Dunkley is seeing it, clumping down and yanking Jensen from outside off to the deep midwicket boundary for four! She then hands Beaumont the strike with a single and a two follows to midwicket – they’ve got to sprint them, and Dunkley does a great job hauling her mate through.
19th over: England 173-3 (Beaumont 95, Dunkley 14) Dunkley hasn’t quite got going yet, but after Beaumont takes a single she plays an interesting shot at the returning Devine, ducking towards a short one and playing a kind of tennis shot for one more. A two follows, then Beaumont punishes yet another four over the infield on the offside ... and again! That’s Beaumont up to 95 and England have their highest T20 total on this ground.
18th over: England 161-3 (Beaumont 84, Dunkley 13) New Zealand’s outfielding hasn’t been too bad but the catching has been execrable, and when it’s the captain perpetrating it the team has a colossal problem. This is a better over from Jensen though, just the four singles from it, and Beaumont has two overs to find the 16 runs she needs for a ton.
17th over: England 157-3 (Beaumont 82, Dunkley 11) Satterthwaite returns and is milked for four singles, then Dunkley swings high to cover and Devine is underneath it ... she takes it ... then grasses it! Ach, that is velly poower indeed, as my gran liked to say, and for the second time the NZ captain has dumped her bowlers in it.
16th over: England 152-3 (Beaumont 80, Dunkley 8) Kasperek returns and goes for two twos, a single and a wide, then her final delivery drifts towards the pads and is despatched for six to long on! Today’s lesson: do not be dropping Tammy Beaumont! England are going to post a monster!
15th over: England 140-3 (Beaumont 74, Dunkley 3) New Zealand need to put the brakes on England here and it’s Rowe invited so to do but Dunkley, who’s had a bazzing summer, will have her own thoughts in that regard. After Beaumont takes one, she gets off the mark by cutting to point for two, and after running down for one more, Beaumont flicks over her shoulder for yet another four! That’s beautifully done, and it’s far from impossible that England already have a winning total. But they’re not done yet, Beaumont - whose offside play has been especially excellent today – standing her ground before carting four through the covers. Back comes Rowe and Beaumont edges ... but Martin drops! It was a very fine nick, but ye’ve gottae take those.
WICKET! Jones st Martin b Satterthwaite 31 (England 127-3)
In commentary, Ebony has been on at Satterthwsite to go over the wicket and when she does, Jones prances down, the ball nips through the gate, and off come the bails, breaking a partnership of 53 off 4.1 overs.
14th over: England 127-2 (Beaumont 65, Jones 31) Oh dear. Jones takes one to cover, then Beaumont drills directly at mid on only for Devine to shell an absolute dolly. A one then a two follow and New Zealand really don’t know what to do here, all the more so when Jones reverses Satterthwaite for four down to third man.
13th over: England 101-2 (Beaumont 64, Jones 24) England could post something monstrous here, and after a single apiece Beaumont caresses over cover for a four which raises her fifty – she’s a superb batter, batting superbly – then presses forward before rocking back when Kasperek drops short, cutting four more! And have a look! Beaumont turns around the corner for four, then lifts over cover again, and that’s four fours in a row making for another 18-runner! England are batting beautifully, punishing every poor delivery and running brilliantly in between!
12th over: England 101-2 (Beaumont 47, Jones 23) Satterthwaite brings herself on and Jones clumps towards midwicket, two fielders diving over it so it goes for four. That was not good, and when Satterthwaite dares Jones to go again she doesn’t blink, getting more of the ball with an identical outcome. Two singles follow then Satterthwaite opts to target the pads ... yeah, bad idea, Jones mullering through midwicket for four ... then again! Terrible bowling, but credit to the batter for taking care not to miss out. 18 off the over.
11th over: England 83-2 (Beaumont 46, Jones 6) Kasperek returns and begins with a wide, then three singles follow before Jones reverse slog-sweeps for four; she misses with a regular sweep next ball, wearing one on the pad and there’s an appeal, but that was definitely going down. Nine off the over.
10th over: England 74-2 (Beaumont 44, Jones 0) That was a crucial wicket for New Zealand, because a set Sciver is a very dangerous thing. But England have still build a decent base here.
Sciver b Jensen 14 (England 74-2)
This is a very decent delivery, a cramping line and length as Sciver tries to run down. But the ball is too straight, bouncing more than expected and kissing the top of middle!
10th over: England 74-1 (Beaumont 44, Sciver 14) It’s going for Beaumont today, and again she goes over the top not getting enough of it, but the ball drops safe and they sprint a decent two. A dot follows, then Beaumont dangles her back leg and Jensen goes wide of off, so she stretches to club a further single.
9th over: England 71-1 (Beaumont 41, Sciver 14) The average score at Chelmsford is 139 and England are set for 145, but they’ve got wickets in hand and so much batting to come. So here comes Beaumont, striding down the track to whip four through midwicket before banging one to point. Sciver retorts with a single of her own, then Beaumont shoves to deep square and they dash through for two – England’s running has been very good so far – but Beaumont can’t be doing with that anymore, clouting over cover for four before taking another single. That’s 13 from the over and England are buzzing.
8th over: England 58-1 (Beaumont 29, Sciver 13) On comes Jensen, and what a welcome she receives from Sciver, who presents the full face before effortlessly lifting her over long off for six! That was a beautiful shot, the power so extreme as to not require a follow-through, and a single follows then Beaumont misses with a ramp before yanking from outside off to deep square for one more.
7th over: England 50-1 (Beaumont 28, Sciver 6) Rowe into the attack and her first two deliveries are taken for singles, then after four dots Sciver tonks one up in the air ... and again it plummets shy of the fielder. Much better over for NZ though, just three from it.
6th over: England 47-1 (Beaumont 27, Sciver 4) Beaumont goes over the top, hoiking to midwicket, and somehow the ball drops between three fielders. On first glance it looked like someone should’ve got there, but seeing it again there was nothing any of them could’ve done. But when Beaumont comes down and hammers straight, Devine has a chance for caught and bowled ... but she can’t get her hands in the right place, wearing one on the knee instead. It never rains. They run one, then Sciver steals one more, and at the end of the powerplay, England are ensconced. New Zealand need something here, but they need to bowl better than they have and quickly.
5th over: England 43-1 (Beaumont 24, Sciver 3) Kerr returns and Beaumont looks in tremendous nick, getting down to shovel adroitly – if it’s possible to shovel adroitly – adding two to backward square. A wide one then allows Beaumont to clatter four to the point boundary, a single to mid on follows, and this is a belting start for England.
4th over: England 36-1 (Beaumont 17, Sciver 3) Devine continues and Beaumont comes down then, when the length is fuller than expected, glances a single into the on side. Sciver then drives beautifully down the ground but Devine gets a finger to it, saving four and preventing the single, two of which follow before the end of the over.
3rd over: England 33-1 (Beaumont 15, Sciver 2) Sciver forces her first ball for two to midwicket.
WICKET! Wyatt st Martin b Kasperek 14 (England 31-1)
Kasperek takes a bit of pace off and gives one some air, so Wyatt lumbers down to administer more treatment ... and misses! Martin quickly removes the bails and the batter will be fuming with herself.
3rd over over: England 31-0 (Beaumont 15, Wyatt 14) Just the one over for Kerr, who’s replaced by Kasperek and her off-breaks. Beaumont flicks her loosener for one, then a loopy full toss invites Wyatt down the track to club through wide mid on for four, then another receives similar treatment. And oh dear, a fielder goes in a long on, then a half-volley gets clouted over cover for a third four in a row.! This is painful to watch, those balls were dreadful, each in their own special way.
2nd over: England 18-0 (Beaumont 14, Wyatt 2) It’s Devine from the other end and Wyatt takes an almighty swing at her second delivery, hammering fresh air over long on for six; the ball passes into Martin’s gloves and a wide follows, then a quick single to Wyatt. Beaumont then whisks two off her toes before flaying one to backward point, and this is a decent start from England
1st over: England 13-0 (Beaumont 11, Wyatt 1) Kerr takes the new globule and Beaumont cuts her first ball away for two then takes a single, before a no ball yields a free hit which yields a four, Wyatt scuffing around the corner and to the fence at midwicket. England are away, and when Kerr sends down a floaty half-volley looking for inswing, Beaumont punishes her with a glorious cover-drive for four, a glorious knuck resounding around the ground. Wyatt then bunts to mid on and sets off, grounding her bat well before the a direct hit removes the bails; the umpires call for the camera, which proves what everyone saw.
New Zealand huddle on the fence and run out, then Beaumont – swinging bat and arm around her shoulder, Botham-style – and Wyatt follow.
Here come the teams...
Charlotte Edwards says that she’d never seen anything like the Hundred as far as domestic women’s cricket goes. By the end, having a big crowd was normal, and she also talks about how good it is for the players to be in high-pressure situations.
Lisa Keightley says this series is a good test to see where her team are – everyone is clear about the style the team want to play, now they just have to do it. she really enjoyed the Hundred, the crowds especially, and some of the performances made her job, selecting an XI, more difficult. As a coach, it was good for her to see who could perform under pressure or keep good form rolling, and she’s looking for players who excel in all forms of the game.
New Zealand will be without Lea Tahuhu, who’s on her way back from a cancer scare, and Amelia Kerr, who stood down from the tour to prioritise her mental health. But their top three are together again for the first time since October 2020, and look the most likely architects of victory.
England reward Emma Lamb for a fine Hundred, and Ebony Rainford-Brent notes that England’s players now know what it takes to perform in front of a big crowd. I’m looking forward to seeing how Tash Farrant goes in her first international outing of the summer, because her pace and left-arm angle have the potential to win a lot of matches.
England: Beaumont, Wyatt, Sciver (c), Jones (wk), Dunkley, Lamb, Brunt, Ecclestone, Glenn, Villiers, Farrant.
New Zealand: Bates, Devine (c), Satterthwaite, Green, Halliday, Martin (wk), Jensen, Newton, Rowe, Kerr, Kasperek.
Sciver knew she’d be captaining yesterday and feel bad for her captain, but is happy to lead the team. She’d have bowled too, and is her players are looking forward to testing themselves against brilliant players; she hopes the music gets pumping and the crowd get involved.
New Zealand win the toss and bowl!
Sophie Devine thinks there might be something in the pitch, which is why she made that call. She says she needed the break she took and is excited to welcome back Suzie Bates, whose batting and energy in the field have been missed.
It looks a bit parky at Chelmsford, and a bit grimy too, but I don’t think it’s going to rain.
I’ve been watching Nat Sciver for some years now, and I’ve only just noticed that her name is (sort of) what people at university call Natural Sciences (Nat Sci).
Heather Knight, the England captain, will miss tonight's match with a hamstring injury
Eesh. Nat Sciver will wear the armband instead.
Lovely stuff dept: lovely stuff.
If you haven’t already, you should also check this important piece by Tanya Aldred:
It’s been a decent little summer for Sophia Dunkley, who was on press duty yesterday – you can see what she said if you click the link at the top of the page. But this line here, sounds so simple it’s almost cliched, and yet contained within it is a profound truth that is applicable to life beyond sport: be in the moment.
“This year has been one of my more successful ones,” Dunkley said. “For me it’s been my mindset [that has changed]. In the past it’s easy to get fixated on selections or games which are coming up. The more I’ve tried to think of each game as it comes and be in the moment, that’s where I’ve felt I’ve been able to impact the game more.”
Cricket that’s already underway: get it while it’s hot it’s lovely.
Good morrow one and all and welcome to the first of three T20 internationals between England and New Zealand!
This promises to be a belter of a series. England are closing in on Australia at the top of the world rankings, swept the White Ferns when the teams met in March, and are riding a Hundred wave which should ensure a sell-out crowd tonight. Already a good side, they’re not only getting better but getting deeper, in the process of integrating fresh talent from the domestic game that we should get to enjoy over the next few weeks, then again when England visit Pakistan next month.
New Zealand, meanwhile, can’t call upon so profound a pool of talent but do welcome back Sophie Devine, fresh following a break from the game, and Suzie Bates, recovered from a shoulder injury. Add to that their vice-captain, Amy Satterthwaite, and you’ve got plenty of scope to win any match, especially in the shorter formats. Go well everyone.
Play: 6.30pm BST