The player of the match is...
Lea Tahuhu Maddy Green
“I just wanted to be there at the end. It was great to have Lea come in and smack a few to take the pressure off! Katherine Brunt bowled exceptionally well so we talked about just trying to see her out of the attack at the end. I got myself in and once I did that it was my job to finish the game off. It’s really satisfying to help the team get the win.”
And here’s Sophie Devine
“It’s nice to finally get over the line. Maddy Green was really outstanding, I’m delighted for her. It was tighter than we would have liked but we trust our lower order and some of that striking from Lea Tahuhu was brilliant. She’s been a bit like a caged animal and it was great to see her bowl like she did today.
“Molly Penfold is really exciting. She kept things simple and bowled fast. Sometime she gets things wrong but we’ve got no problem with that - we saw how dangerous she can be and she’s got a huge future. We feel like we’re trending in the right direction as we approach the World Cup.”
The thoughts of Heather Knight
“Yeah, we didn’t get enough runs. We showed fight - Katherine Brunt, what a warrior she was - but we lost wickets in clusters and there were a few tired shots. Credit to New Zealand, especially Lea. The bowlers have been great throughout the series and we nearly bowled them out again. Charlie Dean, what a find she’s been for us.
“I’m not too sure why we’re not getting enough runs. We’ve got two games to put in some really good performances. It’s a hectic schedule so we might rotate for the last two games - we want to manage the players but we want to win the series as well.”
Tahuhu’s cameo of 19 from 15 balls completes a spectacular individual performance after her five-for this afternoon. She’s the player of the match, but Maddy Green - who has been struggling for runs - deserves so much credit for calmly anchoring the innings with 70 not out. A word too for Katherine Brunt, who made 49 not out and took four for 22. Had England won, she would have taken the match award. Tahuhu ensured that wasn’t the case.
NEW ZEALAND WIN BY THREE WICKETS!
45.5 overs: New Zealand 181-7 (Green 70, Tahuhu 19) Lea Tahuhu seals victory in style! She hits Farrant for 14 from four balls, finshing the match with a sweet chip down the ground for six.
45th over: New Zealand 166-7 (target: 179; Green 69, Tahuhu 5) Kate Cross and Tash Farrant each have three overs left. It’s Cross first, and Tahuhu cuffs her second ball over mid-off for four! A couple of singles take New Zealand to within 13 runs of a precious victory.
44th over: New Zealand 160-7 (target: 179; Green 68, Tahuhu 1) This is invaluable experience for Charlie Dean, who has the confidence to keep tossing the ball up. Tahuhu crunches a single, one of only two from the over. Dean ends with figures of 10-0-38-1.
43rd over: New Zealand 158-7 (target: 179; Green 67, Tahuhu 0) My instinct is that the ball hit Jensen’s bat a split-second before making contact with the pad, but the evidence was inconclusive so the third umpire had to stick with the on-field decision. Brunt, who topscored earlier with 49 not out, ends an outstanding spell with figures of 10-2-22-4.
WICKET! New Zealand 158-7 (Jensen LBW b Brunt 2)
Katherine Brunt strikes again! Jensen was given out LBW to a full, straight delivery that hit the pad and bat almost simultaneously. She reviewed, but it was impossible for the third umpire to deduce which was first, so the on-field decision was upheld.
42nd over: New Zealand 157-6 (target: 179; Green 66, Jensen 2) Dean has a big LBW appeal against Jensen turned down. That looked pretty close, but England have no reviews left. I suspect it would have been umpire’s call anyway.
41st over: New Zealand 154-6 (target: 179; Green 64, Jensen 1) Katherine Brunt comes on to bowl her penultimate over. It’s not great by her standards, with too many deliveries on or outside leg stump, and New Zealand pick up four more valuable runs. They need 25 from 54 balls.
40th over: New Zealand 150-6 (target: 179; Green 63, Jensen 0) Charlie Dean returns to the attack. She beats Jensen with a flighted delivery that hits the stumps without dislodging the bails! We don’t see that too often - it brushed the outside of the off stump and was taken by Amy Jones.
39th over: New Zealand 149-6 (target: 179; Green 61, Jensen 0) That’s the end of Ecclestone’s spell: 10-0-41-1. New Zealand need 30 from 66 balls.
WICKET! New Zealand 149-6 (Martin b Ecclestone 2)
Now then! Katey Martin has gone, bowled through the gate by Ecclestone. It was lovely bowling, with the ball drifting in and straightening from round the wicket, but a poor shot from a batter who is desperately out of form.
MARTIN IS NOT OUT! It was missing leg stump by a long way. That’s an awful review, evne more so as England only had one left.
ENGLAND REVIEW FOR LBW AGAINST MARTIN! I think it’s missing leg stump.
38th over: New Zealand 147-5 (target: 179; Green 61, Martin 1)
WICKET! New Zealand 146-5 (Halliday b Farrant 25)
Surely not. Brooke Halliday has gone, wafting around a straight one from Tash Farrant, and New Zealand are still 33 runs away from victory.
37th over: New Zealand 145-4 (target: 179; Green 59, Halliday 25) Sophie Ecclestone returns to the attack. Her first ball is pinged through extra cover for two more by Green, a shot of quiet authority, and then she spears one down the leg side for five wides. This match is all over bar the cliches: New Zealand need 34 from 78 balls.
36th over: New Zealand 137-4 (target: 179; Green 57, Halliday 25) Halliday pulls Farrant for her to continue her breezy innings. England have been slightly guilty of letting the game drift, but this pair have batted beautifully.
35th over: New Zealand 127-4 (target: 179; Green 56, Halliday 18) Green rifles Cross down the ground for four, a shot that reflects her renewed confidence. New Zealand look like they are finally going to get over the line in a runchase.
34th over: New Zealand 122-4 (target: 179; Green 51, Halliday 16) Tash Farrant returns after the drinks break. Green pulls a single to complete a terrific century, her second in ODIs. It’s been a calm, measured innings: 80 balls, five fours.
33rd over: New Zealand 118-4 (target: 179; Green 48, Halliday 15) Green survives a desperate LBW appeal from Amy Jones when she’s hit on the pad by a very full delivery from Cross. It was missing leg stump. New Zealand need 61 from 102 balls. Under normal circumstances it would be a doddle, but when you’ve lost 16 of the last 17 games, there are booby traps at every turn.
32nd over: New Zealand 117-4 (target: 179; Green 48, Halliday 13) What a gorgeous shot from Brooke Halliday. Ecclestone tossed one up outside off stump, and Halliday drove it lazily down the ground for a one-bounce four. Two balls later, Halliday survived a run-out chance when the ball slipped out of Beaumont’s hands as she tried to throw at the stumps on the run.
31st over: New Zealand 109-4 (target: 179; Green 47, Halliday 8) Cross replaces Dean, whose figures of 7-0-32-1 don’t quite do justice to a classy, confident spell of spin bowling. A couple of low-risk singles from the over.
30th over: New Zealand 107-4 (target: 179; Green 46, Halliday 7) Ecclestone returns to the attack in place of Brunt, who has two overs remaining. Her first ball is swept efficiently for four by Halliday, who has started busily. This is a great chance for her, Green and the rest of the batters to show they can win a game without major contributions from Bates, Satterthwaite and Devine.
29th over: New Zealand 101-4 (target: 179; Green 45, Halliday 2)
28th over: New Zealand 99-4 (target: 179; Green 44, Halliday 1) Green works Dean round the corner for three. With Satterthwaite and Devine gone, she is now the key wicket.
27th over: New Zealand 93-4 (target: 179; Green 40, Halliday 0) Katherine Brunt is something else. She got England to a competitive score, top-scoring with 49 not out, and now she has taken three for 18 from eight overs. She’s 36 years old!
WICKET! New Zealand 94-4 (Devine b Brunt 3)
Katherine Brunt strikes again! The captain Sophie Devine has an ugly hack across the line and is cleaned up, and now New Zealand are in a bit of bother. The big three are all out and they still need 85 runs.
26th over: New Zealand 93-3 (target: 179; Green 39, Devine 3) Dean continues to vary her flight beautifully, tossing the odd one up as a tempter. Green cracks one on the bounce to mid-on and then plays more sensibly. Four from the over.
25th over: New Zealand 89-3 (target: 179; Green 38, Devine 1) A maiden from Brunt to Devine. We’re halfway through the innings: New Zealand need 90 from the last 25 overs.
24th over: New Zealand 89-3 (target: 179; Green 38, Devine 1) Charlie Dean looks a terrific find. That’s the sixth wicket of her debut series, and she has only bowled 21 overs.
WICKET! New Zealand 85-3 (Satterthwaite c Ecclestone b Dean 33)
A big wicket for England! Dean sees Satterthwaite coming and tosses the ball well wideof off stump. Satterthwaite has to reach for it and can only mistime the ball straight to Ecclestone at mid-off. That’s really clever bowling from Charlie Dean.
23rd over: New Zealand 84-2 (target: 179; Green 35, Satterthwaite 32) With England in urgent need of a wicket or three, Heather Knight turns to Katherine Brunt. She attacks the stumps immediately, as in the first spell, but Green and Satterthwaite take a single apiece.
22nd over: New Zealand 82-2 (target: 179; Green 34, Satterthwaite 31)
21st over: New Zealand 79-2 (target: 179; Green 33, Satterthwaite 29) It might be time for a change of pace. Ecclestone and Green aren’t bowling badly, but New Zealand are making relatively serene progress. They need 100 from 174 balls to win.
20th over: New Zealand 77-2 (target: 179; Green 33, Satterthwaite 27) Green edges Dean through the vacant slip area for four, then Satterthwaite is beaten in the flight and inside-edges past leg stump. A terrific over ends with Green playing and missing outside off stump. Dean is so accomplished for a 20-year-old spinner, with lots of subtle variations.
19th over: New Zealand 71-2 (target: 179; Green 29, Satterthwaite 27) Ecclestone beats Satterthwaite with a good delivery that skids straight on. Three from the over.
18th over: New Zealand 68-2 (target: 179; Green 27, Satterthwaite 26) Green is dropped by Ecclestone. She came down the pitch to Dean and drove the ball towards mid-on, where Ecclestone misjudged a sharp two-handed chance above her head. When you’re defending a target of 179, you can’t afford to miss opportunities like that.
17th over: New Zealand 62-2 (target: 179; Green 22, Satterthwaite 25) A poor ball from Ecclestone is pulled round the corner for four more by Satterthwaite. There hasn’t been any significant turn for the slow bowlers yet, so there’s little for the New Zealand batters to worry about. If they don’t win today, they might as well pack up and go home.
16th over: New Zealand 57-2 (target: 179; Green 22, Satterthwaite 20) The offspinner Charlie Dean replaces Kate Cross, who bowled a relatively loose spell of 3-0-16-0. Her first over goes for three, and that’s drinks.
15th over: New Zealand 54-2 (target: 179; Green 21, Satterthwaite 20) Satterthwaite, on the charge, drives Ecclestone emphatically over mid-on for four. If she stays at the crease for another hour, New Zealand will win this game.
14th over: New Zealand 50-2 (target: 179; Green 21, Satterthwaite 16) Green back cuts Cross for four more, another beautifully timed stroke. It really is hard to reconcile shots like that with a career batting average of 19.
13th over: New Zealand 44-2 (target: 179; Green 16, Satterthwaite 15) One run from Ecclestone’s second over, which includes a strangled LBW shout against Green. It was easily missing leg stump. New Zealand look very comfortable at the moment, though one wicket would change that.
12th over: New Zealand 43-2 (target: 179; Green 15, Satterthwaite 15) A poor ball from Cross is cut for four by Green, who looks increasingly assured at the crease. New Zealand need 136 from 38 overs.
10th over: New Zealand 38-2 (target: 179; Green 10, Satterthwaite 15) With the Powerplay complete, Sophie Eccelstone replaces Katherine Brunt. A quiet start, three from the over.
10th over: New Zealand 35-2 (target: 179; Green 9, Satterthwaite 13) Kate Cross replaces Tash Farrant, whose four overs went for 16. Satterthwaite threads another high-class drive between extra cover and mid-off for four; she looks in great touch, for a change, and has raced to 13 from 11 balls.
9th over: New Zealand 30-2 (target: 179; Green 8, Satterthwaite 9) The pitch looks a bit tired, with a hunt of uneven bounce, so Brunt is bowling very straight. Just one run from her fifth over.
8th over: New Zealand 29-2 (target: 179; Green 7, Satterthwaite 9) Green drives Farrant to the cover boundary, which makes it three fours in as many balls.
7th over: New Zealand 21-2 (target: 179; Green 1, Satterthwaite 8) Amy Satterthwaite shows her class straight away, driving Brunt through extra cover for four to get off the mark. The next ball is skimmed through point for four more, though it was in the air for a while.Amy Satterthwaite shows her class straight away, driving Brunt through extra cover for four to get off the mark. The next ball is skimmed through point for four more, though it was in the air for a while.
WICKET! New Zealand 13-2 (Down c Beaumont b Brunt 7)
Down goes next ball, slicing Brunt straight to Tammy Beaumont at backward point. That was a loose stroke, which betrayed a scrambled mind, and New Zealand are again in trouble.
DOWN IS NOT OUT! England lose a review. Not that it matters...
ENGLAND REVIEW FOR CAUGHT BEHIND AGAINST DOWN! Brunt is the bowler again. She wasn’t sure but Amy Jones is convinced it’s out.
6th over: New Zealand 13-1 (target: 179; Down 7, Green 1) A maiden from Farrant to Maddy Green. New Zealand look a bit edgy with the bat.
5th over: New Zealand 13-1 (target: 179; Down 7, Green 1) That was such a good delivery from Brunt, a deliberate off-cutter that hoodwinked Bates completely.
WICKET! New Zealand 12-1 (Bates b Brunt 5)
Now that’s what I call out. Katherine Brunt takes the umpires and DRS out of the equation with a cracking delivery that snaps off the seam to bowl Suzie Bates through the gate. Brunt screams with hard-faced delight at taking such a big wicket. She is one helluva cricketer.
4th over: New Zealand 12-0 (target: 179; Bates 5, Down 7) The required run-rate won’t be an issue for a long time, so the most important thing for New Zealand is to avoid losing wickets against the new ball. So far, so good.
“I think Katherine Brunt is giving Jimmy Anderson a run for his money in the ‘who can pull the grumpiest face’ stakes,” says Chris Walton. “Got to feel a wicket is coming.”
In fairness, her xG (Expected Grump) is pretty high after that review.
3rd over: New Zealand 8-0 (target: 179; Bates 4, Down 4) Now Bates gets off the mark with a boundary, driving Brunt sweetly to the left of mid-on. That was rather glorious. The over ends with another big LBW appeal that is turned down by Sue Redfern. Heather Knight has no interest in a review this time, and replays confirm a clear inside edge.
2nd over: New Zealand 4-0 (target: 179; Bates 0, Down 4) Lauren Down gets New Zealand going with a lovely cover drive for four. England won’t mind her playing that shot, though, especially as there is already a bit of inswing forthe left-armer Tash Farrant.
1st over: New Zealand 0-0 (Bates 0, Down 0) Suzie Bates also thought she was out - she started to walk off before being called back. All very odd.
BATES IS NOT OUT!
A bit of confusion here. Bates charged Brunt and missed a flick across the line, prompting a huge LBW appeal from England. She was given not out on the field but England took matters upstairs. Bates was a really long way down the track, and that’s what saved her - replays showed the ball was hitting the stumps halfway up, but the point of contact with the pad was so far down the pitch that it was umpire’s call. England celebrated prematurely, Brunt in particular, when they saw on the big screen that the ball was hitting the stumps.
1st over: New Zealand (target 179; Bates 0, Down 0) There’s a review for LBW against Suzie Bates off the fifth ball of the innings.
Evening folks. Let’s get the obligatory Twin Peaks video out the way.
Yep, there are reports of an outbreak of deja vu in the New Zealand dressing-room. For the third game in a row they have let England off the hook, this time from 59 for six and 101 for eight. A target of 179 should still be achievable, but New Zealand will have to stagger through a fair bit of psychological rubble to get there.
Rob Smyth is here to take you through New Zealand’s run chase. Will lightning strike thrice for the tourists? It’s time to find out!
WICKET! Farrant lbw b Jensen 12 (England 178 all out)
48.3 overs: England 178 all out (Brunt 49*) Farrant clobbers the first ball of Jensen’s over wide of the bowler and away for four, always just beyond the reach of two chasing fielders. But that’s the end of England’s resistance, and two balls later she misses one that was going to hit off stump halfway up. A desperate review doesn’t save her, and Brunt’s innings ends unbeaten on 49. New Zealand need 179 to win.
48th over: England 174-9 (Brunt 49, Farrant 8) Devine’s ninth over brings just two runs, and leaves Katherine Brunt still just short of what would be a third ODI half-century.
47th over: England 172-9 (Brunt 48, Farrant 7) When I suggested in the 28th over that England might aim for something like 180 runs here the idea seemed outlandish, and even more so when Sophie Ecclestone was out next ball to leave England 101-8. But here they are.
46th over: England 168-9 (Brunt 47, Farrant 6) Three more in the bank, including a sharp single off the last to keep Brunt on strike.
45th over: England 165-9 (Brunt 44, Farrant 6) Chance! Farrant hits in the air to leg gully, who dives to her left, gets two hands to the ball but can’t hold it! The batters run two, with neither scared of giving Farrant the strike, and she shows why with a straight drive for four. Then Jensen gets one to go past the outside edge - it might even have clipped it - but it also goes past the stumps, and Katey Martin’s gloves.
44th over: England 159-9 (Brunt 44, Farrant 0) Katherine Brunt has been ice cold today, and she continues here: no hurry, no panic, two off the last.
43rd over: England 157-9 (Brunt 42, Farrant 0) Brunt takes a single off the first ball of Penfold’s final over, giving her five goes at Farrant. She can’t take a third wicket, but she can bowl an extremely wide wide.
42nd over: England 155-9 (Brunt 41, Farrant 0) Eight overs to go. England need, what, another 25 runs to be competitive, which is eminently achievable, but their margin for error is nonexistent.
WICKET! Cross run out 29 (England 154-9)
What a way to break the partnership! Kasperek dives to stop Brunt’s straight drive, gets a fingertip to it and when the ball then hits the stumps Kate Cross is out!
41st over: England 150-8 (Brunt 36, Cross 29) Before today Kate Cross had played 33 ODIs without ever scoring more than 16 runs, and thanks to eight not outs had an average of 7.33. She has handled herself very nicely here, when her team really needed it, and England now have 150 on the board.
40th over: England 146-8 (Brunt 34, Cross 27) A wide and a leg bye off Devine’s eighth over. New Zealand were bowled out for 169 on their way to defeat in the second ODI. On the one hand, they will therefore be nervous, at least for a while, when they set off on another chase of similar size. On the other, surely they’re unlikely to do that badly again?
39th over: England 144-8 (Brunt 34, Cross 27) Penfold’s back again, bowling the eighth over of what has already been a very positive debut. Four runs come off it, and this partnership has now contributed 43, more than double England’s next best.
38th over: England 140-8 (Brunt 31, Cross 26) A direct hit from Halliday at cover but Brunt is safely home, even if she was really quite slow in bringing down her bat.
37th over: England 134-8 (Brunt 29, Cross 22) England’s total no longer looks humiliatingly small, but there is so little devilment in this pitch that I think only self-doubt will stop the tourists reaching whatever target England end up setting them with many overs to spare. One boundary off Jensen’s seventh over, an edge from Cross that beats the dive of the fielder at slip and runs away.
36th over: England 126-8 (Brunt 26, Cross 17) Kasperek’s final ball is crunched to mid-off by Cross, and though the fielder there gets a hand on it and takes much of the sting off it, it still makes it to the rope.
35th over: England 119-8 (Brunt 24, Cross 12) Jensen’s over brings one leg bye.
34th over: England 118-8 (Brunt 24, Cross 12) Brunt gets hold of Kasperek’s final delivery, but sends it rolling straight to the fielder at deep midwicket and only gets a single for it.
33rd over: England 114-8 (Brunt 23, Cross 6) Tahuhu finishes her allocation. Five wickets and 37 runs constitute career-best figures for her but there’s no fairytale ending: Cross hits through the covers for four, and then she scoops the free hit for four more!
32nd over: England 105-8 (Brunt 23, Cross 2) Kasperek’s fifth over yields a few singles.
31st over: England 103-8 (Brunt 22, Cross 0) Tahuhu, who absolutely laid waste to England’s top order at the start of the innings, comes back to deal with the tail. She bowls a wide and six dots.
30th over: England 101-8 (Brunt 22, Cross 0) Well so much for my hypotheticals.
WICKET! Ecclestone lbw b Kasperek 8
Amy Jones was out to the first ball after the players’ first drinks break, and Sophie Ecclestone is out to the first ball after their second! She’s out lbw, confirmed after a desperate review.
29th over: England 101-7 (Brunt 22, Ecclestone 8) Shot! Brunt powers through cover to take England to triple figures. Given that New Zealand are bound to be a bit jittery after fluffing a couple of achievable run chases already in this series, how many runs do England need to be remotely competitive? To judge from the pitch you’d probably say 180 or so, and if they can keep going at 3.5 an over and don’t just go and lose all their wickets, they might just end up in the outskirts of that vague neighbourhood.
28th over: England 95-7 (Brunt 18, Ecclestone 7) New Zealand seem happy to be keeping England’s run rate down, and England seem happy not to be losing any more wickets. Three off the over, all singles.
27th over: England 92-7 (Brunt 16, Ecclestone 5) A maiden over from Penfold.
26th over: England 92-7 (Brunt 16, Ecclestone 5) A second Kasperek over, and two off it.
25th over: England 90-7 (Brunt 16, Ecclestone 5) Penfold comes back, and Ecclestone sends the final ball through the covers for four - not a particularly clean shot, but the ball fancied a run and wasn’t to be stopped. If England needed anything else to be depressed about other than the current scoreline, it would be the speed of the outfield.
24th over: England 85-7 (Brunt 15, Ecclestone 1) A bit of spin, from Leigh Kasperek. She gives the ball a lot of air - too much at times, and the last is a looping full toss but Ecclestone spears it straight to a fielder.
23rd over: England 84-7 (Brunt 14, Ecclestone 1) That’s a pretty poor shot from Charlie Dean, who plays the ball with a straight and strangely angled bat - if she had deliberately attempted to play it into her stumps she would probably have done exactly the same thing.
WICKET! Dean b Tahuhu 10 (England 78-7)
Charlie Dean plays on, and Tahuhu has her first international five-fer!
22nd over: England 78-6 (Dean 10, Brunt 10) Four more for England, scores in ones and twos. Well, ones and two.
21st over: England 74-6 (Dean 9, Brunt 5) Tahuhu is back with another tidy over but this partnership is looking quite handy, already England’s second biggest with (don’t get too excited) 15.
20th over: England 73-6 (Dean 9, Brunt 5) Jensen bowls and Brunt’s first boundary is a lovely one, sent speeding past backward point.
19th over: England 68-6 (Dean 9, Brunt 1) Ebony Rainford-Brent has never heard of Adam Ant. That’s the big news of this over, in which Dean crunches a straight drive for four.
18th over: England 63-6 (Dean 5, Brunt 0) Dean works one to third man for four. On Sky, the commentators are discussing England’s chances of victory if they manage to get to 150 or so, which seems a mightily hypothetical discussion.
17th over: England 59-6 (Dean 1, Brunt 0) Edged and dropped! Penfold’s first delivery clips Dean’s bat and goes to Martin’s right. It’s above waist height, within easy reach - she only needs to stick out her glove and collect, but she can’t hold it! Then Dean hits to cover and decides to get off strike. Suzie Bates dives, fields and throws at the stumps at the bowler’s end, but with Dean nowhere she just misses! There’s still time for a boundary before an an all-action over ends with Wyatt’s dismissal.
WICKET! Wyatt c Down b Penfold 10 (England 59-6)
What a grab this is! Wyatt clips to point, where Lauren Down dives to her right to take the ball one-handed, six inches off the ground!
16th over: England 53-5 (Wyatt 6, Dean 0) Wyatt’s 72-ball 63 was crucial for England in the second ODI, though England were in the comparatively luxurious position of 85-5 when she came in then. Here she edges but wide of the single fielder at slip for four.
15th over: England 49-5 (Wyatt 2, Dean 0) That’s a first international wicket for Penfold, which will help settle her nerves. That brings in Charlotte Dean, another 20-year-old, albeit six months or so older than Penfold, and one wide follows.
WICKET! Jones b Penfold 21 (England 48-5)
So much for England’s stability - the first ball after drinks bursts through Amy Jones’s defences and England are five down!
14th over: England 48-4 (Jones 21, Wyatt 2) Hayley Jensen has a bowl, and as the players take drinks England have stabilised a bit.
13th over: England 47-4 (Jones 21, Wyatt 2) Molly Penfold, New Zealand’s debutant, bowls her first international deliveries. She’s tall and offers a bit of extra bounce, but first she’s got to overcome some nerves: her second delivery is a no ball, and not by a little, while later there’s a couple of full tosses, the first of which Jones dismisses through the covers.
12th over: England 38-4 (Jones 14, Wyatt 0) Conditions actually seem quite helpful for batting, with a zingy outfield doing nothing to hold up the ball if anyone really gets hold of it. Jones certainly gets hold of one, slashing it square for four.
11th over: England 34-4 (Jones 10, Wyatt 0) A couple of leg byes off Tahuhu’s sixth over, and one that started off on a similar line to the one that did for Dunkley but moved away. Wyatt didn’t pick it, or get anything on it.
10th over: England 32-4 (Jones 10, Wyatt 0) Jones makes double figures! Sure, it’s not a lot to get excited about, but it’s all England have got. It’s a fine shot off Devine, sent flying through the covers, but it’s New Zealand who are flying at the end of the powerplay.
9th over: England 27-4 (Jones 7, Wyatt 0) Dunkley crashes a drive through the covers for four, and Tahuhu crashes the ball through her defences in revenge. It’s an excellent delivery coming back into the batter and beating her all ends up.
WICKET! Dunkley b Tahuhu 6 (England 27-4)
Tahuhu tears up Dunkley’s middle stump, and England are in a big heap of desperate trouble now!
8th over: England 23-3 (Jones 7, Dunkley 2) Another wide here from Devine - a fourth extra, nearly 20% of England’s runs have been gifts so far - and a single.
7th over: England 21-3 (Jones 6, Dunkley 0) Tahuhu is ripping England to shreds with her medium-pace straight ones. The ball to Knight maybe moved very slightly away from the batter, who really had no need to get involved, but England will feel they have given their wickets away.
WICKET! Knight c Martin b Tahuhu 6 (England 20-3)
Another one for Tahuhu! She tempts Knight into feeling for one outside off stump, the ball clips the edge and goes through to the keeper, and England are in trouble here!
6th over: England 20-2 (Knight 6, Jones 6) While Tahuhu has basically bowled straight and got a couple of wickets, Devine’s getting a bit of movement but has none. Instead she overpitches slightly and Knight smears past cover point for four.
5th over: England 16-2 (Knight 6, Jones 2) Tahuhu bowls her last ball, everyone gets in position for the next over, then the TV umpire spots an overstep and everyone’s called back for another. It’s a free hit, that Knight smashes straight into the air. It’s caught, but it doesn’t matter much.
WICKET! Winfield-Hill lbw b Tahuhu 4 (England 11-2)
Another review! It’s another lbw appeal from Tahuhu, and though it’s less whole-hearted than the last this time the umpire’s finger goes up! It looks worth checking, as it was heading towards leg stump and might have been sliding past, but it turns out it would have clipped, it’s umpire’s call and she’s got to go!
4th over: England 10-1 (Winfield-Hill 4, Knight 4) A maiden over from Devine, who doesn’t give Winfield-Hill anything to work with.
3rd over: England 10-1 (Winfield-Hill 4, Knight 4) Tahuhu’s first delivery to Heather Knight is a bit wide and a bit short, and it’s tucked away through the covers.
WICKET! Beaumont lbw b Tahuhu 1 (England 6-1)
Review! Loud appeals as Tahuhu’s delivery hits Beaumont on the front pad, but the on-field umpire is unimpressed. New Zealand sent it upstairs, and there’s heavy breathing from the TV umpire, who sounds like he’s just had to sprint from the gents. Happily his job is straightforward: it looks out, and it’s swiftly demonstrated that it is out.
2nd over: England 6-0 (Winfield-Hill 4, Beaumont 1) Sophie Devine’s over starts with a wide, and ends with a single flicked down the leg side.
1st over: England 4-0 (Winfield-Hill 4, Beaumont 0) Winfield-Hill clips the first ball of the game in the air towards the square leg umpire. “Catch!” comes the cry, but the umpire doesn’t comply and once past her it bounces to the rope.
Out come the players! Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield-Hill open for England, the former in long sleeves, the latter short. Lea Tahuhu has the ball. Let’s do this.
England look pretty relaxed, if this picture’s anything to go by. I’m really surprised that New Zealand have stuck them in again after twice failing with eminently achievable chases - can the home side now win the series today?
One change for England, who rest Nat Sciver and bring in Katherine Brunt.
New Zealand make two changes, giving Molly Penfold, “an absolute beast of a bowler” into the team. Hayley Jensen is also in. Hannah Rowe and Jess Kerr drop out.
England would also have bowled first. “I don’t think it’ll change too much,” says Heather Knight. “Hopefully we can be ruthless and win the series.”
For the third time in three games this series, New Zealand win the toss and choose to field, and hopefully “put the pressure back on them”.
England could wrap up the series today, heading as they do into the third game of five with a 2-0 lead. In the first match England’s total of 241 was considered at the break to be distinctly underwhelming, but in their reply New Zealand found themselves 2-1 after five overs and never got close to the required run rate after that. In the second England were bowled out for just 197 with six and a half overs remaining and still won, 20-year-old spinner Charlie Dean stealing the headlines with four wickets on the occasion of her second ODI cap as New Zealand, set a rain-affected target of 183 from 42 overs, were skittled for 169. And so they head to Leicester for the third meeting, without any innings so far having gone the distance. For New Zealand something’s got to change, and I’m wagering that one thing will: in both games so far the tourists have won the toss and chosen to field, and surely that won’t happen again.
Meanwhile I don’t know what kind of fool decided it would be a good idea to schedule a series in England in the gloomiest depths of September but they have lucked out mightily. I am, it’s true, about 90 miles from Leicester but there is a glorious early autumn sun shining upon me as I type, and the forecast for the venues of the remaining ODIs is positively balmy. Let’s bask in it together, shall we?