17th over: England 139-6 (Sciver 59, Shrubsole 5) Devine’s hat-trick ball was a missed yorker, Shrubsole clipping the low full-toss, her first ball, for four. Seven runs and two wickets from the Devine over. She has one more up her sleeve for the death.
WICKET! Jones b Devine 0 (England 134-6)
Devine on a hat-trick! Jones tries to go over midwicket across the line but the seamer hits the top of off stump. Great fight from New Zealand.
WICKET! Brunt b Devine 14 (England 134-5)
Nice change of pace, Brunt chopping on after making room for herself.
16th over: England 132-4 (Sciver 58, Brunt 13) What a classy way to bring up a half-century, making room to lift a square drive over point. As you do. She gets there in 31 balls with half a dozen boundaries. Now a seventh, shovelling over her shoulder to fine leg. Could have departed to the next ball, spitting off an edge down to short third man, but it doesn’t go to hand. Jensen eeks out a couple of dots before Brunt keeps the strike when hitting a full toss to the fielder at long-off rather than putting it on the moon.
15th over: England 120-4 (Sciver 47, Brunt 12) Superb shot from Sciver down the ground to start the new Kerr over, lofting a checked drive one-bounce over the rope. Had she hit through the ball it may have landed back in town. The young leggie fights back well though, giving up just three other singles.
14th over: England 113-4 (Sciver 41, Brunt 11) So close! Athletic diving effort from Bezuidenhout at short third man in an effort to drag down an edge from Brunt but she isn’t quite tall enough and four runs are added. Brunt makes it two boundaries in the over, slapping inside out and beating mid-off. 12 off the over. 180-190?
13th over: England 101-4 (Sciver 39, Brunt 1) Sciver is the senior batsman out there now, hitting Kasperek for four the ball after she claimed Knight’s wicket. A further single brings up the England 100. Brunt keeps the strike with a single of her own to get off the mark.
WICKET! Knight c Green b Kasperek 19 (England 95-4)
Really good catch in the sun at deep midwicket. Knight didn’t get all of it but it was nice and high, which always complicates matters at this time of the evening. The captain is gone.
12th over: England 93-3 (Sciver 33, Knight 18) Kerr gets a second opportunity. These two taking on the field at every opportunity, Knight coming back to the danger end when Sciver took a couple to midwicket but that pressure forced an error with the frantic throw. The same fielder, though, makes a great diving stop in the deep from the next Nat Sciver slap. She’s into the 30s. From here, they should really get the 165-170 that Beaumont talked about before the game.
11th over: England 86-3 (Sciver 28, Knight 16) Bad drop! Tahuhu puts down the chance in the deep off Sciver to begin the new Bates over. Sciver emphasies how big an opportunity was blown, hitting the cover off a whip through midwicket that races away for four. Knight’s turn, making room for herself to square drive with class past point for another.
10th over: England 74-3 (Sciver 21, Knight 11) Kerr is on, from the Botham Stand End. She is well supported by her fielders early in the over when Bates saved a full-toss from going to the rope. The opposite was true later in the set, Knight gliding a top-notch wrong’un behind point to a fielder who misfields, turning a dot into a four. Eight off it.
9th over: England 66-3 (Sciver 19, Knight 5) The captain, Suzie Bates, bringing herself on and has half a shout for leg before first up against Sciver. Another over where singles are the objective. The all-rounder is hitting the ball sweetly and Knight hoping to pick up where she left off earlier, also finding the sweepers.
8th over: England 60-3 (Sciver 17, Knight 1) Five singles from the over in addition to the Beaumont wicket. Get Amelia Kerr on, I say!
WICKET! Beaumont b Jensen 23 (England 58-3)
Falls to the lap sweep! She plays it so well but didn’t make proper contact beyond maybe an inside edge, which deflected back onto her stumps. Huge wicket for the White Ferns!
7th over: England 55-2 (Beaumont 23, Sciver 13) A rapidly-run two gets Sciver off strike and next ball she pulls Devine hard across the line, into the gap at square leg for her first boundary. Another hard-run two into the legside shows intent and brings up England’s 50. Another four for Sciver takes her into double figures inside four balls, flat-batting a short ball to mid-on that bounces just before the fielder and skips down to the rope. There would have been a third four if not for an athletic diving stop by the captain Bates at extra cover. 13 from the over, all to Sciver.
WICKET! Taylor run out 1 (England 42-2)
The worst way to get out! Hayley Jensen is savvy enough to get a hand down to a Beaumont straight drive and it deflects onto the non-strikers’ stumps with Taylor backing up and therefore well out of her crease. Not fun at all.
6th over: England 42-2 (Beaumont 23, Sciver 0) Earlier in the over, Beaumont swung across the line with a slog-sweep that bounced once before crossing the rope for her fifth boundary. The end of a power play that would have been a lot better had they not lost Taylor at the very end of it.
5th over: England 37-1 (Beaumont 19, Taylor 0) Beaumont done for a lack of spin when trying to pull, a swing and a miss lucky that she is lucky wasn’t a tad straighter. The ball that got Wyatt seemed to keep its line rather than turn as well. There is a big shout for lbw to finish with Beaumont is reverse sweeping but she’s outside the line so it is turned down. Only one run in the over, alongside the wicket.
WICKET! Wyatt c Bates b Kaskerek 15 (England 37-1)
Wyatt dances to the spin of Kasperek in an effort to again make some room for herself to swing but she doesn’t get much of it, carrying nicely to the captain Bates at mid-off.
4th over: England 36-0 (Wyatt 15, Beaumont 18) The quickest of the New Zealand bowlers, Lea Tahuhu, on for her first over. It doesn’t start well, with Wyatt twice hitting her through the legside. The second of those is real help yourself stuff, a full toss on her pads that she helps down to the boundary. Beaumont pulls to midwicket to keep the strike, a shot that probably would have been four if not for Kerr’s diving stop.
3rd over: England 28-0 (Wyatt 8, Beaumont 17) Kasperek sends down the second over of spin in the power play. An experienced campaigner, she’s on the spot straight away. So Wyatt innovates, making room for herself before slaying through extra cover for her first boundary of the day. Beaumont misses a reverse sweep to finish.
2nd over: England 21-0 (Wyatt 2, Beaumont 16) Sophie Devine has the new ball from the Ian Botham Stand End. Sprays a wide first up before finding Beaumont’s inside edge. Devine now opening the bowling as well as the batting in this side, the vice-captain really taking ownership. It is Beaumont taking control though, cutting crisply behind point. Fantastic placement from the opener who is having a summer to match that of her breakthrough 2016 season. Devine does beat the bat with a delivery that hits the seam and flies. In turn, she attempts a bouncer next up but it has gone too high so a wide is called, the third of the now-lengthy over. Sure enough, Beaumont punishes the extra delivery, clipping with authority behind square leg for a one-bounce four. Class.
1st over: England 9-0 (Wyatt 1, Beaumont 8) Petersen spot on with her finger spin so Beaumont innovates and busts out a reverse sweep fifth ball of the game! “Silthy smooth” says Mel Jones on TV and that’s precisely what it is. Plays that shot as well as anyone in the game. Makes it back to back boundaries with a powerful pull. Once again, she’s away!
NOT OUT! Close call! Behind square came the throw from Tahuhu, she was sent back and nearly had to return all the way to the Andy Caddick Pavilion. Home by about two inches in the old money.
IS WYATT RUN OUT FIRST BALL? We’ll find out. They are going upstairs.
The players are on the field! Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt opening the innings for the hosts. Anna Peterson to bowl the first over with her spin. PLAY!
We had a chat to Tammy Beaumont between the games. She believes par on this track, which has now had 120 overs of cricket played on it, will be about 165-170. It has really slowed down a lot compared to Wednesday, when it was hard as a cat’s head.
Amelia Kerr. Can’t wait to watch the 17-year-old sensational against England for the first time since last year’s World Cup. You may have heard of her last week when she clobbered a world record 232 not out then took 5/17 in the same game. She first came to prominence as a 14-year-old playing in a televised domestic final turning her leg breaks square. Due to how well the top order played against South Africa on Wednesday, she didn’t get a bat. Excellent interview with her here from during the week.
More broadly on the New Zealanders, they are consumed with securing success on the big stage after falling badly short at the World Cup and collapsing in the semi-final of the 2016 World T20. They boast a very experienced line up with players who feature prominently in both the Women’s Big Bash and the Kia Super League. If they are going to do something big, it has to be this year.
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Teams in full:
New Zealand: Suzie Bates (c), Sophie Devine, Katey Martin (+), Amy Satterthwaite, Amelia Kerr, Maddy Green, Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Hayley Jensen, Lea Tahuhu, Bernadine Bezuidenhout.
Bernadine Bezuidenhout in for Hannah Row the only change there.
England Women: Danni Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Sarah Taylor (+), Natalie Sciver, Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight(c), Amy Jones, Tash Farrant, Anya Shrubsole, Danni Hazell, Sophie Ecclestone.
Jenny Gunn left out in favour of Tash Farrant. Not great news for the veteran.
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England have won the toss and will bat
One change to the side that played earlier this afternoon, left-arm seamer Tash Farrant coming in for all-rounder Jenny Gunn. I’ll have New Zealand’s side shortly.
Welcome (back) to Taunton!
Can England square the ledger on the day or will New Zealand continue their wonderful, unbeaten run so far on this tour of England and Ireland? That’s all all ahead of us in the second match of our Taunton double-header.
If you’re just tuning in, Heather Knight’s side were defeated by South Africa in the earlier game, accounted for my six wickets with three balls to spare after a couple of super knocks from Sune Luus and Lizelle Lee.
As for the Kiwis, in the triseries opener on Wednesday they absolutely smashed South Africa, cracking 216-1 – a new world record (that England overtook later in the day). They are in red hot form with leadership duo Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine both very much at the peak of their powers. Should be fun. Back with the toss and teams in a tic.
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