That’s it for today’s blog, though Raf Nicholson’s match report will appear shortly. Thanks for your company and emails – bye!
The Player of the Match is Heather Knight
“It was a slow pitch and it felt quite tough out there – I think my innings had a bit of the good, the bad and the ugly. Brunty was brilliant and gave us some momentum at the end of the innings. We wanted 10 or 20 more, but it was quite hard to start your innings. It was the kind of pitch where you have to hide your ego a bit.
“It wasn’t perfect but we’re pleased to get the win. It was nice that we had that sort of wicket today as it meant we had to graft for our runs. We’ve committed to managing players through the series and we want to build up a pool of fast bowlers, so there will be a few changes from game to game.”
That was an uncomfortable comfortable win for England. They always looked the likelier winners, but New Zealand gave them a scare by adding 68 for the last two wickets. The superb Amy Satterthwaite was ultimately stranded on 79 not out. All the England bowlers chipped in, with Kate Cross taking the vital wicket of Sophie Devine when New Zealand were mounting a recovery.
It’s all over. Kasperek tried to steal a quick single to mid-off and was fractionally short when Winfield-Hill’s throw hit the stumps. I don’t think anybody on the field thought it was out, but the umpires went upstairs just in case. England are glad they did.
ENGLAND WIN BY 30 RUNS!
WICKET! New Zealand 211 all out (Kasperek run out 15)
46th over: New Zealand 211-9 (target 242; Satterthwaite 79, Kasperek 15) Heather Knight invites Katherine Brunt to finish the job. But for which team? Brunt’s first two deliveries are cracked for four by Satterthwaite and, though she ends the over strongly with only two runs from the last four balls, this is getting very hairy for England.
45th over: New Zealand 201-9 (target 242; Satterthwaite 69, Kasperek 15) Satterthwaite has made no attempt to farm the strike, which is a bit of a surprise. Mind you, Tahuhu and now Kasperek have been scoring at a decent rate, and that continues when Kasperek edges the new bowler Cross for four. New Zealand need 41 fae 30 baws.
44th over: New Zealand 195-9 (target 242; Satterthwaite 68, Kasperek 10) Sophie Ecclestone bowls a superb final over, conceding only a leg-bye. She finishes with two for 39 and New Zealand need 47 from 36 balls.
43rd over: New Zealand 194-9 (target 242; Satterthwaite 68, Kasperek 10) Kasperek has an ODI century against Ireland, so this game isn’t quite done and dusted. Satterthwaite threads Davies towards the point boundary, where the diving Cross does extremely well to save two runs. Three singles make it another decent over for New Zealand.
42nd over: New Zealand 189-9 (target 242; Satterthwaite 65, Kasperek 8) Kasperek gets off the mark with a classy scoop for four off Ecclestone, then drives the next ball beautifully to the cover boundary. You shouldn’t be allowed to bat at No11 when you can play a shot like that. New Zealand need 53 from 48 balls.
41st over: New Zealand 178-9 (target 242; Satterthwaite 64, Kasperek 0) Amy Satterthwaite needs 64 from 54 balls.
WICKET! New Zealand 177-9 (Tahuhu b Davies 25)
That’ll do! Freya Davies ends Lea Tahuhu’s cameo with a delightful slower ball that beats Tahuhu’s swipe and bounces into the stumps. It was a valiant innings from Tahuhu, who made 25 from only 14 balls.
40th over: New Zealand 170-8 (target 242; Satterthwaite 62, Tahuhu 20) Lea Tahuhu hasn’t given this up. She fetches Dean over backward square leg for her fourth boundary, the highlight of an over that brings nine useful runs. New Zealand need 72 from 60 balls.
39th over: New Zealand 161-8 (target 242; Satterthwaite 61, Tahuhu 13) Freya Davies replaces Katherine Brunt, whose figures took a battering in that second spell: she now has one for 12 from seven overs.
Satterthwaite clubs another boundary straight down the ground to move into the sixties, then Tahuhu times a superb forcing stroke for four more. She has raced to 13 from six balls.
38th over: New Zealand 151-8 (target 242; Satterthwaite 56, Tahuhu 8) Lea Tahuhu clouts her second ball back over Dean’s head for four and slices the next past short third for another boundary.
WICKET! New Zealand 143-8 (Kerr b Dean 5)
Charlie Dean gets her first wicket in international cricket! It was a beautiful delivery, which turned sharply to beat Kerr and rattle into the top of off stump. There has been no more popular wicket today.
37th over: New Zealand 142-7 (target 242; Satterthwaite 54, Kerr 5) Kerr makes room to club Brunt over the leaping Knight at extra cover and away for four. It was a fine effort from Knight but she couldn’t quite reach it.
36th over: New Zealand 136-7 (target 242; Satterthwaite 54, Kerr 0) The debutant Charlie Dean returns to the attack. That’s a smart move from Heather Knight, with the chance of some cheapish lower-order wickets. Satterthwaite survives another run-out chance after being rightly sent back by Kerr; she would have been out with a direct hit. A firm slog sweep brings her a boundary off the next ball, but those are the only runs from the over. New Zealand needs 106 from 84 balls, aka snookers.
35th over: New Zealand 132-7 (target 242; Satterthwaite 50) That was the last ball of the over.
WICKET! New Zealand 132-7 (Rowe LBW b Brunt 1)
No review from Hannah Rowe this time – she works across a straight one from Brunt and is plumb LBW. Despite the excellence of Amy Satterthwaite, who reached a high-class fifty off the previous ball, New Zealand are heading for their 15th defeat in the last 16 ODIs.
A successful review from Hannah Rowe! She was given out LBW to Ecclestone, having missed a flick to leg, but replays suggested the ball was just – and I mean just – sliding past leg stump.
33rd over: New Zealand 127-6 (target 242; Satterthwaite 47, Rowe 0) Katherine Brunt, who bowled four consecutive maidens with the new ball, returns to the attack. She finally concedes her first run of the match, from her 27th delivery, when Satterthwaite pushes a single into the covers. But that’s one of only three runs from the over, two off the bat to go with a leg-bye. New Zealand need 117 from 102 balls. It’s Satterthwaite or bust.
32nd over: New Zealand 124-6 (target 242; Satterthwaite 45, Rowe 0) A memorable over from Ecclestone: two wickets, six runs and one drinks break.
Hannah Rowe walks out to face the hat-trick ball… and drives it calmly to mid-on.
WICKET! New Zealand 124-6 (Halliday b Ecclestone 0)
Brooke Halliday goes first ball! It was lovely bowling from Ecclestone, a quicker one that skidded straight through Halliday to hit the stumps. New Zealand are in all sorts.
Drinks That was another smart piece of captaincy from Heather Knight, who moved Davies to short fine leg only a couple of balls before the wicket.
WICKET! New Zealand 124-5 (Martin c Davies b Ecclestone 9)
Kacey Martin dies by the sweep. It brought her four and two earlier in Ecclestone’s over, but she tried again and top-edged a simple catch to Freya Davies at short fine leg.
31st over: New Zealand 118-4 (target 242; Satterthwaite 45, Martin 3) This might be slipping away from New Zealand. Cross concedes only three singles from his seventh over, and the required rate creeps past 6.5 an over as a result.
30th over: New Zealand 115-4 (target 242; Satterthwaite 44, Martin 1) Amy Satterthwaite edges Ecclestone straight through the vacant slip cordon for four. If New Zealand are to win this game, Satterthwaite will have to do a lot of the work. The new batter Katey Martin almost falls later in the over, mistiming a premeditated scoop over the head of the keeper Jones.
29th over: New Zealand 109-4 (target 242; Satterthwaite 39, Martin 0)
Martin is not out! It was comfortably missing leg stump, so England have used up one of their two reviews.
ENGLAND REVIEW FOR LBW AGAINST MARTIN! I’m pretty sure it’s missing leg. But if it is out, Kate Cross is on a hat-trick.
WICKET! New Zealand 109-4 (Devine c Winfield-Hill b Cross 34)
This is a huge moment. Sophie Devine drags Cross towards mid-on, where Lauren Winfield-Hill moves to her left to take a comfortable catch. That ends an excellent partnership of 78 in 16 overs – and makes England big favourites.
28th over: New Zealand 104-3 (target 242; Satterthwaite 34, Devine 34) The boundaries have dried up, at least for the time being. Some effective nurdling brings four runs from Ecclestone’s latest over, which means New Zealand need 138 from 132 balls.
27th over: New Zealand 100-3 (target 242; Satterthwaite 33, Devine 31) These two have played expertly, as is their wont, but the required rate has crept above a run a ball despite that. It feels like something is going to give pretty soon. Devine tries to smash Cross over midwicket and gets a leading edge that lands just short of Ecclestone at third person.
26th over: New Zealand 97-3 (target 242; Satterthwaite 32, Devine 29) Thanks Tanya, hello everyone. That’s enough of the pleasantries, because Satterthwaite was almost out twice in the time it took me to sanitise my hands. First she charged Ecclestone and hit a lofted drive that landed just in front of the fielders running back from mid-off and mid-on; then she was sent back by Devine and would have been miles out had Amy Jones’ throw hit the stumps. It didn’t, she wasn’t.
25th over: New Zealand 93-3 (Sophie Devine 28, Amy Satterthwaite 29) Kate Cross swings back into the attack and is immediately on message, conceding only a wide
More on those lights! Over to Andrew Benton:
“Gloucs have got to put the lights on to justify their existence – they are more than a blot on the gentle hilly landscape of north Bristol, how they got planning permission I’ll never know. For matches like this, probably. “
That’s it from me, but you’re in safe hands with the one and only Rob Smyth.
24th over: New Zealand 92-3 (Sophie Devine 28, Amy Satterthwaite 29) Natty running, as New Zealand pick Ecclestone off for five singles. The hope for England, is that New Zealand’s batting line-up is very top-heavy.
23rd over: New Zealand 87-3 (Sophie Devine 25, Amy Satterthwaite 27) Satterthwaite sweeps and it rattles for four forward of square. Ah, shucks, Dean drops a tricky caught and bowled, it came at her fiercely. Devine, I think.
22nd over: New Zealand 81-3 (Sophie Devine 25, Amy Satterthwaite 22) Ecclestone rattles through her over more quickly than an autumn footstep through crunching leaves. The fifty partnership comes up off 62 balls and these two are starting to look as settled as Brunt and Knight.
21st over: New Zealand 79-3 (Sophie Devine 23, Amy Satterthwaite 21) Glorious from Devine, on one knee and whipped through the covers for four. A little wide, perhaps, from Dean.
20th over: New Zealand 73-3 (Sophie Devine 19, Amy Satterthwaite 21)At the end of 19 overs, England were 80-1, so just a pinch of snuff in it. But the introduction of Ecclestone, and here she comes, will be crucial. And she rattles through her first over with only one coming from it.
19th over: New Zealand 72-3 (Sophie Devine 18, Amy Satterthwaite 21) Satterthwaite sweeps Dean from up high and the ball beats Sophia Dunkley charging round the rope.
18th over: New Zealand 65-3 (Sophie Devine 16, Amy Satterthwaite 16) Beaumont, at backward point, a pint-pot of energy, prevents a four with a superb dive. Just one off a tight over from Davies.
An excellent point by Adam Collins. Just why? In a climate emergency.