England women beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the first ODI, Heather Knight’s first 50-year international since 2019; Knight and Tammy Beaumont hit their 50s as Tourists hit the 179 goal to take a 1-0 lead; three-game streak continues in Dunedin on Friday
Last updated: 02/23/21 7:38 am
Tammy Beaumont scored 71 and skipper Heather Knight 67 was not eliminated as the England women claimed an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in the ODI Series opener in Christchurch – the first international of the tourists to more than 50 in more than a year.
Beaumont’s 10th ODI in half a century and Knight’s 20th backed a calm pursuit of 179 in just 33.4 overs after England razed the hosts to 178 in 45.1 after losing the draw in the first game of the three-game series.
Beaumont and Knight added 94 for the second wicket as England tasted victory in their first ODI since facing Pakistan in December 2019 – and their first match in front of fans since the coronavirus pandemic.
England also had a bowling attack missing the injured Any Shrubsole (knee) for this tour to thank for crossing New Zealand at Hagley Oval.
Tash Farrant (2-31) – playing for England for the first time since 2018 after losing his center contract a year later – and Katherine Brunt (1-26) have struck once each in the first 10 overs as the White Ferns were down to 34-2, Natalie Dodd (8) and Amy Satterthwaite (3) the players to die for.
Hayley Jensen (53 of 58) rallied the home side with a first ODI fifty but when she was sacked, played by Sarah Glenn (1-18), the hosts stumbled to 94-4, which became 104- 5 when Freya Davies (1 -30) represented Amelia Kerr (13) in the 27th.
Brooke Halliday, who struck 79 on 56 balls against England in a warm-up match last week, marked her ODI debut with 50 of 54 deliveries before being the last woman eliminated, eliminated by Danni Wyatt.
Left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone captured two late wickets en route to numbers 2-36 on 10 overs, while all-rounder Nat Sciver and skipper Knight also picked up one wicket each – Sciver removing New Zealand captain Sophie Guess for 16.
Jensen knocked out Wyatt (17) in the eighth in the chase, but Beaumont and Knight, who hit 11 and 8 borders respectively, ensured England hit their winning goal.
Beaumont hit fifty of 67 balls before being returned from the 86th ball she faced, caught behind in an attempt to cut Lea Tahuhu – who injured her hamstring to the limit late in the game.
Knight then added an unbroken 45 with Sciver (21no), cementing his half-century from 58 balls, then looking the other way as Sciver punched Kerr’s four winner to take England 1-0 into the series before Friday. second game in Dunedin.
England should have defended the 50-year-old World Cup crown won at Lord’s in 2017 next month, but the tournament has been pushed back a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.