England v New Zealand: first women’s one-day international – live!
September 16, 2021sports
20th over: England 87-1 (Beaumont 36, Knight 23) That’s the shot of the day so far from Beaumont, a gorgeous push-drive through extra cover for four. This looks like a really good pitch, so England will probably want something close to 300.
19th over: England 80-1 (Beaumont 32, Knight 22) An escape for Beaumont, who bottom-edges an attempted cut just past leg stump. It was a lovely delivery from Kasperek, possibly a doosra, and Beaumont was pretty fortunuate to survive.
18th over: England 78-1 (Beaumont 31, Knight 21) Kerr comes on for Tahuhu, who bowled an excellent spell of 5-0-15-0, and concedes four singles. England, who slowed own for a few overs after the wicket of Winfield-Hill, are now going along at a decent rate without taking any big risks.
17th over: England 74-1 (Beaumont 29, Knight 19) No real spin for Kasperek, though she is flighting the ball very nicely. Three singles from her second over.
16th over: England 71-1 (Beaumont 28, Knight 17) Knight clips Tahuhu through midwicket for four, a terrific shot from a ball that was only a fraction too straight. She has 17 from 24 balls, Beaumont 28 from 48.
15th over: England 66-1 (Beaumont 28, Knight 12) Time for a change of a pace, with the offspinner Leigh Kasperek replacing Hannah Rowe (3-0-13-1). She hurries through her first over, conceding only a couple of singles, and that’s drinks.
14th over: England 64-1 (Beaumont 27, Knight 11) Beaumont breaks the shackles with a stylish cover drive for four. That was the only time in the over that Tahuhu gave her any width at all, and Beaumont took advantage.
13th over: England 59-1 (Beaumont 22, Knight 11) Knight, who looks in pretty good touch, gets her first boundary with a quietly emphatic square drive off Rowe. But she moves out on another from the final delivery, slapping a long hop straight to one of the cover fielders.
12th over: England 52-1 (Beaumont 21, Knight 5) Tahuhu’s pace is good, pushing 70mph, but it’s her accuracy that has been most impressive. Another excellent over brings only a single to Beaumont. Since the double bowling change, England are 11 for one from five overs.
11th over: England 51-1 (Beaumont 20, Knight 5) Knight clips Rowe for a single to bring up the England fifty in the 11th over. Then Beaumont, who is having a bit of a sticky spell, is beaten outside off stump; she has scored only three from her last 16 balls.
10th over: England 47-1 (Beaumont 19, Knight 2) If you have access to Sky Sports, the OBO’s Adam Collins is commentating at the moment. You won’t be surprised to read that he’s dead, dead good.
The introduction of Tahuhu and Rowe has stymied England, with only six runs from the last three overs. Tahahu’s line has been terrific, giving Beaumont no chance to free her arms.
Ach, Lauren Winfield-Hill will be filthy about this dismissal. She flicked at a leg stump half-volley from the new bowler Hannah Rowe but could only thin-edge it to Katey Martin behind the stumps. That feels like such a missed opportunity for Winfield-Hill in the scramble for a World Cup place.
8th over: England 43-0 (Winfield-Hill 21, Beaumont 18) The rapid Lea Tahuhu, who is back in the side after a pretty horrible time with injury, replaces Kerr. Her first over is excellent, with a really tight line to both right-handers; just two singles from it.
7th over: England 41-0 (Winfield-Hill 20, Beaumont 17) There’s a brief delay while the players sanitise their hands, which apparently is going to happen every six overs. Winfield-Hill flogs a short ball from Devine through midwicket for her third boundary, and the early signs are that this is an excellent pitch. Heather Knight called for England to be ruthless, and this looks an excellent chance for Winfield-Hill in particular to make a significant score. It’s been a while since her last half-century for England, five years I think.
6th over: England 34-0 (Winfield-Hill 15, Beaumont 15) Four more to Beaumont, scrunched through the covers on one knee when Kerr overpitches. She looks of a mind to continue her outstanding record against New Zealand.
5th over: England 30-0 (Winfield-Hill 15, Beaumont 11) Devine’s radar has been slightly askew. She started her previous over with a wide and begins this with three in four balls. It doesn’t end particularly well either, with Winfeld-Hill skimming another lovely drive past extra cover for four. This is becoming a really good start for England.
4th over: England 23-0 (Winfield-Hill 11, Beaumont 11) Winfield-Hill chases a very wide delivery from Kerr, slicing it up and over gully for a single. Beaumont follows that with an immaculate cover drive, punched carefully through the infield for her second boundary.
3rd over: England 15-0 (Winfield-Hill 8, Beaumont 6) Devine surprises Beaumont with a lovely hooping inswinger that beats the inside edge and thuds into the pad. New Zealand appeal for LBW but the umpire Paul Pollard decides it did too much.
And now Beaumont has been dropped by Maddy Green! She drove expansively at an outswinger and edged the ball to the right of first slip, where the diving Green couldn’t hold on to a sharp chance.
2nd over: England 12-0 (Winfield-Hill 7, Beaumont 5) Jess Kerr shares the new ball. She and Devine complement each other nicely – they’re both right-arm seamers, but Devine swings it away and Kerr brings it back into the right-handers. When she overpitches slightly, Winfield-Hill gets her first boundary with a high-class drive through extra cover. That shot takes her past 1,000 ODI runs.
1st over: England 5-0 (Winfield-Hill 1, Beaumont 4) Sophie Devine opens with a series of tempting outswingers. After offering no stroke to the first two, Tammy Beaumont reaches outside off stump to time a square drive for four.
It’s a lovely afternoon in Bristol: little brisk, but sunny and cricket-friendly. The England openers Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield-Hill punch gloves as they stroll onto the field; the White Ferns captain Sophie Devine is going to open the bowling.
England Beaumont, Winfield-Hill, Knight (c), Sciver, Jones (wk), Dunkley, Brunt, Dean, Ecclestone, Cross, Davies.
New Zealand Down, Bates, Green, Satterthwaite, Devine (c), Halliday, Martin (wk), Rowe, Kerr, Tahuhu, Kasperek.
There’s a bit of moisture in the pitch, and Heather Knight said she would also have bowled first. The 20-year-old Charlie Dean makes her England debut, having been presented with her cap by her hero Charlotte Edwards.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of the first ODI between England and New Zealand in Bristol. This is the bit where we tell you how many days there are until the beginning of the World Cup. We are 169 upper meridian transits away from the opening match of the tournament between the hosts New Zealand and TBA in Mount Manganaui. For the five teams who have already qualified – the last three will be decided in November – all roads lead to New Zealand.
This five-match series is another chance for the teams to hone their plans and whittle down their squads. It’s not too late for a bolter, as England have shown with the selection of the uncapped allrounder Charlie Dean. The experienced Danni Wyatt has also been recalled after missing the 2-1 series win over India earlier in the summer. England have had a lot of 2-1 victories lately, in both white-ball formats. But the defeats have irritated their captain Heather Knight and she wants them to be “super ruthless” in this series.
They are certainly strong favourites against a New Zealand side whose ODI form is dreadful. They’ve lost 14 of their last 15 games, a run that is only slightly mitigated by the quality of the opposition. It’s hard to reconcile that level of failure with a team that includes players like Suzie Bates, Sophie Devine, Amy Satterthwaite and Leigh Kasperek.
It’s not all doom and gloom. As Charles Dederich famously said, today is the first day of the rest of their World Cup cycle. If the tournament goes well for New Zealand next spring, nobody will care about the preamble.
Play starts at 1pm in Bristol, midnight in Auckland – and, I swear to you, the weather forecast is pretty good.