The New Zealand women’s cricket team has been outclassed by England in the T20 tri series final in Chelmsford, with the hosts cantering to a seven wicket wicket win.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, openers Suzie Bates (31) and Sophie Devine (31) made a fast start, raising a 50-run partnership in the sixth over and at 84 for two in the tenth over were on course for a healthy total.
England pace-bowler Katherine Brunt (2-26) swung the momentum with two wickets in three balls in the sixth over.
Amy Satterthwaite was going nicely until she was trapped LBW for 19 as five wickets fell for 21 runs between the 13th and 19th over.
Amelia Kerr hung around to finish 12 not-out as the White Ferns reached 137-9 from their 20 overs.
English openers Danny Wyatt (50) and Tammy Beaumont (35) ensured a relaxed chase for the hosts, aside from some Amelia Kerr drama as the leg-spinner claimed two wickets in two balls with consecutive googlies.
The White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates conceded their bowling has let them down throughout the series and was a contributing factor in final loss.
“I don’t think we have bowled as well as we could have all series. We’ve been able to create pressure from one end at times but haven’t been able to bowl in partnerships, so going into the one day series it’s going to be a real work on to maintain pressure for longer stints,” she said.
The White Ferns first match of three in the one day series against England is at Leeds on Saturday.