Heather Knight marked a magnificent century in the fourth ODI in Derby, as England surpassed New Zealand’s 244 total with three wickets remaining, her highest successful career pursuit in one-day internationals, to seal a Series 3 victory. -1 with a set to play.
Closer Hannah Rowe’s career best of four out of 47 ensured the chase was not without its nerves. Rowe’s first six-plus spell cut England from 52 with no losses to 71 of three. Lauren Winfield-Hill (33) was thrown by a ball that went off the field, while Tammy Beaumont (16) was left behind and Nat Sciver (11) got tangled playing around a fastball and was caught lbw.
England captain Knight (101) shared a century-long partnership with Amy Jones to calm English nerves, but Rowe struck again in the 38 ‘over: Jones (40) advanced to the middle of the game with 74 races still needed. Amy Satterthwaite then caught Sophia Dunkley lbw for a duck, to leave England 185-5 in the 40th.
Rowe’s finish, however, cost 13 runs, including six crushed in the leg by the unflappable Danni Wyatt, to put England back on course. Knight finally moved up three figures with a drive through the point back at 47th.
But Knight holed in the middle of deep field on 49 ‘over, and three balls later, Sophie Devine also knocked out Wyatt (27 of 27 balls) who crossed the line and was caught lbw.
However, Anya Shrubsole defeated Leigh Kasperek to the ground, by four before hitting a single, and despite Katey Martin removing the bail to perplex Sophie Ecclestone, Kasperek’s delivery was ample, sealing the deal with three balls. ample.
Previously, New Zealand had dropped to 33-for-three on the power play after Knight won the toss and inserted the visitors. Suzie Bates (17) had sent the first two balls of Shrubsole’s series hitting the boundary, but in the sixth on her she hit Sciver in the middle of the field, ran across the field, was sent backwards and was shot too early. The goalie, Jones, ran Bates an inch from his crease.
Shrubsole, who had sat on the sidelines for the first three ODIs after spraining her ankle in training a fortnight ago, then took ground on successive outings: Tuesday’s heroine Maddy Green gently placed one in Freya Davies’ hands to half way down a duck. , before Lauren Down (41) was fooled by a beauty who swayed and straightened to pull out her stump.
Devine took on Ecclestone, dragging her over a deep back square for six, but Charlie Dean caught her with nine runs before her half century. Devine’s appeal to the third referee was more hopeful than expectation: tracking the ball indicated that the impact would have been in the middle of the middle stump.
However, half a century from Satterthwaite (54) and Martin (65 not out), and some heavy blows from Brooke Halliday (28 of 19) at the end of innings, helped New Zealand rally to 244 of eight.
Both fifty creators were the beneficiaries of the first England relays and made the hosts pay, sharing a partnership of 84 races. With Satterthwaite at 13, Ecclestone went down trying a tough catch and throw opportunity that disappeared into his hands. Martin was hit on the pad by Dean while he was still in individual figures, and was fortunate that England chose not to review him; repetitions showed that the ball would have hit the stump of the leg.
Dean, who returned three for 52, finally threw Satterthwaite around his legs at 39 and, after being crushed over the head by six by Halliday, cut the southpaw at 45, inducing Sciver’s leading edge to cover. Davies then stepped in with a pair of quick innings to the death, pitching Hayley Jensen and Rowe, and while Martin, whose half century was his first since March 2017, remained defiant until the end, New Zealand’s total turned out not. be enough.
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