England thumped New Zealand in the semi-final qualifier by 75 runs, cruising into the next phase of the Women World Cup tournament. England’s inning was bolstered with the fourth wicket partnership between Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver. The players scored 170 batting for 27 overs together hauling the team’s tally to a challenging figure for New Zealand. Beaumont scored 93 off 102 balls, while Nat Sciver came up with a 111 ball 127. She knocked the century off 92 balls. The top cricketer has been through a strong form.
England faced an early wobble in the inning. The team lost three wickets in the first 14 overs. Lauren Winfield lost her strike to Lea Tahulu in the fifth over. Sarah Taylor was caught and bowled by Leigh Kasperek, ending the strike at 8 runs. Suzie Bates dismissed skipper Heather Knight, slogging England at 52 for 3 in 14 overs. Beaumont, meanwhile, was careful starting the inning slow and steady. The turn in the inning came up when she knocked three fours in the over off Tahulu. Her stand with Sciver lasted running pass the 41st over hauling the score to 222. In the finishing stretch of nine overs England players added 62 runs losing five wickets.
Amelia Karr removed 4 wickets for 51, while Suzie Bates came out as the most expensive bowler of the inning. Leigh Kasperek had the best economy of 4.90 in addition to claiming two wickets. Without New Zealand’s leg spinners, the target could have been sharper that it was. The loss of 9 wickets for England came up after spinners took the helm of attack.
However, England blitzed even in bowling. The defense was strong with bowlers like Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt strangulating the chase. Opener Rachel Priest ended her stretch in the second over beating three fours off Shrubsole. The inning was slogged with slow momentum since the beginning. The second wicket stand between Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite pulled up the score near 90 adding 75 runs.
Bates was denied a fifty ending her score in 44 by Alex Hartley. Satterthwaite was down for 35. Since the middle overs Katie Perkins steered the chase until the end. However, the rest of the middle and lower could not keep their wickets intact. By 44th over, New Zealand fell to 9 for 206. The match ended as Hartley trapped Holly Huddleston in the 47th over. With the batting line up exhausted, New Zealand lost the chase. The team will play against India in the next qualifier match.
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