10th over: New Zealand 35-2 (Satterthwaite 4, Devine 2) Sophie Devine comes out at No5, and her first contribution to the match is to disrupt some poor couple who are enjoying a nice lunch at the cricket in their folding chairs to the side of the sight-screen fabric. Not by hitting a six in their direction – Sophie decides they’re in her eyeline. “They’ve been there all day,” says Heather Knight. But their fate is sealed, they have to move from long off to a wide long on. About four acres of seating and buildings is covered in black cloth, but apparently that’s not enough.
WICKET! Down b Shrubsole 11, NZ 33-3
Oh, that’s is impeccable. Swing mastery. The ball hoops inwards, then swings away. Lauren Down comes groping down one line to protect her pads, only for the ball to swing away past her outside edge and hit the outside of off stump. That’s quality.
9th over: New Zealand 33-2 (Down 11, Satterthwaite 4) Better from Down, more intent as she gets forward and drives Sciver for another boundary through cover.
8th over: New Zealand 28-2 (Down 6, Satterthwaite 4) Amy Satterthwaite gets going immediately, driving Shrubbers out through the covers.
WICKET! Green c Davies b Shrubsole 0
That’s pretty soft from Maddy Green. Made a match-winning fifty last time around, you wondered if that could be a turning point in an underwhelming career thus far, but today she just flaps a length ball straight to mid on.
7th over: New Zealand 24-1 (Down 6, Green 0) England getting on top now, Lauren Down going right back into her shell against a pretty innocuous over from Sciver. No run.
6th over: New Zealand 24-1 (Down 6, Green 0) Two singles from the Shrubsole over and a big run out.
WICKET! Bates run out 17, NZ 24-1
That’s comical. Not so much for the running: Bates flicks to midwicket, sets off where there’s no run, rightly gets sent back, and turns for her ground. But for the dive, which happens in slow motion. She does the full production, then just… stops. No momentum. Like a penguin realising it’s on gravel rather than ice. The ground is too dry. And the dive may not have even been necessary. The throw is high from Sciver to Jones, and Bates probably would have got home while upright, or lunging. But instead she hits the ground hard, stops almost dead, and even in real time her bat is moving towards the line in slow motion. It falls short.
More importantly than her wicket, I wonder if she’s hurt her bad shoulder again with that fall.
5th over: New Zealand 22-0 (Bates 16, Down 5) Bates has been taking up the strike, facing this entire over from Sciver, including a boundary driven through the covers.
4th over: New Zealand 17-0 (Bates 11, Down 5) That’s a better over from Shrubsole, keeping her line just outside off stump, drawing Bates across to try to play through that side of the field. Misses out on a cut shot. Only taps a single from the over.
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3rd over: New Zealand 16-0 (Bates 10, Down 5) First boundary of the day for Down, nicely threaded through cover as Sciver bowls wide. A bit of bottom-handed flourish in the follow through.
2nd over: New Zealand 12-0 (Bates 10, Down 1) Swing bowler Anya Shrubsole from the other end at Derby, and she’s rusty in her first match of the series. Didn’t play in the T20s either, last rolled over her arm in the Hundred. Bowls too straight and too full, Bates driving her through midwicket and then down the ground for boundaries. There’s also a wide well outside off stump that doesn’t swing in.
1st over: New Zealand 3-0 (Bates 2, Down 1) Nat Sciver to start off with the ball, her nagging medium pace not providing any alarms, yielding three singles to start off New Zealand’s day.
Sophie Devine *
Katey Martin +
Heather Knight *
Amy Jones +
England win the toss and will bowl
There you go, thought they’d like to make New Zealand chase again. But there will be a change up. Heather Knight wins the toss and pops in the Kiwis.
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Gaaaaaame four. In a five-match series, this is the one after the third match. You with me? Good. It’s been a battle of the collapses in this series. England have been decidedly off colour so far, at least in the batting department. Their first effort had a middle-order crash rescued by Katherine Brunt down the order to reach 241. Their next two efforts didn’t clear 200. They’ve been bowled out in each of their three innings. In three hits Amy Jones has 24 runs, Sophia Dunkley 22, and in two hits Natalie Sciver has made 1 and 2.
Luckily for England, the New Zealanders are not much chop with the bat either. Despite the lacklustre totals, they visitors have fallen short twice, bowled out both times, and staggered to a target of 179 with seven wickets down. So as long as England can put any sort of score on the board, they’re likely to win. Their greater concern though will be getting into a higher gear in the lead-up to the 50-over World Cup next February.
With the ball, though, things have been better. Kate Cross has more wickets than anyone in the world since she came back into the side in 2019: she has 31 of them at 18 runs apiece. Newcomers Charlie Dean and Tash Farrant (in her second incarnation as an England player) have impressed. For New Zealand, Leigh Kasperek has been taking wickets, Lea Tahuhu has come back well from medical trouble, and Molly Penfold debuted.
All to play for today, then, England leading the series 2-1.
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