|Fourth Women’s One-Day International, The Incora County Ground, Derby:|
|New Zealand 244-8 (50 overs): Martin 65 *, Satterthwaite 54, doyen 3-52|
|England 245-7 (49.3 overs): Chevalier 101, Rowe 4-47|
|England won by three wickets; lead series 3-1|
Heather Knight’s century inspired England to their most successful chase in a one-day international match as they beat New Zealand by three wickets to win the five-game series with one match at lose in Derby.
Captain Knight’s brilliant 101 helped England recover from 71-3 as they chased 245 for the victory under the lights.
Her 100-point partnership with 40-year-old Amy Jones secured the game for England, but the skipper was frustrated with falling as her team still needed eight points from the last 10 balls.
The hosts advanced to the final with still need a ball run to win, but Anya Shrubsole had five runs on the first three balls, before a wide Leigh Kasperek ball -om which Katey Martin had, to no avail. , tried to crush Sophie Ecclestone – handed the victory to England.
New Zealand earlier reached 244-8 on their 50 overs, anchored by 65 not on Martin and Amy Satterthwaite’s 54.
Off-spinner Charlie Dean impressed again with 3-52 before Knight produced true maturity to make only the seventh century English in a female ODI chase.
The hosts were strengthened by Shrubsole’s return from an ankle injury, as she and Freya Davies took two wickets apiece in what has been a successful run for the hosts’ seamers.
The White Ferns lacked an extra dimension of rhythm in their bowling alley after choosing to rest Lea Tahuhu, who took five wickets in Leicester on Tuesday, et Molly Penfold.
The final match of the series takes place in Canterbury on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. BST.
Knight leads England (almost) home
It hadn’t been a century in a women’s international this summer before Knight’s stunning shot on Thursday night.
She arrived at the fold with England in what is becoming a disturbing and familiar position. Lauren Winfield-Hill looked good again doing 33 before being played by Hannah Rowe, and Tammy Beaumont fell to another cheap layoff as she played a Rowe delivery to the leg.
When Sciver was pinned down by Rowe (4-47), England were in trouble. But Knight is the most reassuring figure on this England side – a calm head that has been sharpened by the captain and the rise of his limited hitters in recent years.
There was no celebration when it reached its half-century. Knight knew England still weren’t completely out of the troubles they had found themselves in.
Despite losing Jones, who found his best form in the series of the century, and Sophia Dunkley for a duck in Rowe, Knight just kept going. His handling of the pitch was excellent, as were his sweeping shots which often found the limit.
She and Wyatt had 13 points on the 44th – including six from Wyatt who flew over the leg limit – to put England within reach.
It wasn’t until Knight reached her century, having to dive for ground, that she allowed herself to celebrate – albeit with a slightly sheepish look as she rose from the ground.
While the game was closer than Knight would have liked, it was a testament to his skill that England were able to cross the line.
Close but not close enough for New Zealand
It was New Zealand’s first hitting first in this series and they took full advantage of the opportunity, putting in their most complete hitting performance.
Admittedly, they found themselves in a sticky position again, losing three wickets for nine points on 22 balls as they slipped to 33-3.
The difference this time was that Satterthwaite, Sophie Devine and then Martin were able to set up partnerships with England losing four catches in a tired defensive effort.
Devine counterattacked right away, sweeping a six and hitting five fours, while Satterthwaite played the role of anchor in their 56-point stand.
When Devine fell in weight to the brilliant Dean, Satterthwaite and Martin bided their time, slowly accumulating before starting to attack with 15 overs to go.
Satterthwaite reached her 31st half-century – the eighth-highest number of women in ODI cricket – with ease, but was frustrated when she was knocked around her legs by Dean.
Unlike the ubiquitous Satterthwaite, Martin has had a more troubled career. After making her debut in 2003, she appeared sporadically for New Zealand following the emergence of teammate Rachel Priest, and has only been a regular on the team since the series against England in March.
Aided by Brooke Halliday’s 28-on-19 cameo, Martin was able to take advantage of a weary England attack to record his first 50 ODI since March 2017 – and his first against England since March 2008.
In the end, Martin and Satterthwaite’s experience was worth it for New Zealand, but the higher order needs to contribute more if they are to start stringing together wins.
“My conversion rate is pretty bad! “- What they said
England captain and player of the match Heather Knight: “I was so frustrated when I came out, I really wanted to be there at the end and see it. The stick didn’t really click so I was desperate to be ruthless and finish the game, but I’m really happy to get the win and we needed it after a few tough games.
“My conversion rate is pretty bad, so I’m really happy to have a hundred, it seems like a long time to come! It was not an easy wicket and they played very well. “
Georgia Elwiss, the British all-rounder of the BBC Test Match Special: “England will be delighted that their intermediate order has brought them across the line here. It probably didn’t have to be this nervous at the end, and Heather Knight would have loved to be there to see them at home. “
English dressmaker Anya Shrubsole on Sky Sports: “You never really want it to end like this, but we won it. We both had a bit of a panic when she [Ecclestone] was puzzled before realizing it was a large!
“But what a fantastic innings from Heather though, to get us across the line. She looked like she was hitting on another ground for everyone.
New Zealand captain Sophie Devine: “It was an exceptional cricket match, and the credit goes to Heather. She anchored those innings and showed how classy she is.
“We took it all the way but it wasn’t for us. We need to heal our wounds, but we will learn a lot from this. We’ve pushed the world champions to this point today, and throughout this series we’re going to keep pushing for this final game. “