White Ferns hammered after poor batting effort

Sophie Devine. Photo: Getty Images
Sophie Devine. Photo: Getty Images
It was probably just as well no-one was there to see it.

The White Ferns were hammered in the opening twenty20 against England in Wellington yesterday.

The home side crashed to be all out for 96.

The visiting side eased past the target in 16 overs with seven wickets to spare.

A rise in the Covid-19 alert levels earlier this week meant spectators were prohibited from attending the match.

That was a small mercy for the White Ferns, who produced a poor effort with the bat.

Opener Sophie Devine missed out in all three recent one-day internationals against the English and dipped out again.

She clouted a half volley on leg stump to a fielder in the deep and departed in the second over for two.

Classy left-hander Amy Satterthwaite scored an undefeated century in the third ODI but clunked a drive to mid-on.

With two major pieces removed from the board, the New Zealanders were firmly on the back foot and kept inching backwards.

Veteran wicketkeeper-batswoman Katey Martin scored 36 from 32 to nudge the team tally towards 100.

England spin duo Sarah Glenn (two for 11) and Sophie Ecclestone (two for 18) shared in the spoils with seamers Nat Sciver (two for 28) and Katherine Brunt (two for 13).

Sciver took the key wickets of Devine and Satterthwaite.

England set up its emphatic win with a workmanlike effort in the power play.

The visiting side was 42 without loss after six overs and really had not taken a lot of risks to get so far ahead of the game.

Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont brought up their 50-run partnership midway through the eighth over.

But Wyatt, who was looking to up the tempo, drilled a full toss from Leigh Kasperek to Devine at cover for 33.

Sciver offered a sharp caught and bowled opportunity very next ball and probably should have been caught when she paddled the ball down leg side as well.

While Sciver survived, Beaumont did not.

She holed out for 25 from 31 and an outstanding run out from Jess Kerr accounted for Heather Knight before she could get off the mark.

It was the only period in the game when the White Ferns were able to mount any pressure.

It was more speed bump than derailment.

Sciver made the most of her reprieves to post an undefeated 26. She also got to hit the winning runs.

Kasperek (two for 24) and Melie Kerr (none for 21) bowled well in a losing effort.

■Northern Districts batsman Henry Cooper swatted his maiden list A century to set up victory against Wellington in the Ford Trophy elimination final at Seddon Park last night.

Cooper plundered seven sixes and 11 fours during his undefeated knock of 146.

He guided the Knights to a formidable total of 351 for eight from 42 overs.

Wellington reached 145 for seven when poor weather brought an early end to the game.

Northern Districts won by 138 runs by the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method and will play Canterbury in the final at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

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