England v New Zealand: women’s T20 international – live!

Earlier today, New Zealand mashed up South Africa, chasing down 148 in 15.2 overs. That took both them and England into Sunday’s final.

Morning everyone. For the best part of a generation, it was tennis with a bit of MMA; until recently it was darts; and now, it might just be women’s cricket. I’m talking, of course, about the most exciting sport in the world, by which I mean played to the highest standard relative to itself and competitive as possible at the top. The best teams are all good enough to beat one another, all are improving rapidly, and all are playing the game with joy and fire ... things are good.

But, for now at least, there is still a hierarchy, and England are just about at its top. These teams will meet in Sunday’s final regardless of what happens today, though do not expect them to ease off; that is not what is done, and there is smack to be laid down. There will be no mucking about.

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