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Sarah Taylor helps England canter to seven-wicket win over New Zealand

England’s women beat New Zealand in a dress rehearsal for Sunday’s T20 tri-series final

On the back of a fine fielding display England’s women cantered to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in a dress rehearsal for Sunday’s T20 tri-series final. Three impressive outfield catches and a nifty legside stumping contributed to the visitors falling 11 balls short of batting out their overs. Set 130, Heather Knight’s side lost both openers inside the power play but were steered to victory by Sarah Taylor and Nat Sciver doing as they pleased for 51 and 39 not out respectively. The win came with 25 balls to spare.

The White Ferns’ collapse of eight for 43 was fatal, especially after losing Suzie Bates for a duck in the first over. That was the first of Amy Jones’ contributions patrolling the boundary, diving forward to snaffle the opener to give Anya Shrubsole the first of her three victims.

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