Natalie Sciver stars as England Women thrash New Zealand by 142 runs

Ruben Hill
July 10, 2018

Amid cheers for England's two goals that went in against Sweden, England's women took the opening one-day global against New Zealand with a commanding 142-run victory at Headingley.

After Knight had won the toss and chose to bat first, Jones and the in-form Tammy Beaumont, who made 40, put on 111 for the first wicket in 22 overs to set England on their way.

A brace of 63s from Amy Jones and Heather Knight were the main features of a solid batting display as England made 290 for 5.

New Zealand openers Devine and Suzie Bates (28) also started well, getting New Zealand to 70 without loss at the start of the 14th over before the White Ferns lost five wickets for 31 runs. Despite a bright start, New Zealand were bowled out for 148 as Nat Sciver took 3-18 and Laura Marsh 3-24. Beaumont was the first wicket to fall when Lea Tahuhu had her caught behind in the 23rd over. Tahuhu had Sciver lbw in the second ball of the 41st over for 37, but the base was set for a strong finish.

The hosts powered their way to a 142-run victory over New Zealand in Leeds. It left New Zealand needing their highest successful chase in ODIs. Sciver struck for the first time next over with the wicket of Bates.

This is England's best-ever win in terms of run margin over New Zealand.

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