9th over: England 55-1 (Winfield-Hill 17, Knight 18) Too much inswing for Kerr! All the way from outside the off stump, down the leg side for five wides. A similar ball hits Knight on the back leg, umpire says too high. Not sure about that… Knight gets width to follow and crashes through cover, and through Kasperek, who misfields on the circle to concede four.
8th over: England 45-1 (Winfield-Hill 16, Knight 14) Both batters go after Tahuhu, who is bowling too short. Forced off the back foot through cover for three, which brings Knight onto strike who pulls another short one for four.
7th over: England 36-1 (Winfield-Hill 13, Knight 8) There’s a slip in for Knight facing Kerr, but undeterred the batter goes with the late cut this time. Thick edge, high and wide of the catcher, and Hannah Rowe’s dive after a long third umpire replay is deemed not to have stopped the ball before her body touched the rope.
6th over: England 29-1 (Winfield-Hill 11, Knight 3) Devine drags herself from the attack and brings in Lea Tahuhu, who bowls briskly on the line of off stump. Just a couple of singles. The scoring has been really quiet aside from those two Devine overs.
5th over: England 27-1 (Winfield-Hill 10, Knight 2) The Kerr tidiness continues, three singles from her third over, Knight just trying to run the inswing off her outside edge where possible.
4th over: England 24-1 (Winfield-Hill 9, Knight 0) Devine is leaking boundaries despite the wicket she’s taken. LWH gets going with a sliced drive over backward point, then a bottom-handed drive along the ground through cover.
3rd over: England 15-1 (Winfield-Hill 1, Knight 0) Jess Kerr continues, and she really is getting that UFO inswing working, in at Lauren Winfield-Hill, who scores a single at the end of the over. That’s 13 deliveries including the wide that LWH has faced from Kerr to score one run.
WICKET! Beaumont b Devine 12, England 13-1
2nd over: England 14-1 (Winfield-Hill 0) What an over that is. Something for everyone. Tammy Beaumont props forward and drives four through cover. Flicks another one through midwicket, then square drives a full toss. Last ball of the over, it’s length, it’s angling in a touch, and Beaumont leaves it alone! Loses her off stump to the Kiwi skipper. Goodness me.
1st over: England 1-0 (Winfield-Hill 0, Beaumont 0) Jess Kerr to start the bowling, with her drastically hooping in-swingers at times. Winfield-Hill soaks up the whole first over without scoring, only a wide results.
Heather Knight *
Amy Jones +
Sophie Devine *
Katey Martin +
New Zealand win the toss and bowl first
Both captains say they would have chosen to chase. Sophie Devine gets that opportunity. Heather Knight says that she doesn’t mind. She’ll be doing some bowling today too, with Brunt rotating out for a “structural change” that brings batter Danni Wyatt in to bat at seven.
Hello all, welcome to cricket town. Today: the second One-Day International out of five matches between the women’s teams of England and New Zealand. We’re at New Road, Worcester, for today’s outing, with the cathedral watching over and the ground remarkably not underwater, which is how it seems to spend most of the months between about August and June.
Game one was in Bristol, where England won pretty comfortably in the end, more so than a margin of 30 runs suggests. Heather Knight did the bulk of the batting to make 89, first with a partnership with Tammy Beaumont up top, then with Katherine Brunt down the order, to make 241. New Zealand had Amy Satterthwaite bat through for 79 not out, but she didn’t have enough support, and the Kiwis got bowled out for 211 with 21 balls to go. Had they batted their full allotment, they were a good chance to win.
They have chance to make good today: lock, load, and go again.