• February 8, 2023

New Zealand v England: Tourists win by 32 runs to complete clean sweep

Mady Villiers had the best 3:10 career in two overs

Third Twenty20, Sky Stadium, Wellington
England 128-9 (20 overs): Wilson 31 (23), Devine 3-30
New Zealand 96 (18 overs): Satterthwaite 25 (26), Villiers 3-10
England won by 32 runs; won the series 3-0
Scorecard

England beat New Zealand by 33 runs to get a clean run in their Twenty20 streak with three games.

England, with no captain Heather Knight from a minor hip injury, made an unbeaten 31st with Fran Wilson 128-9.

Sophia Dunkley made 26 while captain Sophie Devine took 3-30 for the hosts.

New Zealand lost two goals to Katherine Brunt in their first game before weirdos Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn and Mady Villiers limited the hosts to 96 6:36.

England have now won their last eleven completed 20 internationals, a run that began after losing six wickets in the opening game of the World Cup in March 2020.

Her only flaw in the format during this time was the controversial washout Semi-final against India that eliminated them from the tournament.

Fans were allowed to take part in the game in Wellington after lockdown restrictions introduced in the region following the one-day series that England won 2-1.

It is not yet known when England will next be in action. The summer plan has yet to be confirmed.

Squad players compete with bats

Wilson played their first game of the T20 series, playing a crucial hand at 70-4.

She only hit two fours in her 23-ball stroke, but amassed superbly the last eight overs of the innings to bring England to a sum that could be defended on a tricky spinning wicket.

Dunkley, who is only 22 years old, has already played 15 T20 internationals and was recently tipped from teammate Anya Shrubsole with a bright future.

She had only fought in six of her appearances before, and never higher than six in the order, so it was a true creed of England to be promoted to four.

She showed maturity and serenity as England battled 24-2 and 34-3 to turn the strike and hit a six as she got her second highest international score.

One concern for England will be the form of the opener Danni Wyatt, who only scored 63 runs in the six games in the two series.

More will follow.

Jack

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