Satterthwaite’s 79* In Vain As England Take Early Lead

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Satterthwaite’s 79* In Vain As England Take Early LeadKnight and Brunt's half-century stand revived England's innings.

Amy Satterthwaite's unbeaten 79 went in vain as the England bowlers skittled out New Zealand for 211, 30 runs short of their total, in the first ODI at the County Ground in Bristol, on Thursday. The former skipper's 87-ball innings, which included 10 boundaries, stood out in a game where most batters struggled. Led by a brace each from Nat Sciver, Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone, the visitors were bowled out in the 47th over of the chase.

Earlier in the day, England too had a middle order batting collapse before skipper Heather Knight and Katherine Brunt rescued the side with an 88-run stand for the sixth wicket. Put in to bat, England got off to a strong start, with Tammy Beaumont being involved in two strong partnerships – 44 with Lauren Winfield-Hill and 65 with Knight – before getting trapped legbefore by Sophie Devine on 44.

Her dismissal led to a collapse, with Lea Tahuhu castling Sciver and Amy Jones in quick succession, before Jess Kerr accounting for the wicket of Sophia Dunkley which left the hosts reeling at 140 for 5 in the 32nd over. Brunt and Knight revived the England innings through the course of their 91-ball alliance. Both the batters fell in quick succession in the death overs, missing out on their respective personal landmarks. Knight, 11 short of a century, offered a return catch to spinner Leigh Karperek while Brunt was cleaned up by Kerr on 43.

The English lower order couldn't contribute significantly and were bundled out for 241, with the last five wickets falling in a space of 16 balls. Kerr returned three wickets while Devine and Tahuhu bagged a brace each.

New Zealand's chase, on the other hand, got off in quite a contrasting fashion. In a slow moving first 10 overs, the visitors lost both their openers to Sciver, while managing only 17 runs in that phase. However, led by Satterthwaite, New Zealand recovered from that phase with some calculated attack. In company of skipper Devine, she stitched a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket, off 99 balls.

However, Devine's fall in the 29th over allowed England to again find their way back into the contest. Eccelstone struck twice in the 32nd over to turn the momentum in their favour. The slide for New Zealand continued and they soon found themselves reeling at 143 for 8.

Even as the visitors were pushed on the backfoot, Satterthwaite, in alliance with No 10 Tahuhu and No 11 Kasperk forced the contest deep. Tahuhu slammed a quickfire 14-bal 25 while Kasperek supported with a 21-ball 15 before being run out by Winfield Hill.

Brief Scores: England 241 in 49.3 overs (Heather Knight 89, Tammy Beaumont 44; Jess Kerr 3-42, Lea Tahuhu 2-42) beat New Zealand 211 in 46.3 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 79, Sophie Devine 34; Natalie Sciver 2-10, Kate Cross 2-37) by 30 overs

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