Birmingham Commonwealth Games: White Ferns romp to bronze with resounding playoff win against England

  • 07/08/2022

The White Ferns have cruised to a dominant eight-wicket win over hosts England to claim bronze at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Sunday (NZ time).

The New Zealanders restricted England to a meagre 110/9 with a disciplined display with the ball, before cruising to victory with almost 12 overs to spare to claim the country's first ever cricket medal at the Games.

Just days removed from a demoralising loss to the hosts in pool play, the Kiwi women responded to take total control from the outset at Edgbaston, silencing the crowd early and giving them very little to cheer about for the remainder of a very one-sided contest.

After snagging some key wickets with the ball, Sophie Devine steered her team to the finish line with an undefeated captain's knock of 51 from 40 balls, as the White Ferns washed the bitter taste of their failed World Cup campaign on home soil and provided some hope for the upcoming T20 World Cup in February.

After winning the toss and sending New Zealand into the field, England stumbled with a pair of early wickets to put themselves on the back foot early.

Nat Sciver and Amy Jones helped England recover to 44/2. But when the captain departed - bowled by her counterpart Sophie Devine for 27 - the wheels began to fall off.

Spinner Fran Jonas snared wickets in consecutive overs and the hosts were suddenly reeling at 63/6 after 12 overs.

Jones and Sophie Ecclestone did their best to ensure some respectability in their total. But Devine and Hayley Jensen produced more timely wickets, as the hosts limped to 110/9.

Openers Suzie Bates and Sophie devine took the sting out of the English attack quickly, as the Kiwis raced to 54 inside the first five overs with a series of boundaries.

Bates departed for 20 runs off 10 balls but Devine kept her foot on the accelerator, as she was joined - after a quick stay from Georgie Plimmer - by a measured Amelia Kerr to methodically erase the rest of their required total.

England 110/9 (Nat Sciver 27 off 19, Amy Jones 26 off 32; Hayley Jensen 3-24, Sophie Devine 2- 11, Fran Jonas 2-22) lost to New Zealand 111/2 in 11.5 overs (Devine 51no off 40, Melie Kerr 21no off 15) by eight wickets.