Cricket: Amy Satterthwaite, Amelia Kerr guide White Ferns to clinical victory over England to break drought

The White Ferns have ended their torrid run of form with an impressive seven wicket victory over the one-day world-champion England team.

The key for the White Ferns was century making Amy Satterthwaite (119no off 128) and allrounder Amelia Kerr, who dominated with bat and ball to pick up their first victory in their last 12 matches.

The game was played in Alert Level 2 conditions following the government's increased COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday evening.

As a result, spectators were not allowed to attend University Oval, creating a subdued atmosphere for the dead rubber.

England won the toss and elected to bat and after the early loss of Danni Wyatt (1) looked set to inflict further punishment on the Kiwis with a big score.

Opener Tamsin Beaumont (88no) and captain Heather Knight (60) put on 109 for the second wicket, before the White Ferns fought back.

The visitors collapsed losing the final nine wickets for just 105 runs, eventually bowled out for 220 in 47.5 overs.

The star with the ball was Kerr who picked up 4/42 off 8.5 overs, but she was well supported by sister Jess Kerr (2/27) and Sophie Devine (2/26) to have the home side on top at the halfway stage.

Amelia Kerr
Amelia Kerr Photo credit: Photosport

In reply, the White Ferns made another torrid start, losing openers Natalie Dodd (3) and Hayley Jensen (8) and star batsman Devine (15) cheaply to be 51/3 after 17 overs.

But Satterthwaite and Kerr (72no) steadied the ship and put on a remarkable 172 for the fourth wicket to take New Zealand from a vulnerable position to an unlikely victory, with 20 balls to spare.

In her incredible innings, Satterthwaite brought up 4000 runs in international cricket. She is only the third White Fern to reach the mark with only Debbie Hockley and Susie Bates scoring more runs than the Cantabrian. 

White Ferns 223/3 (Satterwaite 119no, Kerr 72no, Sciver 1/24) bt England 220 (Beaumont 88no, Knight 60, A Kerr 4/42, J Kerr 2/27)

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