Cricket: White Ferns crushed by England in first one-day international

  • 24/02/2021

The White Ferns bleak run has continued, falling to yet another defeat in their opening one-day international against England at Hagley Oval on Tuesday.

The reigning ODI world champions only needed 34 overs to chase down NZ's target of 178, after the hosts were dismissed in the 45th over of their opening innings in Christchurch, coasting through to 181/2.

The eight-wicket defeat is their 10th consecutive loss in the format in a streak that stretches back to February 2019, spelling danger signs less than 12 months out from the women's World Cup on home soil.

Compounding the White Ferns' issues is an injury to fast bowler Lea Tahahu, who was carried from the field with a hamstring issue.

The vaunted English batting lineup was anchored by Tammy Beaumont's 71, while captain Heather Knight contributed an unbeaten 67.

In stark contrast, NZ were careless with their wickets at the crease and struggled to build partnerships. 

"We had nowhere near enough with the bat in hand and today England showed their class," said White Ferns captain Sophie Devine.

"Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight controlled their  innings and we could never build pressure at the other end.

"Disappointing from us."

Hayley Jensen - used as an opener for the first time - was one of the few highlights for the White Ferns, scoring her maiden ODI half-century.

Debutant Brooke Halliday also impressed, adding 50 in her first international outing.

Teenager Fran Jonas was largely inconspicuous, the 16-year-old going wicketless through her five overs at the expense of 31 runs.

The teams now head to Dunedin for the second ODI at University Oval on Friday.