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England 99/3 Overs: 16.0
Jones 12 (14), Sciver 26 (25)
White Ferns 96
England win by seven wickets. Click here for match wrap and highlights.
16th over - Devine brings herself back into the attack with England needing 6 runs off 30 balls.
After a dot ball to start the over, Sciver pulls Devine away out to deep sqaure leg for a single who gathers it on the bounce.
Jones keeps the runs coming with two more out to deep midwicket with a strong pull shot.
Jones guides Devine down the ground for a single meaning England only need two more runs to win.
Devine goes short and Sciver pulls her away for four to wrap up the opening game of the three-match series.
15th over - Jess Kerr comes back into the attack for her final over.
After a dot ball to start the over, Sciver, cuts Kerr out to cover for a single.
Runs are coming to easily for the visitors. After a dot ball, Jones drives Kerr down the groun for a single.
Sciver keeps the runs coming as she drives Kerr through the covers for four.
The last ball of the over sees Sciver skew Kerr into the leg side for a single. (ENG 91/3)
14th over - Amelia Kerr to bowl her final over.
A great over from Kerr to finish her spell, with only a single coming off the last ball. (ENG 84/3)
13th over - Kasperek to bowl her last over. England need 21 off 48 balls.
Sciver starts with a single down the ground.
Jones keeps the runs coming with another single down the groud.
Sciver gives herself some room and dances down the wicket and drives Kasperek over her head for four. Great shot.
Good batting from England as they keep the singles coming, with Sciver guiding Kasperek down the ground. (ENG 83/3)
12th over - Amelia Kerr comes back into the attack for her third over. England need 26 off 54 balls.
Sciver turns Kerr into the leg side for a easy single off the opening delivery.
After a dot ball, Jones pulls Kerr out to deep midwicket for a single.
The next ball sees Sciver play Kerr very late almost on top of the stumps and cuts Kerr out to deep cover for a single.
Jones keeps the runs coming with two down the ground. (ENG 76/3)
11th over - Kasperek to continue.
WICKET - Beaumont dances down the wicket and smashes Kasperek out to deep midwicket. Green juggles it and finally holds on to it and Beaumont departs after her entertaining innings.
Tammy Beaumont c Green b Kasperek 25 (31b 3x4 0x6) SR: 80.65
England captain Heather Knight is the next batsman in.
Sciver guides Kasperek down to long-on for a single.
WICKET - Second wicket of the over. Knight cuts Kasperek out to point. Knight takes off for a single but is sent back by Sciver. Jess Kerr has a shy at the stumps and the direct hit has Knight short of her ground and she has to go.
Heather Knight run out (JM Kerr) 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Amy Jones is the next batsman in.
Jones gets a full toss from Kasperek and Jones smashes her through the covers for four to get off the mark straight away. (ENG 71/3)
10th over - Mair comes back into the attack for her third over.
Mair starts full and straight and Sciver ramps her. Wicket keeper Martin dives to her left and puts down a tough chance and they come through for a single.
After a dot ball, Beaumont guides one to short mid-on and she scampers through for a single.
Sciver flicks Mair through midwicket for three runs to keep the runs ticking over.
Off the last ball of the over, Beaumont flicks Mair off her pads for a single. (ENG 66/1)
Ninth over - Kasperek to continue.
Wyatt cuts Kasperek away through point for two runs to start the over.
With square leg up, Wyatt sweeps Kasperek over the top for four more. Great shot. It's way to easy for England right now.
WICKET - Wyatt dances down the wicket and tries to drive Kasperek over the top but can only find Devine who takes a smart catch. Wyatt heads back after an entertaining innings.
Danni Wyatt c Devine b Kasperek 33 (26b 4x4 0x6) SR: 126.92
Nat Sciver is the next batsman in.
Kasperek goes full and Sciver drives her straight back to her and Kasperek puts down a tough chance.
After two dot balls, Sciver dances down the wicket and drives Kasperek down the ground for a single. (ENG 60/1)
Eighth over - Amelia Kerr comes back into the attack.
Beaumont moves back in her crease and smashes Kerr out to the deep midwicket fielder for a single.
After a dot, Wyatt cuts Kerr through backward point for three runs.
Beaumont pulls Kerr out to midwicket for another single.
Wyatt drops Kerr to point and sprints through for a quick single to end the over. (ENG 53/0)
Seventh over - Leigh Kasperek comes into the attack. England cruising needing 55 off 84 balls.
The ball of the over sees Beaumont flicks Kasperek to midwicket for a single.
After a dot ball, Wyatt plays Kasperek so late, almost behind her and guides her to third man for a single.
After two dot balls, Wyatt cuts Kasperek away to deep point for two runs. (ENG 47/0)
Sixth over - Captain Sophie Devine brings herself into the attack for the last over of the power play.
Beaumont starts with a single down the ground.
After a dot ball, Wyatt drops one at her feet and sneak through for a single.
Beaumont tries to pull Devine away but it comes off her back and it trickles to third-man for a leg bye.
Beaumont smashes Devine away through midwicket for a boundary to end the over. (ENG 42/0)
Fifth over - Jess Kerr comes back into the attack with her second over.
Wyatt smashes Kerr down the ground for four to start the over.
Wyatt keeps the scoreboard ticking over with a single through the covers.
The next ball sees Beaumont smash Kerr through the covers for four. To easy for England right now.
After a dot ball, Beaumont cuts Kerr through backward point for a single. (ENG 35/0)
Fourth over - Mair to continue with her second over.
After a dot ball to start the over, Beaumont pulls Mair away through square leg for four.
Four more, great shot from Beaumont. Mair goes wide and outside off stump and the England opener smashes her through the covers for four.
After a dot ball, Beaumont looks for a risky single. Satterthwaite has a shy at the stumps, it's out if it hits but it just misses.
The last ball of the over sees Beaumont drive Mair over the top of cover for two. (ENG 25/0)
Third over - Leg spinner Amelia Kerr into the attack.
Kerr starts with a full toss and Beaumont smashes her out to deep cover for a single.
Wyatt drives Kerr over the top of cover for two runs.
Wyatt sweeps Kerr away and Newton dives forward but can't take a tough chance and England will come back for two.
The next ball sees Wyatt dance down the wicket and smashes Kerr through the covers for four. (ENG 15/0)
Second over - Rosemary Mair to bowl the second over
Mair over steps with the first ball giving Beaumont a free hit.
Big let off for the White Ferns with Beaumont swinging across the line and not making contact.
After three dot balls, Beaumont guides one to third man and scampers through for a quick single.
Apart from the two no balls, the White Ferns have made a tidy start but they need early wickets if they are going to defend this low total. (ENG 6/0)
First over - Tamsin Beaumont and Danni Wyatt make their way to the middle for the visitors and Jess Kerr has ball in hand.
A big shout for LBW off the opening ball of the innings but Beaumont gets a slight inside egde to save her.
After three dot balls, Beaumont laps Kerr but it only comes off the glove and trickles to fine leg for a single. On review it's also a no ball meaning the next ball is a free hit.
Wyatt gives herself room and tries to smash Kerr away but it goes straight to the White Ferns fielder. It's no out since it's a free hit and England come through for a single.
A dot ball to finish the over. (ENG 4/0)
Change of innings:
The spinners were the key for England picking up wickets at regular intervals and keeping the run-scoring to a minimum. The White Ferns could never get a partnership established and apart from a lone hand from Katey Martin, none of the other batsmen offered anything else.
The Kiwis will need a near-perfect bowling performance to stop the world No.2 T20 side from going 1-0 up in the series.
20th over - Brunt to bowl the final over.
Kerr starts the over with a single out to deep point for a single.
WICKET - Martin is on her way. She dances down the wicket and tries to smash her through the leg side but fails to make contact. Jones knocks the bails off quickly before Martin can make her ground. Great innings from Martin and very important for her side.
Katey Martin st †Jones b Brunt 36 (32b 5x4 0x6) SR: 112.5
Rosemary Mair is the last batsman in and gets off the mark with a single to mid-off.
WICKET - A run out will end the innings. Kerr tries to smash Brunt away but it comes off the pad and trickles to point. The Kiwi batsman try scamper through for a single but Kerr can't make her ground and she's run out.
Jess Kerr run out (Beaumont/Brunt) 10 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.91
19th over - Sciver to bowl her final over.
Kerr gives herself some room and smashes Sciver through the covers for four. Great shot.
After a dot ball, Kerr gets a leg bye to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Martin crunches Sciver through the covers for four. What a shot from Martin, she'll need to go on with it if the Kiwis what a alright total.
The next balls sees Martin flick Martin out to deep midwicket for a single.
The last ball of the over sees, Kerr flick Sciver through square leg for a single. (NZ 94/8)
18th over - Ecclestone to continue with her fourth over
Jess Kerr is off the mark straight away with a single to midwicket.
The next ball sees Martin drive Ecclestone throguh the covers for a single.
Kerr cuts Ecclestone away through the covers for two runs.
The last ball of the over sees Kerr push Ecclestone into the covers for a single. (NZ 83/8)
17th over - Villers to continue with her third over.
Martin smashes Villers down the ground and it just bounces before the rope for four. Great shot.
The next ball sees Martin turn Villers away for a single.
Kasperek keeps scoreboard ticking over with two runs out to cover.
The next ball sees Kasperek smash Villers to mid-on for a single.
Martin keeps singles coming with a single to midwicket.
WICKET - Another wicket for England. Viller drops short and Kasperek tries to pull Villers away but goes straight to Dunkley at square leg who takes a good catch.
Leigh Kasperek c Dunkley b Villiers 4 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80
Jess Kerr is the next batsman in. (NZ 78/8)
16th over - Brunt back into the attack with her third over.
Martin cuts Brunt down to third-man for two to start the over.
The next ball sees Martin edge Brunt down the ground for a single.
WICKET - England just keep taking wickets and now Newton is on her way. She tries to flick Brunt away but only catches the leading edge and Brunt takes the easy catch off her own bowling.
Thamsyn Newton c & b Brunt 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Leigh Kasperek is the next batsman in.
After a dot ball, Kasperek flicks Brunt to midwicket for a single to get off the mark.
The last ball of the over sees Martin down to fine leg for a single. (NZ 69/7)
15th over - Viller to continue with her second over.
Newton keeps the scoreboard ticking over with a single off the opening ball of the over.
After two dot balls, Martin flicks Villers to mid-wicket for a single.
Two dot balls to end the over. The spinners have strangled the White Ferns with tight bowler over the midle part of the innings. The Kiwis will need a big finish if they want to set a half decent toal. (NZ 64/6)
14th over - Glenn to bowl her final over
She starts with three singles to start the over.
WICKET - Glenn picks up her second of the afternoon. Green tries to swipe her accross the line and it skids on and crashes into leg stump.
Maddy Green b Glenn 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.86
Thamsyn Newton is the next batsman in.
The last ball of the over sees Newton cut Glenn away to get off the mark. (NZ 62/6)
13th over - Spinner Mady Villiers comes into the attack for her first over of the day.
Martin guides her to short third man for a quick single to start the over.
The next ball sees Green guide Villers down to long-on for a single to get off the mark.
Martin keeps scoreboard ticking over with a single to fine leg.
After a dot ball, Green drives Viller down the ground for a single.
The last ball of the over sees Martin sweep Villers to short third man for a single. (NZ 58/5)
12th over - Glenn to continue with third over.
After two dot balls to start the over, Martin backs away and cuts Glenn away through backward-point for four.
Another catch goes down. Martin tries to sweep Glenn away but it catches the top edge and the English fielder drops a simple catch and Glenn comes through for a single.
Two dot balls to end the over. (NZ 53/5)
11th over - Ecclestone to continue.
Halliday dances down the wicket and punches Ecclestone for a single to break a run of 12 dot balls in a row.
Ecclestone goes full just outside off stump and Halliday guides her through third man for a boundary to get off the mark.
Another boundary for Martin. She cuts Ecclestone away through cover but poor fielding for England sees the ball race away for ball.
Martin turns Eccleston away to short midwicket. Keeper Jones has a shy at the stumps and hits and the umpire has gone upstires and it's not out.
WICKET - What a ball from Jones. Halliday dances down the wicket but is beaten by the spin. She fails to make contact and Jones gets the bails off in a flash to send Halliday on her.
Brooke Halliday st †Jones b Ecclestone 1 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.29
Good over for the White Ferns before the wicket with 11 off it.
Maddy Green is the next batsman in. (NZ 48/5)
10th over - Glenn to continue with her second over.
What a over from Glenn another maiden for her side the second in a row. (NZ 38/4)
Ninth over - Ecclestone to continue who is the No.1 T20 bowler in the world.
WICKET - Ecclestone picks up the big wicket of Kerr who was looking dangerous. The ball holds up in the pitch and it catches the leading edge and Ecclestone takes the easy catch.
Amelia Kerr c & b Ecclestone 15 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.24
Brooke Halliday on debut is the next batsman in.
A wicket maiden for Ecclestone. (NZ 38/4)
Eighth over - Leg spinner Sarah Glenn into the attack.
After a dot ball to start the over, Kerr cuts Glenn out through the covers for a single.
Wicket - Jensen dances down the wicket looking for the big shot but can't clear the boundary and Mady Villiers takes a great low catch.
Hayley Jensen c Villiers b Glenn 13 (20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 65
Wicket-keeper Katey Martin is the next batsman in.
After two dot balls following the wicket, Kerr drives Glenn down the ground for a single. (NZ 38/3)
Seventh over - Off-spinner Sophie Ecclestone comes into the attack now the powerplay is over.
Kerr starts aggressively as she dances down the wicket and drives Ecclestone for a single down to lon-on.
After three dot balls, Jensen flicks Ecclestone down to midwicket for a single.
Dropped, big let off for Kerr. Kerr goes for a sweep shot and it loops to short fine leg and the English fielder has puts down a pretty easy catch and she'll come through for a single. (NZ 36/2)
Sixth over - Sciver to continue with her third over.
Kerr keeps the scoreboard ticking over with a single out to square leg.
The next ball sees Jensen get a top edge but Amy Jones doesn't know where it goes and it lands safely and Kerr scampers through for a single.
Kerr continues her ramp approach and ramps Sciver down to fine leg for four.
Back-to-back boundaries for Kerr. Sciver goes short and Kerr pulls her away for four more.
The last ball of the over sees Kerr flick Sciver out to deep square leg for a single. Great over for the White Ferns, 11 off it. (NZ 33/2)
Fifth over - A change of bowler for the world No.2 T20 side with Freya Davies who just took that brilliant catch is into the attack.
Her first delivery is a wide down the leg side.
Jensen cuts Davies aggressively down to fine leg, there is a slight misfield which allows the Kiwis to come back for to runs.
The next ball sees Davies fall onto the pads of Jensen and she flicks her down to fine leg for three leg byes.
Kerr goes for a risky ramp shot and gets a glove on it to save her and it trickles to short fine leg. Interesting way to get off the mark. (NZ 22/2)
Fourth over - Sciver to continue with her second over to Satterthwaite.
Wicket - Sciver pitches it up and Satterthwaite tries to smash her down the ground but it comes off the toe of the bat and Davies takes a great catch to her right to send the dangerous White Ferns vice captain back to the sheds.
Amy Satterthwaite c Davies b Sciver 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Amelia Kerr is the next batsman in.
Sciver over pitches and Jensen smashes her back down the ground for the first boundary of the day.
The next ball sees Jensen turn Sciver off her hips for a single. (NZ 15/2)
Third over - Brunt to continue with her second over.
After a dot ball to start the over, Satterthwaite flicks Brunt out to square leg for a single.
The next ball sees Jensen keep the scoreboard ticking over with another single.
After a dot ball Satterthwaite flicks Brunt over the top to deep square leg for a single. (NZ 10/1)
Second over - World No.2 T20 allrounder Nat Sciver to bowl the second over to the world No.1 T20 allrounder Devine.
Wicket - What a start for Sciver and what a big wicket for England. Sciver goes full and on the pads of Devine who has flicked it it down the throat of the square leg fielder and she has to walk back.
Sophie Devine c Dunkley b Sciver 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Amy Satterthwaite is the next batsman in for the White Ferns.
After three dot balls, Jensen flicks Sciver down to fine leg for two runs. (NZ 7/1)
First over - Brunt will bowl the first over for England to Devin.
After a dot to start the contest Devine flicks Brunt down to fine leg.
The next ball sees Jensen off the mark straight away with a quick single.
Brunt goes for a slower ball bouncer and it falls everyone including England keeper Amy Jones and the Kiwis scamper through for two byes.
The last ball of the over sees Devine flick Brunt out to square leg for a single. (NZ 5/0)
3:00pm - Sophie Devine and Hayley Jensen make their way out to the middle for the home side and Katherine Brunt has ball in hand
2:55pm - Both sides are out on the park for the national anthems on a windy, cloudy and humid Wellington Day.
2:46pm - The team news for the White Ferns is, Canterbury allrounder Lea Tahuhu pulled out of the squad with injury and is replaced by Brooke Halliday who takes a spot in the 11. Hannah Rowe and Kate Ebrahim are the two players that miss out.
White Ferns: Sophie Devine (c), Hayley Jensen, Amy Satterthwaite, Amelia Kerr, Katey Martin, Brooke Halliday, Maddy Green, Thamsyn Newton, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr, Rosemary Mair
England: Tamsin Beaumont, Danni Wyatt, Heather Knight, Nat Sciver, Amy Jones, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Mady Villiers, Freya Davies
2:36pm - England have won the toss and have elected to bowl first.
2:30pm - Blackcaps batting legend Brendon McCullum takes a closer look at the pitch and what is in store for the doubleheader at Sky Stadium.
Kia ora, good evening and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the opening T20 international between the White Ferns and England at Wellington's Sky Stadium.
With the government moving Auckland into COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country into Alert Level 2, all three matches will be played behind closed doors in Wellington, with no spectators.
Even after losing the one-day series 2-1, the White Ferns come into the opening encounter in good form, after a resounding victory in the final ODI at Dunedin.
They make four changes to their 13-women squad, with Natalie Dodd, Fran Jonas and Frankie Mackay all dropping out, and bowler Lea Tahuhu injured.
Replacing them is Caterbury batsman Kate Ebrahim, Wellington spinner Leigh Kasperek, Central Hinds bowler Rosemary Mair and Wellington all-rounder Thamsyn Newton.
The visitors come into the contest winning eight of their last nine contests in the T20 format, dating back to the women's T20 World Cup last year. Their only loss was their semi-final, which was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
After outclassing their rivals in the opening two ODIs in Christchurch and Dunedin, the tourists will back themselves to complete the series sweep.
TAB odds: White Ferns $2.25 England $1.62
Satterthwaite ton helps White Ferns break ODI drought
The White Ferns have ended their torrid run of form with an impressive seven-wicket victory over one-day world champions England.
The key for the White Ferns was century-making Amy Satterthwaite (119no off 128) and all-rounder 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, after the Government's increased COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday evening.
As a result, spectators were not allowed to attend University Oval in Dunedin, 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.
In reply, the White Ferns made another torrid start, losing openers Natalie Dodd (3) and Hayley Jensen (8), and star batter 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.
During her incredible innings, Satterthwaite brought up 4000 runs in international cricket, becoming 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) England 220 (Beaumont 88no, Knight 60, A Kerr 4/42, J Kerr 2/27)