19/2/15 1st T20 Whangarei

Its rather warm up here in Whangarei – pronounced fanga-ray – which has a new ground with a pavilion that is supposedly based on Lords – if you mean a newer smaller poorer version.  There is a nice looking grass slope opposite which is really just sunburn waiting to happen!

Some of the other England supporters had bagged the shade under the biggest (still rather small) tree on the ocean side where we waited for NZ to bat – NZ actually won their first toss of the tour and eventually their captain batted after a momentary confusion of actually winning a toss!!

It took nine balls for the first wicket, Bates c Hazell b Brunt 3 and then another 4 balls for the second, Priest c Winfield b Knight 0 and the score was 3 for 2 wickets.

High fives all round
High fives all round

After a brief stabilisation, McGlashan was stumped to give Knight her second wicket and 11 for 3.  This brought in Sophie Devine a good hockey player and should be more successful batsman who clearly wanted to get on with things and after one sighter from the same Knight over decided to heave her to cow and just into the palm of a jumping Lydia Greenway, who parried it over the bar, fell over the rope and then jumped back in tot take the catch – cue wild celebrations from her team mates who should know what Greenway is capable off – probably the best fielder in the game.

Lyd's Devine catch
Lyd’s Devine catch

that was 11 for 5 to be quickly followed by Broadmore again second ball, lbw Hazell, 11-6. The next Hazell over brought NZ to 18-4 with Sattertwaite also lbw 8.

Hazell gets Sattertwaite lbw
Hazell gets Sattertwaite lbw

NZ leg-spinner Bermingham brought some stability to the lower order, top scoring with 20, first with Perkins until she fell to another good Greenway catch, bowled by a very economical Shrubsole who was going at a wicket and a run per over for her first two overs.

Perkins c Greenway b Hazell
Perkins c Greenway b Hazell
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Hazell side on

Bermingham was eventually lbw to Marsh, playing her first game for England in two and a half years, leaving the last pair to try and hang around but only managed to get to 60 all out, their lowest ever total in T20 internationals, beating their score in Sydney in 2012 vs Australia of 69.

In reply, Winfield managed 1 off seven balls before holing out, Taylor 16 looking nice before being caught behind, leaving Edwards (32) and Sciver (6) to finish the finish off the drubbing..

Edwards & Sciver
Edwards & Sciver

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