England Women vs New Zealand Women, 3rd ODI (D/N): Sep 21, 2021
Venue: Grace Road, Leicester
Start Time: 01.00 pm local
To keep the series alive, New Zealand women beat England women by three wickets in the 3rd ODI played at Grace Road, Leicester.
A superb all-around show by Lea Tahuhu -5 for 37, and 19 not out in 15 balls, and 70 not out by Maddy Green propelled NZ back into contention in the five-match series where they were previously trailing by 2-nil.
England Women were put in to bat after losing the toss. Soon, the hosts were down to 27 for 4 in the 9th over. Tahuhu took all four wickets. A 21 runs partnership between A Jones and D Wyatt steadied the ship to some extent. Molly Penfold broke this partnership by removing A Jones, who finally fell for a score of 21 with the total reading 48/5. Molly also accounted for D Wyatt 11 runs later. Tahuhu struck again, taking the wicket of Charlott Dean, with the scorecard reading 78/7. Katherine Brunt then scored a fighting 49 not out and had valuable partnerships of 53 runs with Kate Cross, and 24 runs for the last wicket with Natasha Ferrant.
England innings folded at 178 runs.
The visitors’ chase was rocked by pacer Katherine Brunt who sent back both the openers within a span of 13 runs. Maddy Green and Ammy Satterthwaite then stitched a 3rd wicket partnership of 72 runs, followed by another partnership of 52 runs with Brooke Halliday for the 5th wicket. This was followed by a mini-collapse where two quick wickets fell within 12 runs, with the score reading 158 for 7. The new batter Tahuhu then blasted a quick-fire 19 runs off 15 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, to see her side home.
England Women: 178 all out
New Zealand Women: 181 for 7 in 45.5 overs
Maddy Green was declared player of the match ahead of Lea Tahuhu.
The remaining two matches of the series were played on 23rd and 26th September 2021 in Derby and Canterbury grounds, respectively.