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New Zealand v England: women’s second cricket ODI – live

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WICKET! Bates c Capsey b Sciver-Brunt 28 (New Zealand 42-2)

Nat Sciver-Brunt takes a wicket with her first ball! Bates top-edges straight up, and it’s the simplest possible catch for Alice Capsey at square leg.

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9th over: New Zealand 42-1 (Bates 28, A Kerr 3) The wind has gone right out of the Kiwi sails here, and after motoring through the first few overs they’ve been reined in – England were 39-1 at the same stage of their innings, so it’s more or less level pegging.

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8th over: New Zealand 40-1 (Bates 28, A Kerr 1) Just one off the first five deliveries, but Bates goes down the wicket to the last and hits nicely through midwicket for four, her best shot so far.

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7th over: New Zealand 35-1 (Bates 24, A Kerr 0) Oof! Cross continues, and Bates bottom-edges one just wide of her stumps. That can’t have been more than two inches away from her leg stump. It runs away for a couple, the only runs off Cross’s over.

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6th over: New Zealand 33-1 (Bates 22, A Kerr 0) And that’s the final ball of Lauren Bell’s third over, which had previously included two singles and a wide.

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WICKET! Plimmer c Jones b Bell 7 (New Zealand 33-1)

Edged, and a regulation take behind the stumps! Good line there from Bell, tempting Plimmer into wafting her bat outside off stump.

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5th over: New Zealand 30-0 (Bates 21, Plimmer 6) “There’s an intensity to Suzie Bates’s eyes that I haven’t seen for a wee period of time,” we’re told. She drives Cross’s final ball straight into the stumps at the other end, which were the only things likely to stop it going for four.

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4th over: New Zealand 24-0 (Bates 16, Plimmer 5) England had just nine runs at this point. New Zealand, for all that a couple of boundaries have come off the edge, haven’t offered a chance and are scoring healthily.

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3rd over: New Zealand 20-0 (Bates 15, Plimmer 2) Another thick edge, another boundary for Bates, who has faced 17 of the first 18 deliveries.

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2nd over: New Zealand 16-0 (Bates 11, Plimmer 2) Lauren Bell’s first ball is wild, hoops down leg and is well stopped by Amy Jones behind the stumps. There’s another wide later, a really harsh call with the ball to my eye passing just inside the line, and beyond that a misfield-assisted single and a couple off the last.

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1st over: New Zealand 10-0 (Bates 10, Plimmer 0) Kate Cross opens the bowling, and Suzie Bates opens the scoring with a thick edge that flies over the two slips and away for four. Then Bates does well to reach one that swings slightly away from wide to really wide, getting it away for a couple, and well also to get an edge to the next, an inswinger arrowing towards her pads. The last ball of the over is hammered through cover for four.

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Right, they’re back out. New Zealand down to 10 batters because of Bezuidenhout’s injury. Let’s go!

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Hello overyone! I won’t lie, I’ve been unconscious for the entire England innings. The White Ferns are going to have to be quite entertaining to stop me lapsing into that state. Come on then, let’s see what they’ve got.

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Ach, Bernadine Bezuidenhout won’t be opening; NZ will have to find someone else….

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Anyroad up, Simon Burnton is here, so that’s goodnight from me and good morning from him. Peace out.

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The problem, perhaps, for NZ, is that they might struggle to make 253 in the way England made 252; if their top few don’t go big, they don’t have experienced hitters down the order able to salvage things.

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Credit to Melie Kerr, who used her bowlers and fielders well; credit to England’s lower-order, who upped the tempo when a much lower total looked possible.

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Both sides will be satisfied enough with that. New Zealand are absolutely in the match but will feel their target should be lower; England have fewer than they’ll have wanted but more than they feared, and will be confident of defending a par-ish total.

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England set New Zealand 253 to win!

WICKET! Bell c Rowe b Bates 6 (England 252 all out)

Bell slashes and, running in from mid on, Rowe again throws herself forward, this time more for fun than necessity, to end England’s innings an over early.

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49th over: England 252-9 (Cross 20, Bell 6) Having robbed the strike, Bell slashes and edges the returning Bates for four fine on the on side; she loves it, chortling away with her mate. A single follows, giving Cross three balls, and she turns the first off her toes for one then Bell just about removes one from in front of her stumps.

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48th over: England 246-9 (Cross 19, Bell 1) Bell’s not batted much in her time playing for Englad, but she does really to dig out a toe-crusher, and they run one.

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WICKET! Jones c Halliday b Tahuhu 48 (England 245-9)

Jones looks to scoop and does, but directly to the fielder at fine leg.

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48th over: England 245-8 (Jones 48, Cross 19) Tahuhu returns and Jones unloads the suitcase at a swing, picking out the fielder at wide long on for one, then Cross hits to Kerr M at mid on and they scamper one more. And have a look! Jones, seeing it like a planet, steps down to hammer over the top for four more, raising the fifty partnership off 41 balls, then adds two thanks to a decent slide on the tope from Plimmer, who’s fielded really well.

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47th over: England 237-8 (Jones 41, Cross 18) It’s back to Bates and after a single, Jones, playing another fine knock, reverse-drives around the corner, Jonas misfields and that’s four; four more, the next ball swatted to fence at midwicket! That’s the second time Jones has hit two boundaries in consecutive balls and whatever happens from here, England will go into the dressing room on a buzz, NZ thinking they’ve let it get away. Three singles complete the over, 12 from it.

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46th over: England 225-8 (Jones 31, Cross 16) Rowe’s return, in … and it’s a wide. Cross then swings from outside off to long on and they run; she’s batting nicely. A single follows, then Jones swipes a wide full toss around the corner for four; that’s a dreadful delivery, and NZ have, as Arsene Wenger might say, lost a bit control. Shonuff, when Jones adds one more, Cross swings, slices, ad as the ball runs away towards the point fence, they run three which means she keeps the strike.

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45th over: England 213-8 (Jones 26, Cross 10) Cross takes a single then Jones prods at Kerr’s final ball, preventing it from grubbing through, just. She finishes with 1-35 off her 10 overs.

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NOT OUT!

There’s no edge nor was the ball hitting, so neither caught nor lb are in play.

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45th over: England 212-8 (Jones 26, Cross 9) Melie Kerr returns for her final over, looking to stem the flow, and when she gets a bit of extra turn and bounce, cutting Cross in half, she appeals for a catch behind, going upstairs when it’s rejected.

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44th over: England 212-8 (Jones 26, Cross 9) Jones obviously rates Cross’ batting because she takes a single off Kerr’s first ball … rightly so, because a lovely drive over the head of long on has just enough pop to get to the fence for four. That’s England’s 200 up, and a cut to point gives Jones a couple of balls to work with; she immediately pulls through midwicket for four … then does the same again! That’s 14 off the over, and the sprint for home in on.

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43rd over: England 198-8 (Jones 17, Cross 4) Golden Arm Bates continues and Cross could hit her out the park when she loops one more than intended, but doesn’t move her feet so can’t properly get at it. A backfoot force then gives Jones strike and she adds a further single.

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42nd over: England 195-8 (Jones 15, Cross 3) Kerr J returns and a single to Jones gives cross the strike; her powerful drive picks out a fielder. She then misses outside off before snaffling a single to mid on, and I wonder if England misread the pitch; the ball isn’t really coming on, and it looks a chase track to me.

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41st over: England 192-8 (Jones 13, Cross 2) I wonder if we’ll see Cross’ famous scoop; not yet, a more traditional nurdle and they sprint through for two.

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WICKET! Ecclestone c Green b Bates 14 (England 190-8)

England just can’t get a partnership going and when Ecclesteon goes high but not far, Green making the take look easy at a vey fine long on.

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41st over: England 190-7 (Jones 13, Ecclestone 14) Ah, actually it’s more spin, with Bates introduced to the attack – I guess Kerr fancies the batters want pace on the ball, while Ecclestone will be looking forward to bowling.

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40th over: England 189-7 (Jones 12, Ecclestone 14) I’ve now eaten two hot chocolate sachets, you’ll be delighted to learn as Jonas begins the final over of a very useful spell; Melie Kerr also has one left, after which it’s pace to the end. And maybe that’s for the best because Ecclestone, starting to enjoy herself, cuffs the first six of the series over wide long on; “Get in!” she advises Jones. Jonas finishes with 2-47 .

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39th over: England 182-7 (Jones 11, Ecclestone 8) Jones plays into the off side and they run one; I guess she rates Ecclestone’s batting, because otherwise she’d surely farm the strike. And there you go, a lofted drive over mid off gives her four; that was a really clean swing. but next ball they pinch a single and Ecclestone looks miles gone if the throw hits … but it doesnae.

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38th over: England 175-7 (Jones 9, Ecclestone 3) Single to Jones, then Ecclestone swings at a wide one, sending two to point, but can’t score off the over’s final two deliveries.

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37th over: England 172-7 (Jones 8, Ecclestone 1) At this point England need to see out their overs, but after Ecclestone takes one, Jones waits to hoik over cover for four; shot. Then she goes again, not getting all of it at all but the ball not quite picking out mid off; somehow they only run one, though it was in the air for about 10 minutes.

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WICKET! Dean b Kerr A 1 (England 166-7)

Make that six wickets lost for 59! Dean waits to cut … and plays on, misjudging a wrongun that stays low!

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36th over: England 166-6 (Jones 3, Dean 1) That was another good review from NZ and England have lost five wickets for 56 runs; might today be the day NZ put it all together? Dean quickly gets off the mark, then Jones flips over her shoulder for two, but has Bezuidenhout diddled a hammy throwing in? Ach, not as she threw but as she ran; off she goes.

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WICKET! Wyatt c Gaze b Jonas 2 (England 163-6)

Yup, Wyatt tried another run-down but got her timing wrong and picked out the gloves.

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