New Zealand: 13th over 44-2 (Green 7, Satterthwaite 2) Ooof! Cross, bounding in with that puppyish enthusiasm, skittles one through and Green gets an edge which bypasses Amy Jones and down to the boundary.
New Zealand: 12th over 39-2 (Green 3, Satterthwaite 1 ) Super bowling by Ecclestone as Satterthwaite gets a thick outside edge to her first ball. Real turn here on a pitch as pale as a lightly baked flapjack.
WICKET! Down b Ecclestone 27 (New Zealand 38-2)
Down gambles on sweeping Ecclestone, not a wise choice. There’s flight, and zip and Down gets down on one knee only to see her bails dislodged.
New Zealand: 11th over 38-1 (Green 3, Down 27) Ah, thats’ more like by Down, as Cross – in her first over – drifts a touch wide and Down leans into a drive.
New Zealand: 10th over 33-1 (Green 3, Down 22) I’m reminded that Sophie Ecclestone didn’t get a wicket in the last match, astonishingly. And Green and Down are able to pick her off for three singles. And at the end of the power play, New Zealand haven’t really moved out of first gear. At this rate, they’ll have 160 at the end of the innings.
New Zealand: 9th over 30-1 (Green 2, Down 20) Shrubsole moving the ball inexorably, as if with the tide. And, in news that isn’t going to make New Zealand feel any better, Sophie Ecclestone gets the ball.
New Zealand: 8th over 28-1 (Green 1, Down 19) Green gets off the mark to her sixth ball – she’s been slower – but even Down is finding Sciver tricky to get away.
New Zealand: 7th over 26-1 (Green 0, Down 18) A lofted heave – that’s more like it – brings Down runs, but Bates’ rotten form continues – a shot of desperation straight to Beaumont who puffs out her cheeks in relief after the ball bobbles in her hands.
WICKET! Bates c Beaumont b Shrubsole 6 (New Zealand 25-1)
A top-edge flies to Beaumont at backward point, who stabilizes the catch on her chest.
New Zealand: 6th over 19-0 (Bates 5, Down 13) Sciver skims one past the outside of Down’s bat. New Zealand aren’t oozing confidence here.. and as I say that Down hooks Sciver way over Dunkley’s head to pick up the first boundary of the innings.
New Zealand: 5th over 15-0 (Bates 5, Down 9) Down tinkers nicely to send the ball down to but the ball slows as it approaches the rope and they only pick up three. Who is going to go for broke here? England aren’t giving New Zealand half-penny bit.
New Zealand: 4th over 11-0 (Bates 4, Down 6) Just one off the miserly Sciver and New Zealand need to find some acceleration from somewhere in this power play – not a boundary yet in the bag.
New Zealand: 3rd over 10-0 (Bates 3, Down 6) Anya Shrubsole’s somewhat matronly approach to the crease belies an incisive ability with the ball. As Raf suggests, her ability to swing the ball remains supreme.
New Zealand: 2nd over 6-0 (Bates 2, Down 3) A steady start here from New Zealand, no pork crackling, just egg sandwiches. Bates must be looking to improve on her miserable summer total to date of 51 runs from four innings.
Ravi asks a question to which I’m not completely sure of the answer but I would guess it has something to do with data. Perhaps Wyatt’s numbers don’t look as good in 50-over cricket.
New Zealand: 1st over 3-0 (Bates 1, Down 1) A knock at the door means I have nothing to say about this over other than Shrubsole bowled it.
Andrew Benton is in nominating mood, “I was thinking of any one of Joe Root’s centuries, but their context still makes me angry – systemic batting failure by England men’s! I think a management shake-up would do them all good, give Silverwood a chance to pursue other career options and get some where-withall into the set up at the right level. The recent Pakistan pull out was so badly handled, it’s all indicative of a flabby and underperforming management where persistent mediocrity is regarded as success to build on. The Ashes will surely stay in Aus this time around. “
New Zealand’s innings!
Susie Bates is standing in her crease, staring at the dirt, and about to face Anya Shrubsole.
The sun has come out at Canterbury – a beautiful autumnal scene for the last international day’s cricket of the summer. Earlier Tim asked for people’s favourite cricketing moments of the season. My son nominates Dane Vilas sweeping that final four at Aigburth on Thursday to keep Lancashire in the hunt for the County Championship title. But what’s yours?
Hello! Thanks Tim – what a coda to the summer that was for England. Their best batting performance, with Tammy Beaumont ruling the roost and runs all the way through beside her (apart from Heather Knight – and she’s earned a break). A bit of a shambles from New Zealand, dropped catches, misfields a plenty and a bowling attack lacking variety. Will they be able to put the first innings behind them and come out blazing? It feels like bang or bust before they fly off home.
England finish on 347!
50th over: England 347-5 (Dunkley 33, Wyatt 43) The dubious honour of bowling the last over goes to Hannah Rowe, who begins with a ball that helpfully sums up the whole innings. It’s short, it gets the treatment from Wyatt, it goes straight to the woman at deep square – who drops it over the boundary for six! Oh dear, oh dear. Rowe recovers well, with a couple of dots and a couple of singles, but the last ball is leg-side-ish and Wyatt sweeps it for four. She’s raced to 43 off only 20 balls and the partnership is 79 off 6.2 overs. England have been immense, and the New Zealanders have paid a high price for all those dropped catches. They twice took two quick wickets, but England just kept going. Beaumont was a very nippy anchor, and Sciver, Jones, Dunkley and Wyatt all came bearing fireworks.
That’s my summer done – thanks so much for all the company and correspondence, from the Tests to The Hundred to this. It’s been a blast. For the last international stint of the summer, it’s time to hand over to Tanya, the most lyrical voice in the OBO choir.
49th over: England 335-5 (Dunkley 32, Wyatt 32) Poor old Devine bowls the widest of the many wides we’ve seen today, missing the cut strip and seeing it dribble away for four. And then she dishes up a full toss, which Wyatt wallops for six. Devine finishes with one for 74 off her ten overs.
48th over: England 318-5 (Dunkley 27, Wyatt 24) Jensen bowls two perfectly decent balls, just outside off. The first is swung to long-on by Dunkley, the second late-cut to third man – 180 degrees away – by Wyatt, who then decides that a six is needed, and conjures it up by stepping away to leg and playing a wicked square drive with fast hands and rubber wrists. That’s the fifty partnership in no time at all.
47th over: England 303-5 (Dunkley 22, Wyatt 14) Dunkley tucks into Devine, slamming her down the ground for consecutive fours with a healthy disrespect. “I see your consecutive fours,” says Wyatt, “and I raise you a six over square leg.” That’s one way to bring up the 300.
46th over: England 288-5 (Dunkley 13, Wyatt 8) Jensen has been the most economical bowler today, but she drops short now outside off and Wyatt leaps into the air to upper-cut for four. This is now the highest score in a women’s ODI at Canterbury, beating Australia’s 269 on a chastening day for England in the 2019 World Cup.
45th over: England 280-5 (Dunkley 11, Wyatt 2) The good news for New Zealand is that they now have two new batters at the crease. The bad news is that one of them is Danni Wyatt, who has been on fire as England’s finisher. And the other is Sophia Dunkley, who’s been out of nick but looks in the mood as she goes down on one knee to pull Tahuhu for a rasping four.
44th over: England 269-5 (Dunkley 5, Wyatt 0) The ball before Beaumont was out, Dunkley was dropped – a tough chance that went high to Penfold at backward point, but still, the seventh of the day. The bowlers have engineered 12 wickets, and yet they’re only halfway through the England batting order.
Wicket! Beaumont c Bates b Rowe 102 (England 268-5)
Out of nowhere, Beaumont mis-times a wallop down the ground and is well caught by Suzie Bates, tumbling forward at mid-on. She gets that warm applause all over again.
43rd over: England 265-4 (Beaumont 101, Dunkley 2) So there’s some joy at last for Devine, who also manages to get the plug in. Jones was excellent, but she’ll be kicking herself for not getting the hundred that was beckoning to her.
Wicket! Jones c Tahuhu b Devine 60 (England 262-4)
Against the run of play, Jones holes out to deep mid-off.
A hundred for Tammy Beaumont!
42nd over: England 262-3 (Beaumont 100, Jones 60) Rowe comes back, but nothing can stop Beaumont reaching her hundred. She goes for a hard-run two, waves her bat, gets a hug from Jones, doffs her helmet and basks in the warm applause of her home crowd. She has 100 off 111 balls with 11 fours.
41st over: England 254-3 (Beaumont 95, Jones 57) Devine manages to turn the tap down, conceding only four singles, but England are now eyeing 325.
40th over: England 251-3 (Beaumont 93, Jones 56) With Jones making a lot of noise, Beaumont has been on rhythm guitar for the last few numbers, but now she takes the lead again. Tahuhu returns at the other end and Beaumont treats her like a part-timer, belting her down the ground for three imperious fours. She hits the ball so hard that she does herself an injury, to her back, and gets a bit of manipulation from the physio.
39th over: England 238-3 (Beaumont 80, Jones 56) Devine changes tack again, taking Tahuhu off and bringing herself back. It makes no difference as Jones spots a full toss and carts it to cow corner, where the fielder makes a half-stop that doesn’t prevent a four. The run-rate, which chugged along at 5.75 or so for ages, is now over 6.
Fifty to Amy Jones!
38th over: England 230-3 (Beaumont 77, Jones 51) Devine goes back to Satterthwaite’s spin and promptly regrets it as Jones goes inside-out to loft her for six. She follows up with a cut, just late enough to go for four, and that’s her fifty off just 36 balls. Sciver was good, but Jones has been even better.
37th over: England 216-3 (Beaumont 75, Jones 39) Lea Tahuhu is back, but her radar is still off. A ball that’s shaping as a legside wide turns into a four as Jones gets a tickle and brings up the fifty partnership off only 52 balls. The cameras find some kids playing cricket on the boundary, which is a lovely sight – except that they’re all boys.
36th over: England 209-3 (Beaumont 73, Jones 34) It’s been a while since there was a dropped catch – but hello, here we go again. Jensen tucks Jones up and the ball comes straight back to her. She gets her hands to it but can’t cling on. Story of the innings.
35th over: England 206-3 (Beaumont 71, Jones 33) Rowe goes off to nurse her wounded pride, handing over to Penfold. Jones plays that pull of hers again, twice – an orthodox one to deep square and then a cross-court forehand that whizzes past a rather surprised mid-on. Like Sciver, Jones has raced into the 30s.
34th over: England 195-3 (Beaumont 69, Jones 24) Five off the over from Jensen, which suits both teams: no more carnage as yet, but no loss of momentum either.
33rd over: England 190-3 (Beaumont 66, Jones 22) One reason why England have won this series is their game management. After scoring only 11 off four overs, they need a big one and they get it as Amy Jones targets the blameless Rowe. Two cover drives and a pull, all placed with ruthless precision: that’s 15 off the over and suddenly NZ are under the cosh again.
32nd over: England 175-3 (Beaumont 65, Jones 8) Another two-run over, from Jensen, as the New Zealanders manage to exert a gentle squeeze.
31st over: England 173-3 (Beaumont 64, Jones 7) Just two from Rowe’s over. And that’s drinks, with England still sitting pretty but NZ not out of this yet.
As Andrew Benton was on the email, I asked him for his moment of the summer. His answer is a bit of a cheat, but a good one. “My moment is one that is spread throughout the summer,” he says. “The free online video coverage! Its brilliance was encapsulated by the first of Gloucs’ matches at the Cheltenham festival in July (vs Middlesex), when there were no high cameras, and the whole coverage was at eye level – as close to being there as you could get from your computer screen! I do hope they keep the free video coverage next year. They’d be bonkers not to.” Agreed, it’s been great.
30th over: England 171-3 (Beaumont 64, Jones 6) Sophie Devine brings back Hayley Jensen with her low-slung medium-pacers. That’s fine by Jones, who works her past midwicket for a first boundary.
29th over: England 166-3 (Beaumont 64, Jones 1) Amy Jones comes out to join Tammy Beaumont, who just keeps rolling along.
Wicket! Sciver LBW b Rowe 39 (England 165-3)
Cometh the hour, cometh Hannah Rowe. She has one LBW appeal turned down but the next is successful as Sciver plays all round a straight ball. Sciver reviews, hoping it’s too high, but the verdict is umpire’s call. For a batter who was way out of form an hour ago, that was a superb innings.
28th over: England 164-2 (Beaumont 64, Sciver 39) Satterthwaite drops short, inviting Sciver to launch into that cut of hers. The partnership has raced to 68 and New Zealand badly need to break it.
27th over: England 157-2 (Beaumont 63, Sciver 33) Penfold is going to be a star with her height and pace, but like almost every young fast bowler she will need to add some consistency. In this over she drops short, playing to Beaumont’s strength on the pull, and gives away two wides.
An email from Andrew Benton. “Could it be time,” he wonders, “to bring back the term ‘butterfingers’? It was a stalwart of the Beano when I was a lad, and seems suddenly appropriate today.” It does, though as we drift away from dairy products it may have to be ICan’tBelieveIt’sNotButterfingers.
26th over: England 149-2 (Beaumont 58, Sciver 32) The batters have got a taste for Satterthwaite, helping themselves to four singles and a two.
25th over: England 143-2 (Beaumont 54, Sciver 30) Devine takes herself straight off again and brings back Molly Penfold, who responds with a tight over, conceding only two. But at the halfway stage England are still in charge and on course for 300.
24th over: England 141-2 (Beaumont 53, Sciver 29) After 23 overs of right-arm seam, Devine decides it’s time for some spin. On comes Amy Satterthwaite with her off-breaks, and Sciver, spotting something only slightly short, rocks back and cuts for four. Since that nick when she was on 0, she has played herself right back into form.