England secured a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over New Zealand on Tuesday in the first ODI, which took a 1-0 lead in a three-match series. All seven England bowlers took wickets to blow up the hosts for just 178, after which captain Heather Knight (67 did not come out) and opening player Tammy Beaumont (71) helped the visitors reach 181/2 for 33.4 overs.
Spinner Sophie Ecclestone and fast bowling Tash Farant took two boxes each. Five more England players took one goal each, while opening Hailey Jenson, 53, and Brooke Halliday, 50, backed New Zealand’s innings for half a century.
Later, Jenson made a breakthrough for New Zealand in the form of opening England Danny Wyatt. Wyatt’s opening partner Beaumont then set up an 86-fold stand for the second wicket with Captain Knight to rule out New Zealand’s chances of returning. Natalie Skiver then stayed with her skipper after Beaumont’s dismissal to see England above the finish line.
Short results: New Zealand 178 come out in 45.1 overs (Hailey Jenson 53, Brooke Halliday 50; Tash Farant 2/31) lost to England 181/2 in 33.4 overs (Tammy Beaumont 71, Heather Knight 67 is not out; Hailey Jenson 1 / 18) of eight straps with 98 balls remaining.