England Clinch T20I Series Win Over New Zealand with Clinical Performance

England Clinch T20I Series Win Over New Zealand with Clinical Performance

England’s Nat Sciver-Brunt and Sophie Ecclestone orchestrated a dominant bowling performance to secure a comprehensive five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the final T20I of the series. The triumph sealed a 4-1 series win for England.

Sciver-Brunt’s early breakthroughs left New Zealand reeling at 23 for 3. She dismissed openers Suzie Bates and Maddy Green before trapping Amelia Kerr lbw. Ecclestone then took over, claiming the wickets of Katey Martin and Hannah Rowe to reduce the hosts to 69 for 5.

However, 19-year-old Izzy Gaze played a defiant innings, scoring an unbeaten 51 to rescue New Zealand. She shared a crucial 56-run partnership with Brooke Halliday for the sixth wicket.

In reply, England lost early wickets but Sciver-Brunt and Heather Knight steadied the ship with a 57-run stand. Sciver-Brunt fell for 31, but Knight remained unbeaten on 35 to guide England to victory.

Ecclestone finished with figures of 3 for 30, while Sciver-Brunt claimed 2 for 24. Gaze’s half-century was in vain as England secured a comfortable win.

The two teams will now face off in a three-match ODI series, starting in Wellington on Monday.

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