New Zealand Hold On To Beat Reigning Champions

New Zealand Hold On To Beat Reigning Champions
New Zealand Hold On To Beat Reigning Champions
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New Zealand Women 223 (McGlashan 88) beat
England Women 210 (Greenway 51) by 13 runs
Women's World Cup warm-up, Mumbai

The last time England met New Zealand in a Women's World Cup match, the 2009 final was won by England batting second, but in this warm-up for the 2013 event, New Zealand held on to win by 13 runs.

Half-centuries from Sara McGlashan and Lucy Doolan helped the White Ferns made 223 and despite Danielle Hazell taking five wickets and Lydia Greenway scoring 51, England were defeated when they were bowled out for 210.

New Zealand have been suspect when captain Suzie Bates has failed to contribute with the bat, but on this occasion they posted a winning score after she made just 11.

Her opening partner Doolan hit 57 in 77 balls and after Amy Satterthwaite (11) and Sophie Devine (0) also fell cheaply, McGlashan made 88 in 90 balls, hitting 10 fours and a six as New Zealand kept coming hard at England.

Doolan and Frances Mackay (1) fell in quick succession but McGlashan was given support by Nicola Browne, whose innings of 40 and partnership worth 92 with McGlashan turned the game. From 117 for five and looking in danger, the White Ferns pushed on before Hazell cleaned up the tail to end with figures of five for 41.

England had started and ended brightly with the ball but had been unable to press home their advantage as New Zealand showed impressive fight.

That theme continued into the second innings as England slipped to 25 for two when their openers Charlotte Edwards (8) and Heather Knight (10) were dismissed by Rachel Candy and Lea Tahuhu.

Sarah Taylor (32), Lydia Greenway (51) and Arran Brindle (18) stageed a recovery before New Zealand fought back again through Doolan, Bates and the run outs of Greenway and Danielle Wyatt (8).

Left to the lower order to complete the job, England were found wanting. Katherine Brunt made four before a 48-run partnership between Jenny Gunn (35 not out) and Tamsin Beaumont (22) appeared to be turning the game back towards England's favour.

However, Bates - who can always be relied on to produce something special - bowled Beaumont, Candy removed Hazell without scoring and when Georgia Elwiss was run out by Katie Perkins for one, the team that bet365 make 10/11 favourites to win the World Cup, were beaten, bowled out in 48.2 overs.

England take on Sri Lanka in their first group game on Friday (1st February) while New Zealand meet South Africa.

"We are disappointed with the result today," Hazell said following her five-wicket haul. "It was good to get out there and get some overs under my belt, yes it’s nice to make a contribution, but ultimately it’s about the result as a team.  We can learn from the result, there are things we will put into practice on Thursday and then take forward into the game on Friday.

"There was a bit more in the pitch for the spinners today compared to the CCI ground yesterday, I think spin will definitely play its part in the tournament. We’ve got four good spinners in our side and we are all going well so there is competition for places, we’re all trying to put a marker out there and push to be in that first game.

"We've come out here to win but we know to do that you have to be the best , we’re looking to push on and really put a marker out there. The World Cup is the biggest competition in women’s cricket and India is a great place to come on tour, we’re all excited and ready to get the tournament underway with our first game against Sri Lanka on Friday."

© Cricket World 2013

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