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Recent Match Report – ENG Women vs NZ-XI-W Tour Match 2020/21

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Natalie Sciver and Lauren Down scored half-centuries

England 299 for 9 (Sciver 75) beat New Zealand XI 279 for 6 (Down 97) by 20 runs

England Women won the first warm-up game of their tour of New Zealand, defeating a New Zealand XI by 20 runs in Queenstown despite a valiant 97 by Lauren Down.

Last summer’s Covid-related postponements mean that England have not played an ODI since December 2019, when they beat Pakistan 2-0 in Malaysia, and they are yet to play one with head coach Lisa Keightley in charge.

The batting line-up in Sunday’s warm-up hinted at continuity rather than overhaul, with Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt putting on 66 for the opening partnership after resuming their opening stand. England were kept in check by regular wickets throughout their innings, with Natalie Sciver – who made 75 off 74 balls – the only batter to reach 50. Katherine Brunt’s 41 off 29 dragged them up to a strong total, setting 300 to win.

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