Katherine Brunt took 2-4 as England limited New Zealand to 71-9 after White Ferns won toss and chose to hit the stroke; teenager Alice Capsey scored top as England easily targeted with more than eight passes to spare; England face India in the semi-final on Saturday, after New Zealand meets Australia
Last Updated: 04/08/22 8:54 pm
England reached the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games as the group’s winner after a stellar opening in bowling from Katherine Brunt, setting up a dominant seven-stroke victory over New Zealand.
Brunt took the first two to set the tone as a stellar bowling performance from England limited to New Zealand just 71-9 from their 20th round at Edgbaston, with Issy Wong (2-10) and Sarah Glenn (2-13) also announced two layoffs.
England hit their target as Sophia Dunkley (19 years old) and Alice Capsey (23) scored a flash 39 for the second game, before reserve captains Nat Sciver (7no) and Amy Jones (18no) ) saw them go home with more than eight passes to spare.
Both teams have made it through to the semi-finals before the final group stage game, but England’s victory means they will face Group A runners-up India on Saturday, after New Zealand against Australia.
The win completed a perfect group stage for England, who also recorded wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka despite the absence of captain Heather Knight, who was ruled out of the tournament on Wednesday with a hip injury. .
England were in control for the first time on a balmy summer evening in Birmingham, with Brunt bowling Sophie Devine in emphatic style serving in a serve that sent the New Zealand captain and the hit the ball on the star’s foot.
The 37-year-old followed up on that by knocking out Amelia Kerr in almost identical fashion in the second round, before fellow Wong quickly went ahead afterwards to knock out Suzie Bates and leave New Zealand 12- 3.
As if the situation weren’t bad enough, a bad combination led to Brooke Halliday running out, before Wong shooed Hayley Jensen off with a slower dribble to thwart New Zealand’s counter-attack.
Spin then took over England, as the world’s top T20I pitcher Sophie Ecclestone beat New Zealand’s top scorer Maddy Green to 19th, before Glenn knocked out Lea Tahuhu and Rosemary Mair. , with the first ball then leaving White Ferns in 57-9 with five passes still offered.
Hannah Rowe and Fran Jonas dug through to see the difference in New Zealand’s longest and highest partnership in the innings, but 71 was never likely to cause problems for England.
There was a glimmer of hope for New Zealand when England’s opener Dani Wyatt took the lead, with goalkeeper Emma Gaze catching it after the ball went too high to Jonas’ spin.
However, England’s teenage batting sensation, 17-year-old Capsey, quickly put his side back on track as he beat Tahuhu to cross four lines to the delight of the Edgbaston crowd.
Capsey, who scored his first half-century goal in England’s previous game against South Africa, was soon disqualified for 23-year-old Kerr, but there is plenty of evidence that suggests a very bright future.
Dunkley joined with a throw-in, and England were just 27 more to win when she was bowled by Kerr 19.
Skipper Sciver and Jones worked lightly on it, with the latter making some good hits as she advanced to 18 rather than just from 10 balls.