Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Sophie Devine ton helps New Zealand women avoid ODI whitewash against England

Sophie Devine ton helps New Zealand women avoid ODI whitewash against England

Sophie Devine scored an unbeaten 116-ball 117.

A magnificent century from Sophie Devine inspired New Zealand to a consolation victory in a series England won 2-1.

Devine sealed victory with a six off Brunt in the 45th over as New Zealand moved above Australia and top of the ICC Women's Championship, something England would have achieved had they triumphed.

England, who had taken a 2-0 lead in the series before New Zealand came back hard in the final match, next play an away series in India.

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After winning the toss and batting first, England might have had ambitions of 300-plus while Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones were in harness. The visiting team finished on 224 for 6 in 44.4 overs. Alongside her at the end of an intermittently anxious chase was the 17-year-old Amelia Kerr, whose mature 12 not out completed a memorable campaign that of course had earlier included a world-record 232 not out against Ireland.

Devine kept her nerve, though, bringing up her first hundred against England from 101 balls and guiding her side home with 32 balls in reserve - the run out of Katey Martin (23), who put on 46 with Devine for the sixth wicket before falling with 24 runs required, proving the final breakthrough. She now has 136 wickets in this format, one more than Jenny Gunn. However, once Beaumont fell to Kasperek, the offspinner, in the 21st over, England lost the plot. Jones stuck around for a while before being stumped off Jess Watkin (2 for 38).

England's middle order had a terrible time with Knight (16), Natalie Sciver (11) and Danielle Wyatt (18) failing to make an impact, which eventually cost them the game.

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