CWG 2022: Sophie Devine helps New Zealand beat England to win bronze medal at Commonwealth Games
CWG 2022: Sophie Devine-led New Zealand defeated England by an extensive margin of eight wickets to claim the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
England rocked early
England chose to bat first, but their attempt to achieve a high total was not off to the best start. The scorecard showed 10/2, and Danni Wyatt and Alice Capsey were back in the pavilion. For the remainder of the Powerplay, they started to recover, but in the middle overs, they lost three wickets in a row. The next pair to leave would be Nat Sciver (27), followed by Sophia Dunkley ( 8). The England hitters were completely at sea in the face of New Zealand’s outstanding bowling performance, and Marie Bouchier (4) and Katherine Brunt (4) were likewise unable to make much of an impact.
Jones, Ecclestone fight hard but England register a below-par score
Then, England would receive some crucial runs from Amy Jones and Sophie Ecclestone, ensuring that they had scored more than 100 runs overall. England reached a total of 110/9 in 20 overs thanks to 26 runs from Jones and 18 from Ecclestone. Despite their efforts, England was still well short of the target they would have intended for, necessitating a heroic bowling effort.
Our first ever medal in the T20 cricket!!!
Our NZ cricketers have beaten England by 8 wickets to win BRONZE 👏👏👏
— The New Zealand Team (@TheNZTeam) August 7, 2022
The entire New Zealand bowling line had exceptional performance, with Hayley Jensen (3/24) emerging as the standout bowler after taking the wickets of Danny Wyatt, Amy Jones, and Issy Wong.
A comfortable chase for New Zealand
Although England needed early wickets, the two seasoned players Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates made sure the White Ferns didn’t have any problems. By attacking the bowlers, their opening partnership of 54 dealt England the fatal blow. Bates finally left for 20; nevertheless, she had completed her task by crossing four boundaries. Georgia Plimmer (4) couldn’t hold on for very long either; Freya Kemp was expelled.
However, skipper Devine and Amelia Kerr would finish the job, leading New Zealand to a decisive victory and assisting them in taking home the Bronze medal. Devine would maintain his perfect record with 51 off, and Kerr would score 20*. At Edgbaston, New Zealand triumphed by an 8-wicket margin.