Devine ton keeps New Zealand on top

Rex Christensen
July 16, 2018

Satterthwaite and Bernadine Bezuidenhout fell within 14 balls of each other, leaving Devine in a precarious position.

Sophie Devine struck an unbeaten 117 as New Zealand's White Ferns won the third one-day worldwide at Leicester on Friday by four wickets to deny England women a 3-0 series clean sweep.

New Zealand was sent into bowl first after losing the toss, they managed to dismiss England for 219 in the 48th over.

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. In reply, New Zealand rode on Devine's 116-ball knock, studded with 12 fours and two sixes, to chase the total down with more than five overs to spare.

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England's spinners lacked their usual impact, but even with Ecclestone off the boil, her team weren't quite finished.

Silver linings for England included another encouraging batting performance from Amy Jones - who made 78 on the day - and Katherine Brunt becoming her country's leading wicket-taker in ODI cricket. Jones stuck around for a while before being stumped off Jess Watkin (2 for 38).

Knight - at the ground where she hit her sole ODI ton against Pakistan last summer during her side's successful World Cup campaign - was bowled for 16 by Hayley Jensen in the seamer's first ODI in four years, with Wyatt the top middle-order scorer with 18. However, Katey Martin chipped in with a valuable run-a-ball 23 towards the end to put her side firmly in control, while also allowing Devine a hard-earned century off 101 deliveries.

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