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The England Women's team kicked off their tour of New Zealand with a win in the first T20 match.
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The England Women’s team kicked off their tour of New Zealand with a win in the first T20 match.

The captain of the English team, Heather Knight, led her team to a victory in the first Twenty20 match against New Zealand by a margin of 27 runs. Knight scored 63 runs from 39 balls, helping England reach a total of 160 for four in Dunedin. She also bowled two precise overs, contributing to the visiting team’s success in limiting New Zealand’s response.

On her 100th T20 international match, Tammy Beaumont was dismissed for 15 runs. However, Sophia Dunkley and Maia Bouchier built a strong foundation. Dunkley’s departure after scoring 32 runs increased the pace of scoring when captain Heather Knight joined Bouchier. Together, they added 91 runs for the third wicket. Knight got out stumped with only eight balls remaining, while Bouchier remained unbeaten with 43 runs from 40 balls.

Unfortunately, Izzy Gaze was unable to score at the beginning of New Zealand’s response and, due to the strong performance of England’s spinners, they faced difficulties in keeping up with the necessary run rate.

Suzie Bates, serving as the captain in place of the actual captain, scored 61 runs, her first time reaching 50 or more runs against England in 14 years. However, she was eventually caught by Lauren Bell, who claimed her second wicket. Sarah Glenn also took Georgia Plimmer’s wicket after a strong performance of four overs. While Brooke Halliday managed to score 27 runs off of 23 balls towards the end, New Zealand was unable to reach the target with a final score of 133 runs for five wickets.

Bell expressed great satisfaction with the team’s first game of the series, stating that it was a positive start to secure a victory.

“The team was pleased with our bowling strategy. We worked hard to stay aggressive in the middle period, relying on our impressive spinners to put pressure on the opponents, which proved successful for us in today’s match.”

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The second game of the series takes place in Nelson on Friday.

Source: theguardian.com