Amid cheers for England's two goals that went in against Sweden, England's women took the opening one-day worldwide against New Zealand with a commanding 142-run victory at Headingley. Then, Natalie Sciver and Laura Marsh picked up three wickets each, as New Zealand were bowled out for 148 in 35.3 overs.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, England's openers got off to the flawless start, adding 111 for the first wicket before Tammy Beaumont was dismissed for 40. The win took England's tally on the ICC Women's Championship table to eight points. Amy Jones' 63 was matched by Heather Knight for England's 290-5. The only time New Zealand really had any hold on the game was while Amelia Kerr was producing an impressive 10-over spell which included the wickets of Jones, defeated by an excellent googly, and Taylor. Knight's 63 off 58 balls was followed by Sciver's 37 off 36 and Katherine Brunt's 30 off 31.
In response, New Zealand's opening pair of Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine set a solid foundation by adding an opening stand of 70 before wickets begun to fall regularly. This is now England's highest total against New Zealand, bettering 284 for 9 made in the World Cup clash in Derby past year.
New Zealand Women tour of England, 2018 will start today.