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WIT20: England clinch series in dramatic style

England clinched a dramatic series win in the last over of this third Vitality IT20 match against New Zealand at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Sophia Dunkley crashed the penultimate ball of the final over to the boundary to give England a sensational victory by four wickets.

Re-live this classic encounter via the ECB highlights package:

IT20 MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

ECB MATCH CENTRE

18:30 – We are underway! To keep up to date with the ball by ball action visit the ECB Match Centre.

18:11 – England win the toss and will bowl first

16:47 – Much brighter now and the rain is only drizzle

15:39 – Unfortunately the rain has returned and looking very gloomy at the moment

12:42 – Still dry here in Taunton and the forecast is improving!

11:28 – The rain has stopped here in Taunton and it’s much brighter clouds now over the ground.

09:27 – Good morning from the Cooper Associates County Ground. Unfortunately it is raining heavily at the moment, but fingers crossed for better luck this evening. Stay tuned to this page throughout the day for the latest updates.


MATCH PREVIEW

England Women take on their New Zealand counterparts in the third and final match of the Vitality IT20 series at the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Thursday).

The series is currently level at 1-1.

Play will get underway at 6:30pm.

Tickets for this match are still available and can be purchased via the link below.

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HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

You can keep up to date via the official ECB website.

The match will also be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two countries have met on 28 occasions in IT20 cricket. England have won 21 of these matches, New Zealand have come out on top six times and one match was abandoned.

England’s highest IT20 team score against New Zealand is 184 for four in the opening match of this series earlier this month at Chelmsford. New Zealand’s highest total against England is 152 for six at Bath in 2007.

The highest individual innings for England is 97 by Tammy Beaumont at Chelmsford in match one of this series whilst for New Zealand it is 68 by Suzie Bates at the Ageas Bowl in 2010.

England’s best bowling against tomorrow’s opposition in IT20 cricket is five for 11 by Anya Shrubsole at Wellington in 2012 whilst for New Zealand it is six for 17 by Amy Satterthwaite at Taunton in 2007.

The last time that the two sides met in IT20 cricket at the Cooper Associates County Ground was in 2018. It was a match that England won by 54 runs.

England skipper Heather Knight won the toss and elected to bat.

After a solid start, England slipped to 58 for three. However, 59 from Nat Sciver from just 37 balls, plus a rapid 22 from Anya Shrubsole towards the end of the innings saw the hosts post a total of 172 for eight.

New Zealand lost openers Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates for just 39 runs and from that point they never truly recovered. The England bowlers were on top and Sophie Ecclestone claimed four for 18 as the tourists were dismissed for 118 from 18.3 overs.

TEAM NEWS

England Head Coach, Lisa Keightley named the following squad for the series: Heather Knight (Captain), Tammy Beaumont, Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Tash Farrant, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Mady Villiers and Danni Wyatt.

The New Zealand squad is: Sophie Devine (Captain), Amy Satterthwaite, Suzie Bates, Lauren Down, Claudia Green, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Leigh Kasperek, Jess Kerr, Katey Martin, Jessie McFadyen, Thamsyn Newton, Molly Penfold, Hannah Rowe and Lea Tahuhu.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

On the eve of the match, England’s Danni Wyatt said: “Things didn’t go our way at Hove, but we’ve had a couple of good training sessions down at Taunton and hopefully we can get the win in what is a big game tomorrow night to win the series.

“We all love playing down at Taunton. There’s always a great crowd that gets right behind us, so it’s a game that we’re all looking forward to.

“I’ve always loved playing in Taunton because there’s a nice feel when you get off the coach. It’s a lovely ground and it’s always a really good wicket. There’s always a good crowd and a good atmosphere. We’ve all got good memories of playing there and I was lucky enough to be at the other end for most of Tammy’s T20 hundred against South Africa there in 2018. Hopefully, we can create some more memories tomorrow night.

“New Zealand have got some great players. Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite are up there with the best batters in the world, and we’ll have to be on our A game to beat them.

“The competition for places is getting really strong and we know that we have to keep pushing ourselves to get better every day because you know that there are some really good young players coming through. They’ve been performing in the domestic competitions like The Hundred, The KSL, the Rachael Heyhone-Flint Trophy and the Charlotte Edwards Cup, and that’s only going to benefit the women’s game. That’s what it’s all about, pushing each other to get better.

“It’s a great time to be an England cricketer. There’s so much cricket that we can play and everyone’s now got the chance to show the world what they can do on the biggest stages. If you perform in a competition like The Hundred then you put your name out there and put your hat in the ring for a potential international call up. It’s a really exciting time. It’s incredible to see the way that women’s cricket is going at the moment and I’m really happy to be a part of that.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are attending this match, please refer to the link below for everything that you need to know:

VISITING THE GROUND

Please note that the Firepool carpark will not be open to the public until 4pm tomorrow due to the construction work to the new vaccination centre at the site. However, it will remain open until 11pm.

There are currently major roadworks on the A38, and visitors are encouraged to bear this in mind when planning their journey.

ENTRANCE TIMES AND GATES

Gates will open at 5pm.

Where possible, we request that you enter the Cooper Associates County Ground as follows:

Jack White Gates (St James Street) for the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion, Gimblett’s Hill and the Ondaatje Stand.

Sir Vivian Richards Gates (Priory Bridge Road) for the Lord Botham Stand and the Colin Atkinson Pavilion.

Brain Rose Gates (Brewhouse) for the Somerset Stand and the River Stand.

WI-FI

Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.

The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.

You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.

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