Tammy Beaumont and Heather Knight lead England to victory over NZ in first ODI

In more than a year, England women won their first 50-over international match against New Zealand by eight wickets.

Tammy Beaumont (71) and skipper Heather Knight (67 not out) put the visitors on target in the 33.4 overs at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval.

The win gave England a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

England lost the toss for the first time in ODIs after playing against Pakistan in December 2019.

New Zealand opted to bat, but Anya Shrubsole was ruled out of the service – and was ruled out of the tour with a knee injury.

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Hayley Jensen gave New Zealand some hope after claiming his first ODI half-century, but Sarah Glenn’s dismissal put the hosts at 94 for four.

Brooke Holiday scored 50 off 54 balls in her first ODI. The last woman to run out Danny Wyatt – White Fern’s innings ended after 45.1 overs.

In reply, the wicket fell in the eighth over after Watt scored 17.

But Beaumont and Knight stabilized the ship, scoring 50 off 67 balls – their 10th ODI half – before being caught by Lee Tahuhu.

Knight then reached his 20th ODI 50 off 58 balls, scoring a match-winning boundary off Nat Scriver (21).

The teams face off in Dunedin on Friday and England take a 2-0 lead.

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