White Ferns struggle in opening ODI defeat to England

Amelia Kerr took two wickets against England at Leeds

Natalie Sciver starred with bat and ball as England Women thrashed New Zealand by 142 runs in the first one-day global at Headingley.

After Knight had won the toss and chose to bat first, Jones and the in-form Tammy Beaumont, who made 40, put on 111 for the first wicket in 22 overs to set England on their way. Amy Jones' 63 was matched by Heather Knight for England's 290-5. Beaumont was the first wicket to fall when Lea Tahuhu had her caught behind in the 23rd over.

Chasing was unlikely to be easy on a pitch that suited pace-off-the-ball and despite a good start for New Zealand - Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine put on 70 for the first wicket - they could only make 148.

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However, Knight and Sciver ensured the innings didn't lose its way. This is now England's highest total against New Zealand, bettering 284 for 9 made in the World Cup clash in Derby a year ago.

There was some swing with the new ball for Brunt and debutant Katie George, but Bates and Devine were able to move along at five-an-over to lay a hopeful platform.

The hosts powered their way to a 142-run victory over New Zealand in Leeds. Shortly after the final whistle went in Russian Federation, the supporters who had been huddled inside around televisions made their way back into the stands to see another England victory secured when George claimed he maiden ODI wicket to finish the match.

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