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Devine, White Ferns end summer with win

Updated: Apr 9

Sophie Devine White Ferns cricket
White Ferns captain Sophie Devine celebrates the third ODI victory over England. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER/DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Sophie Devine has finished the New Zealand home summer with an emphatic victory and her eighth ODI century.

The White Ferns captain won the third and final game against England in Hamilton unbeaten on 100 with a six to win the game for a seven wicket victory.

In what was a 'dead' game after England won the first two games Devine took authority of the match blasting 11 fours and four sixes in her innings and chasing down the visitors total of 194 for the loss of just three New Zealand wickets.

Earlier, Hannah Rowe claimed the first wicket of Tammy Beaumont in the fourth over with Maia Bouchier fell to Jess Kerr.

Captain Heather Knight and Nat Sciver-Brunt combined for 58 before Amelia Kerr had Sciver-Brunt caught for 27 which then bought a mini collapse as the Kerr sisters went to work and England lost four wickets for 13 runs.

Charlie Dean and Amy Jones put on a partnership of 73 but couldn't repeat their efforts of the previous game as Suzie Bates and then Rowe broke through to expose the tail.

The Ferns mopped up the lower order with relative ease as Jess Kerr and Hannah Rowe took three wickets each.

In reply, the Ferns lost both Bates and Georgia Plimmer early for six and four respectively.

That brought Amelia Kerr and Devine together, with the pair showing great patience to negotiate the new ball.

They put on 74 before Kerr was out for 31, but losing her partner didn't make Devine slow down as she took on Dean or four fours in an over to bring up her half century.

Devine was joined by Maddy Green, and after a shaky start she settled in nicely with her skipper.

They compiled 105 for the fifth wicket from just 97 balls and took 16 runs from Lauren Filer before a couple of sixes from Devine off Dean ended the game.


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