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White Ferns lose Devine, series to England

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The White Ferns fell behind 3-1 in their five-match T20 series against England. PHOTO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

The White Ferns have slumped to a T20 series defeat to England, after losing captain Sophie Devine to injury in the field.

Without Devine, New Zealand's run-chase started on the back foot and never got going, finishing 130-7 in reply to England's 177-3 in the fourth match at Wellington's Basin Reserve on Wednesday.

After winning the toss and putting the tourists into bat, the White Ferns had no answer to opener Maia Bouchier, who continued her fine form with 91 runs off 56 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes.

Their hopes sufffered a major blow, when Devine limped off with a quad injury, relegating her to the bottom of the batting order and putting her participation in Friday's series finale at the same venue in doubt.

Against a depleted bowling attack, England put up 105 runs over their final 10 overs and 65 over the final five to set a formidable target.

New Zealand's daunting chase of almost nine runs an over got off to the worst possible start, with Suzie Bates offering a simple catch in the second over.

Fellow opener Bernadine Bezuidenhout (23), Melie Kerr (21) and Brooke Halliday (25) all made starts, but could not anchor the innings. With regular wickets falling, New Zealand ended 47 runs short.

England 177-3 (Maia Bouchier 91, Nat Sciver-Brunt 29 not out) beat White Ferns 130-7 (Brooke Halliday 25, Bernadine Bezuidenhout 23, Melie Kerr 21)

England win by 47 runs, lead series 3-1


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