Record win for England
- England’s 290/5 was their record total vs New Zealand and the second highest total by any women’s ODI side against the White Ferns, behind Australia’s 307/4 at Hamilton in 2009.
- Similarly, England’s 142 run margin of victory was their widest vs New Zealand and the second widest margin by any side vs NZ, behind India’s crushing 186 run win, during what was a virtual quarter-final at Derby in the 2017 World Cup.
- 290/5 was England’s 7th highest total in a home ODI. England have made seven of their top ten in the 16 home ODIs they’ve played since Mark Robinson became coach.
Jones finding her footing as an ODI opener
- Amy Jones & Tammy Beaumont’s 111 run 1st wicket partnership was England’s first century opening stand since Beaumont & Lauren Winfield made 235 vs Pakistan on 22nd June 2016.
- Jones was the 25th woman to make an ODI half-century opening the batting for England, and the first ‘new’ name to do so since Lauren Winfield vs Pakistan at Worcester on 22nd June 2016.
Will Heather Knight become England’s captain fantastic?
- Heather Knight’s 63 made her the 2nd woman to score over 1,000 runs as England captain. The first of course, was Charlotte Edwards (on a still somewhat distant 3,523).
- Knight has 1,046 runs at an average of 47.54 and SR of 78.88 in 29 innings since becoming England captain in June 2016.
- Knight had 1,254 at 31.35 and a SR of 63.17 in 51 innings before taking up the mantle.
- Knight currently has the 2nd highest batting average of any England women’s ODI captain, behind only Rachel Heyhoe-Flint (who batted just eight times in ODIs as England skipper).
Brunt, the genuine all-rounder bolsters England’s middle order
- Katherine Brunt has scored 340 of her 716 ODI runs since the start of the 2017 World Cup (14 innings), including her first two half-centuries.
- Since the start of the 2017 World Cup, Brunt has been involved in five half-century stands and seven more partnerships of 25-49 runs.
- 9 of those 25+ stands have been completed at over 5.00 runs per over. Only Tammy Beaumont (13) and Heather Knight (11) have been involved in more 25+ run, 5.00+ rpo partnerships for England since the start of the World Cup.
- In 44 ODI innings prior to WWC17, Brunt averaged 11.75, had a high score of 31, and had been involved in two half-century stands & eight of 25-49 runs.
Marsh exemplifies surfeit of spin options
- Mark Robinson’s reign has been rightly noted for the rejuvenation of several batters careers, but it’s also seen a turnaround in fortunes for a number of bowlers.
- Laura Marsh’s 3-24 make her England’s 4th highest wicket taker (31) in the Robinson-era, behind Brunt, Alex Hartley (both 34) and Anya Shrubsole (33).
- Marsh has been England’s second most economical bowler (3.77 rpo) since Robinson took charge, only beaten by Beth Langston (who has bowled just 4 times in that period).
- In the two years prior to the start of Robinson’s reign, Marsh took just 6 wickets in 11 innings, at 56.00 and an ER of 4.66 rpo.
- Marsh (31 wickets at 23.48; ER 3.77 rpo) is just one of a wealth of English spinners to have prospered in this period, along with Alex Hartley (34 wickets at 23.47; ER 4.07 rpo), Danielle Hazell (24 wickets; ave 21.75; ER 3.94) and Sophie Ecclestone (18 wickets; ave 20.16; ER 3.78). Not to mention the seemingly reluctant, though more than useful, Heather Knight (25 wickets; ave 23.52; ER 4.26).
Hints England might prosper in a post-Brunt (the bowler) future
- England’s bowlers were credited with all ten wickets (i.e. there were no run outs, etc) for the first time since the 4th ODI vs Sri Lanka, at Colombo in November 2016.
- Six of those wickets fell to pace bowlers (including a maiden ODI wicket for Katie George), yet Katherine Brunt wasn’t among them, making this the first home ODI for England since 26th July 2015 in which neither Brunt or Shrubsole have taken a wicket.
- Natalie Sciver’s 3-18 were her 2nd best ODI figures, and ended a run of six consecutive ODIs without a wicket.
Wunderkind, Amelia Kerr has the record books at her mercy
- Amelia Kerr has taken at least one wicket in all eight ODIs she’s played since the World Cup, and is unsurprisingly the highest wicket taker (18) in that time.
- At 17 years of age, Kerr is already among New Zealand’s 20 highest ODI wicket takers (currently 19th). The only other bowler to have as many wickets (38) for the White Ferns at this stage of her career (21 innings), was Leigh Kasperek.
- With 2-36 at Headingley, Kerr broke Shahid Afridi’s overall ODI record for most wickets taken before a bowlers’ 18th birthday (37). Kerr had already broken the women’s record of 27 in March.
New Zealand continue to open with a bang…
- Suzie Bates & Sophie Devine’s 70 run opening partnership was their fifth 50+ stand in 6 innings for New Zealand since the World Cup.
- Bates and Devine now have over 1,000 runs as an ODI partnership for all wickets.
- New Zealand have had the strongest opening partnership, both in terms of average (69.42) and run rate (5.43 rpo) in this edition of the ICC women’s Championship.
… but fizzle out with a whimper
- On the other hand, their 3rd wicket partnership has been the worst in the competition (average 18.50), and only Sri Lanka average less for the 2nd-10th wickets combined than the current collapse-prone New Zealand lineup
- New Zealand’s tendency to collapse pre-dates this World Cup cycle.
- Their previous ODI vs England (at Derby during the 2017 World Cup) saw them lose 7/81 having made it to 89/1.
- One match later, the White Ferns were bowled out for 79 by India in a must-win virtual quarter-final.
- Three ODIs after that, they lost 6/68 in a first ever defeat to Pakistan, at Sharjah in November.
- Their next ODI after that, saw them slump from 199/2 to 251/9 vs the West Indies in March. New Zealand went on to win that game by 1 run, thanks to a meandering West Indies chase, but it was another sign of the brittleness of their middle-lower order, exemplified by their crashing from 70/0 to 148 all out at Headingley on Saturday.
Satterthwaite needs to fire if New Zealand are to compete with the top sides
- The last time New Zealand beat another member of women’s cricket’s ‘big four’ (a group which includes themselves, Australia, England and India) was in chasing down 276 vs Australia on 26th February 2017.
- On that day, Bates and Rachel Priest put on 58 for the 1st wicket before Amy Satterthwaite came in and played a brilliant 102* to see New Zealand home.
- That was the last of Satterhtwaite’s record four centuries in a row and the last time any White Fern has reached three figures against one of the big four.
- Since making 78* vs Sri Lanka on the opening day of the World Cup, Satterthwaite has brought up fifty just twice in 14 ODI innings. Once vs West Indies and once vs Ireland.
Should the White Ferns put their faith in a Priest ahead of the World T20?
- While Bates & Devine’s opening partnership has been extraordinarily successful, New Zealand have essentially improved an area in which they were already strong, without noticeably rectifying issues elsewhere.
- Bates & Rachel Priest were the most prolific opening pair during the last World Cup cycle, scoring 1,582 runs at 49.43, with six century stands and seven fifties.
- Priest’s form had been on the slide in both formats when she was dropped, but since her last international appearance she’s been the lead runscorer in last year’s KSL(261 runs), had her beast WBBL season (264 runs), and has just finished as 2nd highest runscorer in the Women’s County T20 (276 runs, albeit in Division 2).