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Amy Satterthwaite crosses a border into England at the University of Otago Oval on Sunday.
A brilliant Amy Satterthwaite century has propelled the White Ferns on Sunday to a seven-wicket win against England at the University Oval in Dunedin, cutting their miserable 11-game losing streak.
The veteran left-hander finally responded to Captain Sophie Devine’s appeal to seniors to stand up with a classic catch, aided by a partnership with Amelia Kerr.
After a goal of 220, Satterthwaite and Kerr combined for the highest fourth-wicket partnership of White Ferns in ODIs – 172 runs – with Satterthwaite finishing at 119 not out and Kerr 72 not out.
The pair formed a classic left-, right-handed combination when Satterthwaite ran over 4,000 in ODIs and Kerr used her impressive footwork and range of strokes to build an adult inning.
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Satterthwaite used up a lifetime when Sophie Ecclestone missed an honest chance from her own bowling, but she was otherwise in control and belted out two memorable sixes when the White Ferns closed on victory.
The White Ferns finished in full control, winning by saving 20 balls.
Earlier, the bowlers of the White Ferns kept England in control, although a certain inning by England opener Tammy Beaumont saved the tourists.
Beaumont was not defeated at 88 when the final wicket fell, but the White Ferns were justifiably happy about their bowling performance, with Jess Kerr and Amelia Kerr the standouts.
On a cloudy morning, England won the toss, but opted for two successful run yachts in the opening two games.
The wisdom of England’s decision to strike looked doubtful when Jess Kerr sacked Danni Wyatt in the second, but within the next hour, White Ferns’ attack on the trusted tourists worked. leading an unassailable 2-0 series in the game.
The game was played in alert level 2 conditions following the government’s decision to put increased Covid-19 restrictions in place on Saturday night.
As a result, spectators were not allowed to attend Oval University, creating a muted atmosphere for the dead rubber.
Spinner Amelia Kerr sometimes looked threatening with her flight and variety, but Beaumont was in excellent contact, and anchored the inning expertly.
The White Ferns also found Heather Knight a handful, but Amelia Kerr grabbed a well-deserved scalp – her first wicket of the series – to send Knight back to the pavilion at 60.
The wickets tumbled at regular intervals around Beaumont, and Devine’s introduction to the attack brought two major dismissals in central England, exposing the start of the tail with about 10 remains.
The White Ferns’ ability to frustrate England slowed down their run rate and Hayley Jensen delivered a superb slower ball to catch Ecclestone, badly caught by Katey Martin.
This diminished England to 190-7 and gave the White Ferns the opportunity to keep the tourists to a reasonable total on the ground famous for its short borders.
Beaumont, however, kept the turn on her side, beating Frankie Mackay two fours in a row and taking her over for 12 runs in one over.
A lost catch by Nat Dodd with England at 217-8, Jess Kerr refused another wicket and frustrated the home team.
Amelia Kerr, however, would not be denied, cleaning the tail to finish with figures of 4-42.