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Commonwealth Games: Katherine Brandt star with ball as England push New Zealand into top group | Cricket News

Katherine Brandt won 2–4 as England limited New Zealand to 71–9 after the White Ferns won the toss and chose to bat. Teenager Alice topped his caps his score and England easily targeted him with more than eight overs to spare.England face India in Saturday’s semi-final after New Zealand play Australia

Last updated: 04/08/22 8:54pm

England bowler Katherine Blunt took the wicket in each of the first two overs.

England advanced to the Commonwealth Games semi-finals as group winners with a stunning opening bowling victory by Katherine Brandt to beat New Zealand by seven wickets.

Blunt took two early wickets and set the tone to just 71-9 from 20 overs at Edgbaston in an excellent bowling performance confined to England to New Zealand, with Issie Wong (2-10) and Sarah Glenn at the back. (2-13) also claimed. 2 dismissals.

England went home with quickfire 39s from Sophia Dunkley (19) and Alice Capsey (23) at the second wicket, with substitute captain Nat Scib (7 no) and Amy Jones (18 no) coming home in eight overs. Look, you’ve reached your goal. to spare.

Both sides had already qualified for the semi-finals before the tournament’s final group stage game, but England’s win was only possible on Saturday after New Zealand faced favorites Australia, ahead of Group A runners-up India. It means to fight against

The win completed a perfect group stage for England. England also recorded wins in South Africa and Sri Lanka despite the absence of captain Heather his Knight, who was ruled out of the tournament on Wednesday with a hip injury.

On a balmy summer night at Birmingham, England dominated from the start, with Blunt bowling Sophie Devine forcefully and sending the New Zealand captain and star batter foot stump cartwheels.

The 37-year-old dismissed Amelia Kerr in two overs in much the same way before fellow Quick Wong hit an over to miss Susie Bates to send New Zealand off 12-3.

As if things weren’t bad enough, a terrible upset ran out Brooke Halliday and Wong removed Haley Jensen with a slower ball, blunt New Zealand’s counter-attacking attempt.

Sophia Dunkley (left) and Alice Capsey made England's second wicket partnership of 39 runs against New Zealand.

Sophia Dunkley (left) and Alice Capsey made England’s second wicket partnership of 39 runs against New Zealand.

The spin was then taken over by England, where world top-ranked T20I bowler Sophie Ecclestone bowled New Zealand top scorer Muddy Greene for 19 before Glenn removed Leah Tuff and Rosemary Mare, the latter of whom was He played the first ball and left the White Ferns 57-. 9 in 5 overs not yet bowled.

Hannah Lowe and Fran Jonas dug in to see what was New Zealand’s longest joint best-innings partnership, the overout, but 71 never bothered England.

There was glimmer of hope for New Zealand when England opener Dani Wyatt scored the first over and wicketkeeper Emma Gaze made a good catch after the ball was high in the air from Jonas’ spin bowling .

But England’s teenage batting sensation, 17-year-old Capsey, quickly got his team back on track with a tough four boundary in a crowd-pleasing 1-over at Edgbaston.

Capsey, who scored his first half-century in England’s last game against South Africa, was quickly beaten by 23 to Kerr, but there was plenty of evidence for a very bright future.

Dunkley joined in on a boundary hit and England needed only 27 to win when they were bowled out by Carr for 19.

Skipper Scibber and Jones handled it lightly, the latter producing fine strokeplay as he went from just 10 to 18 balls.