England women’s Twenty/20 series with New Zealand will go to a decider after the hosts won the second match in Whangarei today (February 20).
England, skippered by Charlotte Edwards from Ramsey, secured a convincing eight-wicket victory in Thursday’s opener but lost by six wickets today, despite opener Lauren Winfield’s 48 off 59 balls.
The series will now be settled in the third encounter at Bert Sutcliffe Oval on Tuesday, before the teams contest a further two one-day internationals at the same venue.
England opted to bat after winning the toss in Whangarei but other than Winfield, only number six Heather Knight (30 off 15) was able to score more than 20 in a total of 122-5.
Edwards was dismissed for an eight-ball duck and Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver also made single figures, though Lydia Greenway (18no) chipped in with late runs.
Rachel Priest (41), Suzie Bates (33) and Sophie Devine (29no) then helped the White Ferns chase down their target with four balls to spare.
Laura Marsh and Kate Cross took two wickets each for England, while Winfield backed up her impressive performance with the bat with two catches.