Sophie Devine’s 100-Ball Century Seals New Zealand’s Victory Over England

Sophie Devine’s 100-ball Cricket Live Century Seals New Zealand’s Triumph Over England in ODI Finale

Published: April 6, 2023 | Source: Sky Sports

In a thrilling clash at Hamilton, New Zealand’s 100-ball cricket live sensation Sophie Devine produced a match-winning century off the final delivery to guide the White Ferns to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over England in the third and final ODI of the series.

Devine, the New Zealand captain, arrived at the crease with her team at 90-3 while chasing England’s total of 194. Undeterred, the dynamic all-rounder anchored the innings, scoring an unbeaten 100 off just 93 balls, including the match-winning six to bring up her century and secure the win for the hosts.

Earlier, England’s innings was built around a solid 50-run knock from wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones, as the visitors recovered from the early loss of Tammy Beaumont and Maia Bouchier. However, the middle-order struggled, with Nat Sciver-Brunt, Sophia Dunkley, and Danni Wyatt all falling cheaply. Heather Knight’s 39 was the only other significant contribution as England were bowled out for 194 in the 46th over, with Jess Kerr and Hannah Rowe each claiming three wickets for the home side.

In response, the White Ferns got off to a shaky start, losing both openers for under 10 runs. But Amelia Kerr and Devine steadied the ship with a crucial partnership, before Kerr was dismissed for 31. Maddy Green’s unbeaten 38, combined with Devine’s heroics, ensured New Zealand reached their target with 11 overs to spare, handing them a morale-boosting victory in the backyard cricket-style encounter.

“It was a thrilling match, and I’m proud of the way the team fought back after a shaky start. Sophie’s century was truly special, and it’s a great way to end the series on a high note,” said New Zealand captain Sophie Devine.

Despite the loss, England won the series 2-1, with Amy Jones finishing as the top run-scorer and Jess Kerr leading the wicket-takers. The teams will now shift their focus to the upcoming club cricket and fantasy club cricket competitions, where players will look to showcase their skills and cement their places in their respective national setups.

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