England beat New Zealand by five wickets with as many balls to spare in their first game of the Women’s Twenty20 Tri-Series in Barbados.
Captain Charlotte Edwards’ steady 42 and Tammy Beaumont’s 29 not out from 23 balls, her highest T20 international score, dominated a chase of 111 under lights in humid conditions at the Kensington Oval.
Holly Colvin and Natalie Sciver earlier each struck twice to limit the White Ferns, who lost the tournament opener to West Indies by 23 runs, to 109 for six after they had won the toss.
Opening the bowling, 17-year-old Natasha Farrant - playing in her third T20I - applied pressure with a disciplined line and length. She was unlucky to go wicketless as her four overs cost just 12.
Colvin also bowled tightly and made the first two breakthroughs, having Sophie Devine and Amy Satterthwaite held.
New Zealand captain Suzie Bates, striking the ball well, held firm until the 16th over when she crucially fell for 48 to Sciver, who also removed Rachel Priest after Jenny Gunn bowled Nicola Browne.
From the last delivery of the innings Lauren Winfield ran out Maddie Green as Colvin returned 2-22 from four and Sciver 2-16 from three.
Erin Bermingham trapped Winfield and Sarah Taylor lbw in England's powerplay, but Edwards played within herself to remain at the crease.
The importance of Edwards’ resistance grew when Browne accounted for Lydia Greenway, to a great catch from Bates, and Sciver, who was bowled, in the 11th over, leaving England 56 for four.
Beaumont attacked with good foot movement and, although Bates had Edwards caught and bowled in the 18th, played a super knock to earn her first match award.