Natalie Sciver revealed that sticking to a simple plan was behind her first England hat-trick, which aided a 19-run victory over New Zealand and qualification for the Women’s Twenty20 Tri-Series final.
The 21-year-old seamer, playing in just her 12th senior international, followed the important scalp of Sophie Devine for 25 with three more in the game’s penultimate over, completing figures of 4-21 by having Frances Mackay lbw.
Jenny Gunn, standing in as skipper for the injured Charlotte Edwards, dismissed the White Ferns for 106 in 20 overs for a sublime return of 5-18, an international-best like Sciver.
Speaking about her hat-trick, Sciver said: “I just tried to bowl full and straight. If in doubt, full and straight. It came off this time.”
Sciver also contributed 23 from 21 deliveries which, along with Danni Wyatt’s run-a-ball 37, set up a score of 125 for eight.
It all added up to England responding to Friday’s loss to West Indies in emphatic fashion, demonstrated by the last six New Zealand wickets falling for four runs.
“It’s really good. Just good to have a good team performance after the disappointment against the West Indies,” Sciver reflected.
England face West Indies in Thursday’s last remaining round-robin contest ahead of a rematch in Saturday’s showpiece.
Sciver is wary of the likes of Deandra Dottin, whose powerful hitting can single-handedly win a T20 international.
Explaining England’s approach against the Windies, Sciver added: “They have a few strong players with the bat, so just trying to control where they hit, and with our bowling just sticking to our plans.”