England out to rein in Bates
England have been working on ways to combat Suzie Bates’ power in the third match of the NatWest Women’s ODI series.
The 22-year-old number three from Dunedin was the dominant figure in the second of two games at Taunton, which New Zealand won by four wickets, allowing them to go to Derby at 1-1 in the five-match series.
But Jenny Gunn, the England all-rounder, reports that England have taken notice of the unbeaten 75 scored by Bates in the White Ferns’ run chase.
“I think she’s a key player for New Zealand,” Gunn told ECBtv ahead of the match at the County Ground.
“With bat and ball she’s doing everything right at the moment. We’ll be looking for ways to control her at Derby.
“We knew 208 would be a challenging total to defend, but we didn’t take enough wickets.”
A 2-1 lead for either side at Derby could prove crucial, with rain forecast over the next few days.
Gunn appreciates the position England find themselves in, and the improvements they need to make when batting.
“To be at 1-1, we can improve massively. I think it is a fair reflection so far as we haven’t played our best cricket.
“We didn’t get enough runs on the board (in the second match).
"We had a key partnership (of 79) between Claire Taylor and Lydia Greenway. They made batting look easy on a slow wicket.
“Both got themselves run out, and we didn’t get the total we wanted.”
Gunn, from Nottingham, will be glad for familiar surroundings in the East Midlands, an area of the country England women do not habitually travel to.
“It’s going to be good,” she added. “It’s nice to get to the midlands, so the family can come and watch.
“We don’t always come to this part of the country, so hopefully the rain will keep away.”