England women wrap up series
England women took an unassailable 3-0 lead in their one-day international series against New Zealand but had to do it the hard way after enduring a nightmare start with the bat.
Having admirably recovered from 14 for four to set the hosts 109 to win, the tourists reduced New Zealand to 90 for seven when rain came with seven balls left of the contest.
Following a Duckworth-Lewis calculation, Charlotte Edwards' side claimed a 10-run victory.
Inserted by White Ferns captain Suzie Bates earlier in the day, England looked doomed when they slipped to 14 for four within three overs at Eden Park.
Laura Marsh fell first ball, captain Charlotte Edwards top-edged a pull at the start of the second over before Sarah Taylor and Arran Brindle were run out in successive deliveries, the latter without facing a ball.
Gradually, Kent pair Lydia Greenway and Tammy Beaumont hauled the tourists out of the mire with a patient 46-run partnership.
The ever-reliable Greenway played the major hand with 26 before becoming the third run-out victim, and the latter was bowled for 15 by Lea Tahuhu.
Despite the scoreboard still making uncomfortable reading at 64 for six, new batters Jenny Gunn and Susie Rowe adopted an attacking approach, both scoring at more than a run a ball to push England to 108 for six after 20 overs.
Gunn took the lion's share of the deliveries, cracking an unbeaten 30 from 26 balls, but Rowe's 15 not out would prove just as crucial in a low-scoring game.
In contrast, New Zealand made a fine start with the bat as Frances Mackay struck three quick boundaries and the aggressive Bates launched the second maximum of the game.
But England held firm with the on-form Anya Shrubsole, who gave England a foothold by castling the former in the sixth over to claim her eighth wicket of an already-impressive series.
Accurate bowling kept New Zealand in check, though England had to wait until midway through the 12th over for further success when the miserly Bates top-edged the miserly Brindle, wicketkeeper Taylor taking the catch.
England continued to suppress the hosts as Danni Wyatt dismissed Sara McGlashan at the end of the next over to leave New Zealand on 65 for three.
With the threat of rain looming, England maintained a vice-like grip as the boundaries dried up.
It was left to the off-spinning Dannis - Hazell and Wyatt - to secure victory, further undermining the chase to finish with two wickets apiece.