Hazell grabs five in narrow loss
Danielle Hazell’s five-wicket haul proved in vain as England suffered a 13-run defeat to New Zealand in their final warm-up game prior to the Women’s World Cup.
Just 24 hours after defeating South Africa at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium, Charlotte Edwards’ side were back in action again today at the Bandra Kurla complex.
Hazell ran through New Zealand’s tail to limit the White Ferns to 223 all out following a 92-run sixth-wicket stand between Sara McGlashan, who struck 88 from 90 balls, and Nicola Browne.
Yet England - hampered by a trio of run-outs - were subsequently dismissed for 210 despite Lydia Greenway’s 51 and an unbeaten 35 from Jenny Gunn.
“We’re disappointed with the loss, but we’re preparing well and we’re looking forward to the tournament starting against Sri Lanka,” Hazell told ecb.co.uk, with an eye on Friday’s opening group match at the Brabourne.
“It’s nice to bowl well and get some wickets under my belt. There was a bit more in the pitch today for the spinners. I think it was a little bit flatter yesterday.
“We pulled it back towards the end after they got a good partnership in the middle. But then with the batting we fell away a bit at the end and lost a few wickets to run-outs.”
In a match that saw both teams permitted to use 15 players, England won the toss and elected to field.
Suzie Bates, Amy Satterthwaite and Sophie Devine all failed to make an impression for New Zealand, but opener Lucy Doolan helped to set a decent platform with a 77-ball 57.
When Doolan’s departure in the 26th over was swiftly followed by Frances Mackay becoming Hazell’s first victim, England looked to have assumed control.
Yet McGlashan had other ideas and found a willing ally in wicketkeeper Browne, who made patient progress to 40.
Hazell denied McGlashan a century and went on to pick up three more wickets before Browne was run out by Greenway off the final ball of the 50th over.
England’s opening pair - Heather Knight and Edwards - fell cheaply in reply, but Greenway and Sarah Taylor shared 87 inside 22 overs to ensure another shift in momentum.
Unfortunately for England, there was to be a further twist in the tale as Taylor fell for 32, sparking a New Zealand fightback.
Greenway was run out two overs later and the efforts of Gunn and Tammy Beaumont, who hit 22 from 15 balls, were not enough to prevent a narrow loss.
There were wins for Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in today’s other warm-up games.
Jodie Fields led from the front with a 46-ball 52 as Australia claimed a five-wicket victory over India. The Southern Stars hunted down a target of 223 with more than 11 overs unused.
Sripali Weerakkody’s unbeaten 54 carried Sri Lanka to an unlikely two-wicket win against South Africa, which saw the chasing side recover from 66 for six to surpass their opponents’ 164 all out.
Pakistan were comfortable victors over an Odisha XI, with Nain Abidi and Bismah Maroof contributing 73 and 76 in a 95-run triumph.