Askew carries England close
England women slipped to their sixth successive one-day defeat despite Lynsey Askew’s swashbuckling half-century.
She hit 68 at almost a run a ball but could not prevent England going down by 27 runs to New Zealand in Chennai.
Askew, who earlier took 2-55 as New Zealand posted 267 for nine, carried England to within sight of victory but her dismissal proved crucial as they were bowled out for 240 with 4.4 overs to spare.
That England came so close to breaking their duck on tour owed much to a commendable fightback which saw them recover from 57 for five, and 82 for six when Askew came to the crease.
Askew, whose previous highest one-day international score was 24, added 49 for the seventh wicket with Charlotte Edwards and a further 73 with Isa Guha for the ninth.
Askew fell with 57 required for victory at little more than six an over, having hit 11 fours and a six, and Guha (26) and Holly Colvin’s brave last-wicket stand proved in vain.
Colvin was England’s most impressive bowler, returning figures of 3-37 from 10 overs. There were also two wickets for Laura Newton on a pitch of occasional uneven bounce.
New Zealand’s total was built around sizeable contributions from Suzie Bates, Aimee Mason, both of whom made 48, and Sarah Tsukigawa (41).
“It’s never impossible, but at 50-odd for five it didn’t really look like we were in with much of a chance,” Askew told ecb.co.uk.
“Normally I don’t bat until late in the innings, but I was in today after 18 overs.
“It was nice to get a long bat, so I just freed my arms and tried to up the ante.
“The pitch was a bit up and down - the odd ball would pop on you a little bit - so it was just a case of trying to play with a bit of confidence.”
Askew, who was called up for the tour as a replacement for the injured Katherine Brunt, added: “I’m here as a bowler really, but I was happy with how I bowled today.
“I got the ball in the right areas and managed to get a couple of wickets. To get a few runs as well made it even better.”
New Zealand meet Australia - four-wicket winners over India - in Monday’s final, while England and India contest the third-place play-off.