England Women won the third NatWest Women’s One Day International by six wickets at Derby tonight.
Jenny Gunn (5-31) had an outstanding bowling spell to post career-best figures and hit the winning runs to pick up player of the match under the lights at the County Ground.
The White Ferns were put into bat by Charlotte Edwards and struggled to build a total. Gunn rattled through the first four wickets and Lydia Greenway picked up the run-out of Amy Satterthwaite to leave New Zealand on 79-5.
Aimee Watkins (68) attempted to bolster the runs with Liz Perry (28) down the order, but the top-scoring New Zealand skipper was dismissed by Edwards (2-19) off the last ball of the innings as she was caught by Katherine Brunt.
New Zealand set England a target of 221.
Sarah Taylor (64) and Heather Knight (42) opened the batting for England with a tidy partnership of 108.
Knight fell short of her maiden 50 as she was caught by Sophie Devine off a ball from Watkins in the 27th over.
Shortly after the opening partnership was broken, England top scorer Sarah Taylor (64) was caught by Perry, to leave England 117-2.
With Edwards (7) and Claire Taylor (11) at the crease, rain stopped play and with 20 overs played, a result was possible with Duckworth-Lewis now in play.
Play resumed with Edwards caught by Perry off a ball from Satterthwaite and Claire Taylor-leg before.
Gunn (37*) and Greenway (45*) held their focus to share the match winning partnership of 83 for England, despite a second break in play due to rain.
England now lead the series 2-1.
After the match Jenny Gunn said: ‘I can’t believe the day I’ve had, it’s been great. I’m pleased my family were here to see it.
‘It was tough work, I never thought I’d get it (five wickets) as I haven’t been bowling much recently.
‘Lydia (Greenway) is in great form at the moment, I enjoy batting with her. Duckworth-Lewis went out of our minds and we just kept hitting the runs.
‘I’m looking forward to playing at Barnsley, the home of Katherine Brunt on Saturday.’
The 4th NatWest Women’s One Day International will be played at 10:45am, Shaw Lane, Barnsley on Saturday July 17.
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