The international fixture is hugely anticipated as it is the only floodlit match of the whole series, providing a unique atmosphere for players and spectators alike.
At present, the White Ferns (New Zealand) are leading the NatWest Women’s Series 1-0 after securing a 21-run victory at Taunton in the first game. The second match, at Stratford-Upon-Avon, was called off due to bad weather, reducing the series to five matches.
England captain Charlotte Edwards commented: “We were really disappointed to lose the first NatWest Women’s ODI at Taunton because we threw it away at the end. We were always in with a chance, but we lost key wickets leaving us 21 runs short. However, we’ll definitely take some positives from the performance; namely Jenny Gunn who top scored with 73.
“It’s a real shame we didn’t get to play at Stratford-Upon-Avon because of the weather as we’ve got some great memories from there from 2005 when we beat the Australians in an ODI for the first time in 12 years. The rain just made the pitch unplayable and prevented a ball being bowled.
“We’re really excited at the prospect of a floodlit fixture at Derby. It provides a great atmosphere for the players and our supporters and if we get the weather, it’ll be a great night.
“New Zealand are a tough side to play against, and this is a must-win fixture for the girls. We’re intent on lifting the NatWest Women’s Series Trophy, so we need to play to the best of our ability in the remaining games and get the results.”
Ahead of the fixture, which starts at 2.30pm, a Chance to Shine Final will be held on the outfield at the county ground. The players involved will consist of four Midlands teams who have played in County Finals this season. The match will start at 10am.
Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and free for Under 16s. For tickets visit www.ecb.co.uk/womens .
NatWest Women’s Series 2007
Thurs August 23rd 3rd NatWest ODI v New Zealand (Floodlit) DERBY CCC
Sun August 26th 4th NatWest ODI v New Zealand BLACKPOOL CC
Mon August 27th 5th NatWest ODI v New Zealand BLACKPOOL CC
Thurs August 30 6th NatWest ODI v New Zealand SHENLEY
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