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Hosts Kiwis crush Englands hopes

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Christchurch: Hosts New Zealand reasserted their intentions as strong contenders for the title when they quelled the aspirations of England with an 93-run victory in a league match of the Women's World Cup 2000 at the BIL Oval on Thursday.The defeat more or less sent England's hope of making it to the last four up in smoke. England captain Clare Connor won toss and elected to field. New Zealand rode on the splendid effort of opener Rebecca Rolls to score a challenging 238 for eight in 50 overs.Rebecca, who scored at the rate of more than a run a ball, was associated in two useful partnerships in the top of the innings to put New Zealand in command. Rebecca and Anna O'Leary added 45 runs for the first wicket. Rebecca and skipper Emily Drumm then added 62 runs for the second wicket. Rebecca's quick fire 65 runs came off 58 balls with eight hits to the fence. Emily made 53 from 70 balls with five fours, while Haidee Tiffen and Kathryn Ramel contributed useful knocks of 28 and 26 runs respectively.But for a 27-run first wicket partnership off seven overs between Kathryn Leng and Arran Thompson, the England innings never got going. England lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 145 runs off 47.3 overs.While medium pacer Katrina Keenan returned with a superb spell of eight overs, one maiden, 16 runs and three wickets, Haidee Tiffen, Kathryn Ramel and Helen Watson claimed two wickets apiece.

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