Thatscricket - Women's - News - Pulford, Tiffen help White Ferns lift title
Published: Monday, July 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Durham: World champion New Zealand (White Ferns) on Saturday snuffed away any thoughts the England team may have entertained of a series win by bundling it out for 98, chasing a modest target of 162 in the final of the ODI triangular series at the Riverside (Durham County Club). [an error occurred while processing this directive]England had done well to restrict New Zealand to a modest 161, thanks to some excellent seam bowling from new sensation Isha Guha (3 for 28), old warhorse Clare Taylor (2 for 26) and able support from off spinner Laura Harper (1 for 25). However the White Ferns with its disciplined bowling effort and tremendous fielding skills choked the English batsmen into submission. Incidentally the last time England has beaten New Zealand is way back in 1993 (the World Cup final) when it boasted players like Janett Britain, Joe Chamberline, Carol Hodges and Helen Plimmer. Favourites White Ferns got off to a dreaded start after being asked to take first strike by the England skipper Clare Connor, losing both its openers for no score on the board. Seventeen-year old Isha Guha and Laura Spragg accounting for them in their very first overs. Consistent Emily Drumm too fell to Guha to have New Zealand in a spot of bother at 21 for three.However, Kate Pulford stuck it out for the Whit Ferns with a measured innings of 55 and with able support from Haidee Tiffen (17), Fiona Fraser (14), Amiee Mason (20) and McGlashan (19) - all of whom chipped in with their mite, New Zealand put up a competitive target.At one stage it looked like New Zealand would only reach 140-145, however Amiee Mason wielded her bat and struck a few telling blows to up the ante for her team. She and McGlashan amassed 32 runs in three overs during the slog to take New Zealand past the 150 mark. New Zealand was bowled out in the 49th over.In reply, England never got going, except for a brief period in the beginning. Once England lost its skipper and opener Clare Connor at the score of 19 bowled by Rachel Pullar, it never got back on rail. It soon lost its most prolific scorer Charlotte Edwards (lbw to Tiffen) to have the scoreboard reading 27 for 2.Arran Thompson, who scored a lot of runs in India, was a non-starter to this tournament. A lot rested on her young shoulders but it was not to be as she was adjudged lbw to King to have England in further trouble at 39 for three. By this time the runs were drying out and the asking rate creeping up.Seasoned campaigner Claire Taylor was the only one battling it out in the middle for England but once she fell to a Tiffen Classic (run out) Englands hopes were shattered. After that it was a matter of time before the rest folded in to the surmounting pressure. Claire Taylor was the only English batsman to register a decent score. She made 32 while Connor and Godliman touched 10, the rest failed to cross double figures. For New Zealand Mason was the most successful, picking up three for 20 while Pullar and Tiffen chipped in with two apiece.
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