London: Rookie Suzie Bates excelled with both bat and ball as New Zealand beat England by 21 runs in the first of their six-match one-day series at Taunton .
Bates hit 82 out of a total of 225 for 7 and then took 3 for 20 with her military medium pace and as though this was not enough held three catches including the return catch she held to dismiss set batswomen Jenny Gunn (73) as England were bowled out for 204 in reply.
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Having won Thursday's Twenty20 game at the same ground after losing the first two ties at Bath, New Zealand opted to bat after winning the toss and England paid a price for two dropped catches as they were set a daunting target.
Bates struck seven boundaries in her innings mixed with caution and aggression to a good measure before conceding her wicket to Charlotte Russell, but the White Frens finished their innings strongly despite left-arm spinner Holly Colvin's fine spell put a check on NZ scoring rate. Colvin claimed 3 for 36 in her 10 overs.
England lost the Taylors - Sarah and Claire - early in reply, although the latter was unlucky when she was run out backing up as Gunn's straight drive was deflected onto the stumps.
The hosts were in with a chance while Gunn and Atkins were together, but after adding 61 for the fourth wicket, the former chipped back to Bates who took a low chance.
Atkins was run out attempting a third run as the pressure increased and the game ended with seven balls remaining as England skipper Nicki Shaw hit a ball from Sraha Tsukigawa straight to Bates, who was positioned at mid-on.
New Zealand skipper Haidee Tiffen afterwards admitted she feared her side's total would prove 30 runs short at the half-way point.
"They had a few partnerships strung together and we needed to bowl tightly and field well. It was good finishing the job by taking all those wickets at the end," she said.
New Zealand eves 225 for 7 in 50 o0vers (Suzie Bates 82, McGlashan 34, Nicola Browne 28, Haidee Tiffin 23; Holly Colvin 3 for 36, Gunn 2 for 40, Shaw 1 for 27) beat England eves 204 all out in 48.5 overs (Gunn 73, Caroline Atkins 32; Bates 3 for 20, Tsukigawa 2 for 33) by 21 runs.
ThatsCricket (with inputs from Agencies)