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ENGLAND cruised to a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand in Wellington today to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match T20 series.
Sent in to bat, New Zealand were dismissed for 96 off 19.4 overs, with the tourists achieving victory at 99 for three with four overs to spare.
England wasted no time in drawing first blood as Nat Sciver had New Zealand captain Sophie Devine caught for just two.
Sciver picked up her second almost immediately when Amy Satterthwaite was caught by Freya Davies for two.
Hayley Jensen and Amelia Kerr began to build some momentum, but both were dismissed in quick succession to leave the hosts floundering.
Four England bowlers each claimed two wickets a piece to restrict New Zealand to a modest total.
Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt shared an opening stand of 59 for England before Wyatt fell to Leigh Kasperek.
It proved enough for the visitors to easily chase down the target off 16 overs, despite captain Heather Knight being run out for a duck.
The second match is scheduled for Friday.
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