NEW ZEALAND inflicted a double blow on England’s cricket prestige when their women’s team cruised to a massive 123-run victory at Lincoln University, a ground just outside Christchurch where Paul Collingwood’s team lost their one-day series this weekend.
The Lincoln game was the first of five one-dayers, and New Zealand’s total of 261-9 was always going to be too many, despite an undefeated 70 for England by their captain Charlotte Edwards. Beth McNeill shone with the ball for New Zealand by taking six for 32 in her 10 overs, comfortably bettering Isa Guha's earlier figures of three for 47 for England.
It had been an eventful international cricket weekend in Christchurch, with the news that Jesse Ryder had been seriously injured attempting to break into a locked toilet area at the Stock Exchange bar during an all-night celebration of the New Zealand men’s series success against England. The hand operation he needed today could affect his batting career.