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An impressive performance by England, with the bat, the ball and in the field to win the tri-series by seven wickets.

Winning the toss, White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates elected to bat first at Chelmsford on a pitch that seemed to have a lot in it for the batters.

Bates (31 off 27) and fellow opener Sophie Devine (31 off 18) capitalised on what the pitch had to offer, taking the English bowlers for 54 runs in the first 5 overs. However, once the wicket of Devine fell, New Zealand suffered yet another collapse, similar to those in their previous matches of the series. Unable to take full advantage of the solid foundation laid down by their openers, the White Ferns were restricted to 137-9, with no other batters passing the 20 run mark.

Some exceptional bowling from Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone and Danielle Hazell, who all took two wickets each, helped to suffocate the batters later in the innings, ensuring their batters did not have to chase down the big total that New Zealand was on their way of getting.

Chasing, Danni Wyatt (50 off 35) and Tammy Beaumont (35 off 33) got England off to a strong start with their 81 run opening stand. Bates struck with the dismissal of Wyatt first. Two overs later, Amelia Kerr took the wickets of Beaumont and Sarah Taylor (12 off 10) off consecutive deliveries.

However, Heather Knight (17* off 11) and Natalie Sciver (21* off 14) simply picked up from where they teammates left off, scoring 15 runs off the very next over. The two then guided England to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the 18th over with 17 balls to spare.

Sophie Ecclestone was declared the Player of the Series for her 10 wickets in 5 games.