All-round Bates leads New Zealand to victory
New Zealand 211 for 6 (Bates 75*, Marsh 3-34) beat England 208 for 9 (SC Taylor 66, Greenway 40, Bates 3-27) by four wickets
Suzie Bates produced a superb all-round performance as New Zealand levelled the one-day series against England with a four-wicket victory at Taunton. Bates followed her three wickets with a calm, unbeaten 75 as she marshalled the chase and nursed her team across the line with 13 balls to spare.
Bates added 54 with Sara McGlashan (28) and 50 with Sophie Devine (23) after England's spinners threatened to haul them back into the match. Laura Marsh opened the bowling with her offspin and removed both openers, while Holly Colvin and Danielle Hazell also struck but couldn't break the back of New Zealand's batting.
Bates struck seven boundaries in her 107-ball innings and the required rate was always under control for the visitors. McGlashan provided timely impetus with a sprightly innings before being stumped off Hazell, but Devine and Nicole Browne offered Bates more solid support.
England struggled to build on a useful platform laid by Claire Taylor and Lydia Greenway as they took the score to 138 for 3 after 35 overs after the home side had wobbled early to 59 for 3 when Charlotte Edwards was lbw to Devine.
Greenway was run out for 40 and Taylor, after hitting six boundaries in her 87-ball stay, went the same way. The lower-order found it difficult to locate the boundary as Bates, the seventh bowler used by captain Aimee Watkins, took three wickets in the closing overs.
"We were 20 or 30 runs short with the bat, despite Claire Taylor and Lydia Greenway's good performance," Edwards said. "We bowled well, but missed too many run-outs, which cost us in the end. It's one apiece, so we will look towards the next game at Derby now."