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New Zealand women save whitewash against England

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Riding on Sophie Devine’s unbeaten century, Suzie Bates-led New Zealand women’s cricket team won the third and last One Day International (ODI) match against England and in the process denied English side a 3-0 series clean sweep.

Home openers Amy Jones and Tammy Beaumont shared a century stand as England threatened a huge total.

But Beaumont’s exit for 53 sparked a collapse and the world champions lost all their wickets for 219, with White Ferns spinner Leigh Kasperek taking five for 39.

Devine was in excellent touch as she led New Zealand’s reply, facing 117 balls and ending the match with a six off England quick Katherine Brunt as the visitors won with more than five overs to spare.

-With AFP inputs.