Sophie Devine’s all-round brilliance leaves England empty-handed

The Commonwealth Games 2022 bronze medal bout turned out to be a damp squib, with New Zealand crushing England, the hosts and the favourites, by 8 wickets. White Ferns captain Sophie Devine led from the front with a dazzling all-round performance (2-11 & 51*) to set up the podium finish, having restricted England to an exigent 110/9. She raised a 39-ball half-century and fittingly hit the glory runs next ball to complete the smooth-sailing win.

Brief scores: England 110/9 in 20 overs (Nat Sciver 27, Amy Jones 26; Hayley Jensen 3-24, Sophie Devine 2-11) lost to New Zealand 111/2 in11.5 overs (Sophie Devine 51*, Amelia Kerr 21*; Nat Sciver 1-8) by 8 wickets