Pity the poor Irish women’s team. A disappointed White Ferns today hit their straps against a team full of minnows.
From Lea Tahuhu’s opening over to Amy Satterthwaite’s winning boundary, the White Ferns controlled the game from start to finish.
Leigh Kasperek took three wickets for a measly 19 runs off her four overs , Amelia Kerr and Tahuhu chipped in with two each to strangle Ireland’s attempt to set a total on another low, slow Guyana pitch.
Set only 80 to win, the White Ferns lost just two wickets to win easily in the eighth over. All-rounder Sophie Devine blasted a tournament record-equalling 51 off just 21 balls, having earlier taken one wicket for just four runs off her three overs. Former captain Suzie Bates became the first woman to score 3000 runs T20 internationals.
Top order batter Bernadine Bezuidenhout rings in from Guyana to talk team spirit and the road ahead for the White Ferns.
Special guests Samuel Scott from The Phoenix Foundation and musician Nick Buckton from Voom joined Zoe George and Justin Gregory to analyse the game, talk top tips for surviving life on tour, and discuss the issues around promotion and payment in the women’s game.