A victory against England on Wednesday will give it a great chance of qualifying for the final
Having opted to bat first, New Zealand Women scrambled to 101 for seven from its 20 overs, with Rachel Priest top-scoring with 26. In reply, an opening partnership worth 44 between Stefanie Taylor (24) and Juliana Nero (20) had New Zealand women in good shape, but a collapse ensued and by the end of the innings the home side had been reduced to 92 for eight.
Erin Bermingham made the initial breakthrough when she dismissed Nero off the first ball of the tenth over. New Zealand women continued to take regular wickets from that point forward, with Ruck, Candy and Bermingham all taking two wickets apiece. Nicola Browne was the most economical of the bowlers and finished with figures of 12 for one from four overs.
Earlier, skipper Suzie Bates (10) and Sophie Devine(13) had put on 19 for the first wicket, before Bates was trapped lbw at the start of the fourth over. At 50 for four after 11.3 overs the visitors needed someone to anchor the rest of the innings. New batsman Rachel Priest took on the role and made a crucial 26, while Maddy Green also chipped in with a helpful cameo of 16.
New Zealand women will now play England on Wednesday (NZ time) and will give itself a great chance of qualifying for the final with a victory.