Katherine Brunt stars in England’s T20 series whitewash in New Zealand

England wrapped up a 3-0 clean sweep in their T20 series against New Zealand with a 32-run victory in Wellington on Sunday. Nat Sciver, captaining the team in place of the injured Heather Knight, took the winning wicket as England bowled out the hosts for just 96.

The visitors comfortably defended their total of 128 for nine to complete a whitewash, following their 2-1 win in the ODI series. The England wicketkeeper Amy Jones effected three stumpings in a superb display, while opening bowler Katherine Brunt was named player of the match after taking two for 19 and wrecking the home side’s top order.

The tourists struggled with the bat, scoring steadily if unspectacularly in an innings devoid of major partnerships and scores. The No 6 Fran Wilson top-scored with 31 not out off 23 balls, having come to the crease at a precarious 70 for four in the 12th over.

Sophia Dunkley was the only other tourist to pass 20, making 26 off 29, as the New Zealand medium pacer Sophie Devine claimed three for 31. But England’s bowlers produced a fine display, kickstarted by Brunt removing openers Devine and Hayley Jenson – both lbw for ducks – in the first over.

Amy Satterthwaite and Amelia Kerr steadied the ship by adding 37 for the third wicket, before both were stumped by Jones – Satterthwaite off the leg-spinner Sarah Glenn for 25 and Kerr off the left-arm spinner Sophie Eccleston having made 18. That left New Zealand 45 for four and England pressed their advantage home with five more wickets for just 18 runs.

The England off-spinner Mady Villiers claimed three wickets, including Kate Ebrahim and Leigh Kasperek off successive balls, the latter becoming Jones’s third stumping. Ecclestone bowled Kerr to leave the hosts 63 for nine, but the last-wicket pair of Maddy Green (20) and Rosemary Mair (13) provided some resistance before Sciver dismissed the former to wrap up the tour.