Sophie Devine pummels Ireland with 21-ball fifty

Sophie Devine pummels Ireland with 21-ball fifty

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New Zealand women 81 for 2 (Devine 51) beat Ireland women 79 for 9 (Lewis 39, Kasperek 3-19, Tahuhu 2-17, Kerr 2-18) by eight wickets

Sophie Devine pummels Ireland with 21-ball fifty
Sophie Devine drives through the covers Getty Images

New Zealand put an end to their tournament with all the verve that was expected of them at the start, brushing Ireland aside by eight wickets and more than 12 overs to spare. Allrounder Sophie Devine followed up figures of 3-1-4-1 with a 21-ball fifty – the joint-fastest with Alyssa Healy this tournament – to lead the rout in Group B’s last fixture. The spin trio of Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, and Jess Watkin played a significant part again, taking six wickets in the 12 overs they bowled.

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