England Women claim thrilling T20 win

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England have clinched the T20 series against New Zealand in dramatic fashion after sealing victory off the penultimate ball of the third and final match at Taunton.

Sophia Dunkley struck a four with one delivery remaining to complete a four-wicket win and earn the home side a 2-1 win in their final T20 series of the summer.

Captain Heather Knight, on her return to the side from a hamstring injury, capped her 200th appearance for the national side in all formats by top-scoring with 42 as England reached 6-145, chasing down New Zealand's 4-144.

New Zealand made a number of fielding errors, conceding several boundaries as England edged closer to the total.

Danni Wyatt was critical to England's cause, striking 35 from 23 balls, including six fours and the only six of the match.

With England needing 15 from 11, Knight found the leg-side boundary to edge her side closer, but with just eight needed to clinch the series she picked out cover as New Zealand continued to battle to the end.

England required seven off the final over and when Maia Bouchier was bowled off the first ball and Amy Satterthwaite limited the hosts to just three runs off her first four deliveries, it looked like New Zealand might snatch the honours.

But Dunkley managed to power Satterthwaite through midwicket for the match - and series - winning boundary.

Knight insisted she always thought England were in control.

"I thought it was a brilliant game of cricket," said Knight. "I thought New Zealand came at us really hard and obviously for us to cope with the pressure of that chase, I thought it was brilliant.

"I always felt like we were in control, probably got a little bit tighter towards the end than we wanted it to, but it was great for Sophia Dunkley to deal with that pressure and see the side home in that last over."

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