Gunn was the most successful English bowler, taking 5-18 from her allotted four overs, but Sciver broke the backbone of her opponents’ batting, grabbing 4-21 from four overs including a hat-trick, as the New Zealanders were bowled out for 106 off the final ball of the innings, replying to the opposition’s 125 for eight in the fifth match of the tournament at Kensington Oval.
The result meant that England Women earned four points, moving to eight points, the same number as West Indies Women, but statistically second due to an inferior net run rate. New Zealand Women are third with four points with no chance of reaching the Grand Final.
West Indies Women and England Women will now meet in the final preliminary match on Thursday at the same venue, where they are now destined to meet in the Grand Final on Saturday.
New Zealand captain Suzie Bates led all scorers in the match with 46 and Sophie Devine made 25 to put the White Ferns on course for victory on 74 for one when they chased.
But a string of wickets crippled the New Zealanders’ pursuit, as they lost eight for 32 in 39 deliveries to end their hopes of making the Grand Final.
When Bates caught at long-off from the bowling of Gunn in the 18th over, the batting inexplicably collapsed, as Sciver removed Maddy Green for nine, as well as Erin Bermingham and Frances Mackay for ducks with the last three deliveries in her final over, the penultimate of the innings, to become the fourth woman to take a hat-trick in Women’s Twenty20 Internationals.
Gunn, leading the England side in the absence of the injured Charlotte Edwards, flattered, when she completed the demolition with another three wickets in the final over, finished with five scalps in a Women’s T20I for the second time.
Earlier, Danielle Wyatt gathered 37 and Sciver got 23 to lead England Women’s batting, after they chose to bat on an overcast evening in the Barbados capital.
The English had reached 44 for one after seven overs, when there was a brief stoppage for rain lasting just six minutes.
England Women pushed and nudged their way to a competitive total, as Sian Ruck and Morna Nielsen collected two wickets apiece down the stretch to keep them from running away with it.
ENGLAND WOMEN (20 overs maximum)
L. Winfield c wkpr Priest b Browne 11
D. Wyatt c wkpr Priest b Ruck 37
+S. Taylor c wkpr Priest b Candy 13
L. Greenway lbw b Bermingham 1
T. Beaumont run out (Green) 11
N. Sciver b Nielsen 23
*J. Gunn b Nielsen 2
D. Hazell not out 3
A. Jones c wkpr Priest b Ruck 1
H. Colvin not out 16
Extras (lb2, w5) 7
TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs) 125
N. Farrant did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Winfield, 2.1 overs); 2-44 (Taylor, 7.2); 3-47 (Greenway, 8.5); 4-72 (Beaumont, 12.4); 5-101 (Wyatt, 16.5); 6-104 (Gunn, 17.3); 7-106 (Sciver, 17.5); 8-107 (Jones, 18.1)
Bowling: Browne 4-1-13-1 (w2); Bermingham 4-0-31-1; Ruck 4-0-27-2 (w1); Candy 4-1-28-1 (w1); Nielsen 4-0-24-2 (w1)
NEW ZEALAND WOMEN (target: 126 off 20 overs)
*S. Bates c Winfield b Gunn 46
A. Satterthwaite c Greenway b Gunn 16
S. Devine c and b Sciver 25
+R. Priest st Taylor b Farrant 1
M. Green c Colvin b Sciver 9
N. Browne c Sciver b Gunn 4
E. Bermingham b Sciver 0
F. Mackay lbw b Sciver 0
M. Nielsen b Gunn 0
R. Candy not out 1
S. Ruck st Taylor b Gunn 1
Extras (lb1, w2) 3
TOTAL (all out, 20 overs) 106
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Satterthwaite, 5.2 overs); 2-74 (Devine, 13.4); 3-79 (Priest, 14.5); 4-97 (Bates, 17.3); 5-102 (Green, 18.4); 6-102 (Bermingham, 18.5); 7-102 (Mackay, 18.6); 8-104 (Browne, 19.2); 9-104 (Nielsen, 19.3)
Bowling: Farrant 4-0-18-1 (w1); Hazell 4-0-26-0; Gunn 4-0-18-5; Colvin 3-0-12-0; Wyatt 1-0-10-0; Sciver 4-0-21-4 (w1)
Result: England Women won by 19 runs
Points: England Women 4, New Zealand Women 0
Toss: England Women
Player-of-the-Match: N. Sciver (England Women)
Umpires: P. Nero, J. Wilson
TV umpire: G. Brathwaite
Match manager: C. Carter
Reserve umpire: J. Blades
(After fifth match)
Note: Net run rate in brackets
1. West Indies Women 8 points (+0.417)
2. England Women 8 (+0.252)
3. New Zealand Women 4 (–0.506)