|New Zealand 178 (45.1 overs): Jensen 53 (58), Farrant 2-31, Ecclestone 2-36|
|England 181-2 (33.4 overs): Beaumont 72 (86), Knight 67 (69), Jensen 1-18|
|England won by eight wickets|
England registered a comfortable eight-wicket win over New Zealand in their their first one-day international match in more than a year.
Tammy Beaumont made 72 and captain Heather Knight an unbeaten 67 as they anchored England’s chase.
The tourists secured victory at Hagley Oval with 98 balls remaining.
The second game of the two-match series takes place on Thursday at Dunedin (22:00 GMT).
“England were clinical,” England’s World Cup winning spinner Alex Hartley told BT Sport.
“Every single bowler has gone out there and done their job.”
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