England had enjoyed a comfortable start to their tour of New Zealand, taking the first two games in the series at a canter.
The third ODI in Dunedin which was played without fans due to new lockdown restrictions proved to be a more difficult evening for the England women as New Zealand did what all good teams do, they adapted.
Having won the toss, England captain Heather Knight decided to bat having chased the previous two games. The theory being that the ball may move more later in the day and the England batters would get more time in the middle.
Unfortunately for England, they came up against a suffocating New Zealand bowling attack who bowled the perfect line and length to shackle the England attack.
Despite a fine partnership between opener Tammy Beaumont (88*) and #3 Heather Knight (60), England were unable to push the tempo as Frances Mackay, Jess Kerr, Hannah Rowe, Amelia Kerr and Sophie Devine suffocated the England top-order with fine bowling and some imaginative field placings.
When Heather Knight fell LBW to the impressive Kerr, England were unable to establish another partnership. Losing Knight, Nat Sciver, Amy Jones and Fran Wilson within 10 overs derailed an England batting lineup who had coasted through the first two games. The tail was unable to add meaningful runs and a pedestrian total of 220 was set.
England without their best bowler in Katherine Brunt who was rested with the series won were unable to build pressure on the New Zealand top-order despite getting the two early wickets of Natalie dodd and Hayley Jensen.
When Sophie Devine fell to Kate Cross in the 17th over, it would prove to be the final wicket England could muster as the veteran Amy Satterthwaite took over, hitting 10 boundaries and 2 maximums on her way to a superb century that left England with a question they couldn't answer.
With no Brunt to turn to and no Tash Farrant, England searched for a way to get Satterhwaite and Amelia Kerr (72*), turning instead to the spin twins of Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn. When neither could dislodge the pair, you knew that New Zealand would coast to victory and redeem themselves for some under-par performances.
England will take confidence from the way they played in the first two ODI's and with the series won we now move onto the next stage of the tour, with the first T20 set to take place on Wednesday at Sky Stadium in Wellington.