Edwards Anchors Successful England Run Chase
England 111-5 (Edwards 42) beat
New Zealand 109-6 (Bates 48) by 5 wickets
Women’s T20 International tri-series, Bridgetown
Charlotte Edwards anchored England Women’s potentially tricky run chase of 110 as they subjected New Zealand Women to a second successive defeat in the tri-series in Barbados.
The England bowlers were mostly disciplined and restricted New Zealand well with the ball, with Holly Colvin and Natalie Sciver taking two wickets apiece.
Edwards, through, was forced to play an almost lone hand at the start of the run chase as a succession of her partners failed to reach double figures. Lauren Winfield (7), Sarah Taylor (6), Lydia Greenway (9) and Natalie Sciver (3) all failed to provide long-lasting support and it wasn’t until Tammy Beaumont walked out at number six that victory began to look assured.
She and Edwards added 41 for the fifth wicket, with the England captain finally departing for 42 with the score on 97. Beaumont saw her side through and ended on 29 off 23 balls to be awarded the player of the match award.
The New Zealand bowlers were all relatively tidy, with Erin Bermingham and Nicola Brown the picks of them with figures of two for 23 and two for 18 respectively.
England’s bowlers had earlier all been relatively effective, with New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates the only White Ferns batter to really get going. She made 48 off 51 balls and added 53 with Amy Satterthwaite (12) for the second-wicket, but New Zealand didn’t really press on as they would have liked in the latter part of their innings.
Bates fell to the first ball of the 16th over, with the final 29 balls yielding only 23 runs. Besides Colvin and Sciver, Tash Farrant (0-12), Danielle Hazell (0-27) and Jenny Gunn (1-18) all bowled well.
England are in action again tomorrow when they play hosts West Indies in the third group match of six ahead of the final on 26th October.
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