Sunday 10 February 2008 

Edwards And Taylor Bat England Into 2-1 Series Lead

Australia Women 177 (Rolton 65, Nitschke 54, Marsh 3-18, Shaw 3-37)
England Women 178-3 (Edwards 70no, C Taylor 56, Perry 2-24)
England won by seven wickets and lead the series 2-1

England Women put themselves in an unbeatable position by winning the fourth One Day International against Australia in Sydney by seven wickets, taking a 2-1 series lead with one match to play.

Half-centuries from Claire Taylor and captain Charlotte Edwards ensured they made light work of a victory target of 178, reaching the score with four overs remaining.

Taylor hit 56 from 116 balls before being run out while Edwards was unbeaten on 70 at the close.

Openers Sarah Taylor (20) and Beth Morgan (10) were both trapped in front by Ellyse Perry who finished with figures of two for 24 from eight overs.

Nicola Shaw had earlier been one of England's stars with the ball, taking three for 37 in her ten overs as Australia were bowled out in the final over.

Only captain Karen Rolton, with 65, and Shelley Nitschke, with 54 had any answers against a disciplined bowling effort as they put on 104 for the second wicket.

Once they were dismissed, the Australians collapsed from 112 for 1 to 177 all out with the next best score 17.

Laura Marsh also returned outstanding figures of three for 18, picking up three late wickets while Holly Colvin was the only other wicket taker, with two for 27.

A delighted Edwards said after the game:

“Our comeback in the field from 112-2 to 177 all out was a turning point for me. It showed our determination and put us in the driving seat going into our innings.

“It’s key on these wickets that you have to build partnerships and myself and Tails (Claire Taylor) did just that.

“Personally it’s been a fairytale game for me. To score 70 not out and hit the winning runs to beat Australia in Australia on my 100th ODI is fantastic! It’s my best game of cricket and I’ve waited 100 one-day internationals for it and it’s definitely worth it!”

Claire Taylor added: “Batting today on a pitch that was two-paced was hard work, but to have that partnership with Lottie was great. We were determined to put the team into a winning position by being patient. On pitches like that, it’s not about pretty cricket!

“It was good to get a few runs under my belt and I’m really looking forward to coming back out here tomorrow for the final ODI of the series.”

The result means England move into a 2-1 lead with the final game taking place in Sydney tomorrow.

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