England Women 87-2 (Taylor 43no) beat
NZ Emerging Players 86-6 (Marsh 2-11) by 8 wickets
Twenty20 game, Lincoln
England Women continued their impressive start on tour in New Zealand by crushing a New Zealand Emerging Players side by eight wickets in a Twenty20 game in Lincoln.
Their bowlers restricted the home side to a meagre 86 for six and their victory target was reached inside 13 overs as Sarah Taylor made an unbeaten 43 in 24 balls.
She hit seven boundaries and put on an unbroken stand of 53 in 41 deliveries with Lydia Greenway, who was unbeaten on 14.
"It was another solid team performance out there today, everyone switched into the Twenty20 format well," Taylor said after the match.
"The bowlers bowled well and there was a good energy in the field which set things up well for us. Personally I was really pleased to score runs and enjoyed batting with Lydia."
The emerging players had little response to England's disciplined bowling effort, scoring just two boundaries during their innings.
Arran Brindle, Laura Marsh and Danielle Hazell all took two wickets and despite the inclusion of the experienced Kate Broadmore in the New Zealand team, they were unable to get close to triple figures.
England then lose openers Tamsin Beaumont (15) and Marsh (9) to Georgia Guy before Taylor and Greenway combined to hurry England to victory.
They also triumphed by 181 runs when the two sides met in a 50-over game and they play the emerging players again in a Twenty20 on 14th February.
"We’ll be looking to take this momentum into tomorrow’s final warm-up game before we head up to Wellington for the first game of the series on Friday," Taylor added.
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