England Lay Down Marker With Comprehensive Win
England Women 86-2 (Edwards 40no) beat
New Zealand Women 83 (Brindle 3-11) by 8 wickets
Quadrangular Twenty20 International series, Chelmsford
England laid a marker down with a dominant eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in their opening game of the Women's Quadrangular Twenty20 International series in Chelmsford.
Arran Brindle marked her return to international cricket by taking three for 11 as New Zealand were bundled out for just 83 - a score which England passed in 13.1 overs.
Brindle, who earlier this year became the first woman to score a century in ECB Premier League cricket, dismissed Lucy Doolan (6), Rachel Priest (4) and Sian Ruck (6) to end New Zealand's innings, which was by then in complete disarray.
They lost captain Aimee Watkins for nought when she was bowled by Katherine Brunt and after off-spinner Laura Marsh stifled the run-rate, left-arm spinner Holly Colvin (3-17) moved in and tore through the middle order by taking the wickets of Suzie Bates (19), Amy Satterthwaite (14) and Sara McGlashan (6), Bates falling to an outstanding diving catch by Claire Taylor at backward square leg.
Fellow spinner Danielle Hazell returned two for 20 with the wickets of Nicola Browne and Kate Broadmore for 13 and five respectively.
Captain Charlotte Edwards then led by example with an unbeaten 40 in 36 balls, combining first with Marsh (24 in 20 balls) and Taylor (15 in 16 balls) to establish the winning platform.
She hit five fours and Lydia Greenway finished off the match with a couple of reverse sweeps for good measure, unbeaten on four.
England take on Australia on Saturday 25th June while New Zealand play India in their second game.
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