Record-Breaking Taylor Makes It Easy For England

Record-Breaking Taylor Makes It Easy For England
Record-Breaking Taylor Makes It Easy For England
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England Women 222-4 (Taylor 109no) beat
New Zealand Women 220 (Satterthwaite 58) by six wickets
Third One-Day International, Lincoln

England Women stretched their unbeaten run to 14 matches and Sarah Taylor celebrated becoming the youngest woman to reach 2,000 One-Day International runs with a century as England won the third and final game against New Zealand by six wickets in Lincoln.

The comprehensive win also handed them a 3-0 clean sweep as they chased down a target of 221 with six overs and two balls to spare.

Taylor, who reaced her 2000-run milestone in the second ODI, cracked a fine unbeaten 109 in 113 balls, adding 201 for the third wicket with Lydia Greenway, who made 84 in 113 deliveries, to help England overcome a shaky start.

Charlotte Edwards (9) and Tamsin Beaumont (2) were both trapped in front by Rachel Candy but New Zealand toiled for another 35 overs before taking another wicket.

Morna Nielsen had Greenway stumped and Kate Broadmore then had Jenny Gunn caught behind for one before Arran Brindle, unbeaten on one, helped Taylor complete the job in the 43rd over.

Earlier, half-centuries from Amy Satterthwaite (58) and Katie Perkins (51) had given New Zealand some hope of salvaging something from the tour.

However, three wickets apiece from spinners Danielle Wyatt (3-36) and Laura Marsh (3-28) kept England's target to a manegaable one.

Brindle also weighed in with a brace of wickets as Anya Shrubsole and Gunn took one apiece.

"It was a fantastic team performance today," Taylor said. "The bowlers bowled well to restrict New Zealand and I was delighted to contribute and get a big score.
"Lydia batted really well. It was great share a partnership with her on such a fantastic wicket. Once we got in we just looked accumulate and build the runs. We knew that if we just batted the runs would come. I think that was one of my best innings.

"The whole team have performed throughout the tour and to go unbeaten in both series is a fantastic achievement."

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