Taylor Made Double Sees England Home In Lincoln
New Zealand Women 199 (Tsukigawa 37, Brunt 2-18, Gunn 2-27)
200-4 (S Taylor 85no, C Taylor 70)
England Women won by six wickets and lead the series 2-1
Half-centuries from Taylors Sarah and Claire helped England Women complete a six-wicket win over New Zealand Women in the third One Day International in Lincoln.
After bowling New Zealand out for 199 in 49 overs, England successfully reached 200 for the loss of four wickets in the 49th over to take a 2-1 series lead.
Opener Sarah Taylor scored an unbeaten 85 before namesake Claire followed up her unbeaten century in the second game with 70.
Their innings held England together as Beth Morgan (eight), Charlotte Edwards (nought) and Lydia Greenway (four) fell for low scores as New Zealand fought hard to get back in the game.
Sarah Tsukigawa was the pick of the bowlers, claiming the wickets of Edwards and Greenway for just 29 runs in her ten overs.
Jenny Gunn provided enough support for Sarah Taylor at the end, remaining not out on 12 after the two Taylors had put on 145 for the second wicket.
Earlier in the day wickets were shared amongst the England bowlers with Katherine Brunt, Gunn, and Edwards taking two wickets apiece while there was one for Isa Guha, Stephanie Davies and Laura Marsh.
No White Ferns player could make a meaningful score; amongst those who got starts were Tsukigawa (37), Ingrid Cronin-Knight (36 on debut) and Amy Satterthwaite (25) as England pegged them back.
At one point, they were 27 for three after Brunt and Guha had yet again made early inroads with the ball before a recovery of sorts was effected.
However, the only partnership of note was 65 between Satterthwaite and Tsukigawa, which paled in comparison with the effort of the Taylors later on as England sealed the win with just under two overs to spare in what was still a close game despite the relatively low score.
The fourth match takes place on March 2nd.
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