Brilliant Edwards Century Hands England Series Win

Brilliant Edwards Century Hands England Series Win
Brilliant Edwards Century Hands England Series Win
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England Women 219-6 (Edwards 137no) beat
New Zealand Women 164 (Satterthwaite 69) by 59 runs
Second One-Day International, Lincoln

A virtuoso performance from captain Charlotte Edwards blasted England Women to victory over New Zealand Women in the second One-Day International in Lincoln.

In a match reduced to 26 overs per side due to rain, Edwards smashed an unbeaten 137 in 88 balls to hand her side a 55-run win to put them into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Dominating England's scoring, Edwards hit 20 boundaries during her sixth ODI century and although New Zealand took wickets, hers proved beyond them.

Sarah Taylor (39 in 27 balls) combined with Edwards to add 98 for the second wicket after Laura Marsh (15) was caught by Sara McGlashan off Rachel Candy but no other player could reach double figures.

Candy struck again to dismiss Danielle Wyatt for nine and Lydia Greenway was caught and bowled by Suzie Bates for the same score.

Kate Broadmore also grabbed a brace of wickets as she removed Jenny Gunn (0) and Arran Brindle (1) late in England's innings.

Edwards's supreme effort had, however, set New Zealand a stiff target and despite a bold effort, led by Amy Satterthwaite's 69 in 56 balls, they fell well short.

A career-best haul of three for 28 from Anya Shrubsole as well as two for 36 from Marsh helped England's bowlers keep on top of New Zealand.

Katey Martin (22) and Lucy Doolan (23) gave them a fast start, Satterthwaite gave England some worrying moments in the middle order but aside from innings of 14 from Anna Peterson and 13 from Katie Perkins, the White Ferns were unable to match England.

Brindle, Danielle Hazell and Gunn also picked up a wicket apiece.

The third and final match - also in Lincoln - is on Monday (5th March).

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