Edwards, Taylor Level ODI Series For England
England Women 169-1 (Taylor 89no) beat
New Zealand Women 168 by nine wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Lincoln
Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor guided England Women to a series-levelling nine-wicket win over New Zealand Women in the fourth One-Day International after Kate Cross had earlier taken five wickets in Lincoln.
Cross returned five for 24 as New Zealand were bowled out for 168 in 50 overs with Rebecca Grundy also taking three for 36.
Edwards (64 not out) and Taylor (89 not out) then scored unbeaten half-centuries during an unbroken stand worth 158 for the second wicket.
England closed out victory in just 32.1 overs.
Cross struck early to remove openers Suzie Bates (7) and Rachel Priest (6) to leave New Zealand in early trouble and she also dismissed Sophie Devine for 22, Katie Perkins for three and Erin Bermingham for four.
Spinner Grundy broke the 54-run partnership between Amy Satterthwaite (27) and Kate Broadmore (24), dismissing both players as well as Amy Peterson for one.
Heather Knight (1-44) also took a wicket and Lea Tahuhu was run out for 26.
Like New Zealand, England also lost a wicket early when Knight was caught by Priest off Tahuhu for five, but Taylor and Edwards came together and there were no further breakthroughs for the home side.
Edwards struck nine fours with Taylor adding 11 fours during her innings as the pair set up a decider on 28th February.
© Cricket World 2015