England And Australia Remain Unbeaten

England Continue Impressive Winning Run
England Continue Impressive Winning Run
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England Women 237-9 (C Taylor 67) beat
New Zealand Women 179 (Watkins 59) by 58 runs
Women's Quadrangular One-Day International series, Derby

England continued their impressive winning run with a 58-run victory over New Zealand in the Women's Quadrangular One-Day International series in Derby.

They will now play Australia in the final after their three-wicket win over India set up a repeat of the final of the Twenty20 Quadrangular series last month.

Claire Taylor top scored with 67 as England scored 237 for nine before New Zealand were dismissed for 179 with off-spinner Laura Marsh taking three for 50.

England managed to post a winning score despite losing openers Charlotte Edwards (1) and Heather Knight (0) with the score on one before Taylor led the revival.

She faced 98 balls and was well supported by Sarah Taylor (41 not out), Lydia Greenway (34) and Danielle Wyatt (30).

New Zealand made an even worse start to their run chase when they fell to 11 for four and they never recovered after Arran Brindle (2-16) and Katherine Brunt (1-28) used the new ball to good effect.

Suzie Bates attempted to play the same sort of role that Claire Taylor had in making 40 but England proved too good, taking wickets frequently and despite an innings of 59 in 67 balls from captain Aimee Mason, New Zealand fell well short and were bowled out in 45.4 overs.

Australia were pushed hard by India but had enough in reserve as they closed on 216 for seven with the winning runs coming from the final ball after India had been bowled out for 215.

Punam Raut continued her good form by hitting 60 to anchor India's innings while Mithali Raj hit 49 but they were kept in check as Sarah Coyte and Shelley Nitschke grabbed three wickets apiece.

Nitschke then hit 78 and Leah Poulton 34 before Australia almost let the match slip away but they were rescued by Coyte's unbeaten 17 at the death.

England and Australia will meet on 5th July in their final group game which is now a dead rubber ahead of the final at Wormsley on 7th July.

Similarly, India and New Zealand will play each other twice - firstly in the group and then in the third/fourth place play-off at Aston Rowant.

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