England Win Lincoln Decider

Natalie Sciver
Natalie Sciver was unbeaten on 65 as England wrapped up a series win
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England Women 232-5 (Taylor 93) beat
New Zealand Women 230-8 by five wickets
Fifth One-Day International, Lincoln

Half-centuries from Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver guided England Women to a five-wicket win over New Zealand Women in the decisive fifth One-Day International in Lincoln.

Taylor struck 93 and Sciver was unbeaten on 65 as England chased down a target of 231 in 45 overs to claim a 3-2 series win having gone 2-1 down.

They also claimed the Twenty20 International series 2-1 to complete a successful tour of New Zealand.

Batting first New Zealand struggled to get going and were 101 for five before Sophie Devine (58) and Katie Perkins (70 not out) added 75 for the sixth wicket.

Both players hit five boundaries and runs from the lower order helped New Zealand post a competitive total.

For England, Rebecca Grundy took three for 36, Kate Cross two for 42, Laura Marsh two for 32 and Sciver one for 14.

Heather Knight (0) and Danielle Wyatt (7) fell cheaply as England began their reply but Taylor held the innings together with support from Charlotte Edwards, who made 20, and Lydia Greenway, who made 23.

Taylor made 93 in 99 balls and Sciver 65 not out in 63 and although New Zealand almost got themselves back into it when Amy Satterthwaite and Rachel Priest ran Taylor out, England were not to be denied.

Katherine Brunt hit 19 not out to help Sciver seal victory with five overs to spare.

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