England Women Make It Three Out Of Three

England Women Make It Three Out Of Three
England Women Make It Three Out Of Three
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England Women 140-8 (Greenway 46) beat
NZ Emerging Players 86-5 (Gunn 2-23) by 54 runs
Twenty20 game, Lincoln

England Women completed a perfect record in their programme of warm-up matches for their limited overs series in New Zealand by beating an emerging players side by 54 runs in the second of two Twenty20 games in Lincoln.

Lydia Greenway top scored with 46 as England posted 140 for eight and their bowlers were once again in impressive form to restrict their opponents to just 86 for five.

Although Greenway batted fluently as she made 46 in 40 balls, five other players were dismissed for scores between 12 and 17 as Maneka Singh dismissed openers Charlotte Edwards (13) and Laura Marsh (17) to return figures of two for nought and Lauren Down also picked up two wickets.

Danielle Wyatt (4), Tamsin Beaumont (13) and Beth Morgan (1) were all run out as England chased quick runs towards the end of their innings.

It was a different story when the New Zealand team came to bat as they again found England's fielding unit hard to deal with.

Jenny Gunn (2-23) struck twice early and two runs outs undermined the run chase despite Anna Peterson's valiant 41 in 43 deliveries.

The home side could find the boundary only three times during their innings and Wyatt was the other England bowler to take a wicket.

England will be expecting a far sterner test when they take on New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 International in Wellington on 17th February.

"It was another solid performance from us today, we got the runs on the board, stayed disciplined with the ball and took our opportunities in the field," Greenway said.

"With us coming out here from our off season it’s been really good to get out in the middle and get use to the conditions. It was really satisfying to get some runs under my belt today before we head into the series.

"We’ve had three good warm up games out here in Lincoln and we are all now ready for the Twenty20 series. Although we have played New Zealand many times we won’t be taking anything for granted as they are a strong Twenty20 side so we’re all looking forward to an exciting series."

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