Marsh Stars As England Go 2-0 Up Over New Zealand

Marsh Stars As England Go 2-0 Up Over New Zealand
Marsh Stars As England Go 2-0 Up Over New Zealand
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England Women 166-7 (Marsh 48, Taylor 45) beat
New Zealand Women 118 (Bates 37) by 48 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Hamilton

England Women took a 2-0 lead in their five-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand Women with a 48-run win in the second game in Hamilton.

England posted a winning score of 166 for seven as Laura Marsh and Sarah Taylor struck 48 and 45 respectively before New Zealand were bowled out for 118 in reply.

Marsh's 48 came from 29 balls as she and Charlotte Edwards (33) put on 82 runs for the first wicket. Marsh and Edwards fell in quick succession but Taylor's 45 in 33 deliveries continued England's charge.

Doolan struck again to bowl Lydia Greenway for 13 and although Arran Brindle (4), Jenny Gunn (11) and Tamsin Beaumont (1) also fell, England compiled an excellent score.

Suzie Bates (37 in 38 balls), Sara McGlashan (28 in 27) and Amy Satterthwaite (17 in 16) were then the only New Zealand players to reach double figures as England closed out the win.

Danielle Wyatt returned three for 24, Anya Shrubsole two for 18, Danielle Hazell two for 29 and Marsh completed an outstanding match by dismissing Kate Broadmore (9) and Doolan (1) to pick up two for two for 21.

"It’s been a great start to the series and to go two nil up is fantastic," Marsh said after the match.

"It was a great track to bat on and I enjoyed being able to put runs on the board with Charlotte. The outfield was quick and the pitch was good, so it was important that we bowled to the right areas to defend our total.

"It was another great team performance today and we’ll be looking to continue this up in Auckland."

The third match is in Auckland on 22nd February.

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