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England women suffer heavy loss

First one-day international, Lincoln University: New Zealand women 261-9 beat England women 138 by 123 runs

Charlotte Edwards
Edwards top scored for England, hitting 70 not out

England's Ashes joy was punctured by a resounding defeat in the opening one-day international in New Zealand.

Less than a week after they retained the Ashes with victory over Australia, the tourists were thumped by 123 runs in the first of five ODIs.

Chasing 262 for victory, England women were bowled out for just 138.

They lost their last eight wickets for 63 runs, with Charlotte Edwards (70) not out, and Claire Taylor (27) the only batter to reach double figures.


Beth McNeill shone with the ball for the White Ferns, taking six for 32 in 10 overs, comfortably bettering Isa Guha's earlier figures of three for 47 for England.

The hosts had recovered from 56 for four to post 261 for nine thanks to a half-century from Nicola Browne (52), while Katey Martin's 41 off 32 balls and Sophie Devine's unbeaten 26 off 12 helped add 123 in the last 14 overs.

Taylor said: "It was a really disappointing performance after a great start with the ball. Too many soft dismissals and no decent partnerships cost us the game.

"I'm very disappointed. It was a great start with the white ball moving around and we got some key early wickets.

"Their middle order batted well and we were unable to capitalise on our successful start.

"Chasing 261 needs a good start as well as two good partnerships and we were unable to deliver on either of those."

see also
England women win NZ tour opener
22 Feb 08 |  Women's cricket
England women in NZ 2008
17 Oct 07 |  Women's cricket
Rosalie Birch tour blog
22 Feb 08 |  Women's cricket
England women win to retain Ashes
18 Feb 08 |  Women's cricket

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