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England women win NZ tour opener

Tour match, Lincoln Oval: England women 183-9 beat New Zealand A 86 by 97 runs

Claire Taylor
Taylor struck 10 boundaries during her 72-ball knock

England's women made a winning start to the second leg of their winter tour as they beat New Zealand A by 97 runs.

Claire Taylor continued her fine form as she top scored with 62 in England's total of 183-9 at Lincoln Oval.

Taylor shared a third-wicket stand of 107 with Jenny Gunn (47) but only two other batters reached double figures.

The target proved well beyond the home side, who were all out for 86 as Isa Guha took 3-9 and Gunn and Charlotte Russell picked up two wickets each.

New Zealand and England start a best of five one-day international series at the same venue on Sunday.

And England achieved the result they wanted after arriving from a triumphant tour to Australia where they drew the one-day series 2-2 and then won a one-off Test match top retain the women's Ashes.


Skipper Charlotte Edwards chose to miss the game, but all-rounder Gunn was fit to return following a shoulder problem and off-spinner Russell made her tour debut after arriving to replace Holly Colvin.

They lost openers Sarah Taylor and Beth Morgan cheaply after winning the toss and opting to bat first.

Acting captain Claire Taylor, however, collected 10 boundaries in a continuation of the form which brought her two half centuries in the Test against Australia.

She and Gunn repaired the early damage but both fell during a collapse from 122-2 to 131-7 before Caroline Atkins (23 not out) and Stephanie Davies (25) added valuable runs in the closing overs.

Katherine Brunt took the new ball for England in her first game after a 15-month lay-off caused by back problems and she was boosted by a wicket with her fourth delivery.

Guha and Gunn (2-11) ran through the middle order as the home side slumped to 37-6 and although Rachel Priest survived 58 balls for 22, England wrapped up the win in the 38th over.

Acting England captain Claire Taylor: "I'm really happy with the professional performance from the team.

"However there are still areas for improvement with both bat and ball - losing five wickets for nine runs in the middle order and bowling too many wides.

"It was great to have Katherine back in the side and Isa continued to bowl well with the new ball."

see also
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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