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England women take lead in series

Third one-day international, Lincoln University: England women 200-4 (48.1 ovs) bt New Zealand women 199 (49 ovs) by six wickets

Sarah Taylor
Sarah Taylor's assured innings guided England to victory

England's women secured a second successive victory to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match one-day international series against New Zealand.

Having won the toss and chosen to field they quickly got amongst the wickets and dismissed the Kiwis for 199.

Isa Guha struck in her second over, while Katherine Brunt was the pick of the bowlers with 2-18 from seven.

Opener Sarah Taylor hit seven fours in a calm unbeaten 86 to see England to victory with 11 deliveries remaining.

England lost Beth Morgan in the sixth over of their reply, but their two Taylors put them on course with a superb partnership of 145 from 188 balls.

The more experienced Claire hit a huge six en route to 70 before she was bowled in the 38th over.

These have been two terrific victories against a quality New Zealand side

Acting coach Mark Lane

Highly-rated teenager Sarah ensured victory after the loss of two quick wickets.

"My aim was to bat through because, unlike in the previous game, the total wasn't as high so we didn't need to get off to as quick a start," she said.

"I made sure I was in and I knew I had to stay there towards the end. All credit to New Zealand - they bowled in good areas and it was a lot harder to get runs in the beginning."

Acting head coach Mark Lane was delighted with his team's performance.

"We're improving in all areas of the game. Different players are stepping up and contributing to the team performance, which is great.

"These have been two terrific victories against a quality New Zealand side."

The series concludes with back-to-back matches on Sunday and Monday.




see also
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England women win to retain Ashes
18 Feb 08 |  Women's cricket
England women in NZ 2008
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