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England women edge to victory over New Zealand

First one-day international, Taunton:
England 234-9 (49.3 ovs) bt New Zealand 231-8 (50 ovs) by one wicket
Match scorecard

England's Katherine Brunt was player of the match
Brunt starred with the ball and also hit the winning boundary

England women took the first match of their one-day series against New Zealand by a single wicket at Taunton.

Katherine Brunt was named player of the match, taking 3-10 off 10 overs and hitting the winning runs with three balls to spare as England made 234-9.

New Zealand had reached 231-8 off their 50 overs, with Maria Fahey making 61 and Sophie Devine hitting 50.

"I'm really pleased to get off to a winning start," said skipper Charlotte Edwards, who top-scored with 70.

"Katherine put in a fantastic bowling performance, and there were some good contributions from the batters."

Edwards showed her skill with the bat, using the quick outfield to her advantage as she shared an 81-run partnership with Laura Marsh, who made 31.

"I always enjoy batting here, I was pleased to get a good score today," she added.

England return to the County Ground to play the second match of the one-day series on Monday 12 July.

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see also
England coast to win over Ireland
07 Jul 10 |  Women's cricket
NZ women pip England & win series
02 Jul 10 |  Women's cricket
New Zealand women in England 2010
20 Jul 10 |  Women's cricket

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