England women claim third T20 victory and series win
England women claimed the Twenty20 series with a 10-run victory over New Zealand in a rain-reduced third T20 at Eden Park today.
Despite the early loss of wickets England managed to post a competitive 108 for six off their twenty overs. In reply the White Ferns reached 90 for six when rain stopped play with seven balls remaining.
Laura Marsh and Charlotte Edwards could not repeat Sunday’s performance as Marsh went for a golden duck, scooping to mid-wicket and Edwards followed as she top edged a pull shot.
Sarah Taylor and Arran Brindle were run out in consecutive balls in the following over. Taylor was unlucky in her dismissal, backing up she was caught short of her ground when Lydia Greenway hit straight back to Frances Mackay who flicked the ball onto the stumps.
Despite the tourists' rocky start Kent duo of Greenway and Tamsin Beaumont
rebuilt for England, putting on a 46-run partnership before Beaumont edged a
ball onto her stumps in the 14th over. After adding 26 and restoring control for
England, Greenway was run out
Jenny Gunn showed composure as she put on a quick-fire 30 not out, lofting the only six of the innings in a 46-run partnership with Susie Rowe who finished on 15 not out. The pair brought the host’s innings to a close on 108 for six.
Anya Shrubsole was in form once again and broke up the hosts' rapid start, bowling Mackay in the sixth over.
The tourists continued to exert the pressure as Suzie Bates skied one which Taylor caught comfortably. With the hosts on 60 for two England remained disciplined as Danielle Wyatt had Sara McGlashan caught behind by Taylor.
After Katie Perkins was run-out by Shrubsole in the 17th over, New Zealand needed 24 runs from the 18 remaining balls. The task proved too much for the hosts as they collapsed with Wyatt claiming a second scalp and Danielle Hazell picking up 2-22.
Rain prevented the final seven deliveries being bowled and following Duckworth-Lewis calculations England claimed a 10-run victory.
Player of the match Jenny Gunn said: “It was great to win the series today. It was a hard fought one but we didn’t panic and I felt we were always in control.
“We all bat right down the order so it takes the pressure off when you come in needing runs. It was great to score runs in a game like that and it was really good to get a partnership going with Susie Rowe, hit a few boundaries and get some momentum to take into our bowling.
“Our bowlers performed well again and were backed up in the field. We’re delighted to go three nil up and win the series and will be looking for a whitewash in the final two games in Invercargill.”
The fourth T20 of the series will be played at Queens Park, Invercargill on Saturday.
England women match schedule
Saturday 25 February, 4th T20 Queens Park, Invercargill 1400 (0100 GMT)
Sunday 26 February, 5th T20 Queens Park, Invercargill 1400 (0100 GMT)
Thursday 1 March, 1st ODI Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University1030 (2130 Wed 29th Feb GMT)
Saturday 3 March, 2nd ODI Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University 1030 (2130 Fri 2nd March GMT)
Monday 5 March, 3rd ODI Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln University 1030 (2130 Sun 4th March GMT)