England v New Zealand
England women claim series whitewash and remain unbeaten in 14 games.
England women claimed a crushing six wicket victory and one-day series whitewash over New Zealand today to remain unbeaten in 14 consecutive games since the NatWest Quadrangular series final in July.
After bowling out the hosts for 220 on the high scoring wicket in the third ODI, Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway put on an outstanding 201-run third wicket partnership to steer England to victory.
The hosts chose to bat first in the final one-day international of the series at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
Continuing her most successful tour to date Anya Shrubsole set the tone having Lucy Doolan caught at slip by Jenny Gunn in the third over.
The White Ferns attempted to rebuild but Laura Marsh undermined their efforts with 3-28 to leave the hosts 96 for four in the 24th over.
Amy Satterthwaite and Katie Perkins added 58 and 51 respectably before Arran Brindle was involved in dismissing them both. The medium pacer first pinned Satterthwaite in front then caught Perkins at midwicket off Jenny Gunn's bowling.
The tourists then stepped up the pressure as the returning Danielle Wyatt ripped through the tail, first having Liz Perry caught, then bowling Kate Broadmore and trapping Rachael Candy leg before in consecutive balls to reduce New Zealand to 218 for nine.
Brindle finished the job as Morna Nielsen was adjudged lbw with eight balls of the innings remaining.
Despite losing the early wickets of Tamsin Beaumont and Edwards, England were always in control from the moment Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway came together at the crease.
Taylor, who became the youngest female player to hit 2,000 international runs on Saturday, dominated the bowling and found the ropes on nine occasions on the way to her fourth international century.
Greenway was in excellent form too, hitting 84 including six boundaries, but was stumped with the tourists needing just five more runs to win.
It was left to Taylor to knock off the winning runs to finish unbeaten on 109 as England claimed victory with 44 balls to spare.
Sarah Taylor said: “It was a fantastic team performance today. The bowlers bowled well to restrict New Zealand and I was delighted to contribute and get a big score.
“Lydia batted really well. It was great share a partnership with her on such a fantastic wicket. Once we got in we just looked accumulate and build the runs. We knew that if we just batted the runs would come. I think that was one of my best innings."
“The whole team have performed throughout the tour and to go unbeaten in both series is a fantastic achievement.”
Earlier matches in this series:
4th T20 : Game abandoned : washed out