England coast to 58-run victory
England Women 237 for 9 (Claire Taylor 67, Sarah Taylor 41*) beat New Zealand Women 179 (Watkins 59, Bates 40, Marsh 3-50) by 58 runs
England Women's impressive summer continued with a 58-run victory in their second ODI of the Natwest quadrangular series, against New Zealand Women in Derby. It follows the six-wicket win against India on Thursday and their success in the Twenty20 tournament that preceded this series.
England started the game as favourites and victory was built on Claire Taylor's solid 67, Sarah Taylor's enterprising 41 from 43 balls and a powerful bowling display led by quicks Katherine Brunt and Arran Brindle. New Zealand's pursuit of 238 looked as good as over when they were reduced to 11 for 4, but 40 from Suzie Bates and 59 from Aimee Watkins gave them some hope. In the end the spinners took control and New Zealand were well short.
It was a fine showing from England, who were below-par in the field in their opening encounter against India. This time the new-ball pair of Brunt and Brindle had New Zealand under pressure from the outset. It was their accurate bowling that perhaps led to Frances McKay being run out for 4 from 15 balls, and Brindle had Lucy Doolan out for 3 the next ball. Sarah McGlashan was bowled by Brunt for a duck and Brindle had her second when Liz Perry was caught behind for 1. Bates and Katey Martin began a recovery with a 45-run stand before Holly Colvin's left-arm spin removed Martin for 21.
The impressive Watkins then joined Bates in a 57-run partnership from 69 balls but Danielle Wyatt bowled Bates for 40 just when New Zealand had begun to get back in the game. Watkins continued positively, striking seven boundaries on her way to 59 from 67 balls but wickets kept falling. She was the second of Laura Marsh's three scalps. Marsh finished with 3 for 50 but the pick of the bowlers was Brunt who took 1 for 28 from 10 overs.
The bowlers made England's solid total look more imposing than it was. Watkins' decision to field first looked to have paid off when Sian Ruck and Nicola Browne struck in each of their first overs to remove both England's openers. Charlotte Edwards had been in prime form during the Twenty20 series but she was trapped in front by Browne for 1 to leave England 2 for 1.
Danielle Wyatt and Claire Taylor led something of a recovery, sharing a 54-run stand before Bates had Wyatt caught for 30, but Claire Taylor remained to anchor an 89-run partnership with Lydia Greenway. They took England to a healthy 145 for 3 by the 32nd over before Greenway fell for 34. Claire Taylor followed soon after, but Sarah Taylor held the lower order together and injected some crucial impetus into the innings just as it looked like England would lose their way.
Running hard she only hit two boundaries in her innings but was well supported, first by Brindle (20) and then Hazell (16). With extras contributing a generous 22, the total was lifted to 237 which, it turned out, was well out of New Zealand's reach.