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February 26, 2012
England Women 110 for 5 (Nielsen 4-10) beat New Zealand Women 109 for 6 (Shrubsole 2-7) by five wickets
A measured partnership between Arran Brindle and Jenny Gunn guided England Women to victory in the final Twenty20 against New Zealand to give the visitors the series 4-0 in Invercargill. The chase of 110 was wobbling on 61 for 5 before Brindle and Gunn added a matchwinning 49 in seven overs.
At 50 for 1 in the eighth over England's chase was well on track, but Sarah Taylor fell to Morna Nielsen, who claimed outstanding figures of 4 for 10, to spark a collapse of four wickets for 11 runs - all the scalps falling to Nielsen.
However, England were in touch with the asking rate of under a run-a-ball which meant Brindle and Gunn didn't need to be too adventurous. Once Nielsen had completed her four overs life became easier for the visitors.
Their victory had been set up by another impressive spell from the in-form Anya Shrubsole who earned the Player-of-the-Match award for her 2 for 7 off four overs. She trapped Frances Mackay lbw with the third ball of the match and also removed Suzie Bates.
Sara McGlashan top-scored for New Zealand with 29 - including two sixes - while Amy Satterthwaite and Liz Perry also chipped in with useful contributions but the home side still couldn't find enough to overcome a confident England side.
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