Edwards leads England to five-wicket win
England Women 111 for 5 (Edwards 42, Browne 2-18) beat New Zealand Women 109 for 6 (Bates 48, Sciver 2-16) by 5 wickets
Captain Charlotte Edwards helped her team chase a modest 109 with five balls to spare in the second match of the Tri-Nation T20 series, handing New Zealand their second consecutive loss. The England bowlers did not let New Zealand score at a brisk pace, especially in the Powerplay overs, as Holly Colvin and Natalie Sciver took two wickets each and bowled economical spells.
New Zealand lost their first wicket in the seventh over at the score of 13, after they chose to bat, before Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite revived them with a 53-run stand in less than six overs. But Colvin broke the partnership and Sciver dismissed Bates, and later Rachel Priest, to push them to the back foot. A run out also meant they couldn't go past 109.
England kept losing wickets at regular intervals as four of their top five batsmen scored in single digits. Edwards, though, was firm at her end, and along with Tammy Beaumont took them till 97, before she fell for 42. They needed another 13 from 15 balls after that, and won with ease.