England women start in style

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards claimed two cheap wickets before hitting 55 not out as England cruised to a seven-wicket win

England women signalled their intent ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 with a comprehensive victory over New Zealand in their opening warm-up match.

The hosts restricted the White Ferns to 122 for eight at King’s College in Taunton, and were barely inconvenienced as they eased to a seven-wicket win with seven balls to spare.

Captain Charlotte Edwards claimed 2-15 before hitting an unbeaten 55 at the top of the order to anchor England’s pursuit.

She was ably assisted by Sarah Taylor, who made 44, to cap an efficient performance that bodes well for their chances of adding the Twenty20 trophy to a trophy cabinet which already contains the World Cup.

Jenny Gunn played her part with the ball by claiming 2-13, while Holly Colvin claimed a wicket during four overs costing just 19.

New Zealand, beaten by England in the World Cup final in March, had raced to 40 without loss in six overs after winning the toss, but failed to capitalise on the start provided by Aimee Watkins and Lucy Doolan, who made 38 and 20 respectively.

Edwards said: "It’s a good start. We are in our own conditions and we have been playing a lot recently, so we’re in good form as a team. It was a good outing for us and I’m pleased we got the result.

"We did well to restrict them to 122 and did well to get the runs and a few wickets as well."

England meet Australia in their last warm-up encounter tomorrow, before launching their World Twenty20 campaign on Thursday against India at Taunton.

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