Edwards pulverises New Zealand

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Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards celebrates reaching her century from only 70 balls as England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the one-day series

Charlotte Edwards smashed an unbeaten 137 from just 88 balls as England women beat New Zealand by 59 runs to add the one-day international series to their Twenty20 triumph.

The England captain raced to three figures in only 70 deliveries and continued to thrive as the tourists rattled up an imposing 219 for six from 26 overs in a rain-reduced game.

The home side did not get anywhere near England's huge total, which was revised to 224, and were bowled out for 164, with Anya Shrubsole taking 3-28.

New Zealand, who won the toss, must have wondered what had hit them as Edwards, who scored 84 in the first ODI, battered them around the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.

With the 32-year-old in such dazzling form, England might have scored 400 had the full allotment of overs been possible.

Following a 27-run stand for the first wicket with Laura Marsh, Edwards and Sarah Taylor laid the platform for a huge total by adding 98 in 62 balls.

The Edwards show continued once Taylor departed, caught by Sara McGlashan off Morna Nielsen for a breezy 27-ball 39.

The tourists' skipper cranked her way through the gears, in particular targeting opposing captain Suzie Bates and Lucy Doolan, who went for 13 and 10 an over respectively.

Edwards' team-mates came and went in quick procession but it made little difference as she crunched a further six boundaries after reaching her century, taking her total count to 20.

New Zealand's seemingly insurmountable task was made even harder when their target was revised to 224 - a score they never looked like threatening.

Arran Brindle made the first breakthrough by bowling Katey Martin. She then ran out Bates to leave the hosts 50 for two in the ninth over.

Wickets continued to tumble, with Danni Hazell accounting for Lucy Doolan courtesy of a Lydia Greenway catch before Marsh and Taylor combined to run out Anna Peterson.

Jenny Gunn soon dismissed Katie Perkins and the end was in sight when Shrubsole struck twice in the 23rd over to remove McGlashan and Kate Broadmore.

The White Ferns' only source of encouragement was Amy Satterthwaite, who made 69 before becoming Shrubsole's third victim in the penultimate over.

It was left to Marsh to finish it off, bowling both Nielsen and Lea Tahuhu as England went 2-0 up in the series with one match left to play.

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