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Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor salutes her team-mates after bringing up a fine century during England's six-wicket win in the third one-day international

Sarah Taylor scored her first one-day international century in almost three years as England women beat New Zealand by six wickets to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

The one-sided victory meant England won all but one of their eight international games in New Zealand, only missing out on a clean sweep due to the rain at Invercargill which forced the fourth Twenty20 to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Having lost the toss at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, the tourists struck in the third over when Anya Shrubsole, who is enjoying her best spell in an England shirt, had Lucy Doolan caught in the slips by Jenny Gunn.

Katey Martin and Suzie Bates recovered from that early setback to put on 50 for the second wicket but Laura Marsh, saving her best for last with outstanding figures of 3-28, ensured England retained a grip on proceedings.

The dependable Amy Satterthwaite and Katie Perkins both scored half-centuries as New Zealand attempted to set the platform for late acceleration, but the hosts collapsed after reaching 168 for four in the 38th over

Satterthwaite was the first to go, trapped lbw for 58 by Arran Brindle, who then caught Perkins at midwicket for 51 off Gunn's bowling.

Danni Wyatt ripped through the lower order with three wickets in the space of four deliveries, leaving Brindle to take the final wicket of Morna Nielsen as New Zealand were bowled out for 220.

In reply, England lost openers Tammy Beaumont and in-form captain Charlotte Edwards within the first six overs, both adjudged lbw to Rachel Candy.

But Taylor and Lydia Greenway ensured the tourists remained on track with a magnificent 201-run partnership - the fifth highest stand by an England pair in one-day internationals.

With the victory line just one hit away, England lost Greenway, for 84, and Gunn in quick succession but Taylor, who earlier brought up her century from the 105th ball she faced, remained calm and saw her side home with 7.2 overs in hand to finish unbeaten on 109.

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