Edwards lauds Greenway
Charlotte Edwards lavished praise on Lydia Greenway after England women wrapped up the Twenty20 part of the NatWest Quadrangular Series with a tense 16-run win over Australia.
Batting first, England were in trouble when they slipped to 76 for five on a turning wicket at the Rose Bowl. But the dependable Greenway cracked 48 from just 36 deliveries to help England reach 132 for eight, which seemed a most unlikely total halfway through the innings.
In reply, Australia lost early wickets but gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a 73-run stand between Alex Blackwell and Lisa Sthalekar, only for both to be run out as England triumphed.
"It's always great to win trophies like this," Edwards told ecb.co.uk.
"We made hard work of it but what a superb innings by Lydia Greenway and a partnership with Arran Brindle that got us up to a respectable total. I thought 130 at the start of the day would be enough.
"At one point I thought we'd be lucky if we get over a hundred. We realised the wicket wasn't going to be high scoring and we adapted reasonably well. We were a bit slow through the middle but kicked on at the end.
"The key was getting people in and then you could expand your game. I'm proud of the bowlers and our fielding was fantastic. We put on a really good show."
England will now turn their attention to the second half of the quadrangular series - three 50-over matches with the top two sides progressing to the final.
England's first assignment is against India at Derby on Thursday followed two days later by New Zealand at the same venue. Edwards will then lead England out against Australia at Lord's on Tuesday.
"Our target is to win both trophies and the team are really hungry for that," she said.