Taylor underpins comfortable win
Claire Taylor top-scored with 67 as England women continued their perfect start to the summer with a 58-run one-day international victory over their New Zealand counterparts at Derby.
Having won the Twenty20 rubber, Charlotte Edwards’ side made it two NatWest Quadrangular Series wins from two following their six-wicket triumph over India women at the same venue on Thursday.
Taylor confirmed her return to form, underpinning a total of 237 for nine in which Sarah Taylor was next best with 41 not out.
Only a smooth 59 from captain Aimee Watkins, who needed a runner after rolling her ankle in the field, provided meaningful resistance for the White Ferns. They were dismissed in 45.4 overs with Laura Marsh claiming three victims but Katherine Brunt and Arran Brindle sharing as many economical wickets.
New Zealand were soon in trouble in their reply, losing four wickets for two runs in five overs. Frances Mackay was run out before Brindle had Lucy Doolan and Liz Perry caught, Brindle’s wickets separated by Brunt bowling Sara McGlashan.
Suzie Bates and Katey Martin repaired some of the damage with a 45-run stand, which Holly Colvin halted by having Martin caught for 21. Bates and Watkins kept the tourists’ faint hopes of victory alive with a 57-run partnership, but those ended when Danielle Wyatt bowled the former for 40.
Janet Brehaut offered temporary support to Watkins, but both were caught off Marsh in consecutive balls. Danielle Hazell snared Kelly Anderson in the same manner before Marsh bowled Nicola Browne to seal victory.
New Zealand earlier chose to bowl and reduced England to one for two as openers Heather Knight and Edwards were trapped in front by Sian Ruck and Browne respectively.
However, Wyatt and Claire Taylor responded with a 55-run alliance that ended when Bates had Wyatt caught for 30. Taylor and Lydia Greenway proceeded to put on 89 until Doolan had Greenway caught behind for 34.
Taylor followed shortly after, lbw to Browne, but Sarah Taylor ensured a strong total with 41 not out at almost a run a ball.
Mackay had Brindle leg before for 20 and bowled Marsh cheaply in consecutive overs before Hazell and Brunt were run out in the last, the latter for a run-a-ball 16.
Player of the match Claire Taylor said: “It was a good victory for the team today.
“I knew wickets in hand were key on that wicket and that batting would be difficult. I enjoyed batting with Lydia Greenway and putting on a partnership.
"We looked to take any runs that were on offer out there and build a sizeable total to make us as competitive as possible going out to bowl.
“The team is playing some good cricket at the moment and there is more in us yet, we’ll take confidence into the next game which is bound to be exciting as we play Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday.”
Australia also made it two in two today with a thrilling three-wicket win from the last ball versus India at Chesterfield.
Sarah Coyte and Shelley Nitschke split six wickets as opener Poonam Raut’s 60 and Mithali Raj’s 49 helped India to 215 all out from 49.4 overs. In reply, Nitschke made 78 at the top of the order, but it was left to Coyte and Clea Smith to complete victory.