England women off to a flier
Charlotte Edwards and Anya Shrubsole impressed with bat and ball respectively as England women began their tour of New Zealand with a hugely convincing warm-up win.
The tourists proved far too strong for a New Zealand emerging players side in cruising to a 181-run triumph at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln.
Skipper Edwards led from the front, striking 123 from 104 balls at the top of the order before retiring. Her authoritative innings, which contained 17 fours, helped England to 292 for nine from 50 overs, and New Zealand’s youngsters were then skittled for just 111 as seamer Shrubsole returned outstanding figures of 5-5.
England face two Twenty20 warm-up games against New Zealand emerging players, on Monday and Tuesday, before beginning their T20 series against the senior White Ferns side on Friday. A three-match ODI rubber completes the tour.
After today’s win, a delighted Edwards said: “We had a good day out there today with some great individual performances. Everyone enjoyed being back outside and I was really pleased with how the team performed.
“Anya put in a fantastic performance with the ball, it’s great to have her back in the team.
“I was delighted to get out there today and get some runs under my belt and we are all looking forward to moving into the Twenty 20 format on Monday.”
Edwards, who won the toss this morning, shared 40 with Beth Morgan, who was bowled for seven, and 71 with Sarah Taylor to help England set a solid platform.
Taylor departed for 32 in the 19th over, caught at mid-on, but Edwards continued to dominate the hosts’ attack and brought up a sparkling century from 91 balls before making way with 11 overs remaining.
The tourists’ lower order put on 58 thereafter with Danni Hazell and Georgia Elwiss finishing on 19 and six not out.
Shrubsole then wasted little time in making an impression with the ball, dismissing openers Natalie Dodd and Kylie Crowley in her opening spell to reduce New Zealand emerging players to 25 for two.
Anna Peterson contributed 42, but after she had picked out Lydia Greenway off Danni Hazell, who chipped in with 2-13, the innings quickly subsided.
Shrubsole returned for a final spell and cleaned up the tail with a further three wickets. England’s victory was secured when Jenny Gunn held on to a superb catch at mid-on to account for Brooke Kirkbride.