England ease to second warm-up win
England women controlled the game as they claimed an eight-wicket victory over New Zealand emerging players in the first Twenty20 warm-up match at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
After electing to bat the hosts were restricted to 86 for six from 20 overs as Arran Brindle, Laura Marsh and Danni Hazell all claimed two wickets apiece.
The tourists then eased to their target with 44 balls unused, Sarah Taylor thumping 43 not out from just 24 balls to hasten New Zealand’s demise.
Brindle got the wickets falling as Anna Peterson hit to Marsh at deep square-leg in the third over. Spinners Marsh and Hazell then took centre stage to leave the hosts on 41 for five after 12 overs.
Kate Broadmore and Victoria Abbott, who finished unbeaten on 27, bolstered the home score with a 39-run partnership before Broadmore hit straight down Lydia Greenway’s throat at deep midwicket in the penultimate over.
Tammy Beaumont and Marsh then proceeded to attack the target until the latter was caught at extra cover for nine.
After striking 15 from 15 balls, Beaumont was then pouched at wide mid-off, but England were comfortable on 34 for two and soon hurried home courtesy of Taylor and Greenway, who contributed an unbeaten 14.
Taylor, who struck seven fours in her entertaining innings, said: “It was another solid team performance out there today, everyone switched into the Twenty20 format well.
“The bowlers bowled well and there was a good energy in the field which set things up well for us.
“Personally I was really pleased to score runs and enjoyed batting with Lydia. We’ll be looking to take this momentum into tomorrow’s final warm-up game before we head up to Wellington for the first game of the series on Friday.”