Perfect preparation for England
England women made it three warm-up wins from three with a 54-run Twenty20 victory over New Zealand emerging players at Lincoln’s Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
Lydia Greenway top-scored with 46 of 140 for eight and disciplined bowling then saw the hosts come up well short, although they lost only five wickets.
Today’s result completed perfect preparation for Friday’s first of five T20 internationals - at Wellington immediately ahead of the men’s game between New Zealand and South Africa.
Put in to bat, Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh shared 31 before Maneka Singh had both caught in the fifth over - for 13 and 17 respectively.
Susie Rowe departed cheaply to Lauren Down, but Jenny Gunn fared better until she was caught in the deep off the same bowler for 16.
Greenway, who hit four fours, prospered while wickets fell; Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont were run out, the latter for 13.
Felicity Leydon-Davis returned to snare Greenway and, although Beth Morgan was run out in the last over, Heather Knight made an unbeaten 12
Wyatt and Isa Guha set the tone for the hosts’ innings, and the pressure told when Greenway and Georgia Elwiss combined to run out Janet Brehaut.
Elwiss later held on to remove home captain Maddie Green off Gunn, who bowled Meg Kendal for 16 in her next over.
With Wyatt having Mindy Hodgson caught behind, only Anna Peterson resisted - until Gunn ran her out for 41.
Although Marsh went wicketless, she was the tourists’ most economical bowler with just eight runs coming from her four overs.
Greenway said: “It was another solid performance from us today; we got the runs on the board, stayed disciplined with the ball and took our opportunities in the field.
“With us coming out here from our off-season, it’s been really good to get out in the middle and get used to the conditions. It was really satisfying to get some runs under my belt today before we head into the series.
“We’ve had three good warm-up games out here in Lincoln and we are all now ready for the Twenty20 series.
"Although we have played New Zealand many times we won’t be taking anything for granted as they are a strong Twenty20 side, so we’re all looking forward to an exciting series.”