Marsh leads England to second win
Laura Marsh starred with bat and ball as England women opened up a 2-0 lead over New Zealand in their Twenty20 series with a convincing 48-run victory at Hamilton.
Marsh top-scored with a whirlwind 29-ball 48 containing 11 fours as the tourists posted an imposing total of 166 for seven from 20 overs. Skipper Charlotte Edwards contributed 33, and Sarah Taylor chipped in with 45 from 33 balls.
New Zealand were then dismissed for 118, Marsh returning 2-19 from four overs and fellow spinners Danni Wyatt and Danni Hazell picking up 3-24 and 2-29 respectively. Seamer Anya Shrubsole, the hero in England’s opening win, impressed again with 2-18.
After New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates had elected to field first, Marsh and Edwards gave England an ideal start with a partnership of 82 in 8.4 overs.
Marsh’s innings was eventually brought to an end when she missed a slower ball from Lea Tahuhu. Edwards, who struck two sixes in addition to three fours, then fell victim to an impressive diving catch by Frances Mackay in the covers off Lucy Doolan.
However, Taylor ensured England continued to make good progress, the wicketkeeper-batter collecting six fours and sharing handy partnerships with Lydia Greenway, Arran Brindle and Jenny Gunn.
Taylor was caught at long-on in the final over looking to add to her tally of boundaries, but England’s total appeared more than competitive.
Shrubsole provided a further boost by bowling Mackay in her first over, but a second-wicket stand of 56 between Bates and Sara McGlashan kept the home side’s faint hopes alive.
However, after the latter was bowled by Marsh for 28, Wyatt removed Amy Satterthwaite and Bates with successive deliveries, before Hazell also struck twice in an over with the wickets of Liz Perry and Katie Perkins.
New Zealand were unable to recover and their fate was apparent long before Tahuhu was dismissed by Shrubsole to end the match with four balls unused.
The third instalment of the five-match series takes place at Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday, when England will aim to secure an unassailable lead.