Marsh delighted with T20 best

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Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh struck a T20 international-best of 48 to help England women move 2-0 up in their five-match series against New Zealand today

Laura Marsh revelled in her best international Twenty20 batting performance after helping England women to a 48-run victory against New Zealand.

Heading into the clash having emerged victorious in the first of five 20-over encounters, the tourists were looking to extend their advantage at Hamilton.

They did just that with Marsh leading the way courtesy of a career-best 29-ball 48, which set up an eventual total of 166 for seven.

She told ecb.co.uk: “It was definitely the best I’ve batted in an England shirt; I was seeing the ball pretty well and it was nice to start really well.

“It was coming nicely off the middle of the bat and it was a really quick outfield and a really nice track to bat on. It was pleasing to get a few runs.”

Asked whether she was disappointed to fall two runs short of a half-century, Marsh added: “It’s just one of those things.

“I gave myself a bit of room to try and hit through point, but I wasn’t too bothered - I’d have taken 48 before the game.”

Marsh, who took 2-21 as England dismissed the White Ferns for 118, got England off to a flying start in an 82-run alliance with skipper Charlotte Edwards.

The latter struck 33, from 26 balls, and her partner believes beginning well is crucial.

“It was nice to get off to a good start with the bat and I formed a good opening partnership with Lottie,” Marsh added.

“It’s always great to get off to a good start in Twenty20 cricket - you’ve got to make the most of those first six overs.

“It makes it easier for the girls coming in lower down the order to come in and keep going - we bat so far down the order and that’s a big strength.”

England’s total proved far too much for the hosts as off-spinner Danni Wyatt took three wickets, while Anya Shrubsole and Danni Hazell chipped in with two apiece.

In all, Marsh felt victory was a reward for an excellent team performance.

“It was great to get another win on the board and I think we’ve played brilliantly as a team,” she said.

“We fielded brilliantly and all of the bowlers bowled really well to defend on that ground. It was really pleasing.”

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