Derby gains clear to Greenway

Lydia Greenway spoke to after the ODI in Taunton

Lydia Greenway has urged England to smarten up their running between the wickets in order to land a blow back on New Zealand in the NatWest Women's ODI series.

Middle-order batsman Greenway was one of three run-out victims as the White Ferns squared the five-match series with a four-wicket win at Taunton yesterday.

Greenway identified the dominant knock of Suzie Bates, who saw New Zealand home with an unbeaten 75, as crucial to the result, not least because the tourists did not need to scramble for runs as England did.

“We had a couple of run-outs that probably shouldn’t have happened,” Greenway told ECBtv at Taunton.

“We (Greenway and Claire Taylor) were trying to get to 40 overs and then kick on. But we weren’t both in there to do that, ultimately.

“(Poor running) is something we spoke about afterwards. We can’t afford to and they’re things that we can control. We’ll definitely look to improve on that up in Derby.”

With 208 needed for victory, Bates was able to pace her innings, despite the constant threat posed by England’s off-spinner Laura Marsh.

Laura Marsh

Off-spinner Laura Marsh was a model of consistency at Taunton, taking 3-34 as part of a three-pronged spin attack

Greenway, an exceptional fielder, did not necessarily believe that New Zealand’s fielding was better than England’s on the day.

“It’s hard to say whether it was or wasn’t,” she added.

“Suzie Bates batted really well. They didn’t take too many risks, but then again they probably didn’t need to.

“We’re still very much in it. We’ve got three games to go.”

The performance of Marsh, who took 3-34 in 10 overs, was of particular heart to Greenway, as England continue to play three spinners this summer.

“She’s been bowling well for a long time now. Hopefully she just keeps getting us wickets.”