Greenway relishes England resolve

Player of the series Lydia Greenway reflects on the NatWest Women's Series win over NZ

Player of the NatWest Women’s Series Lydia Greenway has praised England’s character to finish an at times difficult summer on a high note.

The previous World Twenty20 champions suffered the disappointment of not reaching the knockout stages of this year’s competition in May, before losing the NatWest Women's International T20 Series to New Zealand.

However, Greenway and company recovered to win the subsequent one-day series 3-2, albeit finishing with a six-wicket defeat at Lord’s yesterday.

“It probably showed a bit of character,” the 24-year-old told ECBtv.

“We thought we should have won the Twenty20 series as well, but the Kiwis probably did outplay us. But it is nice to finish on a high by winning the one-day series.”

Lydia Greenway

England's Lydia Greenway advances to a career-best 65, which confirmed her as the player of the NatWest Women’s Series

Greenway missed the opening ODI against New Zealand, but returned to register scores of 40, 45 not out and yesterday 65 - her best in limited-overs internationals.

She also affected three run outs and took as many catches as England won at Derby and Barnsley, the latter clinching the series on Saturday.

“It is a nice moment,” she said of being named player of the series. “It’s just nice to win the series really.

“We’ve had quite a few hard months of cricket where we haven’t played our best and I think to come back and win the one-day series against the Kiwis has been a really good result for us.

“I’ve been pleased with today’s (personal) performance. Obviously it’s been a bit disappointing to lose.

“It would have been nice to be on the winning side, but I’ve been pleased with how I’ve been doing.

“I’ve just got to keep on going really. I can’t stop there.”

The White Ferns, whom England beat in last year’s World Cup and World Twenty20 finals, remain among the best sides in the women’s game.

England head coach Mark Lane reminded his players as such after the Twenty20 series defeat, making the ODI victory all the more satisfying for Greenway.

“Obviously we would have liked to have won it 4-1, but Laney the coach has always said that it was going be a tight series so we’re just really pleased to have come out on top and win the series,” she added.