Five-star Shrubsole inspires England
Anya Shrubsole recorded the best figures by an England women's player in Twenty20 cricket to help her side to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in Wellington.
The Somerset seamer finished with the magnificent figures of 5-11, becoming just the fourth woman to take a five-for in a T20 international.
Her feat meant the White Ferns were restricted to 80 for nine, which the tourists had little trouble knocking off - cruising to victory with 14 deliveries remaining to take an early lead in the five-match series, which continues at Seddon Park, Hamilton, on Sunday.
Player of the match Shrubsole said: “We had a great start to the series today. We are all really pleased with our performance and to continue the momentum from our warm up games.
“All the bowlers did well today and were backed up with some great fielding. I’m delighted with my figures and performance; it’s definitely a day I will remember. I’m really excited about the rest of the series.”
In a match preceding New Zealand men's T20 with South Africa, Shrubsole set about dismantling the home innings with three wickets in seven deliveries to leave the hosts reeling on 21 for three in the sixth over.
Castling Sara McGlashan with her fifth ball, Shrubsole then bowled the dangerous Suzie Bates before rattling the timbers for a third time to dismiss Katie Perkins.
The wickets continued to tumble with Danni Hazell accounting for Amy Satterthwaite, caught by Suzie Rowe at mid-on, and Liz Perry lbw just three balls later.
Laura Marsh joined in to trap Frances Mackay in front, which left New Zealand in dire trouble at 35 for six.
Kate Broadmore and Katey Martin did their best to repair the damage but the returning Shrubsole undermined their efforts, pinning the latter in front and then bowling Morna Nielsen first ball to complete a wonderful five-wicket haul.
Hazell, also impressive with 3-15, breached Lea Tahuhu's defence as England claimed their ninth wicket, but Broadmore - unbeaten on 27 - stood firm to ensure New Zealand avoided further embarrassment.
England's reply was given some early impetus when Charlotte Edwards - who won the toss - cracked three boundaries, but the tourists endured a mini-collapse with the captain caught at midwicket off McGlashan before Sian Ruck bowled Marsh and trapped Lydia Greenway in front first ball.
Arran Brindle did not last long - she was bowled by Broadmore - but England were in safe hands with Sarah Taylor and the much-improved Tammy Beaumont.
The pair put on 37 - comfortably the highest stand of the match - to see England home with Taylor unbeaten on 31 and Beaumont 17 not out.